In response to the growing interest in bikepacking, Big Agnes has announced “HV UL Bikepack,” a line of bikepacking-specific tents with shorter pole segments, a rugged compression sack that can be mounted to the handlebars, and other features that cater toward cyclists.

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…

Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Fly Creek HVUL Bikepack

  • Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Fly Creek HVUL Bikepack
  • Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack

Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack

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.

Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack

  • Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Copper Spur HVUL Bikepack
  • Big Agnes Bikepacking Tents, Copper Spur HVUL Bikepack

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!

  • For those with a bigger budget there’s even a dyneema/carbon version (Fly Creek HV1 Carbon) coming next year ;)

  • Dr J

    This is a welcomed change. My main complain about Copper Spur UL1 (except being orange) was too long poles. While you can stuff the full tent into a very small sack, the poles were difficult to pack separately. I used to strap them to the top tube but it wasn’t perfect. I like the new design!

  • Tom Anderson

    I assume we can use the new poles with the previous version of these tents? I hope so, if so, they better stock up because I see lots of us ordering the poles only. The pole length on my Fly Creek is the only negative of that tent for bikepacking.

  • Great question. I will ask and see if we can get an answer…

  • Tom Anderson

    Thanks – just occurred to me that the pverall pole length for the HV is probably longer than the regular Fly Creek – lots of non-HV tents sold, that would be a good conversion

  • I got an answer back. Right now they don’t have plans to sell the pole sets separately. However, the media folks did pass that over to Big Agnes for discussion/feedback.

  • recurrecur

    I really wish I could just buy the new, shorter poles for the Copper Spur I already have.

    Also, why hasn’t BA always made their tent footprints large enough to accommodate the tent vestibule area? I’ve been carrying around cutoffs of tyvek to cover that area for all of the BA tents I’ve had for the last 10 years.

    Last thing – being that this is a bikepacking tent, shouldn’t the fly be some kind of camo green?

  • Underemployed_KS_Military

    Is the current Fly Creek Platinum HV dyneema? I’m just trying to figure out how much lighter a dyneema version would be. As far as carbon goes I think I’d prefer the durability of aluminum poles over carbon poles that tend to splinter eventually

  • Hey, as far as I know the dyneema version won’t be available until next year. They claim it would be the lightest freestanding tent at 1 pound, but I don’t feel comfortable even with their aluminium poles down here at Patagonia… I guess all will depend on the intended use ☺

  • Underemployed_KS_Military

    Hmmm, a one pound trail weight would be significantly lighter than the current Platinum which weighs 23 oz. I can’t imagine the 7 oz difference comes from just carbon poles which would mean the current Platinum would be made of something other than dyneema (or a lighter weight of dymeema than the current Platinum). Unless the new material is tougher than the current version these tents are already making me question how durable they might be. I need a new tent for next year, I’m actually kind of partial to the Nemo Hornet or Hornet Elite. With either brand I’ve wondered if the slightly heaver versions might be better for durability purposes (as well as cheaper). I’m hoping Nemo comes out shorter packed pole for the Hornets as well.

    Any issues with the aluminum poles for what you are doing? What improvements would you like to see?

    Thanks for the info …wherever you got it from.

  • Hey, the current HV1 Platinum uses silicone treated nylon ristop for fly & floor… 2019’s version would replace that with dyneema (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high-molecular-weight_polyethylene) which is way stronger & lighter (as well as expensive). The only problem with durability with the future version would be the carbon pole, but those planning to use them in places without strong winds and/or snow would be very happy with the new version (if they have $750 to spare). I didn’t break the aluminum poles at Southern Patagonia, but every night I had to find some sort of protection from the brutal winds we’ve down here :)

  • Max Whittingham

    Excited about the new Fly Creek. I’ve got a trip planned sometime late next year and this will be perfect. I do hope y’all get a chance to review it.

  • Ed Schinkel

    At least you know where your helmet is when your are all packed and this one item is missing…. ;)

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