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MSR Mutha Hubba Review


Backpacking Tent

  • Currently 3.0/5
Overall avg rating 3.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: December 23, 2012
Price:   $430
Pros:  Lightweight, easy to pitch, spacious, good-looking.
Cons:  Unsupportive pockets, tiny stakes, no vents.
User Rating:       (0.0 of 5) based on 1 reviews
Manufacturer:   MSR
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ December 23, 2012  
The MSR Mutha Hubba is the larger, three-person version of the MSR Hubba Hubba, about which we did a full hands-on review. How is the Mutha Hubba different than the Hubba Hubba?

The Mutha Hubba
  • Sleeps three rather than two
  • Has floor area of 40 square feet rather than 29
  • Is 2 pounds, 7 ounces (50 percent) heavier
  • Is $100 more expensive

This product has been updated to the MSR Mutha Hubba NX (NX stands for Next Generation). The MSR Mutha Hubba NX is a lighter and more "liveable" updated version of the MSR Mutha Hubba.The Mutha Hubba is very different from the Hubba Hubba in that it has a more complex and stronger looking pole design. Though we haven't field tested this tent we suspect that the larger version performs well when compared to other three-person tents.

Check out our full Backpacking Tent Review where we compare the Hubba Hubba to other top two person tents.

Other Versions

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MSR Mutha Hubba NX
  • Updated version of the Mutha Hubba
  • Packed Weight- 4 lbs 13 oz
  • Floor Area- 41.5 sq. ft.
  • 3 Person
  • $500

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MSR Papa Hubba NX
  • Packed Weight- 6 lbs 8 oz
  • Floor Area- 53 sq. ft.
  • 4 Person
  • $600

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX
  • Top Pick Award Winner!
  • Newly redesigned version of the Hubba Hubba
  • Packed Weight - 3 lbs 8 oz
  • Two door design with large vestibule
  • 2 person
  • $400

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Most recent review: December 23, 2012
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Aug 9, 2012 - 04:32pm
H2 · Mountain Biker · Norway
I would just like to point out that some of the criticism in the MSR Hubba Hubba review may not apply to this tent:

1: The Mutha Hubba has 2 extra poles in addition to the hubbed pole of the Hubba Hubba - and it lacks the short cross pole which was said to represent a potential weakness because of the plastic "clip" connecting it to the main pole.

2: The Mutha Hubba has 2 extra guy points over each door, in addition to one on each side, making a total of 6 guy points. This does seem adequate to me.

I also cannot help noticing the snow in the background of the video review of the Hubba Hubba. IMHO, the Hubba tents are not for winter or high altitude camping, and it is totally acceptable to sacrifice some strength to achieve lighter weight.

I have just accepted an unrefusable offer on a Mutha Hubba HP, and while it does look nice enough, it seems premature to rate it until I've had time to actually test it.

In the mean time, given the above remarks on the Hubba Hubba review, I can see no reason not to recommend it.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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MSR Mutha Hubba 3 person backpacking tent
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