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April 2005

Tent Review: MSR Hubba Hubba

Meet the new benchmark in lightweight, three-season shelter

Why: This two-person tent strikes the finest balance we’ve seen yet between minimizing weight and maximizing space. Thanks to an innovative pole configuration that spreads the walls and lifts the ceiling, its 30-square-foot interior is surprisingly roomy; our 6’6″ executive editor didn’t touch at either end or bump into his tentmate while sleeping or sitting up. And the story gets better: The Hubba Hubba is freestanding and has two doors-both features a rarity in this weight class. The twin vestibules accommodate packs, boots, and careful cooking, and rain doesn’t drip inside the tent when you open the doors. With an all-mesh canopy, its ventilation is excellent; we saw no condensation through New Zealand soakers. You can save another pound by pitching only the rainfly, or a bit less when you pitch rainfly and footprint (sold separately for $35). Caution: Stake the tent in a sheltered site, because it’s light on guyouts and stability in strong winds.

Who: Unless you’re a tarp, bivy, or cold-weather fan, you’ll love this tent.

How much: $290

Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.

Contact: (800) 531-9531, www.msrgear.com.

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