Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 4 Tent

September 26, 2011  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   6 Comments

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 4

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 4
$600, 5 lbs. 10 oz. (tent, fly, poles)

My wife and I are delighted that our kids are big enough to backpack and are eager hikers. But they’re both still grade-schoolers—they can’t carry much yet. She and I still haul virtually all of our family’s gear and food. How far our kids can hike is no longer the limiting factor in our family backpacking trips; it’s how much she and I can carry. Now this incredibly light, low-bulk, four-person tent has changed the calculus of backpacking for us.

We passed numerous nights in the Copper Spur UL 4, from the Everglades to the Tetons and Oregon’s Grand Ronde River. It goes up easily enough for our kids to do it. Headroom is excellent throughout, and the 57 square feet of floor space more than fits our family and generously accommodates four adults. Two vestibules provide plenty of boot, pack, and rainy-day cooking space. The all-mesh canopy and two doors deliver maximal ventilation. The hubbed-pole system creates a weather-worthy structure, and the lightweight, siliconized nylon fabric is tough enough for rocky ground. It’s not often that gear changes your life, but the Copper Spur UL 4 has expanded this family’s backpacking horizons.

—Michael Lanza

6 Responses to Gear Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 4 Tent

  1. Kay Hummel   |  October 22, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Our grown sons each have a Big Agnes tent; I sure could use one, now, even though their parents no longer have to carry all gear for these young men. Lighter loads always make sense! Especially as parents approach 60 years or more!

  2. Michael Jones   |  October 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I love the amount of room to weight ratio.

  3. Kevin   |  October 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I have one of BA’s larger tents, King Creek 6, that I use specifically for car camping. This is a wonderful tent. And at one point it ripped, which was when I discovered how amazing BA’s customer service is. They were incredibly responsive, and repaired my tent. They couldn’t have been more helpful. Great company, and fantastic products.

  4. nick   |  October 16, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I have the copper spur 2 excellent tent love the big angus products I also have the pad sl

  5. thomasdolven   |  June 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for your review! I’m looking for a 4 person tent for the exact use you’re describing: Lightweight family backpacking with two small kids – and the Copper Spur UL4 seems to fit the bill!

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