The new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 is a lightweight freestanding two-person backpacking tent weighing 2 lbs 14 oz that provides lightweight livability, superb ventilation, and ease of use. This new 2022 version of the Hubba Hubba 2 provides a significant 10 oz weight reduction over the previous model Hubba Hubba NX2 without compromising on the tent’s spacious rectangular floor plan (a rare feature), ease of use, and premium feature set.
Most of the weight saving in the new Hubba Hubba 2 comes from subtle design changes and lighter-weight components but the core value that the two-person model has always provided remains fully intact and it is still a great tent for two adults. The freestanding inner tent creates an interior space that has near-vertical walls, providing excellent interior space and livability. Plus, it is incredibly easy to set up and has two doors so you can come and go at night without disturbing your partner.
With a reduced trail weight of 2 lbs 14 oz, the Hubba Hubba is lightweight enough for backpacking use when shared by two people. If you’re looking for a new two-person tent, the MSR Hubba Hubba 2 should definitely be on your shortlist if interior space and ease of use are priorities for you.
Specs at a Glance
- Trail weight: 2 pounds 14 ounces (1.3 kg) – minus stakes and stuff sacks
- Packaged weight: 3 pounds 4 ounces (1.47 kg) – including all bags and stakes
- Style: Freestanding
- Number of Doors: 2
- Floor area: 29 sq. ft
- Vestibule area: 15 sq. ft
- Minimum number of stakes to pitch: 2 (for the vestibules)
- Inner Tent Dimensions: 80″ (l) x 50″ (w) x 40″ (h)
- Poles: 2 Easton Syclone Carbon Fiber
- Floor Fabric: 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Durashield polyurethane & DWR
- Rainfly Fabric: 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm DuraShield polyurethane & silicone
- Inner tent Fabric: 20D ripstop nylon & DWR
- Seam-taped: Yes
Tent Set-Up and Design
Setting up the Hubba Hubba 2 is amazingly easy to do. It comes with one many-segmented carbon fiber tent pole that has two hubs and a roof cross-piece forming an exoskeleton to support the inner tent and rain fly. The setup is pretty intuitive, but instructions are also sewn into the tent’s stuff sack making them impossible to misplace.
MSR was the first tent company to spearhead the use of carbon fiber tent poles on mainstream tents and these are very robust and refined. They work exactly like aluminum poles, but they’re more flexible and much lighter weight. The tips of these poles slot into aluminum corner hardware forming a curved arch that you attach the inner tent to using plastic clips.
An additional center cross-pole clips into two aluminum connectors above the inner tent doors. It is not attached to the main pole and it is black, so you need to be careful not to lose it. But, even if you do the tent works just fine, although the tent roof is slightly less taut.
The outer fly drapes over the exoskeleton frame created by the carbon fiber poles. The corners of the fly also have aluminum hardware that fits over the ends of the pole tips holding up the inner tent. Once that’s done, you can stake out the corners and tighten the webbing straps on the inner tent and rain fly and stake out the vestibules to tighten up the pitch.
The Hubba Hubba 2 requires a minimum of two tent stakes for the vestibules although you’ll normally want to stake out the corners, requiring at least four more. There are additional guy lines over the vestibule doors and tent ends that you can also stake out to give the tent additional stability in wind or increase ventilation.
The Hubba Hubba 2 has two doors, which I consider essential in a two-person tent if you intend to use it with another person, so you can get out at night without waking your partner. The interior of the Hubba Hubba 2 is not tapered at the ends, but rectangular, giving the inner tent a very spacious feel. The ceiling is high enough to comfortably sit up in (34″ at the ends and 40″ at the center) and the near-vertical sidewalls make it easy to move around inside without bumping into the ceiling.
The actual interior width and length is 50″ x 80″ since I measure the usable space in the tent interior (not the exterior rainfly like manufacturers) when it’s pitched, enabling the use of two wide and rectangular 25″ sleeping mats, which more and more people prefer to carry when backpacking.
Internal storage inside the tent is good with one mesh pocket running the width of the interior at each end of the tent, below the end window, and there are gear lofts above each door, which are handy for tent and exit illumination using a headlamp. All of the interior mesh pockets now have power ports as well. Plus the side vestibules are large enough to store high-capacity packs and not block door access.
Interior ventilation in the Hubba Hubba is also good, provided you keep the vestibule doors unzipped at the top to create a transom effect and that you stake out the rainfly over the windows to enhance airflow through the tent. Another option is to fold half of the rainfly up over the tent to enable star gazing through the large inner tent ceiling vent.
The vestibule doors have rain gutters that are designed to keep rain from dripping on you when you unzip wet doors. These gutters are simply extensions to the fabric flaps that cover the vestibule zippers and help channel the flow of water running down the fly fabric away from you. The vestibule zippers are also bi-directional, so you can vent the top of the tent with kick-stand vents where internal water vapor collects. They’re oriented to run along the sides of the tent and not down the middle of the vestibule, making it easier to get in and out of the tent without having to crawl over your gear or brushing against a wet door.
More Recommended Two-Person Tents
|Make / Model||Structural||Trail Weight|
|Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2||Freestanding||2 lbs 11 oz / 1219g|
|MSR Hubba Hubba 2||Freestanding||2 lbs 14 oz / 1304g|
|Zpacks Duplex||Trekking Pole||1 lbs 3 oz / 539g|
|Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2||Semi-Freestanding||2 lbs 3 oz / 992g|
|REI Flash 2||Trekking Pole||1 lbs 15 oz / 879g|
|MSR Freelite 2||Semi-Freestanding||2 lbs / 907g|
|Tarptent Double Rainbow||Semi-Freestanding||2 lbs 10 oz / 1191g|
|Dan Durston X-Mid 2||Trekking Pole||2 lbs 4 oz / 1025g|
|Slingfin Portal 2||Freestanding||2 lbs 14 oz / 1305g|
|NEMO DragonFly 2||Freestanding||2 lbs 9 oz / 1162|
The new MSR Hubba Hubba 2 is a two-person camping and backpacking tent with a roomy interior that is exceptionally easy to set up. Featuring a rectangular floor, vertical sidewalls, and dual doors, the attention to detail on this tent makes it extremely livable for two people out to enjoy a backpacking or camping trip. While it’s not the lightest, two-person double-walled tent you can buy today, its 2 lb 14-ounce trail weight strikes an excellent balance between comfort, livability, and ease of use. If you’re looking for a premium double-walled two-person tent, the MSR Hubba Hubba 2 is definitely the cream of the crop and a good benchmark on which to judge comparable backpacking tents.
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