User Review: MSR Hubba
Design: 3-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Glorious
Weight: Just under 3lbs
Source: bought it new
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.
- Ease of setup
- Well engineered and trusted design.
- A little cramped, but definitely adequate. It IS a 1-person.
- First generation fly materials deteriorated rapidly. MSR makes good on this.
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.
I had this tent in storage for a about three years. When I pulled it out last summer for a trip the fly coating had become gooey and sticky and the seam tape de-laminated. I dried it and stored it properly. Apparently this was a problem with the first-generation materials. The tent floor, body and footprint did not suffer from this and were still in great shape
I contacted MSR a couple months ago who gave me an RMA number for the fly. I packed the old fly in a priority mail box for $5 or so and MSR promptly sent me a nice new 4th gen fly no questions asked. I didn't have my receipt and bought this on clearance over 5 years ago.
A new fly makes this practically a new tent. I must commend MSR on their EXCELLENT customer service and product guarantee and I highly recommend their products.