big agnes tiger wall ul2

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2 Tent Review

The lightest weight fully featured traditional tent at a killer value

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 is most notable for its impressive area-to-weight-to-price ratio. Tiger Wall offers backpackers the same livability and features of a tent that’s twice as heavy, and $100 more expensive. Shop now.

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  • Price: $450
  • Weight: 2 lbs, 3 oz
  • Material: Coated sil-nylon ripstop
  • Interior: 28 ft² | Vestibule: 16 ft² | Area/Pound: 20.0 ft²
  • Length: 86″ Width: 52/42″ Height: 39″
  • Pros: Very lightweight. Great value. Fully featured. Internal pockets. Comes with Stakes.
  • Cons: Semi-freestanding. Not ultralight. Modest wind-resistance. Ground sheet recommended.

Construction & Features

The Tiger Wall achieves its phenomenal lightweight performance thanks to the semi-freestanding architecture. An 8.7mm DAC Featherlite aluminum pole traces from foot end, over the center where it is bisected by a spreader bar, and forks to meet the head-end corners. The foot end corners do not have pole support and much be tensioned off with stakes to achieve a proper pitch. It’s a tremendously low asking price to achieve its incredibly low weight and high performance.

While this weight-saving architecture is very effective at its primary goal, it does leave the tent wanting for a bit more sturdiness and structural integrity. We would describe the Tiger Wall UL2 as fully adequate when faced with everyday backpacking conditions and lightly-to-moderately stormy weather. But for strong wind in particular, we don’t recommend Tiger Wall.

Turning inwards, Tiger Wall has great livability thanks to the steep side walls and head end, full-size vestibules, and four internal mesh pockets. All of those elements help to compensate for the slightly-smaller-than-average 28 ft² interior floor plan. Notably, we prefer Tiger Wall to the NEMO Hornet because it has more useable headroom.

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Review Verdict

The semi-freestanding pitch and moderate wind resistance are small prices to pay for a tent this light and livable. Tiger Wall is about as close as one can get to ultralight without ditching the convenience of poles. This is truly an exceptional backpacking tent for a great price and we recommend it highly.

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