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MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Review


By: Kurtis | Last updated August 14, 2018


PROS:
  • Impressive engineering, design and attention to detail
  • Great ventilation
  • Easy to set up
  • Lightweight
  • Compact, easy to pack
  • Roomy and with 2 large doors
CONS:
  • Could have more storage pockets
  • You might need extra stakes in certain cases
SUMMARY:

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 tent is one of the best tents to take with you when backpacking. It is lightweight, compact and easy to pack, it has a good ventilation and it is roomy enough for two people. It is a 3-season tent and while it’s not among the most inexpensive tents you can find, it won’t break the bank either.


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The Hubba Hubba NX backpacking tent is commercialized by MSR (Mountain Safety Research), an American outdoor company based in Seattle. MSR was founded in 1969, by a passionate engineer and mountaineer.

MSR specializes in outdoor equipment, anything from tents, to stoves, wearables, cookware, water filters and snow equipment.

The Hubba Hubba NX backpacking tent is definitely an MSR winner. This tent is lightweight, compact and durable and while it’s not the cheapest option on the market, it is nevertheless affordable. Price-wise, this is a mid-range tent.

Here are the main specifications for the Hubba Hubba:

  • Minimum weight: 3 lbs 7 0z
  • Packed weight: 3 lbs 13 oz
  • Floor area: 29 sq. feet
  • Vestibule area: 17.5 sq. feet
  • 1 DAC Featherlite NFL pole
  • Interior peak height: 39 in
  • Packed size: 18 x 6 in
  • 2 doors
  • 2 vestibules
  • 2 interior pockets
  • 20D ripstop nylon 3000mm Durashield floor
  • 15D nylon micromesh
  • Compression stuff sack with pull handle

When it comes to capacity, the Hubba Hubba NX comes in 4 versions: 1 person, 2 person, 3 person and 4 person. We are reviewing the 2 person model.

This is a 3-season, free standing tent and its biggest strengths are definitely its weight and ease of set up. With a total weight of 3 lbs and 11 ounces and this with all the included parts, the Hubba Hubba is a great option for people who don’t want to break their back carrying their camping gear.

What you’ll notice right away when you first start analyzing the Hubba Hubba NX tent is the overall incredible attention to detail, which is something MSR is renowned for. From the rain gutters to the color coded and clip-on pitch systems, you’ll most likely appreciate the entire engineering involved in making the Hubba Hubba.  

The Hubba Hubba is not the roomiest 2-person tent on the market, but 2 people will fit comfortable in it, along with their basic equipment: backpacks, sleeping pads and sleeping bags.

The floor is rectangular and the ceiling is pretty high (40” at the center). The tent has 2 large StayDry doors that keep the water from entering the tent. The doors can roll up to allow air circulation and the overall ventilation of the tent is really good, so there is no annoying condensation. This tent can be used with confidence on windy or rainy conditions, as it is really solid and waterproof. If you want extra stability for bad weather, you can always use the additional guy lines.

The Hubba Hubba comes with 10 tent stakes, made of aluminum, the poles, which are packed separately and once the poles are put through the holes, you just have to use the clip on system to raise the tent, which is a really fast and easy to grasp method. Next, you have to put the rainfly on, which is also easy to do, as it comes with colored corners and metal clips as well. You can also use the fast fly system, which allows you to set up just the fly alone, without the body. 

The vestibule design is interesting and original, with side zipping instead of the more common middle orientation and there are also rain gutters on the vestibule doors. Their purpose is to channel the flow water and to not let it drip when you unzip the doors. However, while the tent structure is free standing, you do need at least 2 stakes for your vestibules. The two vestibules offer you an additional storage space of 1.62 square meters.

As far as storage space goes, the Hubba Hubba could use some additional pockets, though. There are two interior pockets, but for some people these may not be enough. If, however, you choose to buy this tent and use it just for you and not 2 people, you’ll find it more than enough spacious.

Packability is yet another plus of the Hubba Hubba. This tent is extremely compact and it fits easily into the large stuff stack. The compression straps help you tighten the tent even more.

In conclusion, we consider the MSR Hubba Hubba NX to be one of the best designed backpacking tents on the market. It’s not too expensive, it is very compact and lightweight and easy to pitch and pack.

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 tent can be purchased for $400. The product comes with a 2-year limited warranty and includes the tent, one unified hub-and-pole system, rainfly, the stakes and guy lines. If you need it, you have to buy the footprint separately.

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