MSR Hubba Tent
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- Lightweight, one-person, freestanding tent with multiple configuration options for backpacking
- Use as double-wall tent for full protection, or in two freestanding tarp-shelter modes when used with optional footprint (sold separately)
- 40-inch interior peak height; measures six by 20 inches (W x D) packed; 17-square-foot floor and 22-cubic-foot tent volume
- Large door and vestibule for gear storage
- Limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty
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The pioneers of the innovative Hub design that changed tents forever, the Hubba tents continue as one of the best options in all around backpacking performance and features new green rain flies and DuraSheild coatings. Capacity: 1, Min weight: 1.29kg/2lbs 13oz, Floor + Vestibule: 1.6+0.9sq m/17+9.5sq ft, Interior peak height: 100cm/40in, Livable Volume: 623+254L/22+9 cu ft
MSR Hubba Tent
MSR's lightest and bestselling one-person freestanding tent is ideal for ounce-counting backpackers. The Hubba comfortably sleeps one full-sized adult camper, yet weighs less than three pounds. The feather-light aluminum poles are strong and sturdy, while factory-taped seams keep moisture where it belongs--outside your tent. Its unique, easy-pitch hub-and-pole system sets up in moments, creates more space inside the tent, and is strong enough to handle inclement weather. For maximum versatility, the Hubba has a full-size door and vestibule and can be set up one of three ways:
- Optional footprint (sold separately) with rainfly
- Mesh internal tent with rainfly
- Mesh internal tent without rainfly
Livable Comfort in a Lightweight Package:
- The Hubba's Unique pole configuration provides maximum interior space. The large door opens to a roomy vestibule for gear storage.
- Lightweight: Minimum weight is less than three pounds
- Quick setup: All-in-one hub-and-swivel pole design is strong and simple to use
- Versatile: Can be used as a double-wall tent for full protection, or in two freestanding tarp-shelter modes when used with optional footprint (sold separately)
- Lifetime warranty
- Capacity: one person
- Interior peak height: 40 inches
- Interior floor area: 17 square feet
- Vestibule area: 9.5 square feet
- Packed dimensions: 20 by 6 inches (WxD) packed
- Tent volume: 22 cubic feet
- Vestibule volume: 9 cubic feet
- Minimum weight: 2 pounds, 13 ounces / 1289 grams
- Packed weight: 3 pounds, 4 ounces / 1474 grams
- Fly with footprint: 2 pounds, 2 ounces / 979 grams
- Body weight: 1 pound / 448 grams
- Fly weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces / 498 grams
- Frame weight: 12 ounces / 341 grams
- One DAC pole
- Six stakes
- Fly: 40-denier ripstop nylon with 1500mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coating
- Canopy: 40-denier nylon ripstop canopy
- Walls: 20-denier nylon no-see-um mesh
- Floor: 40-denier ripstop nylon with 3000mm Durashield polyurethane and DWR coating
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Top Customer Reviews
On to the Hubba and Lightning. Both were similar prices ($200-250) and had similar space (Hubba - 17 and Lightning - 19 sq ft). Both weighed in at 3 lbs 6 ozs but the Lightning's width at 32" seemed more friendly than MSR's 26". The Hubba is the most popular of the two but there were a few reviewers who gave a thumbs down on the narrow width. Unfortunately, I found almost no reviews for the Lightning.
In the end I went with the Hubba because of it's sleek design. The first time I set it up I was surprised at how tall and wide it was. Inside it felt big, much bigger than I had expected. The length is ample at 86" (the Lightning is 82") and the way the top crosspole opens the ceiling as wide as the bottom provides very comfortable head space. The bath tub floor comes up higher mid-tent so if you like to sleep on your side, it will expand with a fully bent knee. This tent, which is made in Taiwan, is well-constructed from seams to poles and feather light stakes. Set up is fast and easy. The short poles at either end are permanently attached to a hub as is the crosspole, but despite the fact that there is essentially only one pole the Hubba is solid even without staking. Plus, there are loops at the corners of the square ceiling where you could attach an attic.
After several seasons with this tent, I find it's the best designed gear in my pack: light, sturdy, comfortable, and it's up by Step 2!
Also, plenty of head space in which to sit up.
Best of all, NOT made in China.
NOTE: The MSR footprint for this tent is made in China. A made in the USA footprint for this tent can be purchased at gofastlite.com
The single pole system is a snap. It hold the tent taught and strong in harsh winds and rains, while other tents with an X-pole configuration are bending and giving way. The bottom is completely waterproof. I was caught in a low lying area in a severe rainstorm, 2-3 inches of water gathered around me, yet I stayed dry.
The rainfly arrangement is great, gives you plenty of extra room for sitting inside your tent and shedding your boots or storing your pack. Note: the rainfly has to be staked out. Some people thought this was a downside, and although accurate, I don't see what the big deal is.
This tent does it all. I used it as a shelter nearly every night for four months straight while hitchhiking around the country and backpacking many of our national parks. It has held up to both regular use and more heavy duty abuse, and I look forward to using for many years to come. The price is steep, but you can't go wrong spending the extra coin and investing in such a great tent.