User Review: MSR Hubba Hubba
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180 Pro deal
I really wanted to test the idea of a three-season tent by taking it to Patagonia — the land of 4 seasons in a day. Now obviously MSR sells this tent as a three-season tent BUT I wanted to Max out its performance.
Over a 178KM, I carted this lightweight 2-person tent. It withstood wind speeds well exceeding 100km, rain and snow. Its one downfall is also one of its most loved qualities. The pole design.
- Light weight
- Easy setup
- Perfect for warm weather
- High wind will squish this tent. Storm or violent storm force winds (102km+)
- Heavy snowfall can be annoying
Look I'm not going to say too much. Overall this is a fantastic tent. I've been camping all my life and rarely use a tent these days, but for my trip in Patagonia last year this tent was amazing.
I have this need for space. I didn't come all the way out here to be cramped in a tiny tent where I feel like I'm in a drawer at the morgue. No, I enjoy the outdoors for the space it provides. Hence I brought a 2-person Hubba Hubba for just me. 178km track with this tent, on top of a 50 litre pack weighing roughly 14kg for a long way with no one around.
The first thing about this tent is that it is lightweight. So if you're a normal human and enjoy the company of others, sharing this 2-person tent with another would be amazing. It's super lightweight and easy to set up, which in Patagonia was a big plus. Most days I was covering 30+km and it was essential that by the time I got to camp everything was made easy.
The design is simple a rectangle with two vestibules. The dome feels airier than most due to the space provided by the points of attachment between tent and poles, the tent clips to the poles in a triangular fashion; also and the fact that it's about 75% mesh adds to the feeling of space and lightness.
SO look, it's Spacious, it's Super lightweight, it's Easy to set up (essential in Patagonia where weather can change in a couple minutes and then last 3 weeks); plus on clear nights you can see the stars which is nice becuase you'll still have the mesh protection for bug season. The zippers are sturdy, the stability seemed okay. It was very well ventilated, easily packable.
Then Stuff Happened
One night it got kinda cold, temperatures plummeted to about -12°C and my mesh felt a little refrigerator like... It had been snowing before the drop and the roof was sagging slightly due to the pole structure being easy to crush. I remedied this situation by taking the limb of a tree which had snapped off due to wind and used it to prop up the centre of my tent from the inside. I slept well and in the morning my tent was still in good shape.
Wind can have counter productive affects on your tent. Most nights seemed to storm and we'd get winds of 100+km enough to make standing a serious ordeal or challenge depending on your attitude. On one such night my staked out tent was soo heavily beaten 3 of the poles bent. The tent is still completely functional but it did reach its limit. MSR made the poles of a featherlight DAC T6 aluminium which is phenomenal for encounters with anything less then a wind which makes you look up Beaufort and ask him about scales...
In summary, this tent is amazing, check it yourself. But if you plan on camping somewhere a little more off the beaten trail I suggest something a bit sturdier like the MSR Fury, or for a little less money the Tarn 2 by MEC. Also MEC now has this tent re-modded into something called the Carbon Reflex 2 which is even lighter. I have now owned this tent for 2 years it has been to many places and in everything less severe than those nights it has been AMAZING.
Check out the Hubba Hubba at the MSR website if you're curious.