MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent

MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Backpacking Tent Review

MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Backpacking Tent

MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Backpacking Tent
7.6

Size and Comfort

8.0/10

Weather Proof

6.0/10

Weight

8.0/10

Ease of Set Up

8.0/10

Dismantling

8.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Durability & Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to pitch and pack away
  • Comfortable living space
  • Lightweight design
  • Sturdy design
  • High-quality materials

Cons

  • Not suitable for really adverse conditions
  • Condescension can drip down from the inner ceiling but only on still nights
  • Pitches inner first

Last week we reviewed the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent in our roundup of the best lightweight 2 man tents, this week we’ll be looking at its slightly smaller brother the MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Tent. If you haven’t already read it be sure to check out our lineup of the 5 best 1 person hiking tents. In this post, we’ll be taking a more detailed look at the Hubba NX 1 Person Backpacking Tent to see why it made our list.

For solo trekkers, weight is of prime concern in choosing a tent. You’ll be carrying this tent entirely on your own and depending on what sort of weather conditions you normally deal with, the length of your trip and how often you camp, some tents will be better than others. The Hubba NX1 is in the mid-range so if you want something that gives you an even balance of comfort, protection, and durability the Hubba NX1 is a great choice.

Size and comfort

Weight: 2lb 7oz
Color: Red
Center Height: 36in
Base Size: 86 x 30in

With 18-sq ft. of space and a head height of 36in the Hubba NX1 provides plenty of space for most people to sleep comfortably. ‘Plenty’ here should be taken in regard to 1-person tents but most people should have enough room to move around without feeling cramped.

An issue you must deal with in most lightweight tents is the lack of features. To get the tent as light as possible, MSR has stripped away all unessential features like storage pockets and extra window vents. The only extra item it does come with is the stuff sack but it’s a stuff sack that allows you to compress it tightly with its built-in compression straps.

Ventilation is good with the all mesh top walls and vent on the rainfly providing plenty of airflow. When weather conditions start to get rough outside, the side-entry vestibule can be used to keep your backpack dry and so long as you’ve got the rainfly on tight you should be fine against anything but the worst storm conditions.

Weight

When trekking alone weight will be of prime concern. At 2lbs 7oz the Hubba NX1 is just the right size for solo hiking. It’s best suited for cyclists as it fits perfectly into most cycling panniers. The ease of setup and take down also means there’ll be minimal effort and time lost when you need to move or make camp fast.

Ease of Setup and Takedown

The integrated pole design makes setup a very easy affair. Just a quick snap together and the pole system is up and ready for use. The hub-and-pole design, combined with color-coded clips make for an easy setup. With practice, you can have the tent up in about 8 minutes.

The same goes for dismantling, just remove the pitching stakes, unclip the poles and it folds up easily into the stuff sack.

Durability and Quality

Although marketed as a waterproof tent, the Hubba NX1 may have some leakage in heavy rainstorms. Any rain that bounces beneath the fly and gets through mesh will result in a little splash back. That aside though, its 40D nylon ripstop and 15D nylon mesh makes it more durable than some other lightweight tents that have reduced the material thickness to decrease weight. As mentioned, this is a balanced tent, comfortable, durable and lightweight. Experienced trekkers who go on multiday hikes in rough conditions will need something tougher like the Hilleberg Akto, those in need of something lighter would be better with the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 but this comes at the cost of durability and comfort.

Even with its stronger build, you’ll still need to exercise caution with the Hubba NX1 (as you should with all tents) and choose your camping location carefully so it won’t get damaged. With the right care, this tent can last you many years and hold up against all but the worst conditions.

MSR Hubba NX Tent               MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent

Camping Situations for Best Use

2lb 7oz is just light enough that a solo hiker can make a good distance with this tent without tiring themselves out that much. For best use though it will suit cyclists. It’s compact size once inside the stuff sack makes it easy to transport and its easy setup makes it a cinch to set up in a hurry. You may experience a slight dripping on rainy nights but the tent as a whole can stand up to some rough conditions. Anyone planning a multi-day hike in good to moderate weather conditions should have no problem with the Hubba NX1.

Customer Experiences

The even balance of this tent in weight, comfort, and durability make it a very popular and a top seller on Amazon. Many customers have taken it out into adverse conditions and claim it held up perfectly. Most have recommended that you purchase a footprint to go with it as well for added protection and comfort. Those new to camping who didn’t want to spend a ton of money to start with loved the Hubba NX1 for its ease of setup, comfort, and lightweight. The consensus among customers is that solo hikers in need of something simple that does the job without spending a fortune would benefit a lot from starting with the Hubba NX1.

Manufacturer

MSR (Mountain Safety Research) started out in 1969 as a newsletter about mountaineering safety. Since then it’s expanded into a full outdoors equipment company with everything the avid outdoorsman could need. Many of their products are designed to stand out from the competition and present something new to the public. They continue to carry out their founder’s mission, Larry Penberthy, by providing high-quality products that will give you the protection and reliability you need in the wild.

                MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent

Accessories to Consider

Make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable with a few extra accessories. If your new to camping and in need of some extra gear to go with your tent try out these items.

MSR Hubba NX Fitted Fabric Footprint

 MSR Hubba NX Fitted Fabric Footprint

A footprint is one of those essential pieces of kit that you should rarely if ever, go camping without. MSR has designed this footprint to fit perfectly with the Hubba NX1 and give it the extra protection it needs against debris and rainstorms. A 60D polyester taffeta ensures you’ll stay dry even with water runoff.

Therm-a-Rest Neoair XLite Air Mattress

 Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Ultralight Air Matress          

You’ll have no trouble fitting even the large version of the Therm-a-Rest in your Hubba NX1. This ultralight inflatable air-mattress is perfect for giving you a good nights sleep and ideal for long hiking trips. Weighing only 12oz and made with a special heat-trapping construction you’ll be able to stay warm and dry even when it’s pounding down outside.

Features

  • 3 session design
  • 1 person occupancy
  • 1 door
  • large side entry vestibule for storing gear
  • Large StayDry door with built-in rain gutter
  • Cross-ventilating rainfly
  • Unified hub-and-pole design with color-coded clips
  • Ultra-compact stuff sack that can be compressed for easy storage
  • Aluminum pole design
  • Aluminum stakes

Pros

  • Easy to pitch and pack away
  • Comfortable living space
  • Lightweight design
  • Sturdy design
  • High-quality materials

Cons

  • Not suitable for really adverse conditions
  • Condescension can drip down from the inner ceiling but only on still nights
  • Pitches inner first

Conclusion

The Hubba NX1 isn’t the lightest solo tent, nor is it the sturdiest but compared to those lighter and more sturdy tents it provides good comfort while still maintaining a decent lightweight and design. Beginner campers who are looking for something dependable will find a lot to love in the Hubba NX1. It’s versatility in different conditions and lightweight make it easy for solo trekkers to take out on multi-day hikes. Yes, It is very limited in features but it’s still a comfortable and spacious choice for any avid outdoorsman. Take care of it and it should last you many sessions in the years ahead.

More experienced campers may want to choose something more sturdy while those on a budget will want something more affordable but the Hubba NX1 strikes a good balancing point between both. I would fully recommend this tent for infrequent to common campers who go out several times a year.

 

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