Last year I had the MSR Hubba Hubba NX (2 person) but for this year I got myself the MSR Hubba NX (1 person) v6. There where more then one reasons for me to get this tent.
- It is 600 grams lighter
- Smaller in pack
- I’m an active sleeper and in the 2 person tent I slipt of my air mattress made possible by the extra space.
I did look at the lighter versions of this tent, the MSR Carbon Reflex and the MSR Freelite. They are lighter then the Hubba NX but you have a little bit less headspace and the way they saved the weight is simply less think materials. I haven’t test them out but what I know, it is a bit fragile.
The sack that you get from MSR for the tent is in my opinion quite bad. first of all, it is a heavy bag. Second of all, it’s not possible to compress the well enough. This is an disadvantage in your backpack. My simple solution is a 6 litre dry sack from Osprey. With this you can compress the tent as small as possible.
The vestibule is just big enough for me. In photo 1 you can see the vestibule with my backpack in it. This is the Gregory Paragon 58 litres. If you have a big pack, it might be a bit tight.
I had a bit condensation in the tent, to be honest, a bit more then I wanted. The weather wasn’t perfect for it. I went to bed early in the evening with at least 20 degrees celsius and around 5 in the morning it was between 12 and 14 degrees celsius. I don’t have the experience yet in colder weather.
For a small, light 1 person tent I think it is very easy to get in and out of your tent. I’m 198 cm long and I had no problems getting in and out. in photo 2 you can see the opening. The advantage also, I can sit straight up in the tent. When you are tall, the is a good thing in such a small tent!
I’m sleeping on a Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite and the shape of this sleeping pad means that you have more room for other things at the bottom, as you can see in photo 3. it is big enough to place extra things in the tent, like your clothes and so on if there is a reason you don’t want it in the vestibule (like ants and so on).
When laying in the sleeping bag, my feet gently will touch the inner tent and sometimes also my head will touch the inner tent, but not in a bad way. With this I didn’t had a problem with condensation going on the bottom of the sleeping bag.
What I do miss in the tent is a small bag to put some stuff in like your phone and so on. Because it is so small there is not a really good place for stuff like that. I’ve found my phone more then once under neath the air mattress 🙂
The standard pegs you will with it are reasonable, but don’t expect they will do well with hard ground with stones in it. They are light enough in my opinion.
So do I recommend the MSR Hubba NX? Yes I do, the constructionof the tent is good, it is high enough to sit in it. It’s light enough for most people and when you’re not that tall, it will even be better for you. The disadvantages are perhaps the condensation. When I have more experiences with it I will write about it and the vestibule. With a big pack it can be a bit too small.
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