MSR Hubba Hubba NX

Lightweight 2 Person Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba NX Review

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Tent
7.9

Size and Comfort

8.0/10

Weather Proof

8.0/10

Weight

7.0/10

Ease of Set Up

8.0/10

Dismantling

8.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Durability & Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good ventilation
  • Two different fast and light pitch options
  • Easy to set up
  • Fast fly option does not require a footprint purchase

Cons

  • A bit on the heavy side for a lightweight tent
  • Lightly colored rainfly lets in a lot of light on moonlit nights
  • Requires care if it’s to stay in good shape

The MSR Hubba Hubba has gone through a few upgrades since it first came out, the latest one of which has significantly reduced its weight. Through the use of lightweight fabrics, mini zippers and a well thought out design the weight now stands at 3lb 7oz. Light enough to serve as a backpacking tent but compared with other lightweight 2 person tent like the Big Agnes Fly Creek or Hillberg Niak 2 Person Tent, it doesn’t compare with lightness in the former nor toughness in the latter. Instead, it strikes an even balance between both. The MSR Hubba Hubba is available for about half the retail price of the Hillberg Niak and is a good deal stronger than the Fly Creek making it a great mid-range product.

Below, we break down the Hubba Hubba’s comfort, ease of setup, durability and what customers are saying about it. In our lineup of the 5 best lightweight 2 person tent, the Hubba Hubba gets the middle spot.

Size and comfort

Weight: 3lb 7oz
Color: Red/White
Center Height: 39in
Base Size: 84 x 50in

With a floor space measuring 84 x 50in the Hubba Hubba is a bit smaller than some of its competitors but it makes up for this with superb ventilation and a two-door design. The kickstand vents, mesh walls and two vestibules give it even more air, making it one of the best in ventilation of any tent we’ve reviewed.

The Hubba Hubba comes with two medium-sized storage pockets at either end for storage. Two medium sized people could sleep comfortably but the size may present a problem for people over six feet. The vestibules are thankfully large enough to store high-capacity bags without blocking door access.

Weight

The Hubba Hubba has a packed weight of 3lb 12oz, which reduces to 3lb 7oz with just the poles, body and fly. While you can get much lighter tents like the Big Angus Fly Creek, and for about the same price, this though comes with tradeoffs in durability. When choosing a lightweight tent, there will almost always be a compromise you have to make between weight and material strength. The lighter tents are light because they use thin fabrics which of course reduces their overall durability. The Hubba Hubba gets a good balance between the two. Not too heavy and just strong enough to endure rough conditions.

Ease of Setup

Its symmetrical design and single-hubed pole makes the Hubba Hubba a cinch to set up, one person can have it up in about 8 minutes. All you need to do it lay out the tent put together the pole sections, place the poles into the corners and clip everything in place. One issue with all the mesh on the top section is that you need to get it set up quickly in the rain if you’re to prevent it from getting wet inside. The long multi-segmented pole is also a bit bulky to pack and is best stored on the exterior of your backpack if your short on space.

The corners of the fly are color coded for easy attachment and once in place, the tent is ready for use. You don’t technically need to stake out the corners (part of the reason why it’s called ‘freestanding) but it’s the only way to secure the tent against strong winds.

What makes the Hubba Hubba so versatile in its setup is that you have two options. One that doesn’t require a footprint and another that will require one. pitching it without a footprint will require a bit of creativity with how you stake it but makes for a quicker setup and more versatile use of the tent in different situations.

Dismantling

The stuff bag that comes with the Hubba Hubba is much easier to pack than the more common bags that require precise packing to fit correctly. This stuff sack is versatile enough that it can forgive novice attempts and the compression straps allow you to cinch it tightly enough to fit in your pack.

Lightweight 2 Person Tent     

Durability and Quality

Here we can see that the Hubba Hubba is all about balance. A well throughout design allows it to keep its weight to a minimum while still maintaining strength against the elements. The single-hubed pole design gives it great strength in wet and windy conditions. A ridge pole in the center allows the walls to stay vertical and maintain structural integrity. Once you’ve got it all staked out with the rainfly on tight this tent can take a real punishing. The fly can even be rolled back halfway to put it in stargazing mode.

For those new  to lightweight tents, the 30D floor and 20D fly are undoubtedly thin but in the world of ultralight tents, it’s a good compromise between durability and weight. You should still take care of this tent when on the trail and purchasing a footprint will give it some much needed extra protection.

Camping Situations for Best Use

The Hubba Hubba is graded as a 3-session tent and based on customer reviews it holds up pretty well to that claim. Still, if you expect it to last you have to be careful with this tent. As the fabrics get thinner the more risk there is of damage so choose your campsite carefully and use a footprint for extra protection.

The superb ventilation of the Hubba Hubba makes it great for use in humid environments but this can cause problems in colder conditions. If your in need of a sturdy lightweight tent for multi-day hiking or an extended backpacking trip than the Bubba Hubba is a great investment. It’s just the right size for two people and is more than enough space for one person.

Customer Experiences

Compared to other tents we’ve reviewed the Hubba Hubba has a higher percentage of customers who gave it 5/5 in their own reviews. Customers were incredibly happy with its durability, ease of setup and lightweight design. Many took it through extremely rough conditions where it withstood all the rain and wind that could be thrown at it. Others love it for its ventilation system which draws warm air out and cold air in. for what you get at the price it is this is a great buy that has made many customers very happy.

Manufacturer

Mountain Safety Research began as a newsletter in 1969 about mountaineering safety. Larry Penberthy, the founder, wanted to design and create his own climbing gear that would give mountaineers the best protection possible. As time went on more products came out, most of them designed by Larry himself based on real-world challenges he experienced as a climber. Today, MSR still carries on this mission of designing high-quality products that provide great protection and reliability in the field.

       

Accessories to Consider

If your planning your own camping trip with the Hubba Hubba you might consider these few extra accessories to make your trip better. You can overcome some of the tents problems with these handy pieces of kit which we fully recommend.

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent Footprint

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Footprint

This footprint has been made especially for the Hubba Hubba and will give it even greater protection, both against leakage and sudden rips or tears. No matter how strong the quality of a tent it is always better to bring a footprint along for extra protection. This one is made from 68D polyester and comes with a lifetimes manufacturer warranty.

MSR Groundhog Stake Kit

MSR GroundHog Stake Kit

It’s worth mentioning that the stakes which come with the Hubba Hubba are far from perfect. A few extra high-quality stakes like the MSR Groundhog Stake Kit will go a long way towards keeping your tent secured against strong winds and will also make for a lighter load. These stakes have received near unanimous recommendations from happy customers and they receive ours as well.

MSR Tent Gear Loft

             

If you normally make use of the overhead gear loft in a tent you’ll need to purchase it separately to fit with the Hubba Hubba. This means though that you’ll be getting a superior product to most ones which come included with a tent. The MSR Tent Gear Loft comes with a zippered pocket for storing smaller items and its adjustable size make sit versatile in how you fix it.

Features

  • Two-man freestanding tent
  • Three-sessions
  • Two large D-shaped doors with built-in rain gutters
  • Adaptable cross fitting ventilation system
  • Unified hub and pole design with color-coded clips
  • Comes with ultra-compact compression sack

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good ventilation
  • Two different fast and light pitch options
  • Easy to set up
  • Fast fly option does not require a footprint purchase

Cons

  • A bit on the heavy side for a lightweight tent
  • Lightly colored rainfly lets in a lot of light on moonlit nights
  • Requires care if it’s to stay in good shape

Conclusion

For most backpackers, price will be a big obstacle to getting their hands on a quality lightweight 2 person tent. The lighter more durable models like the Hillberg Niak call for a big investment which makes little sense if you only go camping a few times a year. The MSR Hubba Hubba instead tries to strike an even balance between price, weight, and quality of materials. If you want something mid-range that can take a beating and remain light enough to backpack with the MSR Hubba Hubba more than fulfills these needs. In choosing the best lightweight 2 man tents the Hubba Hubba gets a middle rank which for most people is the best of both worlds.

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