The MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent is designed for 2 person use. I am going alone, but I still chose this version instead of the Hubba NX for 1 person. The reason I did this is because of the door at both sides, and maybe a little because I like the extra space it affords. The hubba hubba is 1m high and has 2.7m² of floor.
The Pennine Way will be my first long distance walk, and the terrain often will be stony, or have sharp twigs. Because of this I opted to get the additional footprint, to try and make the tent as durable as possible. Coming in at a little over £330 I would hope that I have this kit for a good long while.
The tent comes in a stuff bag, and comprises an inner tent, a fly sheet, pegs and a foldable pole. Overall, with the footprint, I will have 2kg to carry. This is much more than the “ultralight” configuration of this tent, but I don’t have the courage to go fly sheet only. I will manage the weight if it means I am snug. There are good videos from MSR available showing how to pitch the HubbaHubba, after watching, I felt confident in pitching for the first time out in the wild. It was quite straightforward. Peg out the footprint, Assemble the pole (very easy, its all attached together with elastic cord, you cant go wrong). The ends of the pole fit into eyelets on the footprint and form the shape. The inner tent was next, but it could easily have been the fly if it was raining. No more pegging for the inner, it has eyelets which fit the same place as the footprint. I just clipped them underneath on the poles. Plastic clips click nicely onto the frame, and the tent is starting to look ok. The cross piece pole has to be positioned on the top of the pole running laterally down the tent. There are two eyelets above the inner tent doors that hook onto the ends of this cross pole.
Finally, the top flysheet gets put on over the lot. To align the doors of the inner and outer skins, you need to match the red webbing loops and the grey webbing loops, and again these have eyelets that go on the pole ends. I then pegged out the doorways front and back and finally all 4 guy lines.
Once assembled, which took about 5 minutes or so, I got my first look inside. It is plenty big enough for me and my rucksack. There are easy vents, pockets at the ends for phone, book etc. I can sit upright in this, which I kind of knew I would be able to from reading the spec beforehand, but the reality is great. It has great volume inside due to the almost vertical sides.
The inner tent has an integral ground sheet, and this comes up the sides to about 6″ deep. The ground sheet is windproof as well as waterproof, so no draught managed to get in at floor level.
The door at each side I really like. Pitching a tent with the entrance away from the wind seems a good idea, but because of the changeability of our weather, in the morning the wind could be directly in when you open the door. On this tent, simply looking which edge is bowing slightly in the wind lets you see where the weather is coming from before you choose which door to open. Not only am I going to keep any rain out, but I can warm my meals in a relatively sheltered vestibule.
As I live with this over a period of time I will come back and add to this review, but for now I will conclude that today I had my first sleep under “canvas” since I was 20, and it was good.