MSR Hubba Hubba Tent (2022) Review

MSR's legendary backpacking tent is more competitive than ever with a hard-to-beat balance of weight, space, and durability

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For those who are serious about backpacking, they want the best quality, light, and sturdy tent MSR’s Hubba Hubba ticks all the boxes. Although it has lost a significant 10 ounces from its previous model, the new 2022 model performed extremely well in our tests in Patagonia and was hammered by strong winds. The high-end design is costly in the $480 range (for two-person) however it might not be worth the cost for the backpacker who is not a professional however, the additional cost will get you a robust weight, an adequate interior, and a pole design that is able to perform for all three seasons. Here we discuss our experience using this model of the Hubba Hubba. To find out how it compares against the competition, check out our review of the top tents for backpacking.

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29 sq. ft.

1P, 2P, 3P

3 lbs. 4 oz.

One of the most competitive balances of weight, protection, and livability.

Fairly small vestibule space, expensive, and limited mesh for ventilation.

Performance

Weight and Size of Packed

It is the MSR Hubba is always about balance and its latest model is an elegant design that conceals the weight-saving features very effectively. Its stated mass of just 3lbs, 4 ounces (a amazing 10 grams. lighter than the previous generation) places it within the light category that includes models such as that of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 (3 pounds. 2 oz.) as well as 2 oz.) and Dragonfly 2P (3 3 pounds. 1 oz.). It is possible to go lighter by using Big Agnes’ Tiger Wall UL2 (2 pounds. 8 oz. ), Fly Creek HV UL2 (2 2 lbs. 4 oz. ) as well as the Nemo’s Hornet 2P (2 pounds. 6 oz. ) However, these tents eat up the interior space at the foot end (and all but the Hornet make use of smaller fabric).

One of the most comparable competitors in terms of intent and usable space is the Nemo Dagger OSMO 2P, which is much heavier, at 4 pounds and 2 ounces all in. If you look at it all in context, MSR has done an excellent job of combining indoor space and durable materials at the right weight. the recent changes seem to have had a minimal impact on the features or durability.

MSR has tweaked the stuff bag to fit the most recent Hubba Hubba, but it’s extremely easy to fold the tent to store it. To give you an idea, the prior model had a large opening that ran lengthwise, with two straps of compression that were horizontal to secure the tent, however, the latest version is pretty standard, with an opening at the top and a single drawcord that closes it. However, the opening is adequate and allows for less than precise packing (not usually the case for lighter designs) The tent measures just 19 by 4.5 inches after compression (the earlier version measured 18×6 in.). As a comparison, Nemo’s Dagger OSMO is larger in size at 6.5 19.5 x 19.5 inches, whereas the Big Agnes copper Spur HVUL2 measures 19.5 6 inches. It is important to note that the components of the Hubba can be easily separated by two people, reducing the burden, however, I have never found the 3-pound 4-ounce design to be excessively heavy or demanding.

LIVABILITY as well as Interior Space

I had hoped to see that Hubba’s weight loss will result in less living space, but this is not the scenario. Actually, the new model comes with the same area at 29 square feet and an extra inch at the highest point (from 39 to 40 inches. ) This makes it comfortable for two individuals to get up and move about. The symmetrical floor as well as the dual-hubbed pole design are a huge benefit here. Unlike lighter models like those of the Hornet or Tiger Wall cut weight with sloped walls that taper at your feet MSR made the inside wide and airy with doors and walls that are near vertical. This allows two backpackers to sleep head-to- foot , maximizing shoulder space and comfort. It also easily accommodates our double-sleeping pads. In the tents of its weight and quality We’ve found only one model that beats this: Nemo’s Dagger OSMO. The Nemo is a two-inch taller ceiling as well as a longer flooring (giving the space for an additional 2 square. feet. of a surface) as well as poles that extend the walls to improve the living area (although it has 14 lbs. weight penalty).

Weather Protection

With composite poles sourced from their collection of winter poles, a durable freestanding design, and a complete-coverage rainfly the Hubba’s MSR Hubba Hubba can be described as an effective performer in both wet and stormy conditions. As with the earlier model, the new version has its Easton Syclone poles that are made to stretch and back to their original form even during extremely strong winds, rather than bending or snapping forever as with carbon or aluminum designs. In spite of the notoriously strong Patagonian winds, the tent remained strong with no sign of giving out all night. It’s important to note that MSR changed a portion of the mesh to the latest model to provide a more durable ripstop fabric. This decreased ventilation slightly, but it also leads to more protection in rainy and rough conditions.

Other effective weatherproofing methods include a raised floor for the bathtub to stop water from leaking and an impervious DuraShield coating and seams that are taped in the air to eliminate excess water. To illustrate, we took the Nemo Dagger OSMO 2P along to Patagonia and, although it performed well however, we experienced some moisture buildup in the interior of the tent during prolonged rains on the Huemul Circuit. In contrast to its counterpart, the Hubba Hubba, which has a rainfly that covers the entire area and a full-coverage rainfly, the Dagger is equipped with small cutouts on both sides of the tent. the single-wall sections were damp to the touch due to the pounding, continuous rain we encountered.

Along with its outstanding weatherproofing In addition to its excellent weather resistance, the MSR’s rainfly design and vestibule design is one of our top picks available. Since the latest update, it’s doors have been made straight, not bent, but they are able to zip on the sides (rather than from the center) and require less effort than the traditional packable model as well as making the doors much easier open (the zipper doesn’t get caught in the fabric and doesn’t have the same tension). In addition, an integrated gutter system made up of fabric garages that cover the zippers on the fly–means that the water flows through the sides of the rainfly, when it’s unzipped and not on your head. The fly can be folded in a variety of ways and can be rolled back halfway for stargazing, or open from the sides for amazing views out of either door. If rain does come in the future, it’s easy to bring it back ready to be hunkered down. The only thing we would like to change in this area is that the vestibule area is on the small side with 15.4 sq. feet (the Dagger OSMO is significantly bigger with 22.8 sq. ft. total).

Ventilation

As I’ve mentioned previously the new Hubba Hubba has considerably less mesh than the earlier version, but it doesn’t affect the overall airflow. It’s fair to say that there’s still plenty of mesh on the foot and head ends as well as at the top of the doors and smaller patches at the top of the ceiling. To aid in airflow, there’s Velcro-equipped vents that can be opened at the end of the rainfly that we’ve found to be effective in the removal of humid air even in cold as well as warm weather. Their position lower down on the sides allows you to open them when there is a light downpour without damaging your tent’s waterproofing. It is also possible to fold the rainfly inwards for stargazing at night however if you choose more mesh-heavy designs like Nemo Dagger OSMO or Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 will surely increase visibility.

 

Storage

With two doors large and two vestibules, The MSR Hubba Hubba makes it very simple for both backpackers and their luggage to get about and store their equipment. We’ve discovered that two doors are a must for backpacking with a friend–there’s no need to stoop over your partner to exit or enter as well as each individual is able to have their own vestibule to store their belongings. Vestibule space is smaller at 15 square feet in total however, I was able to find plenty of storage space to store a huge backpacking bag, hiking boots as well as cooking equipment, and many other things. The interior storage is also great and includes pockets at the top and bottom and overhead storage for things such as headlamps. If you think you will require additional vestibule space, MSR also sells a suitable Gear Shed at $180 that gives you 26.5 square feet protected storage. If one prefers to put your gear within your bed it is possible to upgrade to the three-person model with 10.5 extra square feet in floor space.

 

Durability

If you’re not familiar with light equipment and gear, it’s possible that the MSR Hubba Hubba’s fabrics could be alarming initially. The 20-denier coated (D) flooring and the 20D rainfly are definitely very thin (the previous model had a stronger 30D floor) However, in the ultralight category they’re quite durable. The floor is much thicker and heavier than the 15×20-denier nylon available with the fad Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2, for instance as we’ve not had any problems with tears or excessive wear during our testing (the increase in ripstop nylon is certainly helping). Some will prefer a footprint and we’ll be thinking about it when we go we go camping together with our pet in the near future. It is an additional charge of 45 dollars and adds 8 ounces of weight. However, based on the use that we’ve seen it put through so far it’s a great choice. Hubba Hubba strikes me as a very durable and high-quality design in general even without the footprint.

Set up and take down

The freestanding design, symmetrical design, and dual-dubbed wire system make the installation of your MSR Hubba Hubba completely painless. It’s also easy for one person to complete the task by just lying on the ground, setting the poles together, and then placing the poles in the corners, then clipping everything in the proper position. It was necessary to secure the tent’s corners with stakes initially in the strong winds that we encountered in Patagonia and also use manliness to make a taut pitch to withstand the rumblings however, setting up the tent was a breeze. They did break easily when they were hammered into concrete however, they were functional after. The only downside (and it’s a minor one) is the mesh panel on high up in the tent must be at an immediate pitch during rainstorms to prevent it from becoming too damp inside. It’s a good idea to have a shelter with the rainfly and the body of the tent joined, similar to hilleberg’s Niak. You can also purchase the footprint separately and then pitch it on the Hubba Hubba with the rainfly already in place.

 

Alternative Versions to the MSR Hubba Hubba

We took the newly updated 2-person Hubba Hubba to Patagonia for testing. MSR also has it available in one and three-person capacities (there’s no more a 4P version). The three models are all top-quality that include Easton Syclone poles as well as a great balance of space, weight as well as durability and weather protection. When compared with the 2P model that is the 1P cost is $70 less at $410, weighs two pounds seven ounces and has a floor area of 18.8 square feet and the 3P is the most expensive model. 3P Hubba Hubba retails for $580. It weighs 3 13 ounces and comes with 39.5 sq. feet of floor space. It is recommended to upgrade to the 3-person version when you plan on backpacking with a friend often, but considering the Hubba’s two-person interior, it’s not required in this instance.

What We Love

  • With a weight of 3 pounds and 4 ounces in total the most recent Hubba Hubba is considerably lighter than its predecessor, but without sacrificing comfort or features.
  • The composite pole structure as well as the waterproof rainfly cover make it among the weatherproof campers in its class.
  • The vestibule and rainfly design work well: There’s plenty of ventilation and the water doesn’t run down the side when you through the vestibule.
  • A freestanding design, an axis-like structure, and the dual-dubbed pole layout make the installation process an easy task.

“What We Never Do”

  • Vestibule space is on a smaller side, with 15 square feet in total.
  • 20-denier flooring is certainly thin, and many require an extra footprint to shield themselves from tears as well as scratches (especially in the case of camping on rough terrains).
  • The latest version features less mesh than the previous versions which improves durability but also results in less airflow and visibility for stars at the night.
  • The price is quite high at $480 and the super-strong pole shape could be too much for some summer hikers

Comparative Table

TENT PRICE WEIGHT FLOOR AREA Height DOOR(S) CAPACITIES
MSR Hubba Hubba $480 3 lb. 4 oz. 20D 29 sq. ft. 40 in. 2 1P, 2P, 3P
Nemo Dagger OSMO 2P $480 4 lb. 2 oz. Unavail. 31.3 sq. ft. 42 in. 2 2P, 3P
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 $500 3 lb. 2 oz. 15x20D 29 sq. ft. 40 in. 2 1P, 2P, 3P, 4P
Nemo Dragonfly 2P $450 3 lb. 1 oz. 20D 29 sq. ft. 41 in. 2 1P, 2P
Sea up to Summit Telos TR2 $559 3 lb. 10.7 oz. 20D 28 sq. ft. 43.5 in. 2 2P, 3P
REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 $379 2 lb. 14 oz. Unavail. 28.7 sq. ft. 38 in. 2 1P, 2P

 

The Contest

It was among the very first tents for backpacking that bridge the gap between a light design and a large interior The Hubba Hubba is a popular choice with a group of fans and the most recent update is much more attractive than it ever was. Its Nemo Dagger has been one of MSR’s closest rivals for years however recent modifications on both versions have widening the gap. The Dagger OSMO 2P, which is the latest model, Dagger OSMO2P has a weight of 14oz more than Hubba Hubba while coming in at the same price. The interior of the Nemo is a slightly larger with two more areas of flooring space with a higher peak of 2 inches and the same pole style However, it’s the MSR has the advantage of being a more weather-proof option , with a fully-coverage rainfly and a ventilation system that lets more airflow throughout the tent. If the small drop in size is an issue for you, we’ll prefer the smaller and more secure Hubba Hubba. For more details on this model, including the Dagger, see our detailed review.

If weight is the primary factor, two choices include two options: the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 and Nemo Dragonfly 2P. We believe these tents as the next step towards becoming ultralight. The downside is that they’re slightly fragile in comparison to that of Hubba Hubba. Beginning by using The Copper Spur, you get the same surface area (29 sq. feet.) and the same space for headroom (40 to.) in a lighter of 2 ounces. However, these figures don’t tell the full story. It’s true that the Copper Spur is a bit less durable due to its thinner 15×20-denier floor as well as the mesh and zippers must be handled with care in order to avoid tears. At only $20 less, and with one small weight loss We believe that it’s the Hubba Hubba balances its priorities slightly better, however, both are great and well-balanced lightweight alternatives.

The next model will be next is the Nemo Dragonfly2P. Similar to the Copper Spur The Nemo has the same amount of space similar to the MSR with 29 square feet, however it comes with an extra inch of headroom. However, the interior is a bit cramped by the slanted wall which taper at the feet which makes it more difficult to live in for two. Furthermore there is the fact that the Dragonfly isn’t the most reliable choice when it was blown by strong winds, and is somewhat less durable than the Rainfly which is 15D (the floor is identical to 20D). The weight reduction of 3 ounces could suffice to attract ultralight lovers however, the Dragonfly isn’t as strong and has less weight which creates the Hubba Hubba one of our most popular backpacking tents overall.

The giant backpacking company Sea to Summit also recently have thrown its hat in the competition with the Telos TR2. The standout feature is the distinctive Tension Ridge which gently turns the ridge pole upwards at both ends to create taller doors, expand the living space (including the huge 43.5-in. peak height) and increase airflow (the vent is still agape at its top). As with it’s cousin, the Hubba Hubba, the Telos also features a spacious layout with the same size of 28 sq feet in floor space It is completely freestanding and simple to pitch. It has two vestibules and two doors for maximum convenience and comfort when camping with a friend. The main differences are the weight and price. The Telos weighs about seven ounces more than MSR and is priced at $79. It’s also important to remember that we observed rain pools within the concavities of the fly while testing and water pouring in the tent’s vent opening. If the higher peak height appeals to you, the less expensive and lighter MSR is the best choice for the majority.

For most backpackers, the price is the most significant obstacle in finding this Hubba Hubba. If this is the case, think about a product such as REI Co-op’s $379 quarter Dome 2.. It’s a great deal. Quarter Dome is impressively light at just 2 pounds and 14 ounces (6 8 oz. less than MSR) with no significant concessions. You still get a two-door-and-vestibule layout, fairly generous interior, and vertical sidewalls that help maximize interior space. But it’s not a fully-freestanding design. Quarter Dome is only semi-freestanding and this makes the setup procedure more difficult as well as the tapered design is difficult for two backpackers in a comfortable position and move around. Overall it’s a very affordable design at a reasonable cost, but we believe the weight and the cost penalty are worth the additional quality of life you can expect from Hubba’s Hubba Hubba.