Inspiration Lake - Enchantments

Gear Review: Big Agnes – Happy Hooligan UL Tent (2 Person)

Some would argue to as to where the tent ranks in importance on a backpacking trip but I would say it’s no lower than three – unless your weather deteriorates, and then it quickly becomes numero-uno. But for the sake of nullifying any arguments, let’s just agree that a tent is pretty damn important.

With the Big Anges Happy Hooligan, you’ll be very happy when you set up camp in the backcountry.

The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan in the middle
The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan in the middle

Initial Thoughts

This is my first (and so far, only) backpacking tent. I love the Happy Hooligan. It goes up and down quickly and either has enough room for me and my bag, or two adult men (though somewhat tight). While the weight, 3 pounds 7 ounces, can definitely be beaten, I found this at a discounted rate and jumped on it, as it seemed to be in a nice middle ground considering price, quality, and weight. I usually strap the Happy Hooligan to the top of my pack and I’ve never had any issues while hiking. If you’re looking for Ultralight, this probably isn’t the tent for you. But, if you’re looking for a high quality, durable tent, that won’t break the bank, here you go.

Braving the Elements

Luckily, I’ve had pretty good weather on my trips. The one time we had inclement weather was in British Columbia at Garibaldi Lake. It rained ALL night and the inside of the tent was as dry as the Arizona desert in summer. Honestly, I didn’t even know it rained until I woke up, which seems like a good indication that everything in the tent worked as it should.

The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan in Havasupai
The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan in Havasupai

Where It has Traveled

Zion National Park – Utah

Havasupai – Arizona

Garibaldi Lake – British Columbia

The Enchantments – Washington State

Mount Lemmon – Arizona

Flagstaff, Arizona

The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan in the Enchantments (left)

Space Inside

It’s quite roomy. All but one trip has been a solo sleeping experience which allows me to put my backpack in my tent. As mentioned above, I was able to fit two adult men in the tent at Garibaldi due to weather. While it was tight, I wouldn’t say it was uncomfortable or anything. If you and your significant other are looking for a backpacking tent, this one would definitely work.


Until next time adventurers, take care and be safe.

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