Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent Reviews

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-person tent was designed for backpackers who need a tent that can do it all while still being compact and lightweight feels as light and efficient to use as it does to carry. From its spacious interior to its quick setup, this tent redefines lightweight livability. And now it boasts premier durability features, including virtually indestructible Easton® Syclone™ poles and MSR’s long-lasting Xtreme Shield™ waterproof coating. Whether you’re setting out to climb the Sawatch Range or circumnavigate Mount Rainier along the Wonderland Trail, the freestanding, 3-season Hubba Hubba NX tent lets you enjoy the full backcountry experience — including time spent in the tent.

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Through Hail And Back

I’ve tried several tents, and fell in love with the Hubba Hubba. The first time I ever went backpacking, I put this bad boy to the test. It was the end of July when I took this up to Pine Creek Lake in Montana and encountered a heavy hail storm. As I sat in the tent and listened to the hail, my only thought was, “I sure as HAIL hope this tent holds up!” And it did! Even with penny-sized hail and mild to moderate wind, I felt safe inside this tent. This tent is also extremely lightweight, making an easy addition to my backpacking gear. As I noted with my hail story, it’s very durable, which is awesome seeing as it is so lightweight. My boyfriend and I both fit comfortably in this roomy tent. The tall, vertical walls allow us both to sit up inside, which also makes changing clothes easier than with past tents I’ve used. The rain fly over the tent fits snug on top, but also leaves an overhanging area that’s covered, but not fully inside the tent. This makes for a perfect space to leave dirty hiking boots and packs to make the inside of the tent cleaner and even roomier. I highly recommend this well-built and lightweight tent for backpacking and general camping.

Lightweight tent - some durability questions

Quick and dirty: This is a light, all arounder. Coming in at a svelte 3lbs 8oz, this tent is big enough for 2, but gear and packs is a tight squeeze. The vestibule is sizeable and can accommodate a pack or two on each side of the tent. 2 doors makes entry/exit easy. At about 39 inches high, you can sit up comfortably. I've used it backpacking and car camping, and it is much better for backpacking. The tent is single walled and very thin. The rain fly has already developed several tears that have been repaired with duct tape, but I worry about long term longevity, although it is a good tent and if you are looking for a 2 person, light weight, tent that can function for car camping as well (all under $500), then this is a good option.

MORE DETAILED:

What is it meant for: it is a Backcountry tent, light weight and big enough for two. 

How I tested: I have used it about 70 nights in the past 3 year.I've tested the tent mainly in the Swiss and French alps. I've used it above 8,200ft in nearly freezing temperatures (ca. 35 degrees F) and winds of 45+ mph. I've also used it in family car camping campgrounds.

Tent Size and Weight: The tent is marketed as a light weight backpacking tent, and I agree. Coming in at in impressive 3lbs 13 oz (without footprint), the tent is definitely light weight. My wife and I even have opted at carrying a sleeping pad that is heavier than that (happy wife, happy life). I have to say, I am truly impressed with the weight and packability. The tent/fly combo can compress down to a size that is only a bit larger than a softball. The poles are light and take up not a lot of space. 

The tent itself is 84 x 50 inches, which makes pitching it in tight spots a breeze. BUT, the rain fly gives it quite a bit more ground area due to the two large vestibules. It is nice if you have tons of space, but I've run into issues in the high alpine environments when I was trying to set up camp under uncertain weather on small boulders... So it depends how you will use it, but the rain fly is good and bad.

Is it roomy? hmmm, not all that spacious. When I take it on solo journeys, I carry a tiny sleeping pad, and I have tons of space to bring in all my gear. Backpacking with another person means it can be tough.

We do like the height of the tent. It's not the tallest, but coming in at 39", there is plenty of space to sit up in. 

Tent Storage, fly, features, and material:

The rain fly: this is what I have most of my issues with. After about 5x of using the tent, a small hole formed at the bottom corner of the fly where the zipper is. I repaired this with duct tape. The rainfly itself is made from 20D ripstop nylon, which means that it is not designed to be the strongest, but is designed to be very light. The rainfly is easy enough to put on, although I sometimes struggle with putting it on inside out.

Storage: the vestibules are quite ok in size, and I can fit my 80L pack under one with out any issues. Inside the tent, there are storage pockets at the head and foot, which make it great for toiletries, head lamps, etc.

Features: The two doors are a game changer. I've had a tent with a single door prior to this Hubba Hubba, and I won't go back. No more crawling all over someone just to get outside to pee in the middle of the night. There is also a thoughtful hook on the ceiling to hang  a lantern.

Material: The tent itself is also made of a light weight 30D ripstop nylon (on the floor) which means that it is a bit stronger than the rainfly, but still light. The footprint is also quite lightweight, but does add some ounces to the overall weight, but will keep your tent from tearing on the floor. One of my favorite things about the Hubba Hubba is the mesh top. On clear nights, I leave the fly off and the mesh provides a great view into the stars above. the lightweight mesh also drives down the weight.

FINAL OPINION: The Hubba Hubba is a good backpacking tent, hands down. I am glad I bought it. I am concerned about the longevity, but after about 70 times out, I can see I will need to baby the tent a bit more than I am used to. I like the tent mainly for backpacking. So if you don't do backpacking much, I would save the money and go with a slightly heavier tent like the REI Half Dome 2. If you exclusively car camp or camp with minimal walking to the site, save your money. But if you are looking to upgrade your tent, focused on light weight gear, and don't mind babying your equipment, then this is a good option.

So easy.

I’ve used this tent now going on 7 years from desert to high country. The msr tent is the epitome of fast and easy setup. It’s freestanding which allows you to camp on the sandstone from the Escalante to the rock covered tops above tree line.

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