User Review: MSR Hubba Hubba
Design: Three season.... free standing (need pegs to hold it down)
Ease of Setup: Real simple
Weight: around 3.5/4 lbs
Price Paid: my affair
Five nights later... Two under clear skies and three in swirling mist and rain on the West Ridge Trail over Bigelow ... Avery ... Horns ... Peaks from Stratton to the Bigelow Preserve in Maine ... Mid September 2010.... Max high temp about 65F.... and low 36F... in cold rain... with a sleeping bag made by Western Mountaineering, the Antelope (subject to a different review ... on this GREAT SITE).
In a nutshell, I like the Hubba Hubba HP 2 person tent... as a solo backpacker... for the size which I find fine for me alone. I can spread my gear, and cook in relative shelter and hang out in style watching the world through doors on both sides for clear visibility, and good ventilation.
Yes, I found condensation on the inside of fly after each night but this did not bother my at all.... and never dripped on that precious down bag.
I can handle the weight. However many of those hero thru hikers are hanging like bats at night in hammocks.... Hennesy Hammocks I believe are about 1.5 lbs? Hmm!
HOWEVER! ... with a little thought and ingenuity on behalf of that great company (MSR) they could consider a refinement to this fine design. Certainly a SECOND waterproof bag is essential if you want to travel on and have a dry interior when you setup the next night (one for the fly and one for the inner tent). (On the third morning I laid the dry footprint INSIDE the tent before I removed the wet fly... and managed to keep the bathtub floor dry for the next WET setup.... and that helped).... The footprint is essential.
Now, if I could have removed the inner (DRY) tent before removing the wet fly I would have been really, really happy with the Hubba Hubba HP.... (I can do this with my winter tent .... Helsport Svarlbard ..... 8lbs!).
All it needs is a redesign of the two grommets that hold the tent to the cross pole.... ? and it would be possible to then remove the dry inner in a heartbeat leaving the wet fly covering just the bare ground... A few shakes will get rid of a lot of moisture before bagging it for the following night.