User Review: MSR Hubba Hubba
Source: received it as a personal gift
Great 3-season tent.
- Packs small
- Setup options
- Interior space
I received this tent as a gift a few years ago and while I haven't "put it through the tests", I have used it many times in the North Georgia mountains. I have used this tent in nighttime temps upwards of 75 degrees and down to below freezing. With the proper planning and bringing along the correct clothing/sleeping bag, I've had no issues.
I usually strap the pole assembly to the outside of my pack which allows me to really compress the tent/fly/ground sheet so it doesn't take up a ton of space in my pack. It truly sets up in minutes which is great when trying to beat the summer storm that rolls in on you. It held tight in an 4 hour overnight thunderstorm with no leaking but it hasn't been in rain longer than that.
I love the quick pitch option for reducing even more weight during early fall so I can leave the tent behind. It's also nice to have so much tent mesh on warm nights and can leave the fly off.
I found the vestibule adequate for my use mainly because I don't do many trips over 4 or 5 days, so I can fit my 50l pack and boots without too much trouble. Packs larger than that will either have to lean against the tent or against the fly while the bottom corner is exposed. I've never had any issues with any of the zippers but I also make sure everything is staked out nice and taut using the guy lines and hedgehog stakes.
As for the interior, it is definitely tight for two people. I'm just over 6 ft, 195# and have shared it with a fellow hiker who was also over 6 ft, while our shoulders did not rub, our sleeping pads did overlap about an inch or two. We really didn't have room at our feet for much more than our clothes bags. Not a big deal as each night we were asleep in minutes.
There is enough interior height for me to sit up and change clothes but it is not a tent you will want to hang out in for an extended period of time. It does have a gear loft at the head/foot areas which is nice for a headlamp, snack, or other lightweight items you may want during the night.
One small complaint I do have is how low the door opening flops when unzipped. This leaves the inside vulnerable to rain splatter and debris getting into the tent. It does make shaking out the tent in the morning easier, but I feel it could be up a little higher.
Overall, I think this is a great tent. It's held up great and I haven't had any fly "stickiness" issues as noted by other reviewers. It's been well designed to be light and quick to setup. It is not a tent for all situations but certainly works for me.