The Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum is now the Fly Creek HV2 Platinum (which is pictured in the main photo above). The latest model sports a new hub for its pole structure which gives it 20% higher volume. The product links will take you to this new model since we believe it will be more easily available from major retailers as the older version gets phased out. Keep reading to learn more.
The ZPacks Duplex won our Editors' Choice Award; in comparison to the Fly Creek, it also delivers a class-leading light weight and great weather protection but is much roomier inside for two folks (you can sit up). If you hike with adjustable trekking poles, we think the Duplex is the best ultralight shelter for backpacking and thru-hiking. However, the Fly Creek Platinum and Duplex come with high price tags to match their high scores. The Mountain Laurel Designs Grace Tarp Duo receives our highest recommendation, if you're on a tight budget, for an ultralight backpacking shelter.