Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent Review

Roomy, rugged, and light-as-a-feather--that's why the Fly Creek is this year's pick for best all-around solo tent.

Best All-Around

You don’t need to be an ounce-counter to appreciate this: a roomy double-wall tent that’s as light as a bivy sack. Our 5’10” tester could stretch out and even sit up in the Fly Creek without feeling like a netted fish, thanks to a 38-inch peak height, 22-square-foot floor, and a pack-swallowing vestibule that minimizes interior clutter.

The key is a single hubbed pole with a long section that lifts the spine of the tent, adding structure with minimal weight. There is a space tradeoff at the tapered foot end, but testers didn’t mind the smaller dimensions there. Guyed out, the Fly Creek proved unflappable in 15-mph winds, despite the ultralight materials. $300; 1 lb. 14 oz.

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