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MSR Hubba Hubba HP

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Hubba Hubba HP has been discontinued. It was replaced by the MSR Hubba Hubba 2P.

photo: MSR Hubba Hubba HP three-season tent

I will start this off by saying that the MSR Hubba Hubba HP is the first backpacking tent that I have owned. I was looking for a tent that was sub 5 pounds with the rain-fly and found the Hubba Hubba HP. The tent, with the fly and the MSR footprint come in right under five pounds I was also looking for a dome style tent that had two "doors" and two vestibules. Again the MSR delivered.

As for the tent itself. It doesn't have a whole lot of mesh, just a little bit at the top of the dome, and these two fold-out window kinda things that when stuck in a downpour that dropped over and inch of rain in less than an hour in eastern Tennesse, the interior of the tent didn't form any condensation at all!

Furthermore after this deluge, the tent had zero leaks at any of the seams or zippers, including the rain fly. The tent feels like it is very delicate with the material it is made of, but after using it without a footprint over some initially unseen rocks, it help up all night long with no tears.

The color of the tent itself is a very light tan which by itself allows for a lot of light intrusion and provides a warm and comfy feeling inside. The rain fly is made of a yellow/orange material which also when used keeps the warm and bright feeling.

The first time I had to set the tent up (not in my backyard, that was actually the first time) was in a light rainstorm near dusk time, with little to no breeze. The tent pole just fall into place and even an extreme novice would be able to get the tent itself attached to the poles. The stakes are light weight and go into the ground very easily. I did have to use a stick to help me pry them out of the ground when taking the tent down.

I am not the best at folding and rolling, but I was able to get the tent back in the stuff sack after calling it some dirty names, but I got the tent, fly, poles, stakes, and footprint back in their and without damage to any of the parts!

I find the interior more than sufficient for myself (5'7") and my fiance (5'2") and the vestibules are large enough to contain our boots and pack (each vestibule respectively). There are hooks so that things can be hung such as a lantern (not fire operated) and for other various things. There are also pocket sewn into the head/foot of the tent to for quick and easy access items (I put my glasses in mine).

All in all I think that the tent is a very good choice for someone looking for a sub-5 pounder, and at a pretty reasonable price as well. It is easy enough for a "tent-beginner" and is pretty sturdy and rugged as well. I would recommend to a friend or anyone for that matter.

Design: Three season dome
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy enough for a beginner
Weight: just less than 5 lbs (with footrprint)
Price Paid: $300

Very Light weight and durable in combination with the MSR footprint. Extremely simple and fast set up with easy fold up due to the ultralight fabric. First use was in downpouring rain where the fly performed beautifully.

The tent is extremely well ventilated even though there is less mesh than its predecessor. There was zero condensation in the tent! The fly has side flaps that can stay open by themselves with little supports that fold out, a feature not described when purchasing which is a bonus for catching cross breezes.

Another feature is you can really "suck" the tent down with its stake and guy line system we never felt the high winds from a passing New England thunderstorm.

I recommend this tent to everyone who has ever wanted a lightweight tent that performs like a climate controlled office. A+

Design: three season
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Extremely Easy
Weight: around 4 lbs with footprint
Price Paid: $435

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