MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent

The decision on the "best" camping shelter is driven by many choices. These include the type of camping you will do, budget and personal preference. We wanted a light-weight shelter for two to take backpacking for several days at a time.

Several tents were in the running: the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, the North Face Mica FL 2 and the MSR Hubba Hubba NX. They are all spec'ed out very similarly in weight (~ 3 lb. 6 oz.), materials (nylon), living space (29 sq. ft.) and price (~$400). This made for a difficult decision and much head-scratching as we considered the pros and cons of each.

Ultimately we decided on the Hubba Hubba because of its versatility. It can be pitched as the tent alone, rainfly alone or with the tent and rainfly together. The rainfly offers options to roll-up the vestibule or have a stargazer view. We also purchased the footprint ($40) so we have an extra layer of fabric in unusually wet conditions. The poles, stakes an tent all have their own bags making it easy to distribute shelter parts among two hikers.

Setup is very easy. The tent has a hubbed pole system that makes assembly a snap. Simply push the ends together securely and the rainfly, footprint or tent can be attached in any order (of course the footprint should be closest to the ground).

The netting and light color lend an airy feeling to the inside making the relatively limited space tolerable. The compact backpacking design still allows for enough space to sit upright and store gear inside, though maybe not a full pack, inside. The interior is sufficient, though not roomy by car camping standards. There is room for two to move around but particularly tall people may find the length a bit lacking.

Our field testing of this tent has been limited to backyard camping. We will take her on her maiden voyage in the woods later this fall.