Looking for a great 2 person backpacking tent? Check out this review of the MSR 2 Person Hubba Hubba Backpacking tent to get all the information you need before purchasing.
If you’re looking for a 2 person backpacking tent that is easy to set up, keep reading to see my official review on this Hubba Hubba Backpacking Tent!
Let me start off by saying that the tent stakes that come with this tent aren’t the best quality, so I do recommend buying different tent pegs. You can find decent ones that are pretty cheap, so this shouldn’t be considered a huge deal or a deal-breaker.
Especially when you weigh in the positives of this backpacking tent. So besides the small additional purchase of decent tent stakes, there are a lot of really great benefits about this tent that I’m sure you’re going to love.
The overall set up of this two person tent is pretty easy, which is great because after arriving at your campsite, you know you want to get set up quickly so that you can rest or explore.
The tent body itself is a very simple setup and the tent side tensioners are really easy to adjust. The rainfly itself is a little tricky, but I’ll cover that further down in this review.
Another great thing about this two person tent is that there is a lot of little storage compartments inside of the tent, which is great for keeping everything stored, organized, and off of the tent floor.
Speaking of the tent floor, you can tell that it’s not some cheap material being used like in other tents. It’s actually more like a high quality tarp but without all of the added bulky weight (which is a really nice feature).
Even with the high quality tarp floor, this 2 person backpacking tent is still one of the most lightweight backpacking tents that money can buy. That means that it can do great on long hikes to any campsite.
The storage bag that comes with the tent is like a compression bag (think like a rock climbing rope bag). It also works perfectly even if the tent is wet, so don’t worry about the weather.
About the Rain Fly
An important attachment to any good tent is the rain fly. A rain fly is the attached outer layer that adds waterproofing and ventilation. Everything you need for an enjoyable camping trip!
This tent’s rainfly is super tight, which is great for keeping out the rain, but unfortunately, the loop system that it uses to attach itself to the tent is hard to get on and a little difficult to attach. It also doesn’t zip down in the middle, it just zips on the sides and folds over, making it a little more tricky to put on than you could be expecting.
For a first time use, it’s going to give you a few headaches. But as you get used to a few of the unique quirks of this tent it will really be a great addition to your gear. The ventilation is great and it really holds up well.
My personal experiences with this tent
I have used my 2 person backpacking tent several times over the past two years. I’d estimate that I have used it for about 20 nights, in that time and besides the tent pegs, it’s holding up pretty well. I have noticed that the shock cords are wearing out a little bit, but that is to be expected after so much use.
This backpacking tent does a great job at keeping the rain off too, so that hassle with the rainfly is worth it.
We’ve taken this backpacking tent to the Glacier National Park where it rained for almost 2 days straight, and we stayed nice and dry. We also enjoyed three weather-soaked days at Yosemite National Park and despite the downpour, we stayed dry in this tent.
Overall review of this two person tent
It has held up great to continued use over the past two years and I honestly think that I will continue to use it for a lot of my future camping trips, including solo camping trips. Although I still don’t enjoy using the rainfly and may choose to camp without it, it is a nice addition during rainy weather.
So if you can survive the small hassle of the rainfly attachment, you can enjoy this lightweight 2 person backpacking tent. It’s simple to set up (minus the rainfly) and it holds up great in bad weather and sunshine.
MSR Hubba Hubba Pros
- Simple setup
- Good storage
- Easy pack up
- Quality tensioners
- Quality tarp floor
- Good ventilation
MSR Hubba Hubba Cons
- Poor design tent stakes
- Super tight rain fly
- Rainfly opening is in an awkward position
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