Why We Chose The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person: Sturdy, quick to pitch, excellent space-to-weight.
Most outdoor enthusiasts will have seen this model of tent by MSR out in the hills at some point. It’s proven a big hit with backpackers both in the UK and the States, and in fact, has become a best seller for the Seattle-based brand.
We’ve long been fans of MSR’s products here at Outdoors Magic, and were particularly impressed by the MSR Access 2 tent. This, the Hubba Hubba NX, we’re pleased to say, hasn’t let us down either.
It’s been 15 years since the first Hubba Hubba tent was launched and this ‘next generation’ (NX) version is a good progression. It’s not radically different, but they’ve switched the materials, bringing in new fabrics and pole technologies that are lighter yet still durable, and by doing so they’ve managed to make this 270g lighter than that 2004 original.
“The MSR Hubba Hubba NX balances all the key things you want from a tent perfectly”
These materials include composite poles, and a 20D ripstop nylon fly (1200mm HH) and 30D ripstop nylon base (3000mm HH), both of which have a special PU coating for extra wet weather reliability.
The construction is a fairly common one, almost identical to the Big Agnes Copper Spur and the Exped Mira 2. It’s a tried and tested design involving a long length-ways pole which forks at each end and a short pole across the top to give some width to the inner. It’s inner pitch first and freestanding, so you could sleep in this without pegging in, but then you’d have the porches on either side flapping about.
Pitching it is very simple. First, the forked ends of the main pole plug into grommets at each corner of the inner and the short cross pole inserts across the top. The rest of the inner is then attached onto the main pole by easy-clip hooks. After that, the fly is thrown over the top with colour coded webbing to match the corners of the fly and the inner together, and finally it’s all then pegged down using the lightweight and very slender pegs.