Why We Chose It: Ultra-light, superb price, great headroom, clever design
This tent is a bona fide bargain. For the weight, features, design and liveability, we’d expect a much higher asking price – so if you’re looking for an affordable but high-end shelter, look no further. The Big Agnes Tiger UL1 is ultralight (852g), spacious, waterproof and packed full of features including a good vestibule, internal storage, ventilation and much more.
Who Is The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL1 For?
The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL1 is suitable for wild campers, long-distance walkers, bikepackers and anyone who needs a lightweight shelter in the great outdoors at the lowest possible weight. It is suitable for three-season use in most conditions and environments, but for winter expeditions or exceptionally hostile terrain a stronger and sturdier tent will be required.
Materials and Construction
The flysheet and groundsheet are made from a silicone-treated ripstop nylon with a 1,200mm hydrostatic head rating and an additional PU coating, while the tent inner is a breathable ripstop nylon with polyester mesh. All seams are taped with a waterproof, solvent free PU tape and the poles are DAC Featherlite.
This one person tent features a cleverly-designed, hub-connected, all-in-one skeletal pole, which forms the main structure. A smaller transverse pole then slots across the apex of this structure stretching out the peak to maximise headroom. The inner, which is pitched first, clips tightly to this skeletal pole – and the result is a shelter with near-vertical walls and maximum head and elbow room. A decent-sized side porch and minimally-tapered floor add to the sense of spaciousness.
“If you’re looking for an affordable but high-end shelter, look no further.”
The inner is freestanding and can be easily repositioned to ensure you’re camping on the flattest, softest spot. It has a bathtub-style floor, with the waterproof material extending up the side wall for a few inches, and a mesh upper for good ventilation (and stargazing on clear nights when the fly isn’t required). The flysheet, which is thrown over the main structure and secured into place, has a large door and provides three-season rated protection against wind and rain, while tension straps ensure the fly stays taut.