The Fly Creek is a tent aimed at beginning backpackers, which is to say —
light, small, and not the most comfortable night’s sleep in the world.
The tent’s dimensions were by far the most cramped of all the ones we
tested. While the specs state that the UL2 offers 38 inches of headroom,
those inches are towards the back of the structure instead of front
where your head is. This makes putting on your pants a grueling,
horizontal task if it’s cold or raining outside. Moreover, the Fly Creek
must be thoroughly staked out to produce those dimensions, including
two crucial stakes on each of the tent’s sidewalls. Rocky campsites
cause the tent to collapse on itself, shrinking from 28 square feet of
floorspace to what feels like about 5. Missing any stakes lets the UL2
flap noisily in the wind, while the miniature vestibule leaves packs and
boots exposed to the elements. On the other hand, the ultralight
silicone of the tent and fly felt like silk, packed up small, and kept
out the fiercest cliffside breezes and rain. The Fly Creek is ideal for
Daniel Boones who like to go fast and travel alone.