Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 mtnGLO Backpacking Tent is an ultralight backpacking 3-season freestanding shelter, reliable and easy to setup, with dual side doors and award-winning mtnGLO Tent Light Technology. Its steep, almost vertical walls offer a lot of internal space for three people.
- Ultra lightweight.
- Integrated light system.
- Many interior pockets.
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 mtnGLO is with a high price which corresponds to its features and quality. The tent is with two side doors, quite large and nicely designed, you can roll them to the side and fix on the wall.
The fly is with good vestibules on both sides, and they give 1.6 square meters (18 square feet) of covered space in total. Inside, you have 5 mesh pockets and 2 media pockets, this is something rarely seen in tents of this type. In addition, there are several integrated loops in the same area. Here you can attach gear lofts from the same brand, there are several types of them available, like the Large Wall, Large Trapezoid, and Triangle gear loft, and they can be ordered separately.
The inner tent body is practically all mesh, see the picture above, very breathable and translucent, two-toned for privacy yet still allowing for star gazing. The fly and the floor are with 1200 mm waterproof rating, and all seams are tape-sealed. The fabric is a unique weave with a high tenacity yarn and high filament count; this increases fabric tear strength by 25%, decreases the weight, and improves water resistance.
The tent is without a footprint, but it can be ordered separately, please check the links below. Having the footprint allows for the fast-fly variant, which includes the poles, the fly, and the footprint only. This super lightweight variant is only 1.25 kg (2.76 lb).
You have two main poles which together with the grommets in the tent corners give the tent its freestanding feature, and a brow pole which pulls the wall up and adds a lot of interior volume. The sections of the main poles are pre-curved, and the clips are a very lightweight and durable plastic.
The tent comes with patent-pending mtnGLO Tent Light Technology with durable LED lights which illuminate the interior of the tent with enough light for ordinary activities like sorting gear, playing cards etc., but do not expect to read a book with it. You have a single push button with three settings, on, off and 50% brightness, simple and efficient.
LED light strand is integrated into tent seams, see the picture below. This is all durable and flexible enough to withstand all that you do with the tent, repeated pitching, and stuffing. The light operates on three AAA batteries (not included). Light routing is above your head on the ceiling as you can see from pictures.
What is in the name
The letters HV mean ‘high volume’, and this feature is achieved by the brow pole and pre-curved main poles. The word ‘mntGLO’ tells you that the tent comes with an integrated light system.
Who is it for
If you are looking for a backpacking tent for three people, then this is the best example of it. With the weight of 1.79 kg, this implies less than 600 grams per person.
But as always, I would say it is best if used by two people only, plus perhaps a dog. You can see this if you bear in mind its width 70 inches (178 cm), with three narrow pads of 50 cm you hardly have any space left. Note, even if used by two people, you are with the weight per person which is less than you have with the lightest solo backpacking tents.
Now, if it is good for backpackers, this makes it great for practically any outdoor activity in relatively mild 3-season weather conditions. So, I see it as a great tool for hikers, mountaineers, kayakers, bikers, etc. Its packed size 20 x 4.5 inches (51 x 11 cm) is surely small enough for any of these activities.
In view of its high price tag, if you need something for occasional use only or if you are a complete beginner, you might want to check some less expensive options. Many tents are reviewed in this site, so please visit my page about tents and bivies. But if the price is not an issue, this is a great and reliable tool, from a renown brand.
Here is a nice short video which presents the HV UL 3 mtnGLO series, please have a look:
Pros & cons
My summary looks as follows:
With the price $550 at the moment of writing this text, this tent is expensive. Its features are hard to match but the same is with the price.
There are only a couple of reviews by Amazon customers currently available, and the average rating is incredible 5.0/5. See how I rate this tent:
My rating breakdown of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 mtnGLO tent
Specifications & summary of features
- Type: 3-season, freestanding.
- Capacity: 3 people.
- Packed weight: 3 lb 15 oz (1.79 kg).
- Trail weight: 3 lb 8 oz (1.59 kg).
- Fast Fly weight: 1.25 kg (2.76 lb).
- Floor area: 41 sq ft (3.8 sq m).
- Vestibule area: 9 + 9 sq ft (0.8 + 0.8 sq m).
- Vestibule depth: 30 in (76 cm).
- Packed size: 20 x 4.5 in (51 x 11 cm).
- Floor dimension: 90 x 70/62 in (229 x 178/158 cm).
- Peak interior height: 43 in (109 cm).
– Fly and floor: silicone treated, proprietary patterned random rip-stop nylon, 1200 mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
– Tent body: proprietary patterned random rip-stop nylon breathable and polyester mesh.
– DAC Featherlite NFL pole system.
– Ultralight plastic clips for attaching the tent to the pole frame.
– 8 superlight aluminum J stakes.
- Footprint weight: 8 oz (227 g), not included.
- All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape.
- 2 doors and 2 vestibules with storm flaps on the vestibule zippers.
- Large dual zipper door with discrete seams.
- CE certified.
- Quick Stash on tent body door.
- Proprietary random rip-stop pattern nylon is 25% stronger.
- Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure.
- Easy grip zipper pulls.
- Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners.
- 5 interior mesh pockets and 2 media pockets.
- 8 superlight aluminum J stakes included.
Comparison with other brands
Regarding the weight, it is hard to match this tent, so in this comparison table below I give two great tents from other brands only to get some feeling about the incredible weight of the Big Agnes tent. All are freestanding, 3-season, 3-people tents. You can read more about these tents within this site, just follow the links:
*This is with footprint.
**If you add the footprint, you have 2.017 kg.
The prices at the moment of writing this text are $550, 260, 270, respectively.
To conclude this Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 mtnGLO Backpacking Tent review, the best feature of this tent is its weight, and the worst is its price. But this is a top notch tool, I have no doubts about this and I can fully recommend it. Note that this series includes also the tent for 2 people and a solo tent, see the links below.
If you are not willing to pay that much, please check my page with tents, there are many other options available. In particular this ultra lightweight Marmot Tungsten UL 3P tent designed for backpackers.
Thank you for reading, in the case of comments and questions please use the comment box below. I wish you a nice day.