User Review: MSR Hubba
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!