Feb 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm #1299351
EDIT: Tent is sold!
I'm selling my Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. I purchased this tent new in January 2012 and have used it for about 15 nights. The tent is in good shape and has no holes or tears – it has kept me dry in several rain storms. The floor of the inner shows a little bit of dirt from general use; and there are about 4 small red marks on the bottom floor of the inner (I think I set up on some berries – see bottom of post for pics). The tent has been stored hanging uncompressed in a smoke-free home.
I have made a few small modifications to this tent which I think improved it:
1. I replaced all the standard guylines and cordage with some 1mm Oware tarp cord (http://shop.bivysack.com/product.sc?productId=44). This line is very strong and holds a tautline well. You can use your own line if you want.
2. I cut off all the tags (I think there were two).
3. I removed part of the mitten hooks used in attaching the inner tent walls to the fly to make it roomier. This makes it easier to hook the loop once in the inner while still keeping it secured (see picture below).
4. I added seam sealant to the bottom side pullouts for extra strength (see picture below). The rest of the pullouts seemed plenty strong so I left them alone.
I believe those are all the modifications I made. What is included in this sale is everything but the stakes (inner tent and fly + stuff sack, poles + stuff sack, and repair sleeve):
The weights for my tent are:
Inner: 13.8 oz
Fly: 11.5 oz
Poles: 10.4 oz
Poles stuff sack: 0.3 oz
Body stuff sack: 0.5 oz
Repair sleeve: 0.4 oz
Total: 36.9 oz
EDIT: Tent is sold! I'd like to get $160 shipped CONUS for it. Please PM me if you have any questions!
In addition to the above, I made a little "y-connector" out of some guyline and washers which enable the fly to be set up first by itself. This is very useful for when it is raining or when pitching it in high winds. This addition which I'll include weighs 0.4 oz and folds up small. Here's how it works:
Take the y-connector:
Unfold it and put the tips of the poles into the washers:
Stake down the 3 ends like this:
Now your pole structure is set and staked! And now secure the fly over the poles and to the stakes so it can't blow away:
Then stake out the remaining fly pullout points:
This leaves you with a good amount of floor space to take refuge under:
Then you just clip in and secure your inner like normal, but while keeping it dry under the fly:
And you're left with a fully-pitched taut tent:
Here is a picture of the red stains on the tent floor:
Feb 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm #1955082
Dena KelleyBPL Member
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
I happen to have a BAFC2 already but I wanted to say your Y connector idea is brilliant. Much lighter option than the footprint.Feb 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm #1955113
Thanks! It took me a bit of fiddling to get the tensioning of the poles just right, but it wasn't too bad.Feb 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm #1955350
I'm so glad you posted this. I want to try converting my own tent into a tarp. You should post this in the relevant forums too so more people will see it. Cheers!Feb 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm #1955397
Thanks, good idea. I updated the thread I originally started:
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