As you have seen on my Instagram account, I’m using the MSR Hubba Hubba NX for a couple of months now. In the past weeks I got an increasing number of requests whether I could share my experiences with this tent. In this blog entry I want to share with you my experiences and some – subjective – pros and cons. I actually bought it for our trip to Peru, but I was also able to test it in the Alps beforehand.

The Hubba Hubba NX is a 2-person lightweight tent. The single tent version is called MSR Hubba NX and weights slightly less. Honestly, if you were considering buying a tent at the moment I would always recommend getting a two-man tent. It offers you to travel with a partner and if you’re not traveling with anybody, you can use the ample space for your backpack and equipment.

 

Weight, Packed Size and Comfort

Besides the Hilleberg Anjan 2 the Hubba Hubba NX* is the most spacious tent on the market when considering its light weight of just 1.54 kg and its very small packing volume. The first time I’ve seen and tested this tent at my local dealer I couldn’t believe that it would be adequate for rough conditions like heavy rain, hail, snow or wind. I was open to conviction and soon found out, that the Hubba Hubba is amazingly strong.

It’s really easy and fast to put up the tent. I don’t want to go into detail too much in this review, but MSR provides a setup video instruction worth watching. After some practice we usually needed approximately 2-4 minutes to put it up. On my own I would probably need some extra time. I was surprised by the generous space inside. We were even able to eat inside sitting in an upright position. On a longer trek with lots of rain this might be an absolute essential and luxurious feature! Apart from that, the comfort is good. I like the 2-door-construction that makes it very comfortable to get out in the middle of the night to take some night photography shots without disturbing my trekking partner. Moreover, the formation of condensation is remarkable as I’ve rarely experienced a tent with less condensation. When taking down the tent, a very positive aspect is the thoughtful stuff sack with a wide-mouth and compression straps. It’s even possible to stow the poles separately so that the actual tent stuff sack becomes again smaller.

 

 MSR Hubba Hubba NX field-tested

After using the MSR Hubba Hubba NX in the Alps, on our trip to Rainbow Mountain, in the Chachani Basecamp on 5200m as well as on the several-day Huayhuash circuit it’s time to draw a first conclusion. Obviously, there is no perfect tent. With low weight and a low packing volume the tent naturally has a low material thickness and physical limits. I used to carry the tent outside my big backpack. While this is no problem at all on a trek, the staff sack already showed a hole after the first bus ride. Luckily, the tent fabric was still intact. This is why I would strongly recommend you the MSR Hubba Hubba NX Footprint* when you plan to use it on different kinds of undergrounds.

Besides we gained more and more confidence in the tent over time. Especially the Huayhuash circuit with its rough conditions demonstrated us not only the robustness and the waterproofness, but also the wind resistance of the Hubba Hubba. No matter how hard it is raining, hailing or snowing, for me it’s indispensable to know that I’m going to have a reliable roof over my head at night. Thus, the biggest disadvantage of the Hubba Hubba appears to be the price. If the price doesn’t scare you, I can rarely think of a better low-weight tent for trekking and hiking. I hope the images give you a good impression. If you miss an important aspect I haven’t mentioned, just let me know in the comments.

After my next trip to Northwest Argentina I will hopefully be able to also draw a conclusion regarding the porosity of the MSR Hubba Hubba NX. I’ll let you know on the blog.

Disclaimer

All I wrote here reflects my personal opinion and is not influenced by any (material) remuneration. The tent has not been given to me for free. The links marked with a * are affiliate links. If you use them to buy your equipment I receive a small commission (it won’t cost you anything more!) so that you help to finance more free content on this blog.