Hubba Hubba NX Tent

This time, I'm taking a look at my tent.  For Havasu, I carried a 6+ lbs two man tent.  The make and model for that tent can't even be found using web resources so I will assume that it has been discontinued or the manufacturer has rebranded.

In any case, I felt that the tent I was using was the proper size.  Big enough to fit two if needed, but perfectly comfortable for me alone.  I had originally been thinking that my ideal tent would be a one man tent, but I couldn't find an option quite big enough for a 6'3", 220lb guy.

Jon had picked up a 9lb four man tent on Kijiji so I figured that I wanted to come in around 4.5 lbs for a two man tent.  There are a few tents that fit that bill, but my height is fairly well proportioned and I need a tent that allows me to sit up straight and move around so, really I only had one option: the MSR Hubba Hubba NX.

I looked at my options locally, and the only retail shop that carries MSR gear in Toronto is Mountain Equipment Co-op.  Unfortunately, the price tag on the HP model is $445 CAN + tax, which I wasn't willing to part with.  

A few weeks of keeping my eye on eBay paid off and I won an auction for a significant discount.  

You will notice that it has a unique pole structure.  The poles are elastic joined so they snap in place very easily.  Also, it really is only one pole with a two three-way joins and a two-way join so anyone can figure out how to put it together in minutes, even with our instructions.

One major benefit to this tent is that the fly can stand independent of the tent itself so you can't use the tent alone, the tent with fly, or the fly all alone using the same set of poles.  I never thought I would have a use for the fly alone until I realized that I can use it as a light weight shade to bring with me to the park or even my balcony on hot summer days.  This afternoon, it was a perfect shelter for me, my wife, our two dogs, and our cat with plenty of room for everyone.

The floor space of the tent is almost completely available, unlike most tents where you are really only comfortable sitting in the centre and end up ducking in order to get near any of the corners.

Total weight of the entire tent is under 4 lbs so perfectly reasonable, even if it's just for me.  If there are two of us, we can actually compress the tent and fly and separate the poles and spikes and carry less than two pounds each.

It feels and looks well made.  I love it and can't wait for the next overnight to put it through it's paces.