3 Ways to Set Up Your Hubba Hubba™ Tent

There’s a reason MSR’s Hubba Hubba tent is celebrated by backpackers worldwide. Not only is it our best-selling tent, it’s also our most versatile. Its award-winning design balances lightweight performance, full three-season protection and excellent comfort like nothing else. In addition, it offers 3 setup options that provide the versatility you need for just about any type of trip you take on. Here’s a look at those 3 setup configurations, along with some accessories that take your tent game to the next level.

#1 Standard setup with adjustable rainfly for stargazing

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Fly Rollback

The Hubba Hubba’s freestanding design is easy to set up, and because it’s a double-wall construction, it provides the option to go with or without the rainfly. Unlike most, the rainfly is designed to roll back cleanly, providing both privacy and excellent stargazing. The Hubba’s standard setup offers plenty of guy-out points for securing your shelter in the wind, and a balance of warmth and ventilation, making it a solid choice for three-season endeavors.

#2 Fast & Light™ Body Setup

Hubba Hubba NX Fast & Light Ghost

On fast-and-light adventures, you want your pack as light as possible. The Hubba Hubba has a solution for that with its Fast & Light Body. This minimalist accessory, sold separately, allows you to leave the tent body at home. In its place, the Fast & Light Body provides just the bathtub-style floor for ground cover and side protection against wind and rain splatter, shedding significant weight.

The Fast & Light Body is ideal for fast-paced alpine objectives, and traveling in fair-weather and bug-free zones, because it loses the mesh body. When used with your current Hubba poles and rainfly, it sheds 227 g (0.5 lb) from the system, lightening your load and keeping you moving quickly on the trail.

Hubba NX Fast & Light

Unique in the industry, MSR’s Fast & Light Bodies are available for every high-performance model in our backpacking tent category. They’re perfect for ultralight travel, whether you’re on bikepacking mission or a multi-week trek.

#3 Gear Shed Setup

MSR Gear Shed

Some adventures require a night or more of basecamping, such as spring ski mountaineering missions or backcountry climbing. For these, the Hubba Hubba Gear Shed is a quick way to double the storage space of your tent. The shed attaches easily to the tent poles and adds 2.46 sq m (26.5 sq ft) of covered space, maximizing livability and comfort. That extra space is perfect for containing the gear sprawl, housing wet dogs, or simply lounging and prepping for the day. The large door offers easy access, while a partial floor creates a dry, clean place to store items out of the way.

The Hubba’s gear shed is there when you need it, and easy to leave behind when you don’t, increasing the versatility of this do-it-all tent.


Whether you pack your Hubba Hubba as-is, opt for the Fast & Light Body setup, or add the space of the gear shed for lounging in comfort, the Hubba Hubba tent has you covered with multiple options and award-winning performance.

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