Ready to hear the lowdown on the tent I took with me on my 2-month hike across Britain? Yep, the MSR Hubba NX was my home for the majority of my 952-mile E2W Challenge, from Lowestoft, Suffolk to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in Scotland.
Here I will tell you all about the Hubba NX, 1-person tent, including things I liked, disliked and loved! For full disclosure, this is a sponsored post, however, you’ll still get my honest opinion on everything about this one-man/one-woman tent. Keep reading for the full review.
You can see more of the Hubba tent in action, in the UK on my Instagram, go check it out @beckythetraveller.
If you’re looking for a super lightweight, backpacking tent, then keep reading my review. I loved this tent and it was perfect for my UK challenge. Let me assure you, it will be coming on lots more solo adventures with me!
Are you thinking about buying and MSR Hubba NX or do you have any specific questions about the tent? Ask me anything in the comments below.
Table of Contents
- 1 MSR Hubba NX 1 – Best Lightweight One Person Tent
- 1.1 How heavy (or light) is the Hubba NX?
- 1.2 How Big is the Hubba NX Tent?
- 1.3 How Easy Is It To Pitch the MSR Hubba NX?
- 1.4 Hubba NX Pitching Options
- 1.5 How Does The Hubba NX Cope in UK Bad Weather?
- 1.6 What Did I Love About the Tent?
- 1.7 What Didn’t I Love About the Hubba NX?
- 1.8 Overall Thoughts on the MSR Hubba NX 1
- 1.9 Would I recommend the MSR Hubba NX 1?
MSR Hubba NX 1 – Best Lightweight One Person Tent
How heavy (or light) is the Hubba NX?
Let me start with one of my favourite things, the weight of the Hubba NX 1. One of the reasons I wanted a new tent was to reduce my backpack weight.
My old tent at 2.39kg was way too heavy to lug across Britain. It might not sound a lot but that extra 1kg equates to valuable food supplies.
MSR Hubba NX (packed weight) is 1.29kg.
This includes the inner, rainfly, pegs and poles.
The second option is the fast and light, weighing in at a mere 0.73kg, this includes the rainfly, poles and footprint.
However, I didn’t have the footprint but I can see how this option may work if you want to go really lightweight! But not in Scotland with those midges! (I’ll let you know if I try it out).
How Big is the Hubba NX Tent?
Yes, I know it’s not all about size but when it’s you and a tent for two months, size kind of matters!
I’m 5ft 7inches/170cm, but I also come with a 65-litre backpack!
MSR Hubba NX Dimensions
(216cm L x 76cm W x 91cm H)
The length of the Hubba NX is 216cm, it fits my bed, aka my Thermarest mattress (183cm x 51cm) with room spare at the top or bottom. Mostly, I kept the space at the top, where I either had my backpack or clothes as a pillow.
The width is 76cm (inside the tent), with the porch area adding another 76cm at the widest point.
But the most important measurement of the MSR Hubba, for me anyway, is the height.
The Hubba NX 1 is 91cm high.
If you’ve spent any time in a small tent, then you’ll know how important the head height is. Sat on my Thermarest, about 4cm off the ground, my head did NOT touch the roof of the tent. Yes, winning!
The thing I love about the height of the Hubba NX is that it’s not at one point, the main centre has a flat roof so whichever way round you sit, you fit.
My tent had the ultimate test when I swarm of midges descended on our camp. The Hubba became a refuge for not just me, but two of my hiking buddies too. We sat in there for at least an hour, sat comfortably and chatting, whilst watching the swarm hovering outside.
The height of the tent also helped me get out, when it’s raining in the middle of the night and you’re trying to avoid bashing into the side of the tent to get covered in rain.
But the inner and porch door allow enough room to get out comfortably.
Porch area on the Hubba NX
The Hubba NX comes with a surprisingly large porch area, the widest point is also 76cm, the same as the width of the tent. In the porch area I could easily keep my backpack, plus cooking equipment and stinky shoes, nope they were not coming in the tent!
If it was going to rain overnight or if there were a lot of midges about I could also fit my 65-litre backpack inside my tent. I put it at the top, emptied most of it out and used it as a pillow. But the majority of the time I left it outside in the porch area.
How Easy Is It To Pitch the MSR Hubba NX?
The Hubba NX is one of the easiest tents I’ve ever put up (and down), I’ve not pitched hundreds but I’ve had my fair share of tents.
The colour-coded of the tension straps make it easy to make sure you’re putting the rainfly on the right way around. Handy when it’s windy and your tent flysheet is blowing all over the place! They then snuggly tighten your tent accordingly. Be careful not to overtighten them.
In less than 3 minutes you can have the inner and poles set up, with or without pegs depending on how windy it is. I will let you decide that option but don’t blame me if your tent blows away!
Then in another 3-4 minutes, you can have the rainfly and guy ropes staked out.
In around 6-7 minutes your little home is up.
It takes a little longer on a windy day as things can tend to get tangled. If it’s not windy weather you might not even need to peg your tent out. Although being a lightweight tent you need to be careful it doesn’t blow away. I popped my backpack inside whilst I was finishing putting it up to weight it down.
It’s worth checking the overnight weather forecast before you brave it without pegs!
Hubba NX Pitching Options
The great thing about the Hubba NX is the different options for the tent. You can opt to pitch the inner on its own or the rainfly on its own, with a footprint.
I slept a few nights without my rainfly on, but only when I was 100% sure that it wasn’t going to rain! But I loved pitching my tent inner on warm evenings first, then attaching the rainfly before I went to bed. It allowed me to have natural daylight whilst I was setting up my tent and hide from midges when they were being mischievous!
(I’ve not tried the tent with the footprint and rainfly option, as I don’t have the footprint!)
How Does The Hubba NX Cope in UK Bad Weather?
Ok, believe it or not, we didn’t have too many nights on the trip when the weather was awful! Well, that’s a lie, we did, but some of my lovely friends and Instagram followers put me up during those nights (not planned at all, I promise).
But I did still get to test the Hubba in a mix of different weathers.
Although, most my photos were mostly taken on sunny days. The priority on rainy days is to get your kit packed up, not take pictures! (But I promise, I did get wet!)
Hubba NX in the Rain
The Hubba NX did have its fair share of rain to deal with. As mentioned, I didn’t have the footprint with the tent, mainly because that would have been extra weight to carry, hmm, it only weighs 0.14kg, maybe I should have got it!
There were only one or two occasions I felt it would have been useful. The rain very slightly penetrated through on the bottom of the tent, about 6 inches square, but under my mattress, so not really a big issue.
I did notice in the corners, sometimes the outer rainfly didn’t cover the bottom fully. I had all my camping equipment safely organised in dry sacks so I didn’t have any issues with wet gear. I’d recommend maybe not putting your dry clothes in the tent corner on a rainy night, to be on the safe side.
Hubba NX in the Wind
Thankfully, we had no storms on our trip but we did have a few nights that were pretty windy so it was interesting to see how the tent performed. I’m not sure if there’s a right or wrong was but I opted to pitch with the back of the tent against the wide. Therefore, allowing protection from the wind and also shelter when cooking, which I did in front of my tent area.
The pole system is very clever, it’s a one piece system and it’s very robust. The highest wind speeds that I was aware of (via Mountain Weather) was up to 35k/ph wind gusts, that’s about 22m/ph.
You could see and hear the power of the wind but only the back of the tent moved, the rest of the tent structure felt perfectly rigid (fully pegged out). I do admit, it was noisy as wind flapping your tent is hardly quiet but that’s the same with most tents I guess.
Tan Hill was one of the highest places, at 528 metres, we camped on the trip and I had no issues with the Hubba NX (Photo above).
What Did I Love About the Tent?
In total, I spent 37 nights in my tent on the E2W Challenge, wow, I didn’t realise it was that many until now! The funny thing is that as the trip went on I even began calling my tent home.
I spent a mix of those nights wild camping and staying at campsites or even a few in people’s gardens!
MSR Tent Versatility
Without a doubt, my favourite feature of the Hubba NX is being able to pitch and sleep in the inner section. Although I didn’t do this as many times as I would have liked, my most memorable wild camps were those when I could see 360 degrees all around me.
Many night’s at camp I would set up the inner and then pop the outer rainfly on before I was going to bed, natural daylight and I could enjoy the pretty views for longer!
Porch views from the Hubba
The time I really realised that I loved my tent was the day I hiked whilst feeling unwell, hiking 18 miles with a 15kg backpack is tough. Arriving in a small town called Peebles, I could have easily booked into a B&B, but all I wanted to do was pitch my tent and crawl inside. The following day, I slept a lot but I was totally happy in my tent.
I loved the option to open the porch of the tent in full. You can sit (or lie) and still watch the world go by, along with plenty of natural daylight to help you feel better. It certainly helped to have plenty of fresh air when I wasn’t feeling well.
A tent bag that fits
Another think you don’t realise that’s so useful is the size of the tent bag. The Hubba NX comes with a stuff sack so no stressing about getting a tent into a tiny bag!
I kept the main tent in my bag, stuffed at the bottom then kept the poles separate on the outside of my bag, ready to put my tent up when I found a good spot!
Other random things I liked
- The porch is perfectly designed so that on rainy nights you can collect rainwater by popping a cooking pot. I filled 400ml of rainwater in less than two hours.
- The inner of the tent is really easy to keep clean. Before you take the poles out, simply flip upside-down and give a good shake to get any sand, mud, dead midges out of your tent (haha, yes, this is true!)
- It’s a great camouflage colour, I love to be discreet when wild camping. This colour really blends into your surroundings. You can also get the tent in Grey, but this is a less hidden
- You can pitch the tent on calm days with just two stakes – super speedy!
What Didn’t I Love About the Hubba NX?
There weren’t many things that I didn’t like about the Hubba NX, but if you’re looking to buy this tent then you might want to know this information!
The tent comes complete with nine super lightweight tent pegs, they are red too, so a handy feature to make sure you don’t lose any. As they are very light if you happen to stake them in the ground with rocks they can bend easily. I carried a couple of heavier pegs with me, as back-ups.
I wanted to use an extra peg out the back of the tent to stop it from touching the inner (as per photo below). If I’m honest, I’m still not 100% sure how the back of the tent is supposed to pitch! But I liked having an extra (slightly longer) peg to pop in. I can’t find any pictures on the MSR website showing what it’s supposed to look like from behind.
But if I find out I will let you know.
The tent is super lightweight, so in windy conditions, the rainfly is a little challenging to fit. Probably not something to try for your tent’s first outing. The tent also pitches inner first, so on rainy days, the inside can get a little wet during the pitching stage.
To be honest, I tried different tactics for not getting it wet but the best advice I can give is to not faff around and put the tent up quickly. On the day I tried to put the rainfly over the top whilst pitching the inner, it literally took me twice as long to put the Hubba up!
Overall Thoughts on the MSR Hubba NX 1
I genuinely loved this tent, it ticked all the boxes for me. I found there to be plenty of space for me to enjoy being inside my tent for a long trip and I loved how simple it was to put up.
My main concerns beforehand were the fact that it was inner pitch first but after a few rainy camps, I soon realised this wasn’t a major issue because even if I got the tent up I was getting inside, soaking wet so it made little difference!
The design of the inner part of the tent (as you can see from my photos) is a mesh design so perfect for breathability and to help prevent condensation. It’s wonderful in summer but I can imagine it may be a little cooler as the temperature drops, however, as it’s so lightweight you can afford to carry a slightly warmer sleeping bag (this is my plan for spring/autumn camping trips).
This tent wouldn’t be suitable for winter trips, I reckon I’d be too cold, but I have to admit I tend to do more camping between April to October.
This tent is ideal for backpacking trips or last minute wild camping adventures. Pack a small bag and off you go!
Would I recommend the MSR Hubba NX 1?
After spending over five weeks of an eight week trip in this tent I feel I’m in a good position to give this tent a thumbs up! I loved the versatility of the tent, and some of my favourite wild camping mnights were the ones spent without the rainfly on. Maybe that had something to do with the good weather as well haha!
If you are looking for a lightweight one-person tent for a backpacking trip or even a light tent to take on some mini-adventures in the UK or abroad, this is perfect for you.
Happy camping and enjoy your mini-adventures (hopefully in your new tent). Tag me on Instagram in your photos, I’d love to see your tent around the UK 🙂
Did I answer all your questions on the MSR Hubba NX or any other UK MSR tents? Feel free to ask me anything else in the comments below.
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This MSR Hubba NX Tent was provided to me for my trip. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.