Stands free and sets up simply so two can slumber comfortably.
Reach for the MSR Hubba Hubba Tent when you head out for some spring, fall, or summer camping with a pal. Divide up this freestanding tent so you'll only carry a couple pounds each; it's simple to set up, which is helpful in bad weather or low light. Forget the tarp and P-cord; you have luxury trail living right here.
- Hub system connects all the poles' sections, which makes setup fast and simply a matter of connecting pole ends and attaching to the mesh body
- Freestanding design gives you the versatility to pitch almost anywhere
- Dual vestibules and doors provide each camper access without disturbing travel his or her travel partner
- A 40-inch interior height provides enough room for an adult to sit up or crouch while inside
- Lightweight canopy material allows for supreme ventilation and airflow inside the living space and protects against flying insects and pests
- Full-coverage rain fly protects this mesh-ventilated tent from nasty weather
- Rain fly and floor use highly durable ripstop nylon that withstands seasons of camping and both utilize waterproof external coatings to keep you dry
- Bathtub-style floor wraps up around the sides of the tent to keep heavy rain and weather from splashing inside
- Multiple guy line points offer the option of adding extra tie-downs for truly brutal wind and weather
- Hit the trail with only the fly and footprint (footprint sold separately) for truly fast-and-light backpacking
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Cool video showing the different ways the tent can be pitched.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This tent is amazing. It has been with me all over the world and has never let me down. It is very light and sets up super fast and easy. It has held up in some pretty nasty storms. My favorite feature is that when you are not using the rain fly it is like you are not in a tent at all since it is almost entirely mesh.
My husband and I are going on our 4th year in our Hubba Hubba. It is easy to put up and take down for multi-day trips. Split between us, this system is lighter then when we use our hammock systems separately. We regularly camp in the Smokies and surrounding parks so rain is pretty much a constant. After two years of use we retreated the rain fly and reapplied seam sealer as a precaution. We have never had a problem with leaks in the rainfly and only just recently, on our trip to Yellowstone, did we have water seep through the tent floor. It was a torrential downpour and edge of our tent was in a puddle. Turned out to not be much of a problem. We used Tyvek housing wrap for a couple of years for a footprint until we broke down and got the footprint with a giftcard. LOVE the footprint. We not only use it for the Hubba hubba but we also stake it under our hammock systems for a nice "landing pad." As for MSR, the have wonderful customer support. They are very helpful and patient, especially when they are trying to teach you how to replace a section of your pole over the phone. I would buy this tent again in a heartbeat!
If you are like me and like a little extra room and aren't picky about ounces, this is a great tent. I will never go back to only having one door on my 3-season tents, the extra door and vestibule space is superb, especially if you are sharing the tent. I have used this tent for both backpacking and for BWCAW canoe trips. I bought a Sea-to-Summit compression sack (size small) and use it to compress the tent down to the size of a cantaloupe; the stakes, poles and footprint just slide in on the side of the pack. The needle stakes that come with it are great compared to the flimsy, round aluminum stakes you get with most tents, but they can still break (I snapped one going through rocky soil). A good replacement set are the MSR groundhog stakes (http://www.backcountry.com/msr-groundhog-tent-stake-kit)
Have used this tent in the heat of the summer (the mostly mesh walls work great for ventilation), through rain storms in early spring and in the colder, dry late October. The pole system works great, after the first few times setting up, I can now assemble w/ fly in a few minutes. Like I said before, this tent is an excellent solo, great if you travel with a dog and it works well if you are sharing since you each have a door and vestibule. It is a little tight inside with two, but manageable.
I have the 2009 model.
is it a 2011 model on sale? or a 2010 one?
pricey, but an all around good tent that will keep you dry and cozy. very easy to set up as well. overall, this is a quality tent to get and will last you a very long time.
I have had the MSR Hubba Hubba for about 5 years now and it has been a good tent. There is adequate room for 2, especially considering the dual doors/vestibules. This tent is light yet has held-up very well (I do always use the footprint.) The hub-style pole setup is a little strange if you're not used to that but it makes the tent strong, with nearly vertical walls (read as more interior space) and pitches very quickly due to clips rather than sleeves. I would recommend this tent, especially at a sale price.
I am torn between the Hubba and the Hubba Hubba. I'm new to bike touring this year and will be buying my first tent. I doubt I will ever need to sleep 2 people, but you never know. Has anyone gotten the Hubba Hubba and wished they had just gotten the hubba?
I guess these aren't like forums. No one comes back to answer or follow up.
I saw the price increase on these tents, I should have bought one a month ago when the were 20% the OLD price!! I found a Hubba and a Hubba Hubba in a local store with the old prices ($249 / $299) - I got the Hubba because 99% of the time I will be on my own or with others that have their own tents. It was easy to set up in my house and it was easy to get in and out of even for me at 56 years old.
I have three bike tours planned so far for this year, the longest being a one week ride in June. the other two are later in the year. I will be going on a couple of over nights in the Spring just to test out gear, etc...and to have some fun.
If I still have this page bookmarked when I get back, I'll let you know how I did with the Hubba.
still waiting mike...
I don't use mine for biking but just bought the Hubba Hubba (2-person). If you like having some extra space inside the tent for miscellaneous items AND the weight is not an issue for you, go with the two-person. I like to have a few personal items with me in the tent and if I had bought the 1-person model, it wouldn't have allowed for it. If you just want to crawl in and sleep, the 1-person will likely do the trick.
Well it looks like I am about a year too late here but I will just respond hoping it will help the next person. I would have gone with the Hubba Hubba. That is the tent that I own but I have also used the Hubba. For the way that you'll be using the tent, you'll appreciate having the extra room for gear storage. There is some storage under the vestibule on both models, but that area is not completely protected from weather like the inside of the tent is. For me, a little extra weight and money is worth it if it means my gear stays dry.
I bought the 2011 version of this tent. It has serious issues with condensation. Every single morning I wake up in this tent (and I mean every time!), it is completely soaking wet on the inside from condensation. I tried several different techniques to combat the issue but nothing seemed to work. I have used the tent in just about all climates and temperatures too and every time the problem was there. I wonder if this issue is just with the latest version because I read many reviews for older versions of this tent and no one mentioned condensation as being a problem. There is, however, one reviewer below who says they had this issue with the 2011 version.
I've owned this tent now for 7 years and absolutely love it. Have taken it on backpacking trips to Mt. Rainier, New Mexico, the Smokey Mountains and many other places.
I am amazed at how well the tent has remained waterproof. Even with an inch of water flowing around the tent during a torrential downpour on the side of a mountain, the inside stayed snug and dry.
The only problem I've had with it, is me tripping over and breaking one of the steaks.
This tent has been the greatest investment I've ever made on a piece of backpacking gear.
Used a brand new Hubba hubba alongside a REI Halfdome on a recent 3 night trip in the Minarets area of the Sierra. Rain every night with snow at higher elevations (meaning it was chilly and high humidity). The Hubba Hubba had the worst condensation of any tent I've ever owned (and this includes 40 years experience with a couple other REI tents, North Face Dome, Moss 2 man, etc). By comparison, the Halfdome was damp on the fly, but not dripping condensation onto the occupants or bags. The big difference is the Halfdome has vents and I suspect that kept the condensation down. No amount of tugging or re-rigging seemed to help the Hubba Hubba. Getting in/out of the tent, we got drenched by the condensation on the fly wings. I was sufficiently dissatisfied, I returned the tent. Caveat emptor!
The Hubba Hubba is one of the gold standard 3 season 2 person tents on the market. It's lightweight, priced competitively, big enough, and time tested. The set up of the tent is super straightforward and easy to do by yourself. The free standing design is nice and fairly sturdy. I've heard people knock the weather/wind sturdiness of this tent, but I've had it survive very wet Pacific Northwest conditions and windy desert conditions admirably.
Strong points of this tent - light, compact, easy to set up, durable, weatherproof
It would be nice it if was a few inches longer and/or wider (although you could say that about any tent) and had a couple more points to attach guylines, but overall this tent is great and worthy of any solo or 2 person adventure!
And a side note on awards - Other manufacturers have made great tents that have garnered awards of recent from Outside Magazine and Backpacker (like the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL, Marmot Aura, BD Mesa), and it's easy to forget that this was Backpacker's editor's choice in 2005. These magazines make sure to have new award winners every year (unless they bestow a lifetime award (like Backpacker's gold award)), so don't forget about the Hubba Hubba just because it's been around for a while!