MSR Mutha Hubba

True all-season performance–without a weight penalty.
Mutha Hubba
Price $399.95

Specs

Free Standing
Capacity 3
Number of Poles 3
Pole Material high-strength aluminum
Diameter of Poles (mm) 9
Floor Space (sq ft) 40
Layout rectangular

 

Length (inches) 84
Width (inches) 68
Interior Height (inches) 46
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 7
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 7
Weight 6 lbs, 6 oz

[mountaineering]

Many four-season mountain tents are either cramped (using weight-trimming dimensions to counterbalance heavier materials) or so specialized that they’re overkill for anything but winter use. The single-wall DragonTail breaks the mold with a roomy interior and true all-season performance—without a weight penalty. Credit its spaciousness to the three-pole, hoop-style geometry—which, while not freestanding, pitches easily and creates vertical walls with an airy, 41-inch peak.

The 90-inch length ensures ample space for tall hikers, and the enormous, 14-square-foot vestibule allows plenty of room for cold-weather gear and cooking. “It feels more like a three-person tent,” says one tester. And it ably handled standard winter conditions: “During a Sierra snowstorm with 30-mph gusts that dislodged tree branches, it stood firm and shed wet snow,” reports our tester. (Caveat for gear abusers: While we experienced no durability problems, the DragonTail’s 40-denier fabrics are not as heavy-duty as the 70-denier stuff typically used in expedition tents.)

Ventilation is good; only slight condensation built up on nights below 30°F. Drawback: It has just one door. $480; 4 lbs. 12 oz.The popular Mutha Hubba tent offers all of the features of the Hubba Hubba tent with 3-person livability. Two full vestibules and two doors at head and toe provide easy access. Now with new green rain fly and waterproof DuraShield™ coatings.

Livable Volume (body + vestibule): 2945 + 623 L / 104 + 22 cu. ft.