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1 Reviews of the MSR Mutha Hubba NX
By: TimCESmith Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2021 Rating:
I managed to get this amazing tent for under £300 in a freak coincidence of Black Friday + discount code. It had its maiden voyage in Storm Dudley (Feb 2022) and despite never having managed a practice pitch it was up and weatherproof within about three minutes.
This is a precision built tent: everything sits beautifully on the one piece DAC aluminium pole set without any flapping or contact between the fly and the inner. There is no faffing around getting it 'just so' although you can trim it with simple pulls on the corner straps where both the inner and the outer connect simply over the pole ends with aluminium loops.
Inside it is much lighter than I expected (I went for the version with the green flysheet - a white one is available). The central cross pole makes it roomy and easy to move around in. The generous headroom means it takes a Helinox Playa chair and my Thermarest LuxuryLite XL mesh cot with ease. This cot is half the width of a king size bed and took up exactly half of the floor (see pics).
There are four good sized pockets flanking the inner doors which you can use to store stuff and / or shove the opened inner door into. There are webbing attachment points at each corner and the centre of the roof, allowing quite extensive further storage and lighting options.
The two inner and outer doors have toggled tie-backs. On hot days you can roll the vestibule ends right back to the frame if you peg out the apex guys. There's also a little kick-stand vent in each end which can be operated from inside the tent. The kick stand itself can be folded neatly away with a velcro retainer when not in use - someone should tell Outwell about this. There's a clever gutter arrangement which makes rain run off the opened outer doorways. It's another really impressive design detail bearing in mind they've somehow done it without adding any weight or bulk.
In practice I didn't find the end-vents much use except as tiny windows: there's a fair gap between the fly and the ground and the huge area of mesh in the inner meant it was pretty draughty in the Cornish winter. They would probably help keep things cool in the summer though.
There are attachment points for guylines on the sides, but no actual guys. With three really good Dyneema guys at each end I think this is a weird omission, particularly as the bottom edge of the side walls are the free-est element of the whole structure.
My tent performed really well for four nights of terrible weather. I did notice a few drops get through the contact points between the fly and the frame. These dropped onto the inner and rolled off without penetrating, but next time I'll be careful about how the fly velcros (wet) sit relative to the inner's frame clips (dry) - I think I may have got them the wrong way round. The groundsheet did extraordinarily well seeing as it was effectively sat in a bath of liquid mud for the best part of five days - not a drop got through and no damage - it came up off the footprint pristine and surprisingly dry.
Lastly the bag: it's nicely over-sized with instructions printed on the inside (as I discovered whilst packing up). A more-than-adequate opening makes for easy packing and there are compression straps to tidy it all away. There are separate bags for the pole set and the pegs so everything is easy to manage.
In summary, the Mutha Hubba is a very high quality tent (even the supplied pegs are swanky anodised aluminium) with versatile pitching options if you get the footprint, which I would strongly recommend. It is light, strong and easy to dry. I'm looking forward to some bicycle touring with it, but maybe not in a named winter storm in Cornwall.
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MSR (Mountain Safety Research)
Mutha Hubba™ NX
3-Person Backpacking Tent
Newly redesigned, the best-selling, freestanding backpacking tent has reinvented lightweight livability for three. Featuring a new floorplan that offers each occupant easy access to doors and gear, the MSR® Mutha Hubba NX tent is the ideal tent for a minimalist trio backpacking deep into the Sierras in the heat of summer, or tackling the Appalachian Trail for an extended trip in the spring. The easy-to-assemble 3-person tent features a new frame geometry that improves ventilation and interior headroom, two easy setup options, and the most livable accommodations for 3-season conditions.
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