Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Backpacking Tent

New optimized floorplan and more livable volume.

Newly redesigned, the best-selling, freestanding backpacking tent has reinvented lightweight livability for three. Featuring a new floorplan that offers each occupant easy access to doors and gear, the MSR® Mutha Hubba NX tent is the ideal tent for a minimalist trio backpacking deep into the Sierras in the heat of summer, or tackling the Appalachian Trail for an extended trip in the spring. The easy-to-assemble 3-person tent features a new frame geometry that improves ventilation and interior headroom, two easy setup options, and the most livable accommodations for 3-season conditions.

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Newly redesigned, the best-selling, freestanding backpacking tent has reinvented lightweight livability for three. Featuring a new floorplan that offers each occupant easy access to doors and gear, the MSR® Mutha Hubba NX tent is the ideal tent for a minimalist trio backpacking deep into the Sierras in the heat of summer, or tackling the Appalachian Trail for an extended trip in the spring. The easy-to-assemble 3-person tent features a new frame geometry that improves ventilation and interior headroom, two easy setup options, and the most livable accommodations for 3-season conditions.
  • Ultralight: Minimum weight is 2.07 kg (4 lb 9 oz); Fast & Light option is just 1.66 kg (3 lb 11 oz).
  • Maximum Space: Head and elbow room throughout tent; two large side-entry vestibules to store gear.
  • Livable: Two large StayDry doors with built-in rain gutters; adaptable, cross-ventilating rainfly.
  • Easy Setup & Packing: Unified hub-and-pole system with color-coded clips; ultra-compact compression stuff sack.
    Optimized symmetrical geometry and non-tapered floor
  • Large, easy-entry D-shaped StayDry door and vestibule
  • Side entry zipper orientation
  • Rainfly kickstand vent
  • Adjustable rainfly (roll-up vestibule & stargazer view)
  • Light gray rainfly color (neutral light)
  • Adjustable integrated stake-out loops
  • Lightweight reflective guy-outs
  • Durable high-tenacity nylon fabrics
  • Reinforced Infinity bar tacks and lap-felled seams
  • Durashield-coated rainfly and bathtub-style floor
  • Compression stuff sack with pull handle
  • Freestanding Fast & Light® setup options allow you to set up tent with rainfly only for ultra-minimalist trips.
  • Side entry zipper orientation allows vestibule door to hang out of your way for unrestricted access.
  • Large StayDry door features built-in rain gutter and waterpoof taped seams for reliable weather protection.
  • Kickstand vent in rainfly aligns with mesh window to provide fresh air and minimize condensation, keeping interior dry and comfortable.
  • Ultra-compact, side-loading compression stuff sack can also be folded inward and secured with compression straps to fit optimally in your backpack.
  • Imported
    Size No
    Color Red
    Style No
    Color Family Red
    Capacity 3
    Fast & Light® Weight w/ footprint (Standard) 3 lbs 11 oz
    Fast & Light® Weight w/ footprint (Metric) 1.66 kg
    Minimum Weight (Standard) 4 lbs 9 oz
    Minimum Weight (Metric) 2.07 kg
    Packed Weight (Standard) 5 lbs 0 oz
    UPC Code 040818058398
    Packed Weight (Metric) 2.26 kg
    Floor Area (Standard) 39 sq. ft
    Floor Area (Metric) 3.67 sq. m
    Vestibule Area (Standard) 14 sq. ft
    Vestibule Area (Metric) 1.3 sq. m
    Tent Volume (Standard) 81 cu. ft
    Tent Volume (Metric) 2290 liters
    Number of Poles 1 DAC Pressfit
    Interior Peak Height (Standard) 44 in
    Interior Peak Height (Metric) 112 cm
    Packed Size (Standard) 21 x 7 in
    Packed Size (Metric) 53 x 17 cm
    Number of Doors 2
    Freestanding yes
    Rainfly Fabric 20D ripstop nylon 1200mm Durashield™ polyurethane & silicone
    Canopy Fabric 20D ripstop nylon & DWR
    Mesh Type 15D nylon micro-mesh
    Floor Fabric 30D ripstop nylon 3000mm Durashield™ polyurethane & DWR
    Vestibule Volume (Metric) 453 liters
    Vestibule Volume (Standard) 16 cu. ft
    Country of Origin Imported

    Documents and Instructions

    For an MSR tent, waterproof means that all external fabric has been coated with our exceptional polyurethane coatings and the seams have been factory-taped, making that area of the tent impermeable to water. "mm" refers to millimeters and is paired with a number to represent a standardized measurement of how waterproof a coating is. For instance, a 1500mm coating will withstand a 1500mm (5') column of water for more than one minute before a single drop might appear through the fabric. That's strong enough to prevent rain from leaking into a tent in a hurricane-force storm.
    "D" stands for Denier. It's a numbering system for fibers, filaments and yarns, in which the lower numbers are lighter/finer and the higher numbers heavier/coarser. "T" stands for Thread Count – specifically the number of warp and fill threads in a square inch. The lower numbers represent a loosely woven fabric and the higher number a tightly woven fabric. These two numbers together help indicate the strength and feel of a piece of fabric.
    The 7-point design has a "flat" and a "pointed" end. For all configurations, the "pointed end" should always be used as the highest supported point. The opposite "flat edge," which consists of three points, can be stretched tightly and attached to a shelter, car rack, or even the pole-supported vestibule of a tent to form a protected area. Try placing the poles at different points, using no poles at all or adding more poles to create new living spaces. (Paddles and sticks work well in the cord storage pockets, too.) Experiment and be creative!
    We recommend that you use an MSR footprint (sold separately) underneath your tent. Customized to fit each specific model, it will not only keep your tent floor clean and dry, but it will also protect it from excessive abrasion, prolonging the life of the tent. In addition, some of our tents can be set up with just the footprint and fly, creating an incredibly light, minimalist alternative to a full tent.
    Never pack or store your tent if it is wet, damp or dirty. Although we use the best polyurethane waterproofing available, prolonged exposure to moisture causes hydrolysis which, in turn, causes the waterproof layer to break down, becoming soft, sticky and no longer waterproof. Storing a wet tent for as little as 24 hours in warm weather is also likely to start the process of mildew forming on the fabric. Mildew will cause your tent to stain, smell and will also lead to the premature breakdown of the waterproof coating. Mildew and moisture damage are not covered under the Limited Warranty.

    For long-term storage, keep your tent in a dry and cool area, out of direct sunlight. Store it outside of its stuff sack, as you would a sleeping bag, in a breathable, over-sized cotton or mesh duffel for protection. On the cheap, an old pillowcase is ideal.
    A tent's lifespan is directly connected to the amount you use it. A tent's biggest enemy is UV radiation (just like your skin). A tent that lives in extreme conditions at high altitude, such as Everest Base Camp, may only last a few months, while a well taken care of tent, used occasionally under normal conditions, can last for many years.
    At MSR, we voluntarily follow ASTM International F 1934-98 standards around these two tent industry terms. In accordance with this standard, packaged weight includes the total weight of the packaged contents off the shelf. Minimum weight, by comparison, refers to the combined weight of the tent body, rainfly (if applicable) and tent poles, but not any of the other items that may appear in the package, such as tent stakes, guy cords, stuff sack, etc.

    Many MSR backpacking tents can be pitched using only the rainfly, poles and footprint, and in our tent specs we call this non-industry standard setup option our Fast & Light weight.

    To learn more about packaged weight vs. minimum, and the manufacturing processes that can affect them, check out our blog post on the topic.
    Guying out your tent will provide more stability in windy or extreme conditions while also maximizing ventilation. To guy out your tent, run cord from the tent's guy point through the tensioner. Pass the cord around the stake and back through the tensioner, keeping the curved side of the tensioner toward the stake. Tie a knot at the end of the cord. To tighten cord, pull the tensioner up along the cord and release.
    One of the easiest ways to damage your tent is by not drying it as quickly as possible after it gets wet. Storing a wet tent for as little as 24 hours in warm weather is likely to start the process of mildew formation. Mildew can permanently damage the waterproof coatings by causing them to separate from the fabric, but mild to severe staining is more common. Mildew stains are permanent. They cannot be removed without potential harm to the fabric coatings and are not covered by warranty. Even when your tent appears to be dry after use, it is always best to assure it is completely dry before storing. Hang it outside or pile it loosely in your house for a few days, turning it inside and out to assure it has dried everywhere. Never machine dry your tent as the heat can melt the fabric.
    Cleaning your tent is not necessary unless it has an offensive odor or becomes heavily soiled. If heavily soiled, the pressure from a regular garden hose will remove most loose dirt. For more severe cleaning, set up your tent and hand wash it with warm water, a sponge and mild, non-detergent soap. Do not use dishwashing liquid, detergent, bleach, pre-soaking solutions, or spot removers. Rinse well. Dry your tent by pitching it or line-drying it. Never dry clean, machine- wash or machine-dry your tent. Any of these methods can remove all the waterproof coatings from the tent.
    Superior fabrics and construction make MSR tents extremely waterproof. The rainfly and floor are factory seam taped, so seam sealing is not necessary. If any problems develop over time, seam seal the specific area only, on the inner, shiny side of the area. Follow the instructions on the seam sealant tube. Use a syringe for accuracy. Allow the seam sealant to dry, then apply a light dusting of baby or talc powder to prevent it from sticking to the rest of the tent when stuffed or folded.
    Condensation is the build-up of moisture inside your tent due to differences between the inside and outside temperatures. There are three main sources:
    • Weather Conditions: High humidity, low temperatures, and rainy conditions create the most condensation.
    • People: We produce about 1 - 2 pints of moisture per night through breathing and skin evaporation.
    • Wet Environment: Wet ground or wet gear stored inside the tent.
    While no tent design can eliminate condensation, the key to reducing it is ventilation. Cooler, drier air has to flow into your tent and warm, moist air must escape. We have designed a variety of ways to do this.

    To start, the tent body and ceiling are made of breathable and mesh fabrics. This allows moisture to escape the interior of your tent. However, it must also be able to escape the waterproof fly, and every MSR rainfly has a peak vent that provides protection from the outside, while still allowing essential, free-flowing fresh air to move through your tent. You can also leave a door open in good weather, or take advantage of the double sliders on the doors to vent from the top where warm and moist air tends to accumulate. Make sure to leave at least two vents open if possible, allowing any breeze to provide cross-flow ventilation for maximum circulation. Guying out your rainfly will also increase ventilation in hot or humid conditions.

    Video: What causes condensation in a tent
    You can do minor repairs in the field using one of several alternatives. We offer waterproof, self-adhesive patches (sold separately) for all of the fabrics and mesh on your tent. Seam sealants are also a good alternative for small holes, or use duct tape for minor, temporary field repairs. If you use duct tape, be sure to remove it as soon as you are through with your trip. The adhesive will eventually eat away at the fabric and you will end up needing a larger patch. We recommend carrying at least one of these as a precaution. If you have a large tear, our Product Service Center can also fix your tent after you return from your trip.
    If a tent pole breaks, you can make a temporary splint with the pole repair sleeve. Slide the repair sleeve over the broken section and tape or wedge in place with a stick to hold it secure.
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    February 12, 2017
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
    Design Flaw
    Major Design Flaw! I am a highly experienced canoe tripper who buys high end gear and expects the very best from such gear and puts his gear through what it is designed to do. I bought this tent a year ago and have used it on 2 canoe trips in the interior of Algonquin Park. This tent is very light weight, lots of room, packs down small and is a breeze to set up; everything MSR claims it will be. The improvements MSR has made from previous models, which I have owned, such as ventilation improvements, door zipper location etc. are nice. BUT....... the fly touches the tent body! Major design flaw. On a spring and summer canoe trip it rained (condensation formed) and because of this flaw water drips down into the tent. Getting sleeping bags wet, not good on a spring trip where temps dipped to 0 degrees. I tried everything to get the fly off of the main body of the tent and could not do it. I contacted MSR and inquired if this problem will be rectified in future models and customer service was not sure and is unaware of when the next models will be coming out. I own lots of MSR gear and am a huge supporter of their products that is why it hurts me to write this. Check mec.ca for similar reviews. Hopefully the newer models fix this. Gear research has begun....
    November 14, 2016
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
    Light weight, loads of room!
    I've had this tent for several years now. It's definitely been my go to for back packing & sea kayaking trips. Pros- easy setup, superb venting, spacious and an attractive design. My only con would be seam tape. The tape has dried and peeled in higher wear areas. Hopping MSR has addressed this!
    August 24, 2016
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
    Coastal Trail (Beatty Cove)- Lake Superior Provincial Park
    Coastal Trail (Beatty Cove)- Lake Superior Provincial Park Gale Waring to the south. Possiable Squall warning to the north. Rain Waring that delivered as promised- 50 mm or rain a hour at times and raining for more than 24 hours. This also included 70 km gusts of wind. One of the best tent makers in the world.

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    We know that in the backcountry, reliable gear is critical. That’s why MSR gear has always been engineered to the highest quality standards and rigorously tested before it reaches you. If your MSR gear is in need of repair, please contact our Seattle Repair Shop at 1-800-531-9531 and our technicians will work to find you a solution as quickly as possible. A majority of the time, MSR products can be repaired. If you are experiencing an issue with your product that you feel should be covered under the MSR Limited Warranty, please visit msrgear.com/warranty for more info.