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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season

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Popular, well-maintained campsites just don't scratch your itch for wilderness, so you pack up the four-person, three-season Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent (UL stands for ultralight), and set up camp well away from any roads, bathrooms, or RVs. Although it can't compete with a lighter-than-air one-person tent in the weight department, it weighs barely twice as much as the one-person Copper Spur, and sleeps four without any problem, making it an ideal choice for group or family backpacking trips where weight is still important. The Spur was designed with steep walls and a horizontal crosspiece for extra living space, and a Featherlite DAC hub-style pole system for easy assembly. It also has plenty of creature comforts (for a tent, anyway) like eight mesh pockets, individual media pockets with cord ports, and two large vestibules that comfortably hold packs, boots, and smelly gear, so your happy tent doesn't deteriorate into a pile of stink. The Spur also has mesh walls designed to circulate air and let you sleep under the stars when the weather's good, and a ripstop nylon fly with zipper-covering storm flaps and taped seams, ensuring that no water ends up dripping onto your face or soaking your bag. Two doors eliminate the need to stomp over your tent partners' gear and faces, and reflective guylines and webbing take some of the fear out of walking around the campsite in the dark. You can even pitch the Spur using just the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately) if you're looking for an even lighter setup.

Price : $ 629.95

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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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