MSR Hubba Hubba NX Review

Our Verdict

The Hubba NX is a very spacious and durable tent, and it offers enough headroom to accommodate those that are above average height. In certain aspects, though, this model has elements that push it ahead of other tents, only to be undone by its drawbacks.

It has outstanding wind and water resistance, but it leaks during heavy rains due to the unsealed seams (unless you are willing to take the time to seal them). The fly design also flaps a lot during windy days.

When it comes to the actual setup of the tent, things go smoothly. But when it comes to getting the rainfly up, it is a task that takes more effort than anticipated. The tent doors are easy to open and shut with one hand, but the accompanying fly doors are relatively small.

It is a lightweight, water- and wind-resistant, well-constructed tent. One good feature of the Hubba Hubba NX is the symmetrical interior and near-vertical sidewalls, which give you room to sit up and enjoy the space.

The trademarked Xtreme Shield coating lives up to the marketing hype as well. But, the rainfly was a challenge in a number of areas. For long and moderate trips where extra weight isn’t an issue, the Hubba Hubba NX is a great option.

Specs

MSR Hubba Hubba NX
MSR Hubba Hubba NX Review
Packed Weight3 lbs. 14 oz.
Floor Area29 square feet
Packed Size6 x 18 inches
Dimensions84 x 50 inches
Peak Height39 inches
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles1
Rain Fly Material 20-denier ripstop nylon with 1200mm Xtreme Shield polyurethane/silicone coating
Inner Tent Material 20-denier ripstop nylon/15-denier nylon mesh
Price Range$$$$
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MSR Hubba Hubba NX Review

Review

The Hubba Hubba NX is fantastic in most camping and backpacking trips. It provides solid features that will satisfy most outdoor enthusiasts. While it may not have any standout functionalities, it is more than a decent option.

Though it doesn’t have anything particularly outstanding, it is excellent at providing a relaxed and sound night’s sleep. Material weight and material density are close to the average, although it boosts weather tolerance and resilience, making it fall squarely into the center of its category. A few structural features and elements take away from the same metrics.

Comfort

Interior space is one of the advantages of the Hubba NX. Approximately 84 inches in length and 54 inches in width, it feels both wider and longer. The uniform height from door to door is what makes it very spacious. One or two persons can sit with plenty of room to spare around the top and sides. With that, the tent’s height of 39 inches is not particularly exceptional.

The side panels are nice, but the fact that the see-through mesh is high in the middle undermines the intended advantage.

The Hubba NX is fitted with four total pockets, two big ones in the head compartment doors and two at the feet. They can each take clothes and a headlamp. The two small ones in the rear can carry either a headlamp, gloves, or a pair of socks.

Ease of Setup

The tent is quite easy to pitch, but the fly can be challenging. The Hubba NX’s pole construction is relatively unusual but easy to wrangle and get in place. They stay effortlessly in the corner grommets compared to tents with X-frame or A-frame designs. The tensioner strap in each corner makes it easy to just pull the tent a little tauter without having to go through the trouble of re-staking it.

However, it was difficult to figure out the rain fly. The two-tone red and gray uniforms are quite confusing. And it takes a bit longer to fasten everything down, even with the typical visual reference points such as the vents, logos, and door zippers. This can be a huge disadvantage, especially when you are trying to pitch the tent during a rainy day.

Weather Resistance

The tent is close perfect if not for that one thing. The geometry of the vestibule is different in this model, which makes it tough to have the whole vestibule pulled tautly. Xtreme Shield coating certainly works quite well. Even when pitching the tent on the muddy ground, the interior will stay dry and clean.

It should be noted that some of MSR’s latest tents, such as the Hubba NX, do not have standard seals. Instead, their newer models employ “precision-stitched” seams. It’s still a good idea to seal certain high-tension areas before going on extended trips where you expect considerable weather conditions.

The poles are made of composite materials that are remarkably flexible, which helps in terms of wind resistance. Each pole section is extremely tough, but they feel a bit brittle. The tent skeleton as a whole retains a versatile and stable shape during rainy and windy situations.

Durability

It isn’t the most long-lasting tent overall, but it provides excellent durability given the materials. In addition, the composite poles are made of sturdy components, which reduce the likelihood of them breaking when they are being assembled.

It is perfect in terms of balance and density; the 30D floor is tough and light. The only issue was with the stakes. Their slender needle-like design means it is quite complicated to drive into the ground. Using a rock bends the stakes out of shape. As such, you may need to purchase extra stakes that offer better purchases.

Weight and Packed Size

Even if it is slightly heavier than the advertised 3 pounds and 14 ounces, the Hubba NX is a good weight for backpacking. It is easy to pack down to 18-inches by 6-inches roll. While it is relatively minor, the front-packing tent bag may not be for everyone. It is cumbersome to roll up every time you are packing up compared to other tents that you can just easily stuff inside a bag.

When the weight is shared equally between two hikers, each of them will only have 2 pounds to carry. For a two-person double-walled, double-entry freestanding tent, this places the Hubba at the lightest in the weight class but not at the front of the pack.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Review
pros
What we liked
  • The MSR Hubba Hubba NX’s combination of rainfly and canopy materials provides excellent weather protection.
  • It is quite durable than it looks and can withstand fairly windy conditions.
  • The overall construction maximizes the interior space and provides more elbow room.
  • The position and quality of the zippers make them easy to operate with one hand.
  • It comes with two ventilation ports to maintain good airflow during inclement weather conditions.
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What we didn't like
  • It does not come with standard seam seals which means leaks during heavy rains.
  • The stakes are difficult to drive into the tough ground.