Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $146
Great solo tent at a decent weight. Nice ventilation and spacious vestibule make it cozy and livable for one.
- Taut pitch
- Easy setup
- Nice vestibule
- Heavier than other solo tents
- No short-side guyouts at the seam
This tent is easy to pitch if you stake down the corners of the body first, otherwise the poles fling the thing around. Getting the brow pole in the grommets on the top can be difficult because of the tightness, but makes for a very taut roof. The Hubba pitches taut when staked out even without guylines, but they would help in high winds as usual.
I've used it in cold and cool weather in Oklahoma and Texas over the past year and it's been great, with no condensation. Blocks wind, yet vents well. I've been blessed with no wet weather, but I need to take it out in a storm to really test it's weather worthiness. I do wish the seams on the short ends of the fly had guyouts to pull the fly away from the tent body to increase ventilation, but the tent vents well without it.
For a solo tent, this one is cozy but adequate for one. At 5'8", the length is great, allowing for a full body stretch with room at the head for nighttime essentials. The peak height allows a full sit-up, and shoulder room - created by the brow pole - keeps the mesh away.
The vestibule fits a large pack very well with room for boots, and the two mesh pockets are great for a headlamp and glasses. The vestibule also lets you stake it to open either direction to block wind for cooking and ventilation.
The Hubba packs down pretty small. Body/fly separate from the poles/stakes and the tent fits under the compression straps in my water bottles pockets.
Typically, I wouldn't use the fast-pitch option, but I pitched the fly without the footprint, and it worked as a great sun shelter at the lake last summer! Just put the fly upside-down and setup the structure, flex the poles so the fly is right-side up, and voila!
Not as light as other solo/ultralight duo tents, but it's worth it to me for full rain and bug protection. Overall a great solo tent that I hope lasts me many years! Will update when I take it head-on into a storm.
*I am the store manager at Whole Earth Provision Co. in Southlake, TX. My views do not necessarily represent the views of Whole Earth Provision Co. or its employees. I pride myself in providing unbiased reviews of products I purchase for my personal use. If you're ever in the area, pay me a visit!
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Aus$350
Excellent space for a solo tent, the steep-sided vestibule is far more usable than many lower-profile tents. Free standing, lightweight yet not fragile, a perfect blend of features.
- Usable space,
- Ease of setup
- Very hard to fault
- Could have slighter lighter materials, however this would effect its durability.
This is an excellent solo tent, a design that has been perfected over several versions, and copied by other manufacturers. To my mind it represents the ideal compromise between being lightweight yet not fragile.
The vestibule is very, very usable, free-standing with only a single peg needed for either side of vestibule, ventilation is excellent, and in cold, damp conditions the new V6 fly material seems to breathe so much better than the fly of my previous MSR Zoid 1. Unless you're well over 6ft tall, sitting up in it to change clothing etc is easy due to the cross-brace head pole, which maximises the tent's height.
Yes, there are lighter solo tents out there, but their durability and usable space simply can't match the Hubbas.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $100
Easy to use, reliable, no worries about this piece of equipment, ground sheet is not necessary.
- Sets up in seconds
- Plenty of room to store pack under the rain fly
- Lots of airflow
- Don't feel cramped inside
- Room to hang clothes for drying
- It's not the lightest tent on the market
I first used this tent in Denali and loved the fact that it was easy to pitch, stood up to wind and did not need a footprint. I've since taken it with me on several treks over VT's Long Trail and don't leave home without it, preferring to sleep in my tent vs shelters on the trail. It does add some weight to the pack, but I find it's worth it.
I've had it for 4 years now and it hardly shows any wear at all.
Price Paid: $239
I’ve owned this tent about 5 years, been on several trips Overall this is a great tent!
This tent is freestanding and sets up fast, weight a little over 3 lbs.
The only two concerns I ever had with this tent is condensation in the Northeast, however out West I’ve had no problems.
The other concern is the rain fly when wet due to dew or rain it takes a long time to dry. So if you're moving every day backpacking and the fly gets wet just be aware you need to setup camp early the next day to let the fly dry!!
I'm still going to give this tent a 4 ½ Star rating.
As of now I’m in the process of testing a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2.
Design: three season free standing
Ease of Setup: yes very easy to set up
Weight: 3 pounds
Price Paid: $250
i have used this tent on a few occasions and have had great results. the tent is freestanding which is a plus.
my biggest fear is how it would set up in the rain but i had no problems with leaks and found i was able to stay dry and cozy through out. no condensation either.
my only concern is that the hooks on the stakes are a little small but overall the design of the stakes are great which sorta makes up for it.
set up is a snap thanks to having only one pole for the whole tent. does fine in 15 mile an hour wind. haven't taken wind speeds higher than that so far.
the tent has a ton of head room for sitting up. im able to change clothes with ease. as far as space goes lying down it is very long. my feet and head were not touching the ends, but dont expect to spread out. which is sorta expected in a 1 person tent.
i've gotten my weight down to around 3 pounds, which i think is very good, not sure how some people are getting 3 pounds 11 ounces.
overall it's a great tent with a great design. i expect this to last me quite a while. i would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Price Paid: Christmas Gift
MSR has had another great success with this tent. This tent is excellent and has exceeded my expectations in the outdoors and on my back! I have used my tent 5 different times in different weather conditions.
I got my tent as a Christmas gift and used it the next week in East Tennessee. We arrived at night and it is sooo easy to set up at night thanks to the yellow reflective cord. That night, it was below freezing and had very minimal condensation. The tent is easy to get in and out of with gloves.
The next time I used it was on a spring backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains in early June. It is light and roomy for extra footroom or for gear. The vestibule is large enough for boots and a foldable chair and some other stuff. If the weather is nice, leave the doors open and you will have no condensation.
There are four pockets and are very useful for headlamp, hothands, bandana or Buff, wallet, keys, or watch. There are four gear loft loops that you can hang a lantern or whatever with a 'biner.
Other people have said that the stakes are crap and such but they are fine if you don't put them through abnormal use like hitting them with rocks or hammering on them with your stake next to a tree and hitting tree roots. Then they might break.
Some others have complained about bugs getting in between the fly and the mesh, but that is normal. When you put the fly on, the bugs get caught, or at night the bugs get attracted to your light and get stuck.
This is by far the best one-man tent that you can buy. Don't hesitate to buy it. The MSR Hubba will not let you down.
Ease of Setup: Easy peasy
Price Paid: £160
Have you been sucked into the ‘light-weight kit is the only way forward’ zeitgeist yet? If so then you’ve probably already thought about buying this tent or already own it. I do a lot of fell walking in the English Lakes and the odd spot of wild camping too and this tent is an essential bit of kit.
It’s my third, and by far the best, single man, light-weight tent I’ve owned. At around 1.4kg (there is a carbon fibre pole version available) there are lighter, single skin tents out there but who wants to wake up damp with condensation each morning? It has a single pole and can be pitched fly sheet only. The inner tent is extremely well vented being made up largely of mesh panels.
It’s an easy tent to throw up in a matter of minutes and is supplied with nice, light MSR pegs – I’ve added to mine with the addition of a few titanium ones too. The porch allows sufficient space to store your pack, boots etc and there’s enough room to sit in the tent and cook in it at a push. There’s plenty of room inside – both length and height, you can easily sit up in it.
I was wild camping a few weeks back on the South West Coastal path in Devon and was woken at 2am with gale force winds and torrential rain. The little MSR stayed solid on a wet, wind swept cliff top although the porch did flap a little.
There several nice touches including guy-line type zippers rather than metal ones which would tinkle annoyingly in a breeze. There are a couple of side pockets inside too, ideal for storing a watch or small torch. I would recommend that you also buy the footprint too.
Price Paid: $90 at REI garage sale
I have the Hubba Solo and I love it.
- Sets up fast (2 minutes)
- Free standing
- Lots of headroom
- Lightweight (about 3 lbs including fly and footprint)
- So far has been totally durable—no glitches, bad seams, bent poles, etc.
- Good for desert in summer to treeline Rockies in early winter.
Design: three season freestanding solo lightweight tent
Ease of Setup: Easy! one pole, many options, fly first, body first, just the groundcloth first...
This is a great tent. Freestanding, single pole, lightweight, tall. I am 6'4" and fit in it. Obviously it is not spacious, but I can sit up comfortably in it and can lie down fine with a bit of room at my head and feet for my junk.
The one complaint I have is about condensation. This is a problem with every tent, but I was a bit annoyed just because the time I used it I was using a sleeping bag that was almost not warm enough and wanted to keep the doors closes. I felt bad about packing my brand new tent up with the fly coated in condensation so for the next days I slept with part of the fly open and it worked great. Next time I plan on bringing a little warmer bag and keeping the fly open more.
It is great to have the 360 degree mesh so it is easy to see the bear pawing and licking the bear canisters near you. It is also very stable and is very easy to set up. It was great to watch other people sharing tents struggle with two people when I could set mine up quickly and easily faster.
This tent is very light, but does not compromise in durability, with the groundcloth I bought I was comfortable that the tent could withstand the wear from the rocky surface I was camped on. While staking out the fly is a little awkward at first it allows for better ventilation, and makes it easy to get in and out of the tent in the rain.
I am happy I chose the Hubba and would do it again in a second.
Design: Three-season solo freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: The easiest tent I have ever had the pleasure to set up.
Weight: 3 pounds
Price Paid: $80 used
I used this tent on a 6-day backpacking trip in the Sierras above 9,000 feet in late September. It is an excellent design. The best points of this tent are:
1) Very roomy for one. Can sit up and move about, get dressed etc. Perfect for weight conscious claustrophobics. Even has a usable vestibule for cooking or storing gear;
2) Light and compact enough for all but ultra- light fanatics. In fact, I don’t think my 1 pound bivy sac is going to see much use after using this tent. The way I feel today the extra 2 pounds is worth it to me. I slept great in this thing every night!! I think I had forgotten what a nice tent was like. That psychological barrier can make the difference in a good night's sleep.
3) Very, very surprising ability to shed horrendous wind storms. I really thought the relatively high profile would have this one flat on the ground in any serious wind, but it was an absolute champ in very violent Sierra windstorms that came three nights in a row. Just remember to stake it down tight, and you're good to go. I cannot rate on its protection from rain (thank goodness), but I bet it would not be a problem, seeing how it beat back the wind;
4) Very easy to set up. The one pole /clip on combo is pure joy at the end of a long day. Easiest tent I have ever set up, and do not ever want to go back to sleeves and multiple poles.
The things I was not so happy with include:
1)I have seen better fit and finish on the likes of Bibler and the old classic Moss tents. Most notable, a very small amount of flapping on one of the vestibule doors, no matter how I staked it down. Not a big deal, really, but just missing that American obsessive perfection you find in those products actually made in the US of A;
2)Certainly not the fault of this tent's intended use, but it will not keep you very warm. I got pretty dang chilly one morning that froze my water bottle placed inside the vestibule. The mesh is perfect for warmer summer mosquito days, but on those hinge season colder days, you better not rely on this tent to keep the warmth in--bring a warm bag.
All in all, this tent is fun, and I could not think of a better solution for luxurious solo three-season camping in Sierras. I would be very proud to have designed it myself. Thank you MSR, for such great, and affordable gear.
Design: 3-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Glorious
Weight: Just under 3lbs
Price Paid: $149
This is a fantastic tent...and my first 1-person model. I am 6'3" 250+ lbs and I sleep and dress comfortably in it. It is cozy, for sure, but it absolutely works....much better, in fact, than many larger or more expensive tents. Gotta love the side entry.
Primary use has been in the Sierra Nevada above 10,000 feet in July and September...a place where you are sweating wearing shorts during the day and putting on everything you got including down at night.
I used for one hard week-long trip at altitude last summer. It can be a cool tent at night (...but dry) depending on where you pitch, but you will be the first one in the group to be inside safe and sound from the mosquitoes.
The only real cons I would say are that you really gotta tension and stake it out right to get good tension on the vestibule/fly. Then again, it's meant for light packing, not Denali. I had it in a cove of trees with 30 knot gusts without any accessory guying and it did fine and wasn't deforming or keeping me awake. I think it could use a couple guy/stake loops mid-foot on the vestibule fly.
I haven't really experimented with it much, but if you are smart this thing will get you through any 3-season situation and even snow if you wind-break things right.
Design: three-season semi-free standing
Ease of Setup: very simple
Weight: less than 3 lbs.
Price Paid: $155
Will simply add that this a well-designed lightweight solo tent. Just used it in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The tent (properly staked and tethered) withstood 70 mph gusts. This was documented. Tent deformed significantly, but poles and fabric did not fail.
Only con on this tent is that the backside vestibule is inaccessible from inside the tent and in very hard rain some splash can get on the backside mesh.
Design: three-season freestanding dome
Ease of Setup: Very easy setup
Weight: 3 lbs 4 oz
Price Paid: $100
I've had this tent for about four months. So far, the only camping I've had a chance to use it for was winter camping. Understanding that it was not a 4-season tent, I was curious to see how it (and my sleeping bag!) was going to hold up. I would say that the temperature was around 0 to 10 degrees.
First of all the setup for this tent cannot be any easier. Just stick the poles in the grommets at each corner and snap the clips. No pole sleeves to mess with. I can't speak to the needle stakes because I left them at home and used some sticks covered with snow to anchor the tent.
I was not expecting this tent to be warm and it wasn't. But, I was hoping for good ventilation which I got. When I woke up there was a little ice around the mesh where my head was but not a lot. I've read some reviews from people saying the ventilation for this tent was poor, so I guess I'll have to see when it gets hot out.
All in all I would definitely recommend this tent. I was lucky and found it on sale. To be honest, I am pretty sure I would not have paid $250 for it. But, if you can find a good deal I say go for it!
Design: 3 season freestanding with hub pole
Ease of Setup: easiest I have ever seen in a solo tent
Weight: approx 3 lb, 4 oz
Price Paid: sale-REI
This is an item with which I have a difficult time finding fault.
The tent is exceptionally easy to set up and take down. Shelter is adequate in space, including both height and width, for me in all intended conditions including heavy rain, especially due to the vestibule's size. I don't use it with my Western Mountaineering Puma -25F bag for example, since it's not a winter tent.
It's light and well-built. The stakes are excellent.
I felt it was best to add 2 Sierra Designs Grip-Clips to the lower margins of the vestibule to maintain its shape in wind and the fly coverage could be slightly greater at the head and foot- something reported to have been addressed in the HP model. I've sometimes had to fine-tune the fit of the fly to achieve waterproofing these areas of the canopy.
Summary: Highly recommended, especially for subalpine conditions. Up higher, I'd consider the HP version or a true 4-season tent.
Design: three-season: freestanding
Ease of Setup: Like cutting warm butter
Weight: light enough for me - backpacking
Price Paid: $200?
This is my first solo tent and I am very impressed with the space (6 mos.- Two coastal trips). This tent feels very large and has tremendous headroom. Not sure how it would stand up on a windy day as it is rather tall. Easy to set up...rainfly works great with footprint as shade too.
Only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that the vestibule is pretty small...barely enough room for a 4500 pack...and the stakes are worthless (too small) unless you have some good soil to put them in. I was recently camping on river stone...and just used rocks to hold the tent down...no big deal...just the difference between 4 and 5 stars.
Great ventilation. I haven't used it it rain yet...but am a little concerned that the rain fly does not extend closer to the ground. Overall I am very happy with this tent and have not seen a better one for my 3-season California needs.
Ease of Setup: Breeze
I was seeking a freestanding one-person tent. I already owned an REI Roadster which absolutely requires stakes (a problem in the Cascades when camping in scree fields with little to no soil). After careful research, the choice became very clear -- the Hubba -- for several key reasons.
(1) As a 6'2" guy, the Hubba offered the tallest room for one-person tents.
(2) Largest vestibule - I prefer to keep my boots and pack under a vestibule at night.
(3) It is side entry vs. those tents that open near the head of the tent.
(4) Pitches in a snap -- about 3-4 mins.
So far, I've camped seven nights in good weather. Have not gone through a major rainstorm yet.
The only improvements that could be made -- add a roof window, and add more reflective cording to make it easier to see at night.
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 3 lb 12.5 oz with footprint
Price Paid: $224
Great tent! Not the lightest out there, but it's one of the few for us tall guys! I'm almost 6'4 and can sit up with plenty of head room. Lying down also plenty of room for tall bags and pads.
My scale weighed it in at 3 lb 12.5 oz with EVERYTHING (stuff sacks, poles, stakes, tent, fly, and footprint). This is not the lightest, but I have tried other tents and can't fit, so it works for me. You can save another 6 oz by buying carbon fiber poles, which you can get from Fibraplex on eBay.
My only gripe, like one other reviewer said, on the non-vestibule side is that the fly needs a guy line to be staked out properly.
Price Paid: $200
Love this tent!!! Paid $200 with footprint, good deal. Have used it on several solo trips in the Oregon Cascades in mid spring sleeping on snow. I will say that if cold and windy I would want a sheltered spot due to the mesh body but other than that this is my solo tent of choice. Have not sat thru any heavy downpours yet but as with any tent I own I have sealed all the seams. Nice to be able to sit up to dress and also able to store my gear under the fly. Well made as usual via MSR.
Ease of Setup: easy to medium
Weight: 3.5 lbs
Price Paid: $180
I have been camping my entire life and I think this tent is one of the best solo tents I have used. Tall and long so people who are over 6 feet tall need not worry.
I have only two gripes. 1 the vestibule could be a bit bigger, but not much,and the stakes by MSR have hooks that are too small to adequately grasp the stake holders.
Short of that this tent is a dream for big backpackers who want comfort.
Design: three season solo freestanding
Ease of Setup: Very quick & easy
Weight: 3.5 lbs packed
Price Paid: $180
Excellent tent! Extremely light, very airy, and a snap to set up. I'm 6'5", and fit in it perfectly. The almost vertical mesh walls allow me to sit up and get dressed easily and they ventilate very well. It's also cool to be able to see 360 degrees outside your tent. The vestibule is big enough for my big expedition pack and boots with room to spare. You can even pitch it without having to stakeg it down. Overall a very well-designed tent.
Tenting for over 35 years, often for over a year, I found the Hubba an excellent home. The weight is, packed, at four pounds. The setup is easy and it stands up very well in high winds.
It is a one-person tent, but the vestibules are big enough to store your pack and boots.
Overall this is a well designed and very functional tent.
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