Rating: 5 / 5
I have taken the BA Copper Spur UL 3 out on 3 trips now. For a lightweight double walled tent it is as good as it gets IMO.
Easy to set up, I have never owned a BA product but I put the tent up in my yard in minutes with the directions and did not need the directions from that point forward.
Despite the lightweight fabrics, it does seem to be durable if you use LW care. At 6'1 255 I believe it is easily a 2 man (large) person tent. The 90 inches of length allow plenty of room, my 65 lb lab sleeps at my feet. It is possible to sleep 3 in it, my wife, 3 year old daughter and I fit in it with our dog.
It is LW, and fits UL standards for 3 people. The footprint may not be necessary, but considering the price of the tent at 7 ounces I don't mind the weight increase for extra protection.
The bugs are bad now, so I haven't field tested the fast fly approach, but I have set it up in the back yard and I am looking forward to September for a field trial. This would save 23 ounces.
The vestibule space is limited, but it is enough room for gear, etc...I love the duel door entry, but the fly is short and you must really crawl into the tent. The zippers do require two hands most of the time.
It is easy to pitch this tent taught and on our last outing we had an extremely violent thunderstorm with lots of heavy hail for over an hour. No leaks and the Copper Spur UL 3 with stood the hail.
The price is steep, but the quality seems to be strong. I am very pleased with this purchase.