MSR Hubba Hubba HP tent (2008)

Described as being ‘ultralight without compromise’, the Hubba Hubba HP offers far more space than other tents featured here. It is pitched inner-first with a framework of pre-assembled poles providing a skeleton from which the inner is suspended and which the flysheet cloaks. Ladder-locks allow fast adjustment, and the structure is very stable. There is a porch on each side and they each easily take two rucksacks. The outer doors get double zips so the top can be vented, and they can be rolled to either side to create a sheltered porch area. Inside the tent you get loads of headroom and this is incredibly spacious for two campers. At 1858g it is not the lightest tent here, but when split between two campers it is a very respectable 929g each. But this is not the most stable design (the large, flat surface of the wedge shape easily catches the wind), so care is needed to pitch in sheltered sites. The outer doors aren’t held open as securely as some and would benefit from additional tie-backs.

Design dome
Poles shock-corded alloy poles
Inner 20D ripstop nylon; flysheet 20D silicone-coated ripstop nylon, 1000mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet 40D PU-coated ripstop nylon 10,000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 215cm; width 115cm; height 110cm
Packed size 17x44cm
Total weight 1858g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 40
Stockists – tel. (01629) 580484;

The Hubba Hubba doesn’t compromise on comfort, and offers plenty of space. Well-featured, but not the lightest.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008