When choosing a tent there’s a lot to consider and for many, it’s a difficult choice. I was looking for
something lightweight, with room to sit up, and a vestibule, without being outrageously priced. The MSR
Hubba NX manages all of this, with lightweight fabrics and clever design.
I believe Tasmanian conditions require an enclosed tent, so the Hubba NX provides the right amount of
protection with a weight that’s only marginally above a tarp or hammock setup. With that in mind, it does
have a mostly mesh inner and is rated as a 3 season tent.
The RRP of the Hubba NX is often listed at around $750 AUD, but with patience, you can find one for just over
$500 AUD. I paid about $560 AUD with an MSR groundsheet.
Design Comfort & Durability (Rating: 90%)
An interior size of just over 216cm x 76cm means only the tallest hikers will find it cramped, and I find the space quite comfortable, with just enough room at either end for a few items that need protection, like
camera and phone. Because of the upright sides and high interior (91 cm), there’s room to sit up and stretch
on a rainy day, something I find very important.
The vestibule is adequate, with enough room for a 50-litre pack, but you’ll struggle to fit a large pack without it being hard against the exterior fabric.
The single pole and lightweight fabrics seem to make the most of the weight savings, with similar sized tents often weighing 500 gms more. Mine has been fantastic for the few dozen nights I’ve used it, but I do fear that eventually, the thin 20D Sil nylon fly might not be as robust as a heavier fabric.
The most useful feature I have found is the adjustable stake tie outs and fly attachments, so that after
setting up the tent you can quickly and easily bring the fly taught if it starts to sag or the wind picks up.
Unfortunately, there are only two points provided to add guy lines, and no guy lines are included. I purchased two Mont guy lines with line-loks that definitely help the tent stand sturdier in wind.
I have found water slowly beading in all four corners of the tent, which I can only assume comes from the stitching so it might be worth doing your own seam sealing after purchase.
The MSR mini groundhog pegs are very effective, and unless you’re camping in very loose soil you shouldn’t need anything else. 6 pegs are supplied so extras need to be purchased if using guy lines.
Functionality & Ease of Use (Rating: 95%)
With only one pole, it’s very easy to erect the Hubba NX, and colour coded (grey-red) tabs mean you always get the fly the correct way around without too much thought. After a few nights, it should only take a few minutes to set up. At first, I was disappointed there was no integrated pitch option, but I’ve realised that I most often pack the wet fly separately after the first night anyway.
Because it’s quite a compact tent and quite narrow, it’s also easy to set up in a small space, I have set up in tiny spaces when running out of daylight.
There’s not much that could be simpler or easier about the setup and use of this tent.
What I Like
- Lightweight for a double walled tent
- Easy to setup and adjust
- Deep bucket floor
- Adjustable stake tie outs
- Quality fittings
- Compact when packed
What I Don’t Like
- Lightweight fabrics
- Lack of guy line tie outs, no guy lines included
- Relatively pricey
- No integrated pitch
- Corners of the floor weep moisture
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