Weight is an important factor to consider when in the market for a backpacking tent, because the last thing you want when you are climbing mountains is a heavy, grueling camping gear on your back and shoulders. Big Agnes describes the Tiger Wall as being their lightest 2 door tent. The Tiger Wall UL2 is a 2-person tent and in our opinion, it is not just the lightest 2 door/2 vestibules tent manufactured by Big Agnes, but one of the lightest you can find on the market in general.
Here are the main specs of the Tiger Wall UL2:
- Packed size: 5.5 x 18 in
- Floor: 28 sq. feet
- Packed weight: 2 lb. 8oz.
- Fast fly weight: 1 lb. 11oz.
- Capacity: 2-person
- 3-season use
- Head height: 39 in
- 2 doors
- 2 vestibules
- Body material: nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh
- DAC Featherlite NFL pole system
The Tiger Wall UL2 is an ultralight (hence its UL name), double-wall backpacking tent with a free standing design (semi freestanding to be completely accurate, as you still have to pitch out the foot with 2 stakes) and a variety of useful features.
The tent uses a hub pole system and it has less nylon and more bug mesh, which helps in reducing the overall weight and making the tent more breathable. It has dual zippers with easy grip pulls and double sliders for the vestibule zippers, which let you ventilate from both the top and the bottom, depending on your preferences. One annoying issue concerning the zippers is the zipper guard, which gets caught in the zipper quite often when it is wet/damp.
The guylines are reflective, you’ve got Velcro tabs which connect the fly to the pole and a minimalist structure in general.
Big Agnes also sells the footprint separately, for approximately $70. The footprint weighs 6 ounces.
The single pole architecture of the Tiger Wall UL2 makes the tent a bit more vulnerable in strong winds, so you’d be advised not to expose it to such conditions. On the other hand, the Tiger Wall UL2 copes really well with storms and rains, and although it uses thin materials, it is durable and completely waterproof, with taped seams all over and a bathtub floor. You won’t experience any leaking issues and so on.
Pitching the tent is an easy job. The pole ends are color coded so that you can figure out faster which corresponds to what corner. The rain fly is also easy to clip. As we’ve already mentioned it, you do need 2 stakes to pitch the foot of the tent, because this isn’t a fully freestanding tent, but more of a semi-freestanding one.
The most irritating issue with the Tiger Wall UL2 is the fact that it comes with short guylines. The guylines are precut and have a real short length. The fact that the guylines (for both the body and the fly) are not adjustable and are so short is a major drawback if you have to set up the tent on uneven ground. In order to maximize the volume and increase the overall resistance of the tent, you have to tension the vestibules and the rear corners.
The interior space of the Tiger Wall UL2 is quite limited for 2 people. One person feels more than comfortable inside the Tiger Wall UL2 and will have more than enough storage space, but for 2 people, the tent might feel a bit crowded. On the plus side, the Tiger Wall UL2 has 2 doors and 2 vestibules, which is convenient when you share the tent with someone. As for the length of the tent, it works for people up to 6 feet tall. Above that, you might not be that comfortable in it.
For storage, you can use the vestibules and the pockets. There is an over-sized ceiling pocket and 2 additional pockets on the sides.
When it comes to ventilation, the generous body mesh and the double-wall design are helpful, although the rainfly doesn’t have any vents. However, when possible, you can unzip the vestibule doors (from the top or bottom) to increase the air flow.
The provided stuff sack is small and narrow and the tent compresses really well. The tent is really easy to fit and carry in your backpack.
The Tiger Wall UL2 is not the most affordable tent out there, but it is a great value for the money. If cutting back on pounds is your main priority, but you don’t want to compromise on quality, the Tiger Wall UL2 is a really good option to consider.
The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 will cost you $400.
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