Big Agnes Dyneema / Carbon Fiber series coming 2019
As an ultralight gear enthusiast I recently searched the internet looking for previews of the newest 2019 offerings and found Big Agnes was stepping into the dyneema fabric and carbon pole super ultralight tent arena, my initial thoughts were enthusiastic as each year I have lowered my pack and footwear weight to lighten my load and increase my hiking and backpacking efficiency. My favorite shelter this year was Zpacks Altaplex which is DCF and though I have other ultralight options the weight, space, and the fact that Dyneema is waterproof and does not soak up moisture aka “wetting out” had me grabbing it. A consideration when taking the Altaplex which is a wonderful shelter is the terrain I prefer to travel in is usually wilderness and off trail so flattish real estate for a non-freestanding tent and the ability to stake it out can be an issue at times. I have frequently used the Big Agnes Fly Creek or Copper Spur as an alternative in fact the Fly Creek 2 was my go to shelter before the Altaplex so seeing a version of the 2019 Fly Creek being offered in Dyneema with carbon poles was a Yes ! moment. Initial reporting and reviews were nearly nonexistent with nothing on video so I have waited for some impressions to filter down. I found two recent articles on the new “Carbon” series of the tents one by Andrew Skurka titled, “Preview: Big Agnes Carbon Tents I Dyneema for the (rich) masses ” and a mention by CLEVERhiker in a summary of new gear seen at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Show. I will let the reader take what they can at this point from those two early sources actual experience will ultimately provide consensus on these large retailer’s initial offerings. The question I have is not concerning the use of Dyneema I am all in on that all ready, but the thickness and durability of Dyneema on these tents remains to be seen. I don’t baby my DCF packs, tents, or shelters currently and have had them for years the cottage industries that brought DCF into the gear world have done a wonderful job with their product offerings I hope larger companies can do the same at a price point that allows most consumers to enjoy the benefits of DCF products over many years.
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