Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Review

Our Verdict

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is becoming a popular choice among campers and backpackers alike due to its outstanding balance between performance and weight. The semi-freestanding tent is quite easy to pitch and packs down small, which is perfect even for solo hikers. The overall build also reduces the total number of pole segments, which eliminates valuable ounces.

This lightweight tent provides a roomy headroom from wall to wall, which comfortably fits two people even when they are sitting up. It is quite a rare feat, especially among ultralight tents. While it does not perform as well during heavy rains as other options, its strengths more than make up for it.

Specs

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2
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Packed Weight2 lbs. 8 oz.
Floor Area28 square feet
Packed Size5.5 x 18 inches
Dimensions86 x 52/42 (L x W head/foot) inches
Peak Height39 inches
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles1
Rain Fly Material Silicone-treated ripstop nylon
Inner Tent Material Breathable ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
Price Range$$$$
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Review

The tent combines lightness and comfort, which are two significant factors for many adventurers. It does a great job of providing protection, especially after long days of hiking. Due to this, it is a top choice among amateurs and experienced outdoorsmen alike.

Comfort

Many ultralight models feature a construction that rises its peak height into a single point, usually the middle of the tent. This means only one person can comfortably sit inside the tent. However, the Tiger Wall UL2 takes a different approach.

It comes with a cross pole that expands the canopy. This spreads out the interior space that provides enough room for two people to sit up at the same time. While this may seem insignificant, it is a critical feature, especially for long-distance hikers.

The two side doors are large, which makes it easy to enter and exit the tent. It eliminates that awkward shuffling around and climbing over your companion when you want to get out or get in.

The tent also includes high privacy panels, which is perfect if you do not want to put on the fly during a warmer night. It is a nifty feature, especially if you are in a crowded campsite. The mesh canopy minimizes the moisture build-up inside the tent. And, it is great for stargazing and sleeping under the stars.

The vestibules on both sides provide space for extra gear or living areas during warm days. While they are relatively small, there’s enough room for an average-sized pack and your hiking boots.

Surprisingly, it comes with numerous storage pockets despite its weight and size. There’s one on each side around the head end, perfect for devices and other valuables. Another one is located above the sleepers’ heads. However, it is missing a canopy pocket which could’ve been a nice addition.

Ease of Setup

The DAC Featherlite pole provides a structure with a perpendicular cross pole. This widens the tent ceiling. Overall, the tent follows the traditional setup for a semi-freestanding tent. However, some features are a bit trickier to handle.

Big Agnes adapts a color-coded system in this tent just like its other models. This makes it easy to figure out which grommets connect to which poles.

The fly is a little challenging to attach compared to other tents. You will have to do a bit of wrangling at the head as it does not come with tension adjusters. The fly also comes with two tiny pockets made of heavy webbing material. These are for both ends of the cross pole, which are under a lot of tension. As such, they are a bit difficult to manipulate during setup.

The tent also comes with low-profile stakes, which are lightweight but sturdy. However, they are gray, which makes them easy to lose in the duffle. As a suggestion, tie off a piece of brightly colored or reflective guyline cord to make them visible.

Weather Resistance

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is generally a great tent, but its weather resistance is a bit concerning. During heavy downpours, rainwater splashes underneath the fly, especially around the head end.

While the ripstop nylon and waterproof exterior extend a bit up the side, they are a hit-and-miss during heavy rains. Water may sometimes leak through the mesh and inside the tent.

The doors are built using a unique zipper configuration that may become a problem during inclement weather conditions as well. The two tent zippers open in opposite directions. And, the fly zip is not high enough.

When it is clear out and sunny, this is not a problem.  But, it can be tricky to get in and out during wet conditions, especially as the water on the fly gets everywhere.

Durability

It is quite common to sacrifice durability in lightweight tents as manufacturers often use thinner materials. However, the Tiger Wall is surprisingly tough. The included DAC Featherlite poles are durable and can take a bit of abuse without cracking.

However, if you are expecting rough terrains or conditions, it is best that you invest in additional gear. Bring a contractor tarp or a piece of Tyvek to protect the tent from gravel or sandy ground.

Weight and Packed Size

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is one of the lightweight two-person tents that we have encountered. The smart construction, especially the cross pole that adds headroom, is a welcome addition. While the privacy panels are made of relatively heavier material, Big Agnes still manages to keep the weight at a little over two pounds.

Additionally, at only 5.5 inches by 18 inches, the Tiger Wall UL2 can easily fit inside a backpack. Of course, it is best divided between two people for an even lighter load. For a semi-freestanding tent, this is a great value.

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pros
What we liked
  • The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is a true lightweight at only 2 pounds and 8 ounces.
  • It provides ample headroom for an ultra-lightweight tent.
  • The clever design makes it comfortable for two people to sit up.
  • The large side doors make it easy to enter and exit.
  • Its mesh and privacy panels ensure ultra comfort during warm days and nights.
cons
What we didn't like
  • Water can splash under the rain fly during heavy rains.
  • The odd zipper configuration makes it challenging to get in or out when it’s raining.