I recently purchased a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. So far, it's proving to be a great tent for my dog and I. The high fabric sides are probably my favorite part of it - they are great at blocking drafts and keeping warmth in. One of the things that bothers me about the tent, however, is that the inner must be set up before the fly. This is not an issue for me most of the time, but would obviously be a big problem if it was pouring rain. After seeing that Big Agnes advertises that you can set up the fly with just the footprint, I came up with a simple solution that allows me to pitch the fly first and then the inner. On each part of the fly where the tent poles end, I attached a 1/4'' washer with a small loop of guyline:
Doing this adds a few grams at most (I did not weigh the washers) and allows you to erect the fly using just the poles:
Once this is done, you've created a very large backcountry kite, so it must obviously be staked down. Crawling inside, you have a decent amount of room to hang out in:
Note that the shape the fly assumes with just the poles is not the same shape it assumes with the inner attached. So when you want to set up the inner, you must first temporarily un-stake the fly, and then you can set up the inner while remaining under the fly the whole time. This actually has not proven too difficult to do when practicing in my house and in my backyard, but might be more challenging during a windy storm.
So is this a perfect solution? Not at all. But I think it would be workable and applicable to many other tents out there.