After its makeover in 2014, the MSR Hubba Hubba NX was a top-of-the-line tent that was a competitor with the best. But during testing this spring and the spring before, we realized that it now scores as a middle-of-the-pack tent as new models are coming out that are lighter and more comfortable for backpacking. In the redesign, MSR trimmed a fair chunk of weight off the Hubba Hubba by using lightweight fabrics, mini zippers, and a thoughtful design. The new design was used to optimize space while keeping down the weight; however, these days, it is not the tent we're reaching for quite as often as some of the other contenders.
We think the Hubba Hubba NX is a good all-around backpacking tent that competes strongly with the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV in its weight and livability categories. It has two doors, excellent ventilation, and adequate space for a lightweight tent. It is not as durable as the Hilleberg Anjan 2 GT, and we believe it would not stand up to storms as well, but it is slightly less weight and less expensive. We like how compact it packs down (bonus points for the cinch-able stuff sack) and love that it has a floorless fast and light pitching feature that does not require buying or carrying a separate footprint.