MSR Hubba NX

MSR Hubba NX solo

A mid-price range, lightweight, backpacking tent

I bought this tent during the summer of 2020 but due to Coronavirus restrictions I had to wait a couple of months before I got to use it properly.

This blog is a review of the tent from my use so far, I will update it as I continue to use the tent through the winter months and into 2021. I don’t believe in reviewing any kit until I have actually used it a few times so that I can provide a full and honest review of the product.

I purchased the tent online from Elite Mountain Supplies at a cost of £327.25 which included the footprint and postage. I would consider this a mid price range for this type of lightweight backpacking tent.

So far I have found it to be lightweight, easy to put up and is a good size for one person. The main downside is the fact that when pitched inner first, as it is designed to do, the inside of the tent will get wet if it is raining. Having said that on the MSR website they show a way of pitching outer first using the footprint to hold the poles. I have also found this video on Youtube which shows how to make a strap system to hold the poles so that you can pitch outer first. I may test this out and will let you know how it goes.

MSR Hubba NX

The tent weighs 1.29Kg and then the footprint adds another 138g. Mine came with 9 MSR Needle pegs but it needs 10 pegs for a complete pitch. They are supplied in bags of 6 which is a bit confusing!

The head height is 91cm, I am a 165cm tall female and find that I have plenty of room inside the tent. When packed into its compression sac with the poles inside it measures 47cm X 13cm but can go smaller if your pack the poles separately.

It is also possible to use the tent just with the footprint, poles and flysheet for lightweight summer expeditions.

Inside the length is 216cm which means that I can stretch out comfortably and still have space at my head or feet for some bits of kit.

As you can see from the pictures above and below the tent has a large vestibule area which I found perfect for my Rucksack and boots on one side leaving plenty of room to still get in and out of the tent.

This also provides a sheltered area for cooking in adverse weather conditions.

Tent showing the door half rolled open, can be rolled fully open in warm, dry conditions.

The fly sheet is designed with a rain gutter so that water runs down the tent and not over the edge into the open door way. Having used the tent in wet conditions I can confirm that this works.

Picture showing the fly sheet rain gutter.

Inside the tent the upper section is largely mesh and has great ventilation. So far I have had no problems with condensation inside the tent.

Pitching the inner.

To pitch the tent lay down the footprint and then place the inner of the tent on top. Peg out the four corners. Unfold the poles and then slot together starting with the centre cross pole and then working out towards the base on one side and then the other. Slot the two base poles into the grommets at the corner of the tent at one end followed by the two base poles at the other end. This has now tensioned the poles and they hold themselves. Clip the inner tent to the poles as above. Then place the fly sheet over the top matching the grey webbing straps to the same colour straps at the end corners of the inner tent. The opposite end will have red webbing straps. The flysheet has fixings underneath for the short centre cross pole and then a grommet in each corner to attach under the poles. Once all this is in place peg out the vestibule and then adjust the tension on the corner straps. Make sure there is an air gap between the inner and outer fabric. The final stage is to peg out the four guy lines and the little tab on the long side of the tent opposite the door. I have found this final pegging point to be crucial in windy, wet weather where the outer may get pushed against the inner causing the inside of the tent to get wet.

The bath-tub style built in ground sheet is made of Durashield coated fabric the same as the flysheet. I have used this tent in both wet and snowy conditions and it has maintained dry conditions inside. I think having the footprint really helps with this too by giving added protection from the ground.

There is one small internal mesh pocket, ideal for a phone or headtorch.

Please note that in the picture below I have not set up the fly sheet correctly. The metal grommet from the fly sheet should be placed under the pole and the lug at the bottom of the pole inserted into the grommet. My method also works though and I did find this easier in deep snow!

What this picture does show you, however, is that the tent is colour coded with grey webbing straps at one end and red webbing straps at the other. Match these up and the tent doors will end up together.

Langstrath wild camp
My MSR Hubba NX – tent wild camping in Langstrath valley, Lake District
Wild camp on Blaewith fell
Wild camping in the Lake District
Wildcamping in -6 deg C on the Whernside, Yorkshire.

My usual way of carrying this tent is to tuck it under the lid of my 30l Osprey Tempest Rucksack. It is also possible to separate out the poles and make the whole bag smaller to place the tent inside a rucksack.

So having used this tent now on a few expeditions would I recommend it? Definitely yes! So far it has worked really well for me and hasn’t let me down. It did get wet inside when I pitched it in the rain but this was easily sorted by drying the floor with my micro-fibre towel. I have not yet used it in very strong winds and it is sold as a 3 season tent by MSR so I would be cautious about its use in extreme weather. My winter camp in -6 deg C on soft snow showed that it can certainly manage 4 seasons if the weather is not windy.

For a budget tent I would recommend considering a Vango tent and I have used the Vango Nevis 200, which although sold as a 2 man tent is more a 1 person plus all their gear. I will still use this if going out in very poor conditions as, so far, it has stood up to the wind really well in the UK mountains. Click to read my blog on the Vango Nevis 200.

1 thought on “MSR Hubba NX solo”

  1. Excellent review and very helpful Maxine. First time I’ve found decent pictures of how you’ve set up and pegged the corners – that’s been puzzling me! The link to the strap set up is great as well. I too like the size etc, have yet to use it in anger though (yet). Cheers.

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