MSR Mutha Hubba 3-Person 3-Season Tent - New Gear

April 27, 2008

Looking for a comfortable 2-3 person tent that won't break your back on your next backpacking trip? Look no further than the MSR Mutha Hubba, which is still a roomy 3-person tent, but tips the scales at a reasonable 6 lbs. 2 oz. for the body, full-coverage fly and aluminum poles. Sounds like you don't have to cram into a miniature cocoon anymore. To lighten up the Mutha Hubba for 2008, MSR revised several areas of the best-selling Mutha Hubba including: 1) a frame upgrade by using smaller, more durable plastic pole hubs, 2) removed 2 air vents from the fly, thus reducing seams and the flexible plastic sticks to hold them open and 3) eliminated zippers and seams on the fly body that were used to access the vents on the fly. The result is a 10 oz. reduction in weight and, after testing, it has virtually the same ventilation properties. I've got a small, 2-person REI tent that I've used for years, but it is snug with two adults inside with little extra room for gear. And, with the pie-shaped design, you end up playing footsie with your buddy--not something I enjoy doing. But, with the MSR Mutha Hubba's roomy rectangular design, you don't have to worry about having to snuggle with your stinky backpacking buddy. At just barely over 6 lbs. the MSR Mutha Hubba should definitely prove to be worth its extra weight (1-2 lbs over most 2-person tents) for the extra elbow room. Features of the MSR Mutha Hubba Comfortable enough for three adults (40 sq. ft.) Enough vestibule space for gear storage (14 sq. ft.) Flexible design with three setup options: full tent, no fly and minimalist (ground cover, poles and fly) 46" interior height allows you to sit up comfortably with room to spare Rated at 3-person and 3-seasons 6 lbs. 2 oz. total weight MSRP: $399.95 and $49.95 for the ground cloth I just got my hands on this tent for a few months of testing. After flogging it, look for an update and a review on this versatile 3-man, 3-season tent from MSR. Buy Now: MSR Mutha Hubba from and get the footprint FREE

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