OR: MSR Hubba Solo Tent - Aldo Fernandez
- MSR HUBBA
BY ALDO FERNANDEZ
July 03, 2008
NAME: Aldo Fernandez
LOCATION: Long Beach, California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
WEIGHT: 230 lb (104.00 kg)
BACKPACKING STYLE: Semi-Ultralight
SHOE SIZE: 13 (Mens US)
I've been Backpacking and Hiking very actively (weekend trips at least
bimonthly) since July of the year 2007. Shortly after begining my new
lifestyle as a Backpacker/Hiker I enrolled in a Backpacking class at a
local college to help me become more knowledgable and a better steward
for our environment. I am an all weather backpacker so you may find me
on the trail rain or shine. I also classify myself as a
semi-ultralight to semi-comfort camper; this is to say that much of my
personal gear was selected for weight savings but with a mild
consideration for a certain level of comfort as well. My longest trek
to date was from Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park down to
Yosemite Valley with a day hike to Half Dome along the way. Our group
of backpackers took four days and three nights for this trip through
Yosemite National Park.
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://msrgear.com/tents/hubba.asp" LINK TEXT = "MSR Hubba
Listed Weights (from MSR product website):
Minimum Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz. (1.3 kg)
Packaged Weight: 3 lbs. 3 oz. (1.5 kg)
Fly w/ FootPrint Weight: 2 lbs. (0.9 kg)
Other details: The MSR Hubba is a freestanding solo tent
I've used this tent for a total of 20 nights so far in Yosemite
National Park and throughout the Angeles National Forest and it has
proven to be a very reliable and cozy shelter. This tent has sheltered
me on very cold nights at near freezing temeratures of 34 degrees
Fahrenheit (1.11 Celsius). Being a three season tent the MSR Hubba
does not retain heat very well in cold weather. The inside
temperatures for this tent were only ever slightly warmer than those
of the outside tempuratures unless I left the tent sitting in the sun
to collect heat in which case it became much hotter inside the tent. I
have never been out in the rain with this tent so I put it to a five
minute garden hose test to determine if there were any notable seam
leaks in the rainfly. The rainfly proved to be very waterproof and I
could not locate any leaks through the rainfly fabric or on any of the
seams. The inside of the tent stayed completely dry through this test.
The vestuble is large enough to store and protect my 4272 cu in (70 L)
pack from the rain.
My MSR hubba tent has only been staked out on soft dirt. But I have
also left this tent freestanding on a small-pebble riverbed with
rocks tied to each corner and it held up just fine in moderate winds
of 10 mph (16.1 kmph).
After familiarizing myself with the tent I timed how long it took for
me to set up the tent in soft soil with little-to-no wind blowing. The
total time for setup of this tent with footprint, tent body, pole set,
rainfly, and stakes took approximately 3.5 minutes. Very fast for a
shelter that offers this level of protection from the elements.
When fully staked out this tent body and rainfly stays very taught
and neat. The floor of the tent stays spread out flat thanks to the
rectangular floor design and tent pole grommets at each corner of the
The MSR hubba is a relativey light freestanding solo tent that is
definately a contender among tents in it's class. The tent designer
makes use of newer structural technology by incorporating a
single-pole design for easy setup and increased weight savings while
maintaining strength and ridgidity. Attention to detail is evident in
the design of this tent including two interior pockets for storing
essentials and a decend sized vestibule for protecting gear from the
elements. The consideration for comfort is also not overlooked; this
tent offers the occupant 40 inches (102 cm) of height from the floor
to the peak of the ceiling. Plenty of room for a large man like myself
to sit up and change clothes in.
THINGS I LIKE
-Aluminum single pole design
-360 degree view through mesh walls with rainfly removed
-Fly+footprint setup option for lighter shelter
-Bold colors and reflective guylines help to spot the tent during the
day or at night
-Tent body, rainfly, and footprint can be packed in a compression sack
to increase available pack space
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
-Low bathtub and high cleareance beneath rainfly allows dust to blow
into the tent in high winds
-Entry zipper on tent body snaggs a bit on the turn of the door
-No ceiling ventilation
-Bugs are attracted to the bright colors of the tent
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