Mountain Safety Research or MSR in short is a leading manufacturer in the outdoor industry. The corporation, now owned by Cascade Designs was started in 1969 by renowned outdoor enthusiast Larry Penberthy. Today, the company is now larger than ever and their innovative ideas have helped steer quality products into the outdoor industry. MSR focuses on producing hiking, camping and mountaineering equipment such as sleeping bags, tents and even portable stoves.
Today we take a look at one of MSR’s bestselling tents, the MSR Hubba Solo Backpacking Tent. If you are looking for a top quality solo backpacking tent that offers optimal performance then look no further. So, why should you get the MSR Hubba Solo Backpacking Tent?
Capacity – 1
Color – Moss Green/Grey
Vestibules – 1
No. of doors – 1
No. of stakes – 6
Freestanding – Yes
Fly Fabric – 40D ripstop nylon 1500mm
Mesh Type – 20D nylon no-see-um mesh
Floor Fabric – 40D ripstop nylon 3000mm
Interior Floor Area – 15.5 sq. feet
Vestibule Area – 9.5 sq. feet
Interior Peak height – 40 inches
Weighing only 2.13 lbs., this tent is ultra-light and unlike most lightweight backpacking tents, does not compromise on other features like comfort and space. Every camper/hiker knows just how much a heavy tent would weigh them down and turn a good outdoor vacation bad. How does the tent achieve this and still maintain quality? MSR used the award-winning 40D ripstop nylon fabric for the tent material and one DAC ultra-light pole to tone down the weight and still offer ample outdoor performance.
Most solo backpacking tents are plagued with little space that render them very uncomfortable. Unlike this, the Hubba tent comes with 15.5 square feet of interior space. On top of that, there’s an additional 9.5 sq. feet of vestibule area allowing you to place our valuables close by. The tent also offers an interior headroom/height of 40 inches/1 meter. This allows you to sit comfortably inside you tent without feeling claustrophobic or having to bend whenever you are turning. Great for reading or writing. This is, without doubt, a lot of space for a solo tent.
Setting up the MSR Hubba Solo Tent is a breeze thanks to the hub and swivel pole design system.The system is one of the easiest to set up and does a great job and holding the tent in place even in high winds. The average time to set up is roughly 5-7 minutes.
The tent is well capable of handling different situations having been thoroughly tested. Whether it’s heavy rains, strong winds and even hot sun, the MSR Hubba Solo Backpacking Tent is well equipped to handle them all. During the rainy days, the tent uses its waterproof rainfly to completely cover the tent and prevent any water from getting inside. The tent floor is also completely waterproof up to 3000 mm. Coupled with MSR’s stay-dry technology, the tent ensures that no water drips inside the tent.
During the sunny days, you can open the rainfly completely to reveal a nylon no-see-um mesh that ventilates the tent to prevent stuffiness. The tent fabric is also coated in silicon and polyurethane that not only ensures the tent’s durability but also protects you from the harmful effects of the UV sun rays. This is a premium feature rarely seen in cheaper tents.
The MSR Hubba Solo Backpacking Tent may not be an all season tent but it does offer quality, durability and manages to stand out in a crowd of many. The tent is recommended for those new to camping as well as those experienced and are looking to travel light.