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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV 2 Expedition Review

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The Copper Spur Expedition bridges the hole between ultralight Three-season tents and burly Four-season expedition shelters, providing one thing that’s each light-weight and rugged for when the climate goes south however the path goes up.

Based mostly on the longstanding and excellently designed ultralight Copper Spur collection, the Expedition variation maintains the essential design, however makes some main structural modifications. There are nonetheless two double-zippered doorways, two vestibules, a prime vent, and a really comparable Four pole, excessive quantity hubbed body. That, nevertheless, is principally the place the similarities finish. As an alternative of floaty, skinny nylon and breezy mesh materials, the Expedition makes use of a extra rugged rip-stop nylon with randomized inner fibers, a breathable polyester physique, thicker 9.6 mm DAC Featherlight NSL aluminum poles, and outsized aluminum J-stakes designed for frozen filth and snow alike. The inside has three zipper sealable vents, one on every door and one on the peak, and a complete of 12 inside pockets, with attachment factors for equipment. The tent dimensions are available at 88″, x 52″(head)/42″(foot) with a peak peak of 39″. The tent packs up at 7″ x 20″, weighs 5′ eight oz, and retails for $499.95.

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What I favored

The very first thing that stands out with the Expedition 2 to me is the construct high quality. In contrast to the whimsy Three-season shelters it visually compares to, this shelter is designed to take a beating. The materials are comparatively thick, robust, generously coated, and strong sufficient to withstand fraying or tearing when stretched and shifted beneath rigidity. Every seam is double-stitched and strengthened with polyurethane seam tape, whereas all the shelter, backside and prime is totally coated with 1200 mm polyurethane/silicone coating to waterproof it. The stake out factors are constructed from thick webbing, whereas the guy-lines themselves are exceptionally sturdy Dyneema cordage, tacked down with unusually thick aluminum j-stakes. Throughout, every nook of the tent feels comfortingly sturdy, strong, and has held up splendidly to date.

When positioned towards the weather, the Expedition 2 holds up nice. In circumstances that conventional Three-season tents would wrestle, this one feels at house. That is primarily because of the beefed up 9.6 mm frameset. The over-sized poles are available from 4 corners, assembly on the central hub, with a forehead pole that sits over prime. This, when mixed with the complementing man line helps and multi-point stake out system (a mixed 14 man/stake factors), prevents the tent from swaying too far in any course. Most tents truly fail when snapping again to form after wind has deformed them, as the quantity of rigidity and strain created from this rubberbanding may be fairly excessive. So, stopping this folding and flexing within the first place significantly will increase the tent’s potential to face up to harsh circumstances. I’ve discovered the shelter capable of to keep away from buffeting or caving in beneath 35 MPH winds with out concern when correctly pitched, and delicate snowfall isn’t a lot of a problem both because of the sloping roof and stiffness of the poles. The general form of the tent does a great job of shedding the wind to start with, permitting most breezes and gusts to easily transfer over or across the tent, as an alternative of crashing into the partitions. The result’s a shelter that handily outperforms principally anything I’ve examined within the weight class, bestowing confidence in tough climate.

Livability within the Copper Spur Expedition is somewhat good. The 88″ size and 52″ shoulders (narrowing to 42″ on the foot), offers loads of room for 2 campers to sleep shoulder to shoulder, with somewhat additional room on all sides for sprawling elbows or some gear. The 42″ peak peak doesn’t sound exceptional on paper, however as soon as your contained in the tent actually opens up. The poles are bent in such a method that it presses the partitions upward, growing quantity inside and lifting the ceiling excess of I initially anticipated. It additionally helps that there’s a extensive brow-pole that additionally pulls out each partitions to a close to vertical orientation, liberating up shoulder and elbow area. Two common sized campers fortunately can sit inside with out touching the partitions or ceiling in any respect, and duties comparable to packing up, altering or scavenging for that lacking sock are largely unimpeded. It additionally helps that the daring colours create a heat, inviting glow inside, even on utterly overcast days, boosting morale when a seemingly endless storm is blowing by means of.

Storage capability is superb, with a complete of 10 inside pockets offering greater than sufficient area for telephones, headlamps, studying supplies, socks, or just about anything you would need to string up inside. If that isn’t sufficient, a number of attachment factors permit accent lofts to be hooked up. The 2 giant vestibules simply accommodate two full units of drugs, boots and cookware, whereas nonetheless permitting a entry/egress pathway to be utterly unobstructed for entry and exit. This eliminates the necessity to crawl over packs or moist rain gear, and makes getting out and in a lot simpler.

Pitching the shelter is exceptionally straightforward and relatively quick. Your complete pole system is corded collectively and joins at a central hub, snapping collectively effortlessly without having to memorize the place every pole phase belongs. The pole ideas and the connection factors of the physique and rainfly are every shade coded, utterly eliminating any guesswork when setting it up. Merely stake out the physique, pop within the Four matching pole ideas, raise the clips on the tent physique to the body, pop within the forehead pole, and throw over the rainfly. The rainfly attaches by way of easy clips, and tensioners permit the pitch to be dialed in taut each time. There isn’t a lot of a method to go fallacious right here. The shelter may be pitched in about 5 minutes whereas simply staking out the 6 important corners. Nevertheless, a full pitch using the guy-lines, Velcro internal attachment factors and all 10 stakes is excessive beneficial, which can take about 10 minutes complete, or 7 minutes with a bit apply.

Condensation administration if incredible. The tent consists of a big prime vent, dual-zippered doorways that perform as vents (unzip them from the highest a bit), giant gaps underneath the rainfly, and three inside physique vents that may be utterly closed or opened as much as lure or launch heat air. The internal physique is absolutely breathable, permitting moist air to diffuse out, but in addition blocks direct wind from entry campers inside totally when the doorways and ceiling are zipped up. Gusts can circulate underneath the vestibule, however blow up and over the precise tent physique, exhausting scorching air whereas with out creating a chilly, breezy inside. This makes the shelter really feel fairly a bit hotter than it truly is, which is good for winter. When unzipped, the identical polyester doorways, ceiling, vestibule door vents and prime vent all work collectively to dump just about all scorching air inside, whereas nonetheless blocking rain and snow. This enables the within of the tent to remain heat, dry, and properly managed by merely shifting some zippers forwards and backwards. Even when utterly zipped up, I’ve had little condensation construct up under freezing. Above 40 F moisture will begin to construct up, requiring the vents to be opened in humid areas, nevertheless. The tent will get heat if utilized in temperatures above 70 F.

Contemplating the sturdiness, I discovered the load of the Expedition HV 2 to be distinctive. Typically, I come throughout tents with comparable specs that merely collapse underneath the drive of excessive winds, whereas nonetheless offering little inner quantity, or just devoid of useful options like second doorways and vents. As an alternative, this shelter sports activities extra sturdy supplies, 6 vents in complete, 10 pockets, and nonetheless manages to be spacious whereas solely weighing a bit over 5 kilos. That is removed from ultra-light territory, however contemplating the capabilities and full function set of the shelter, I’m fairly impressed.

I actually love the large eight″ aluminum J-stakes. The are straightforward to pound into principally any soil, frozen or not, and supply wonderful holding energy.

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What I didn’t like

Whereas strong and extremely versatile, the Copper Spur HV 2 Expedition nonetheless isn’t a real Four-season tent. Whereas I belief it above 6,000, 10,000 or even 14,000 ft, I wouldn’t think about this tent for someplace the place big snow dumps or excessive wind might be current. For that, a real Four-season shelter will nonetheless be a sensible buy. Though, it will doubtless survive if these circumstances do present up unannounced.

The tent is available in two stakes shy of with the ability to be utterly guyed out from all sides. There’s a lot for staking out the tent and guying out the shelter dealing with an incoming storm, however with out the ultimate two stakes the other finish of the shelter will probably be absent of guy-line help. If the wind shifts, I both should get out and transfer the included stakes to face the wind, or add two extra to my package. Up to now I’ve been unable to seek out matching stakes to complete the set.

The man strains and triangular attachment type will get twisted up simply whereas being packed, so take care to keep away from wrapping all of the cords collectively when stuffing it away. Untangling them within the rain or wind isn’t a enjoyable time.

I wouldn’t take this shelter out for a scorching summer time journey because it might flip right into a sauna, regardless of the superb air flow.

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The Copper Spur HV 2 Expedition fortunately hangs out in areas that conventional Three-season tents would completely wrestle, and even fail. The body is strong, the guy-points beneficiant, materials tenacious, and the general construct high quality is undoubtedly incredible. The mixture of sensible design and top quality supplies permits the shelter to outperform principally something within the weight class. It’s robust sufficient for many winter tenting excursions, vents properly sufficient for Spring and Fall journeys, and holds up properly sufficient for top elevation epics. Given the distinctive flexibility of the design and the truth that continues to be manages to be a totally featured, spacious, shelter at beneath 6 kilos, I can’t advocate this shelter sufficient to anybody who emphasizes pack weight and sturdiness. For many who refuse to let the standard of their shelter dictate the place or once they camp, this is a wonderful answer.

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