Underneath all the tech is a well-designed, lightweight, single-person tent with Big Agnes’ proven pedigree behind it. The Fly Creek HV UL1 mtnGLO packs a lot of features into a 2-pound package, too, including a single door with vestibule, a three-pole design, gear loops, mesh pockets, and a special media pocket with cable routing to stash your iPod or smartphone. The steep, high shape of the Fly Creek line also provides plenty of space for the weight, while still managing to be one of the sturdier tents on the market. In fact, we once stumbled across an abandoned Fly Creek buried beneath 2 feet of snow and were surprised to discover it still assembled and functioning.
It was probably only a matter of time until somebody did this. After all, hammock camping has exploded in popularity over the last 20 years. Hammocks are light, easy to set up, and your kidneys will love not being poked by roots all night long. But as anybody who’s spent the evening suspended between two trees can tell you, hammock camping is a solitary, cramped affair. Tentsile recently went back to the drawing board and combined the best qualities of tents and hammocks. Essentially a tent suspended between three trees with webbing and a ratchet, the Flite can sleep two people and has enough head room to sit up and change clothes. The triple suspension gives the floor of the Flite much more stability than a standard hammock, and the fly can be pegged outward to the ground so your gear stays safe from rain and dew all night long. Hammock camping can be drafty, though, so a sleeping pad pad is still required to protect against a nighttime breeze that might otherwise chill your hind quarters. As of now, there is no way to affix an under quilt to the Flite’s triangular shape.
Tents are primarily categorized based on capacity so it is helpful to know how many people you'll need to accommodate on your hike or camping trip.