Things to know about the

HV UL tent


The Copper Spur line from Big Agnes offers full-featured 3-season shelter in a lightweight, freestanding, double-wall tent. I've used the 3 person version for several month+ bikepacking trips with my partner. It's also great for backpacking. We're big fans of this tent! This story shares some highlights you should know about if you're considering the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL.

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Key features of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL: Freestanding Double wall (excellent weather protection) Available with optional 12" bikepacking-specific poles Sizes from solo up to 5 people

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The "HV" in the tent's model name stands for "high volume," and the interior living space is quite good. Two side doors (on all models but the solo) allow partners to come in and out without getting in each other's way.

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Two people sharing the UL HV3 - it's a palace!

Easy to Set Up

A simple pole structure and nice details like color-coded fly attachments and easy-to-use buckles make the Big Agnes Copper Spur a cinch to set up, even in nasty weather.

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Except for the vestibules, the Big Agnes Copper Spur can be pitched without stakes if necessary. That's very convenient for bike camping in populated areas or backpacking in rocky landscapes.

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Well Ventilated

The double wall design allows for comfort in a range of climates. Leave the fly off for ventilation in the heat, close it up for excellent rain protection, and open the vents for condensation control.

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Despite all these features, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL tent is surprisingly lightweight. The solo version weighs 2 lbs 2 oz, while the 3-person version weighs just 3 lbs 8 oz. Not bad!

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Read more in my detailed review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL at

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