I recently decided that my 6+ lb tent was no longer cutting it for me in the back country. I wanted a two person tent, and I wanted it to be light.
I settled on the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2. Here's what I found
- My pack felt way lighter. Weighing in at only a little under 3 lbs this tent shed some weight off my shoulders.
- The tent was remarkably easy to set up. Taking the tent down was harder, but not as bad as some other tents I've used (REI Quarter Dome, I'm looking at you)
- The tent kept us dry. It rained for about 8 hours, and the tent didn't get us wet at all. The rain fly was pressing against the tent body due to high winds, but we remedied this by propping the fly out with my trekking poles.
- At 29 square feet this was definitely the smallest tent I've ever shared with anyone. It worked out pretty well though. We left our gear under the two vestibules which gave us plenty of room for activities inside. We also managed to cook dinner under the vestibule, since it was raining. The best part is that there was room for two adults to sit upright in the tent. Critical!
What I am most impressed by is that even with all the rain condensation really didn't build up on the inside of the tent. Often I find even camping in dry weather, moisture from your breath will condense and drip back onto you over the course of the night. Even spending 12+ hours in the tent I did not get dripped on once.
Overall I am very happy with the tent. It costs a little more money than most casual backpackers want to shell out ($399) so I would recommend waiting for a coupon, or your REI dividend to come in if you think this is the tent for you.