First Impressions on our Gear

Last week butterfly and I got out for another weekend adventure to Cougar Reservoir in Oregon.  unfortunately, we did not go on any long hikes, yet got to relax by the south fork of the McKenzie River and soak in nearby hot springs.

We finally got to spend a night in our new  Copper Spur HV UL 2 tent and in my new quilt from Enlightened Equipment. I will provide a quick breakdown of what we love and what we don’t love about our new gear so far.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 HV


This tent is awesome for a couple looking for a somewhat spacious UL 2 person tent. We found that the integrated DAC poles made pitching the tent go super fast. We also love the three gear storage pockets in the tent with the large loft over the head for electronics. This lightweight tent is the only one you need for solo adventures and adventures with your partner coming in at 2 lbs. 12 oz.


  • Lightweight design
  • Multiple gear storage lofts/pockets
  • Easily set up with 1 person
  • spacious


  • Zipper pulls on vestibule snag on fragile fabric
  • fragile floor material (need to use ground cloth)
  • double zipper construction for tent doors

Enlightened Equipment Enigma 20


This quilt is amazing! Super light, super comfy, warm. I have now fallen in love with the versatility of a quilt. It makes sleeping in a tent feel like I’m in my bed t home. This bag compresses like no other, the collar snaps are perfectly placed, and the ability to mostly close up the bag is amazing.


  • ultralight 18.1 oz
  • compact
  • comfortable to the touch
  • Super warm


  • Thin material
  • ability to move down around

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