I bought my tent for my AT thru hike about a week ago. It is a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 with mtnGLO technology. I was going to wait until it got closer to my trip, but I am trying to save money wherever I can. I found it on Amazon on sale for only $359 (normal retail is $479), plus I had a $50 gift card. It wound up being a $170 savings overall.
I went with this particular tent because both of the people in the blogs I have been following use it and the thru hiker gear list on, Appalachiantrail.com recommend it too. The main difference between mine and all of theirs, is the color and that I have the little lights on the inside. It is listed as a two person tent. The solo hiker I follow, has been using it for the additional space for her gear and a couple I follow, have been using the 3 person, again for the same reason. I would like my pack to be inside with me (except for my food), plus for now, my husband and I can enjoy it too. The tent itself is classified as a ultra light tent and weighs in at under 4 pounds. It won the 2015 Editors Choice Award from Backpacker magazine as well. I opted for the mtnGLO because the prices and weight difference were so minimal that I thought it would be a nice little touch that could come in handy.
The mtnGLO adds a small strip of LED lights to the inner frame of the tent and can be turned on and off from a small switch that hangs above you. I know I plan on reading/blogging in the evenings when it is too early to sleep but too late to keep hiking. This way I won’t have to use a headlamp or flashlight and it might come in handy for the middle of the night bathroom needs as well. In away those little LEDs will probably also provide a small sense of security too.
It has been rainy here last week, so I haven’t had a chance to open it up and set it up yet. Today I was better; just overcast and breezy. So I went out to the common grounds in front of our condo and attempted to set her up! First attempt was a fail! I got everything out, but had no idea how exactly the polls were to fit into the grommets at the conners. I was afraid it was going to be too taunt and rip or bend something. So back inside and onto YouTube I went! I found this video and it was very helpful! I figured out that it was ok if the polls “bend” a little and that they wouldn’t break or tear anything.
Back outside for attempt number two. It was a success! The breeze was a pain because it wanted to throw the tent body and rainfly everywhere, but overall it was really easy. Since this was just a trial run, I didn’t stake anything down (that’s why the rainfly looks saggy). I was pretty proud of myself and excited to see my future home standing up! I forgot to test the LED lights but could see the little switch to turn them on and off hanging from above. Once I officially camp in my tent I will make sure to take some day and night pictures of it as well.