The MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent is a free-standing one-person option that works very well for the solo camper/hiker/backpacker. Celebrated for how very lightweight it is, you won’t have any issues hauling this tent around with you, no matter how many miles you cover in a day.

Design

MSR-Hubba-NX-1-Person-Tent-layoutMade of 40-denier ripstop nylon and 15-denier nylon mesh, this tent’s minimum weight is a little over two pounds – making an awesome choice for an ultralight tent option. It includes a sizable StayDry door made with a built-in rain gutter and a cross-ventilating rainfly. The 18-square-foot floor and the 36-inch peak offer plenty of room, so you can sit up and move around without feeling like you’re in a tiny nylon cave. “Plenty” is naturally a relative word in regards to tent space size, but this option still works out well if you’re on the taller side.

Walls are made of mesh, with the vent on the rainfly also contributing to airflow. You may also roll up the vestibule for extra ventalation, and unlike many tents and bivys, you won’t have to worry about  serious condensation with the MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent, even when the weather outside is frightful…or extremely humid. The side-entry vestibule is also ideal for keeping your backpack gear dry.

Waterproof and Durability Factors

MSR-Hubba-NX-1-Person-TentWhile designed to be waterproof, if enduring a seriously heavy storm know you may get splashed a bit. Any rain that bounces beneath the fly and sails through the mesh walls…well, you can guess what happens. And while this tent is definitely durable, its gauzy fabrics require extra upkeep. For best results, choose a sandy or otherwise debris-free site to avoid ripping holes in the tent floor.

Another durability issue is the rainfly zipper–make sure you stretch it when opening or closing, or you’ll find yourself dealing with that annoying snag problem.

Ultralight Tent = No Features

If you’re looking for a tent laden with features, then you probably shouldn’t be considering ultralight tents. The Hubba NX 1 doesn’t include typical things you’d see from a  2-man tent, such as pockets, an “attic,” or extra window vents. The only thing it does come with is a stuff sack, which is exactly what you want for this class of a tent. However, the tent packs very well into said sack, which you’ll close via drawstrings and compress with the built-in compression straps.

Recommended for Cyclists

Highly recommended if you love to bike as well as camp, this tent fits perfectly into most cycling panniers. And again, because it takes little effort to set up and take down, it won’t interfere with however many miles you need to bike that day.

Lack of Rigging

Another negative to this tent (or not, depending on what you want and need) is the lack of rigging. The MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent features several guy-line attachments, but no actual lines. The included stakes are nice and sturdy, but you’ll have to rig the thing yourself. However, it’s still an easy setup thanks in part to a hub-and-pole system with color-coded clips.

Wrap Up

Yes, this tent may lack in features and rigging, but it’s still a comfortable, spacious option that does quite well against rain and condensation. You’ll easily be able to store your gear, and cook under the rainfly so long as the weather is nice. It’s very stable once erected, and lightweight enough for easy adding to your pack, bike, etc. The tent is also quite waterproof, all in all.

A nice option if you’re a solo camper, or if you prefer your own space while camping, hiking, or going to festivals, you’ll enjoy using this tent through the different seasons (minus winter, of course).

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Pros

• 40-denier ripstop nylon / 15-denier nylon mesh
• Minimum weight is 1.12 kg/2 lb. 7 oz.; two Fast & Light options from .73 kg/1 lb. 10 oz.
• Head and elbow room throughout tent
• Large side entry vestibule to store gear
• Large StayDry door with built-in rain gutter; adaptable, cross-ventilating rainfly
• Unified hub-and-pole system with color-coded clips; ultra-compact compression stuff sack

Cons

If you understand that you are buying an ultralight 1-man tent, MSR had to sacrifice quality for weight. Its not a roomy tent, you wont find pockets or an attic.

Summary

Overall the MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Tent is a great option for ultalight backpacking. Its not a tent I would buy because I dont mind the extra weight for the additional features and higher quality material.

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