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MSR Hubba HP

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The Hubba HP has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2020.

photo: MSR Hubba HP three-season tent


Price Historic Range: $244.95-$349.95
Reviewers Paid: $250.00-$314.00


3 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

While this tent is probably one of the lightest 3-season tents available and does a very good job of keeping the rain out, I'm quite disappointed with its quality. The fly ripped on only the second occasion that I used it and although this happened in strong coastal winds, it gave me very little confidence in using it in the mountains.

I'm also disappointed in the quality of the new white fabric that has replaced the black mesh of its predecessor, the standard Hubba Hubba. I've been noticing little holes in the fabric after using the tent less then ten times. MSR also limits the number of tent pegs, probably to keep the weight down so you have to go out and buy extra.

Another problem I've noticed is that the plastic ring that keeps the main tent pole attached to the short crosspole is likely to break after extended use or in heavy winds. This thing should've been made out of a more durable material - and quite frankly I'm just waiting for it to crack.

Overall, this is a good tent if you're looking for a super lightweight shelter but aren't expecting too much durability. If you're looking to take it to high altitude in areas of extreme weather and heavy wind I'd honestly opt for something a little heavier but more least that way you know it's not going to fall apart.

The one outstanding feature of this tent - other than its light weight - is its waterproofing. Used it on a trip where we had four days of continuous rain and not a drop got through. Also, condensation was negligible. Better quality and I would've give this tent five stars. Unfortunately it's just not up to the rigors of serious trekking.

Design: three-season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 1.8 kg
Price Paid: $250

Light, easy to set up, and very roomy. Also it comes with a gear loft/attic that is removable. Been in the rain and the wind, slept dry and warm. There is a reinforced piece on the rain fly that you can prop open to aid in ventilation, it just velcroes to either open or close.

If it weren't for the tent poles I would forget I even have a tent in my pack. Fast pitch system works great too. If in the summer and aren't concerned with bugs or a small drizzle/shower then you could sleep two under the rain fly in the fast pitch mode easy, and prolly still store gear.

Design: three-season freestanding dome
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: can you assemble a line then put a pole through gromet
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $270

Having owned the original Hubba I thought this was the ultimate solo tent. But after spending two windy nights out in Washington state's Goat Rocks Widlerness at over 7000 ft I knew I needed something better. The problem was with an all-netting body the wind and dust all blew in to make the nights' way cold and long.

The new Hubba HP has all the strong points of the old Hubba and none of the bad ones. Not only does it have a very much improved no solid cloth body but also improved poles and rain fly! On top of this it is a bit lighter.

If you are looking for a great solo tent look no further. I purchased this tent for $314 with footprint from Best price and free shipping.

Design: dome
Sleeps: 1
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: under 3lbs
Price Paid: $314

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