Our love affair with all things MSR began 7 years ago when we did our first review of their MSR Carbon Reflex 3 tent. Our string of reviews continued with the MSR Nook and, three seasons ago, we tested an earlier iteration of the MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3, we are looking at today.
Because so many of the features remain the same as in the 2016 version of the MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3, this review will be shorter than some, because we'll focus on the new features. If it feels like we are missing some of the details, please refer back to the original review.
For 2019, the biggest news for the Mutha Hubba may be the use of Xtreme Shield coating on the tent fly and floor. Check out this detailed video for more info than I could ever give you and click in the arrow in the bar below the video for more pics and observations:
Here's a little reminder, printed just inside the front door, of the new and improved technology that makes a big difference. The claim is that Xtreme Shield will last 3-times longer than regular waterproof coatings on tents.
Here's the other big advantage in the 2019 Mutha Hubba line: the Easton Syclone composite poles, which are more flexible and durable than your standard aluminum poles. Look familiar? If you said yes, perhaps it's because you remember our review of the MSR 4-season Remote and Access tents we reviewed a couple of years back.
If you really want to nerd out on the Easton/MSR partnership, here's another video for you:
This feature is not new, but it's still worth mentioning. The poles keep the tent up by way of these aluminum grommets. Light, bomber and easy to deploy.
3-way attachment. Fly, footprint and tent proper. All three are fine-tunable with a little tug.
Thank goodness the "Kickstand" fly vent is still here in 2019. 'love this for weatherproof venting.
Same commodious interior. Roomy for two + gear, totally workable for three.
My impressions haven't really changed from the last review. The MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3 is a great tent. I prefer a little extra room and am OK carrying a few more ounces. At under 5 pounds, this tent allows you to go for a little luxury. There are sub-4lbs 3 person tents, but I'd be concerned about their durability.
Seeing as how it doesn't seem to rain much any more in the Interior BC summers, I haven't had the chance to check out the weather-proofness of the Hubba but I am confident it'd do the trick. I've had the NX 3 out in big winds though—and, if properly pegged out, it works like a champ.
The Hubba series has been around for a decade plus. I am a big fan of iterative design and it seems like MSR designers have continued to tweak and finetune the feature-set, year after year. After ten years of improvements, I think buyers of the 2019 model should be very happy with their purchase.
Price: $639CAN / $549US
Minimum Weight: 1.95kg / 4lbs 5oz
Packed Weight: 2.18kg / 4.13lbs
Floor Area: 3.67sq m / 39sq ft
Vestibule Area: 1.3sq m / 14sq ft
Vestibule Volume: 453 liters / 16cu ft
Interior Peak Height: 112cm / 44in
Packed Size: 53 x 17cm / 21 x 7in
Number of Doors: 2
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