Big Agnes Copper Spur Platinum 2

Copper Spur 2 Platinum | Final Review – Average Hiker

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Copper Spur 2 Platinum Final Review

Copper Spur 2 Platinum

The Copper Spur Platinum 2 is a tent manufactured by Big Agnes.  I’ve always liked Big Agnes tents.  Their tents are well made, and leading edge in innovation.  Before switching to lighter tarp tents, I used one of their tents for my PCT hike.  The tent held up well, and is still sitting in my basement waiting for me to rediscover the joys of carrying a heavier shelter.  I keep getting told to put it on eBay, but their is sentimental value.  I just can’t let it go.

For my Colorado Trail hike, I decided to make the switch back to tents.  There were a lot of reasons, that I provided in this tent decision.  My little brother would tell you it’s because I’m getting old, but I like to think it was mostly for convenience and comfort.  Mentally, I’m quite young!

Tent Requirements

There were a few things I was looking for in a shelter when I chose the Copper Spur Platinum 2.  I had used Tarp Tents on the CDT and PCT, but on this shorter hike I wanted a little more comfort.  Balance was in order though, because I still wanted to keep down the weight of the shelter

  1. Light Weight
  2. Dry/No Condensation Issues
  3. Roominess
  4. Ease of set-up

Light Weight

The fully packaged weight for the tent is listed at 2lbs, 10oz.  I found this to be pretty accurate, and was excited about the weight for a double walled, free standing tent.  The fragility of the tent materials did make me a little nervous, and I knew I would have to be gentle with the thin nylon and DAC Featherlite aluminum poles.

Positives

The thin nylon material held up well, in both hail and hard rain.  I was surprised I had no misting, and remained dry as a bone in some pretty significant storms.  This is the first tent I’ve used a ground sheet with, and I cut a piece of tyvek to go under the tent and part of the vestibule area.  Other than waking up every creature within a quarter mile, as I shook the tyvek out in the mornings, it worked well.

Negatives

There were three items that stood out, due to the light weight materials.

Poles – One of the poles cracked on the third night.  It was a two inch crack that started near the connection.  I have no idea how this happened, and noticed it when setting up the tent the next night.  I was very gentle with the poles, so this was a little frustrating.

Pole Cords – I noticed that the elasticity in the cords seemed a little “stretched,” as if they had been used for some time.  They worked on the trip, and only time will indicate how long they maintain their stretch.

Zippers – The zippers were a pain.  I had to be very careful, especially if the fabric was wet.  The fabric ALWAYS caught in the zippers, and after it rained I often got soaked as I attempted to “unjam” a soaking wet fly in the mornings.

Dry/No Condensation Issues

Positives

As with most double walled shelters I used, I had no condensation issues.  it was nice not to have to worry about my sleeping bag touching the sides of the tent.  Tossing and turning was also not a problem, as it did not rain on me when I hit the sides of the tent.  In numerous down pours I stayed dry, always making sure to to stake out the fly as far as possible since the bathtub floor is not very deep.

There were really no negatives, other than a tiny bit of spatter one night, when I camped on a dirt pad.  I considered this admirable considering the deluge of rain all night.

Roominess

Positives

There was plenty of room for me in the two person tent.  I was able to fit EVERYTHING in the tent.  I left nothing outside, after some critter ate my hiking pole handles and ran off with a pair of my socks.  My pack, poles, shoes, etc., – everything went in the tent, and there was still room to spare.

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The two large mesh pockets over my head were great also.  I kept those things I needed to grab fast, up there – light, knife, bandana, etc., and that provided even more room on the floor.

Ease of Set-Up

Positives

The tent really was easy to set up, as I mentioned in my “First Glance” post.  Everything is color coded, from the poles to the clips.  The light weight made it a bit challenging in ANY wind, but I stayed below treeline, due to the storms, so this was never really an issue.

Negatives

I’m sure I would have gotten better in time, but setting up the tent in the rain was a hassle, and I always ended up a little wet.  I found my tarp tents MUCH easier.  On a side note, oddly enough, I also found the material slow to dry out after it did get wet, so what took me about 20 minutes to dry out with cuben fiber, took me a good hour with this particular nylon.  I would usually wait to stop for lunch to dry out the tent, so lunch occurred when there was sun, no matter the time.

Conclusion

Overall, the tent still gets two thumbs up for the section hike.  The cracked pole and zippers were probably the biggest frustration, but they were not show stoppers.  I really liked the roominess of the tent, and always staying dry.  Would I use this tent on a long thru-hike?  I probably would not, for a couple of reasons – durability and weight.  Is it great for a section hike – yes!

As far as comfort, this tent had my tarp tent beat hands down.  Convenience was a different matter.  I  had to be really careful with the thin material, and it was not much fun to set up in the rain.  My tarp tent sets up much more easily, and I get far less wet.  I may have a longer hike coming up in April, and although I love the roominess of the Copper Spur Platinum 2, it is probably my tarp tent that will be joining me on the April hike.

2 comments

  1. I’ve been thinking about getting a ZPacks Duplex, but this looks good too. If there’s one piece of gear I’m going to get right it’s definitely going to be the tent.😅 Great review.

    1. Hi Ben – thanks. I have an older Duomid from Zpacks. It has been discontinued, but I used it for about 700 miles on a section hike I did of the AT a few years ago. It was a great tarptent, but the condensation was irritating. I have to say though, that I’m tall, and worked around the condensation. I really liked the Big Agnes Platinum, but it was fragile. For a longer distance hike, if I had to choose again, I would probably choose the Duplex. It is the same price at half the weight of the BigAgnes, and I think the material would hold up better. On the AT, the choice would be tough. There is a lot of condensation, and I like the free standing tent on camping platforms. Ultimately though, I’m getting older and reducing weight seems to be rising in the rankings. Thanks for reading :-).

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