Posted by Logan Watts
At this summer’s Outdoor Retailer trade show, Big Agnes introduced ultralight bikepacking versions their four smaller, ultralight tents. This lineup, titled HV UL Bikepack, includes bikepacking-specific versions of the Fly Creek HV UL1, Fly Creek HV UL2, Copper Spur HV UL1, and Copper Spur HV UL2. In essence, Big Agnes took its four lightest backpacking tents and made them more bike-friendly. The overall line has several interesting innovations, including the reengineered “Shortstik Poleset.” These new DAC tent poles have a 12-13″ (30.5cm) segment length, enabling them to fit between the shifters on a drop handlebar, in a frame bag, or simply save room in any bag. Apparently, the shortened tent poles have a bigger impact on the pack size of the Copper Spur than the Fly Creek models. For example, the current Copper Spur HV UL2 packs into a 4 x 19.5″ cylinder, while the Bikepack version of the same model packs down to 6 x 12″. Big Agnes claims the new pole design shaves a few ounces off the packed weight of the Copper Spur tents. However, it appears to add a a little weight to the Fly Creek versions. Even so, all of the HV UL Bikepack tents have the same floorspace, living area, and vestibule square footage as the ultralight HV originals.
In addition, each comes in a bikepacking specific compression sack built to attach to the handlebars and offer additional attachment options with an integrated daisy chain system. Big Agnes claims the compression sack is designed to withstand the rigors of trail travel.
Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack and HV UL2 Bikepack
There will be two versions of the Fly Creek HV UL Bikepack, the UL1 (shown below) and the UL2. In addition to shorter tentpole segments and specialized compression sack, the Fly Creek HV UL1 bikepacking edition tent has a couple other cycling-specific features, including a helmet sleeve under the fly and larger interior storage areas for bike gear. Find the specs below…
Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack
- Price $359.95
- Packed Weight 2 lbs 5oz (1.05kg)
- Packed Size 5 x 13″ (11 x 33cm)
- Floor Length x Width 84 x 38-28″ (213 x 97-71cm)
Fly Creek HV UL2 Bikepack
- Price $379.95
- Packed Weight 2 lbs 9oz (1.16kg)
- Packed Size 5.5 x 13″ (14 x 33cm)
- Floor Length x Width 84 x 52-42″ (213 x 132-107cm)
Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepack and HV UL2 Bikepack
Copper Spur is the Big Agnes’ ultralight freestanding tent series. Cass recently reviewed the HV UL3. Now they are offering two bikepacking-specific versions, the Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepack and HV UL2 Bikepack. Both Copper Spur Bikepack tents have a similar compression sack to the Fly Creek models as well as the shortened tent poles and helmet sleeves.
Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepack
- Price $399.95
- Packed Weight 2 lbs 12oz (1.25kg)
- Packed Size 5 x 13″ (11 x 33cm)
- Floor Length x Width 88 x 38-28″ (224 x 97-71cm)
Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack
- Price $469.95
- Packed Weight 3 lbs 7oz (1.56kg)
- Packed Size 6 x 12″ (15 x 30cm)
- Floor Length x Width 88 x 52-42″ (224 x 132-107cm)
The HV UL Bikepack series was announced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The underlying purpose of this particular event is for retailers to preview and order upcoming products. With that said, the new Bikepack tents are still a ways out. Expect them to be available for purchase around April of 2019. Footprints for the UL1 and UL2 models will also be available for $65 and $75, respectively. We’ll keep you posted if things change, and we hope to review one of these in the coming months. additional thanks to Devon Balet for the main photo!