MSR Mutha Hubba Waterproof Tent (Review 2021)

MSR Mutha Hubba NX is a 3-season

The MSR Mutha Hubba NX is a 3-season freestanding tent furnished with advanced technology for long-lasting endurance. It can shelter a maximum of 3 persons with two doors and a dual-vestibule. Weighing 4 lbs 13 oz, this easy setup tent is created to be lightweight.

Among all the lightweight tents that we tested, the MSR Mutha Hubba NX is one of our favorites. If you’re looking for a tent for your next backpacking trip, we recommend this one with confidence. Continue reading to see our in-depth review where we discuss the comfort, weather resistance, weight, set-up, and durability of this camping tent.


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The Mutha Hubba is a durable lightweight tent with Xtreme Shield System that fortifies the waterproof coating 3 times longer than the usual. With a minimalist setup, one person can establish the tent with ease. However, with the armed positive features, the space inside is quite complicated if 3 persons will use the tent as it will affect the space of its dual-vestibule.

This tent is perfect for those hikers who like to stop by a place from time to time due to its easy setup features.



We recommend that if you want to experience comfortable space inside, you should subtract 1 person from the maximum capacity and unfortunately, that would be capable to be used by two people. But that’s only if you would like to relax with a big space and convenience.

This freestanding tent has a 39 square feet flooring with a height of 44 inches. What we would like to commend is its spacious vestibule porch that reaches up to 14 square feet. That’s a great advantage to store several gears without drawbacks in space.

Another advantage of MSR Mutha Hubba NX is the two-door features. From our experience, this is one of the factors that make some other tents more compressed or squeezed inside because they only have one door.


Weather Resistance

Aside from the features we mentioned, the tent is also created to be waterproof. MSR has developed the so-called Xtreme Shield System and according to them, the waterproof coating of this tent can last 3 times longer than the usual coatings. A special feature injected that shines more compared to the standard tent coatings.

With the deep utilization of technology and Science, MSR was able to get rid of the damage usually experienced by the tent owners when the tent was stored for a long time. It is caused by the different temperatures involved in your tent’s waterproof coating. This process is called hydrolysis. MSR just found a solution to this unsolved issue by the use of the said system.

With such, we can say that MSR Mutha Hubba NX steps up more from the basic waterproof tents, but this tent has a little problem with the condensation. This happens if you use the tent’s rainfly.


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MSR Mutha Hubba NX weighs 4 pounds and 13 ounces which is equals to 2.18 kilograms but that’s the general weight including its gears. The tent alone weighs 4 lbs 5 oz or 1.95 kg wherein, we conceived that it is a lightweight tent however, this packing advantage has limitations since this can only shelter a maximum of 3 persons. In conclusion, it’s lighter compare to other tents but it’s also smaller.

The tent can be handy to several hikers because of its lightweight features but of course, it’s only very fit for pairs.

Ease of Set-Up and Packed Size

When talking about the ease of set-up, this tent can be the best answer to your queries. We tested this product during our latest trip and we can say that you can set up this tent effortlessly as you don’t need to ask help from your company. Meaning, you can build up the tent alone. It’s a huge advantage for a group of hikers with 2 or 3 people.

We’re happy to say that this freestanding tent is relatively small from our evaluation. It has a packed size of 21×7 inches. It also matters how you pack down this tent and we suggest that you pack the parts of the tent separately from its poles so that you can carry it along with ease.

Just like other tents, MSR Mutha Hubba NX consists of a tent, rainfly, guy lines, unified hub-and-pole system, and stakes but footprints are individually sold.



Judging on how the tent was built, we can applaud MSR’s work. The Xtreme Shield System is one reason that makes Mutha Hubba exceptional. With the waterproof coatings that can last 3 times longer than the usual, the tent can storm hard rain and can endure more hiking adventures with you.

The materials used to create this tent is durable that can battle rough or even sharp objects it may encounter during your expedition. Keep in mind that it can only endure more compare to the basic tent because of the system applied to the materials of the tent but, to clarify, it cannot totally tolerate all of the sharp objects since it’s still made of fabric. It can be damaged if you force to tear it.




We can praise Mutha Hubba for the following features:

  • It is is a durable lightweight tent because of the materials and technology-equipped by MSR. From its special feature, the Xtreme Shield System, we can say that the tent steps up if you compare it to other basic tents.
  • We can also commend its sub-features like the doors and warranty. It has 2 doors
  • The rain gutter is another asset of this tent
  • 3-year limited warranty.


Setting up a tent in dry weather is preferable, but sometimes, you may be forced to set one up in the rain. This will make pitching your tent a little bit more challenging than usual. Follow our guide to setting up your tent in the rain to make sure that the inside of your tent will stay dry.



This tent is considered to be durable and can endure encounters from sharp to rough objects however, it has numerous disadvantages:

  • Even though it is created to be lightweight, there are other tents that can counter this. Meaning, there are tents lighter than Mutha Hubba.
  • The dual-vestibules that’s supposed to be one of the good features that build the tent are actually not large enough to cater gears if three persons will use the tent.
  • It’s hard to enter or exit without moving positions. So if you want more space, we suggest 2 people only to use a tent.



From our overall experience, MSR Mutha Hubba NX is an ideal tent to choose if you’re going into an adventure. Space is quite complicated if used by 3 persons but all in all, the quality is high and can satisfy your camping needs.

We definitely enjoyed using this tent. If you want to ensure that you’ll have a great time with this gear as well, learn from our experience and follow the tips that we shared. With proper planning and a little bit of creativity, the MSR Mutha Hubba NX can be the perfect shelter for your future outdoor adventures.

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