Hubba Hubba NX 2
For our latest Trip to the Triglav National Park, we decided to buy a new, even lighter tent. After a long research, we found the Hubba Hubba NX 2 from MSR Gear. The inner foot print (2.7 m² | 29 sq. ft.) is quite small for a 2 Person Tent. If you put in 2 mats there will be no space for your backpacks, the height (1m | 3.2 ft.) is also not that much, but if you pitch up your tent without the flysheet, you will have a fantastic view. The determining reason to buy the tent was the weight of just 1.6kg (3.5lb); it’s a joy to pack your backpack and know that you have such a light tent. The packing size is 15 x 45 cm (5,9 x 17,7 inch), which is super small.
In short, it is the lightest tent we ever had and the tent with the best view.
You can buy the tent in two different colors: white or green. We choose the green fly sheet because we like to camp in green areas and blending into the surroundings is important to us. Wild Camping is not allowed in a lot of countries and blending into nature is a huge advantage, a red or yellow tent would look way cooler than a green one. But color follows function at least in this case.
First, you have to pitch up the inner tent. It can be tricky if it is windy due to the lightweight of the tent, a second pair of hands is useful in windy conditions. If it is a bright summer day, you can stop here, put your mattresses into the Hubba Hubba (BTW best name ever) and enjoy the magnificent view from inside the tent. The mash they used is just perfect and to be honest one of the reason we bought this tent. You will love it.
One disadvantage with a separated fly sheet is that the inner tent can get pretty wet. If you pitch up the tent, while it is raining, the spacing between the flysheet and the inner tent could be a bit more spacious, make sure you have no crinkles in the upper layer, otherwise, these two parts will touch, and the condensation water will leak into the tent.
You can pitch up the tent with just one entrance if you don’t have enough space for the entire footprint. (Looks a bit weird).
The inner tent offers an excellent view, and it feels like being outside. There are two pockets in the inner tent for your valuables. You have two entrances to the tent, and the zippers are pitch perfect. If you use the tent with two people, there will be no space for a backpack; your gear has to stay outside. In the middle of the dome, you will find two loops where you can place a lamp which is quite nice. The excellent ventilation makes this tent perfect for hot summer nights.
To the dimensions: it is optimal for two thermal mats (65 cm | 25.5 inches wide), or one big one. We are using our Hubba Hubba with the EXPED SynMat Duo; the trapezoid shape is creating space for the high-value gear (Camera, Drone, etc.)
The awning doesn’t have an underlay, which can be a problem if it’s raining and your luggage is stored outside, so make sure that your backpacks are covered in case of rain.
The red poles are very light (450g | 1lbs) and fit together perfectly. The storm cords make a good impression. We are not so happy with the pegs; the red paint came off immediately, and the light material isn’t the best quality. The tent bag is super light and has enough space to put in some extras you need while pitching the tent. You can also split up the tent into two different backpacks for better weight distribution.
- Fly sheet weight: 554 g
- Inner weight: 606 g
- Poles weight: 450 g
- Total weight: 1610 g
- Pegs & accessories weight: 116 g
- Capacity: 2
- Floor area: 2.7 sq. m
- Vestibules total area: 1.62 sqm
- Tent volume: 1217 l
- Vestibules total volume: 481 l
- Interior height: 100 cm
- Packed size: 46 x 15 cm
- Number of doors: 2
- Freestanding: Yes
- Number of Poles: 1 DAC Feather lite NFL
- Pegs: 10 MSR Needle pegs (included)
- Also comes with four guy lines, four aluminum cord adjusters
- Flysheet fabric: 20D ripstop nylon 1200 mm Dura shield polyurethane & silicone
- Inner fabric: 20D ripstop nylon & 15D nylon micromesh
- Floor fabric: 30D ripstop nylon 3000 mm Dura shield polyurethane & DWR