The MSR Hubba NX is a huge one-person tent that’s ideal for multi-day use when that extra living space will be really appreciated. The tent is pitched inner-first with interconnected poles forming a frame from which the inner is suspended; the fly then goes over the top. Pitching is exceptionally easy, thanks to ladder-lock webbing buckles and limited need for pegging. Once erected the MSR Hubba NX is far more stable than lighter tents, making it ideal for windier conditions. There is a door on one side with double zip pulls so you can open it from the bottom or top. The massive porch is 80cm at its widest point, meaning there is plenty of space for one person’s kit. Headroom is equally impressive at 91cm, as this extends beyond the centre and I think two people could sit up in this tent if needed. There are drawbacks though, as I’m not the biggest fan of inner-pitched-first tents when pitching or striking in wet weather because the inner gets wet. Also the fly doesn’t extend to the ground and the inner has a lot of mesh, so it’s not ideal for wet and windy weather. It’s also not the lightest one-person tent at 1290g. But you’re getting lots of space and great performance in warm weather. All that for £300 is a bargain.
Flysheet fabric 20d Durashield silicone and PU-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 15d mesh and ripstop nylon
Groundsheet fabric 30d Durashield PU-coated ripstop nylon
Poles DAC Featherlite shock-corded alloy
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 216x76x91cm
Packed size 14x48cm
The MSR Hubba NX is the perfect tent for many solo campers, but I’d prefer an outer-pitched-first design and a fly that extends to the floor for wetter conditions. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine July 2014