Tents & Camping Shelters

Absolute Snow Guide to Big Agnes Gear 2020

 

As we approach the spring/summer season, we pick out some highlights from the Big Agnes 2020 range and take a deeper look at the technical details that make for such standout designs.

 

TENTS


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The award-winning Copper Spur HV UL comes back for 2020 with an updated design that combines lighter, stronger materials with even greater versatility for fast-moving outdoor adventures.

The updated Copper Spur HV UL introduces proprietary, ultralight nylon double ripstop in the fly and floor.  This mixed denier fabric delivers a higher tear strength and puncture resistance with no added weight.

Most visible among the new design is the awning-style vestibule.   Double zippers let you raise the doors 'canopy-style' in warm or rainy weather to create sunshade or added living space in wet conditions.  Awnings can be erected using trekking poles, or accessory tent poles (sold separately), and stabilised with the included guylines.

For hassle-free setup, new TipLok corner buckles roll 3 functions into a single mechanism. TipLok includes a secure pole tip capture, rainfly buckle attachment and tensioner, and stakeout loop - all in one handy design.

The Copper Spur HV UL retains its high volume pole architecture, but with a new addition in the pre-bend span pole that increases strength, stability, and water-shedding.

Inside, there’s increased storage thanks to new 3D bin pockets.  The raised design helps stow and organise your camping gear while keeping floor space free for sleeping, changing, and relaxing.

Available in 1, 2, 3, and 4 person models, the Copper Spur HV UL series is at the vanguard of ultralight 3-season backpacking tents.  All seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's), with a long-lasting silicone waterproof protection in the outer to keep you dry through changing weather conditions.

 




Looking to take the adventure further?

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For those heading out into more challenging conditions, the Copper Spur HV Expedition builds off its 3-season counterpart; keeping the high-volume pole architecture and twin door design, but adding a higher-spec profile optimised for mountaineering and alpine use.

A DAC NSL pole system delivers increased stability, with larger diameter poles built to handle mountain winds and snow load while high-tenacity fly fabric increases tear-strength by 20-25%.  Dual, equalized Dyneema guylines and interior guy loops let you knuckle down and brace for high wind conditions while a PU nylon taffeta floor increases waterproofing to 10,000mm.

The two-door design gives each occupant their own entrance while windows feature two closure options: mesh panelling for ventilation or nylon for complete closure to seal out spindrift.

With a packed weight of just 2.49kg, the Copper Spur HV Expedition delivers a low weight, bomber shelter for winter wanders, backcountry ski tours, and climbing missions.  The Expedition is available in two and three-person models with footprints for extra ground protection.

 


 


A lighter tent for high-mileage routes?

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A favourite among the fast-and-light crowd, the Tiger Wall UL gives you the lightest two-door, twin vestibule backpacking shelter in the Big Agnes range.  Packed with tech, the Tiger Wall features DAC Featherlite pole architecture with silicone treated nylon providing long-lasting rain and UV protection.

With a packed weight of just 1.13kg (2-person model), the Tiger Wall’s technical design is crafted for the gram counter looking to travel fast and light.

New for 2020, the Tiger Wall UL returns with a one-person model.  This ultralight, single door shelter features a pack weight of just over 900g.  It features a vestibule for storage and oversized door for ease of access making it perfect for solo trekking and backpacking.

 


 


And if that’s not light enough...

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For those looking for the ultimate in lightweight adventures, the Tiger Wall Platinum 2 & Tiger Wall Platinum 3 models are a worthy investment.  Taking the Tiger Wall’s design features, the Platinum version switches to a lighter denier fabric to achieve a mere pack weight of 1.02kg (2-person model).  With dual zippers in the vestibule for venting, pre-cut guys, and colour-coded webbing for ease of setup, the Tiger Wall Platinum 2 and 3 are a fine choice for those looking to rack up the miles over a spring-summer trek.

 


 


For those who prefer two-wheeled adventures…

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The Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack gives cyclists the same ultralight design, with a Shortstik Poleset providing a compact 15 x 30cm pack size, and a toughened compression sack replete with daisy-chain webbing for multiple bike-frame attachment options.

Multiple pockets give you ample storage options, including an oversized ceiling pocket, media pockets, and elastic-webbing to secure your biking helmet. A 3-D shelf lets you stash your helmet and oversized gear to utilise dead space above your feet.

 


 


Something for first-time campers & those on a budget?

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The C-Bar 2 is a great option for first-time backpackers and campers wanting a lightweight, technical tent with a pocket-friendly price tag.

Built for 3-season camping, the C-Bar features DAC Angle Hubs with an attached cross pole to create a spacious interior. The freestanding design is easy to pitch, with single door access and a front vestibule for gear storage.  All this comes in a pack weight of just 1.81kg (2-person model) making the C-Bar a trail-worthy tent for those looking to stretch their budget further.  For small groups or two people wanting to split the weight between them, the C-Bar 3 is also available.

 


 


SLEEPING PADS

Big Agnes sleeping pads return for 2020 with an improved design that sees the incorporation of the new ASTM standard that measures a pad’s insulation using the R-value to determine thermal efficiency.   2020 pads now include a pumpsack made from upcycled pad material, turning excess fabric into a quick inflation option that won’t leave you breathless.

The Insulated Axl Air blends 3-season comfort with an ultralight and travel-friendly design.  A 9.5 cm thickness keeps you away from ground cold while oversized outer chambers help keep you comfortably centred throughout the night.  PrimaLoft Gold® insulation and Cross Core Technology work with a heat reflective barrier to trap and reflect body heat to keep you warm in cooler conditions.  Under new ASTM testing, the Insulated Axl Air achieves an R-value of 3, making it ideal for spring/autumn use.

A pack weight of just over 300g (regular, mummy), and a choice of tapered or rectangular shape makes this the perfect pad option for those seeking a versatile airbed for camping and backpacking in changing weather conditions.      

For a non-insulated option, the Air Core Ultra pad gives you a lightweight airbed in a compact design for warmer weather camping.

The updated design retains its pack weight of just 566g (regular), but now features a micro-adjustable, high-volume valve that lets you fine-tune to your desired firmness.

A cosy 9cm thickness is underpinned by a minimalist I-Beam construction for consistent stability throughout the pad's surface. Those oversize outer chambers help keep you comfortably centred while built-in heat reflective technology reduces heat loss for added thermal efficiency.

 

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Looking for the ultimate in comfort?

The SLX Tent Floor Pad covers the entire floor of your backpacking tent for wall-to-wall air-pad bliss.  This generously sized sleeping pad features a tapered shape that works well with a wide range of 2-person hiking tents.  A 3.5" thickness gives you a cosy platform with oversize outer chambers keeping you comfortably centred throughout the night.  The SLX provides room enough for two persons, or if solo camping, space to kick back and starfish in luxury.

 


 

 

SLEEPING BAGS 

Weighing just over 1kg, the Big Agnes Torchlight 30°F/-1C sleeping bag is a great all-rounder for those seeking a lightweight, technical down bag for 3-season camping and trekking.  The tapered shape features an expandable panel on each side that unzips to increase sleep space by up to 30cm (12").  This gives you a custom fit to suit sleep style, conditions, and body shape.  DownTek™ 600 insulation continues to insulate even in damp conditions while a body-mapped baffle construction focuses insulation in key areas for greater thermal efficiency.  A great sleeping bag for fast-and-light outdoor adventures!

 

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And for a lightweight sleep system on the go?

Part of the Big Agnes System Bag range, the Anvil Horn 30F/-1C features the Flex Pad Sleeve that lets you connect a camping pad within an integrated stretch sleeve. The stretch construction fits multiple pad widths and keeps you and your mat together for all-night comfort - as nature intended.  Hydrophobic DownTek™ 650 insulation packs small for high-mileage outings while the Insotect Flow™ construction holds down in place to deliver efficient heat distribution.  A handy extra is the Pillow Barn - a low profile sleeve that keeps your pillow securely tucked in place.  A lightweight down sleeping bag with a travel-friendly pack size, the Anvil Horn is crafted for 3-season camping and trekking where a range of temperatures may be encountered.  Couple with the Insulated Axl Air Mat for a great lightweight pairing.


Room for two?

The ultra-cosy Dream Island 15° is for car camping couples with no time for fumbling with fiddly zippers in the dark.  This double sleeping bag features plush FireLine™ Max Synthetic Insulation made from 50% post-consumer recycled polyester insulation with a blend of hollow and solid fibers to deliver maximum comfort, loft and warmth.   

This roomy bag features the Big Agnes sleep system, replacing unnecessary base insulation with a pad sleeve that holds your sleeping mat in place, which then provides the necessary insulation. Not only does this reduce bulk, but it also improves heat retention and provides a secure foundation to keep your pad and bag together through the night.

With its soft cotton liner and unique, draping comforter effect, the Dream Island feels like your own bed. A Free Range Hood gives you the freedom to lift your head while snuggled in the hood while a Pillow Barn keeps pillows securely in place. The Big Agnes No-draft collar, no-draft wedge, no-draft zipper and no-draft centre flap work to seal out cold air for a draft-free night.  One great sleeping bag for two-person comfort.  Couple with the Insulated Air Core Ultra Double for a great pairing.


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CAMP FURNITURE

When it comes to camping comfort, Big Agnes leaves no stone unturned.  Their Big Six gives you a strong and supportive camp chair with a travel-friendly design.  A tall back and wide seat provide comfort and support with a self-locating, shock-cord assembly for lightning-fast setup.  The hub-less design strips away bulky connectors for a stream-line aesthetic that's easy to pack while the aircraft-grade aluminium frame ensures a robust and long-lasting construction.  Weight is just 1.45kg, making this a great chair for car camping, events and day trips.

 

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For the fast-&-light adventurer

The Skyline UL Stool is for those looking to keep it ultralight.  Boasting a pack weight of just 510g, the Skyline UL features the same self-locating, shock-cord assembly and aircraft-grade aluminium construction as Big Agnes camp chairs, but with a super compact size (9 x 30 cm) for fast-moving hikes and wild camping trips.  Great for the minimalist backpackers where pack weight is at a premium.

 


 

 

And something for the camp chefs...

Grab a Soul Kitchen and get cooking!  The largest in the Big Agnes camp table range, the Soul Kitchen gives you a large surface area with a sturdy hard-top design all supported by Big Agnes' self-locating assembly for quick setup.  This deluxe camping table is perfect for seeing you through gourmet meals in the backcountry to beachside picnics and evening gatherings.  Folds down to a travel-friendly size and a pack weight of 1.93kg.

 

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