The ultralight Scout UL2 is a 3-season, single-wall backpacking tent that uses 2 trekking poles (sold separately) to set up the tent. Carry less than a pound per person for a fully waterproof shelter.
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Big Agnes Scout UL2 Tentis rated3.4211out of5by19.
Rated1out of5byYoBabySupfromThis tent stinks.Expect to be soaking wet if you happen to brush against any interior surface in the morning. Ventilation is really bad unless there is a strong wind. Entry is extremely difficult if you are tall/ big because the pole setup is directly against the door. The poles do not like to stay on the reinforced pads and frequently slip onto the very thin tent fabric and in my case tear directly through it. I used this 2 times before I returned it.
It packs very light and small. Lots of interior space, but could definitely use some revisions.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated3out of5byBePreparedfromLove the weight, but not the spaceThis is an extremely light tent, and so I expected compromises. It certainly delivers on the weight. It also packs into a grapefruit sized package and fits well in the pack (any pack). I like the concept of being able to use hiking or ski poles, since I usually have them along already. But there are a couple of notable compromises... One, if you move when you sleep, as I do, you will knock the pole down. Now I know there are all sorts of internet suggestions on alternative ways to pitch it, but none worked well for me. Two, you need LOTS of cord to stake this out, and it will still sag, leaving little headroom. Three, any precipitation at all exaggerates point two. But again, a very light tent that does what it is supposed to.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated4out of5byJack ChengfromGreat idea, I love itSUPER light weight, EASY set up, & VERY roomy (can fit 3 person if need). My partner & I use Big Agnes Scout 2 in few trips, including whole JMT (221miles). Never has condensation problem. Just need to make sure you tie it (all 8) well. Pole inside tent seems to be better than outside. But like most ultra light weight tent, it cannot stop rain coming in with strong wind because its rain cover is more than few inch above ground. And like all single wall tent, you are unable to do cooking in rain (no rain fly). This is great tent for ultra light / fastpacking people!
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated4out of5bykraft1987fromAs light as they comeThis is the lightest weight 2-person setup I have found. This includes looking at the ultralight specialty shelters as well (minus any cuben fiber shelters). I have seen ultralight solo shelters weigh more than this tent, and believe that Big Agnes put a solid product on the market in the Scout UL2.
I generally do 1-2 night hiking trips with my dog, and this tent is perfect, as it has ample space for my sleeping pad/bag, gear, and dog. In addition, I sometimes have my brother with me, and this tent is actually big enough for two adult men to fit inside and not be shoulder to shoulder. In the latter situation, I recommend pitching it with both trekking poles on the exterior (I always pitch it this way now). Ample space aside, I do know that since this is a single wall tent, precaution must be taken against condensation. Pitching this on wet ground with no breeze will cause lots of condensation. I made the mistake on a trip with my brother. It rained for two three days, and on the second night I pitched it in a swamp... Not a good idea. We used our pack-towels to keep the moisture off of the sleeping bags, but it was less than ideal. Anytime I have used this on limestone or sand camp-pads it has not have moisture issues! There is a vent on three sides of the tent (minus the door) which does a good job in most conditions. Moisture aside, if you are a backpacker this is not a huge problem generally speaking, at least not where I go on the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota. Pick your site in an open area under a tree if possible, and you will not have any issues.
1. Truly ultralight (1lb -11oz on my scale with guy lines attached)
2. Excellent space for one person, and truly a 2-person tent
3. Pitching option are nice to have. Can be pitched between two trees if necessary
1. The zipper on the door gets caught if you're not careful getting out
2. Need to be conscious of where you set it up for condensation purposes
3. No vestibule for wet shoes and packs
1. Avid backpacker/ultralight enthusiast
2. Anyone who likes a pup tent design (it's a classic!)
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated5out of5byHikeblrfromLove itI love my Scout! I spent about 15 nights out in my Scout in 2013, looking to increase that in 2014. Overall it performed extremely well. Super light, packs up super small, and super easy to pitch. Very roomy. Lack of vestibule wasn't a bother, but then again I didn't have any torrential nights over the course of the season. To save even more weight, I upgraded to MSR mini-groundhog stakes, and Z-line for all the guys. So far so good.
The only gripe would be condensation - I found on cold nights especially, I would get a lot of condensation inside the tent. I think if I packed a packtowel or something it'd probably be OK, but in truth that probably has to count against the overall weight of the tent.
Either way, a very good tent. Nostalgia factor back to the boy scouts for sure. And overall very roomy tent for the weight. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated4out of5bykidkrash6kfromExcellent tent for a large manFirst and foremost I am 6'4" tall and 250 lbs. I need a tent that I can fit in without touching the ends. This tent suits my needs perfectly. It really takes no longer to setup as a freestanding tent. Then again I 45 years old and grew up using this style of tent in Boy Scouts.
This might not be the right tent for everyone but for anyone my size I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated4out of5bySworksdudefromLove... But....Just did the JMT with the new Scout UL Tent and I must say this is close to perfection for a lightweight fully enclosed tent.
This tent has great interior space. I am 6'3" and enjoy the space and keeping all my gear inside for quick retrieval.
Just a couple of quirks but manageable..condensation on some mornings was very,very wet,just be careful. The door zipper does get stuck a lot but after a while you know it may happen and take your time.
The pole issues of getting in and out or stretching and moving in the tent > great reviews on the way you can improvise, it works great with the pole sideways or guide line hooked to a tree, etc., improvise and you will not have a issue.
I did get rid of four of the tent stakes ( a little to light) and replaced them with better anchors on the mains.
Miss not looking out on great starry nights but no matter what I do...I always have to go in the middle of the night and will get to see the stars anyway :)
Pic.. Garnet Lake..Range of Light
Great Tent and Design, Thank You BA
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated1out of5byHellion and Nimrodfrom"Condensation" is putting it mildly!We bought this tent as soon as it was available and used it multiple times under various conditions. We read that it had Backpacker Mags endorsement and felt confident that it would be a good choice for our back country adventures.
The condensation issue is HUGE! It does not matter how light weight it is if you and your gear end up soaked in the morning. We used this tent 15 times and found the only way it did not have this fault is if we pitched our tent in a windy area. A tent is supposed to protect you from undesirable conditions not create them!
We are not talking about Rainy conditions.... clear skies with temps 45 - 65 overnight. It's sad because we did not mind the pole placement and could live with the door zipper issues.
Returned it to REI today.
Date published: 2013-08-31
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