Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

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Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby matt2matt2002 » 1 Dec 2019, 1:07pm

Nearly about to splash the cash for the NX2 after a lot of consideration. Weight size etc.
Anyone any thoughts on an alternative?
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby leftpoole » 1 Dec 2019, 3:36pm

Anything but MSR tents. Great stoves of course.
My opinion only
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby Sweep » 1 Dec 2019, 7:46pm

Have had the idea for a while that they are somewhat expensive, over clever, too delicate.
Willing to be educated.
Declaration of interest - minimal weight isn't a big priority for me.
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby matt2matt2002 » 2 Dec 2019, 3:59pm

Thanks folks
As it's a Xmas and birthday present, cost isn't a question.
Value and alternatives, are.
I'd be interested to hear of any negatives about the tent.
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby whoof » 2 Dec 2019, 9:11pm

Mrs Whoof used one for a four month tour, Europe end to end including lots of rain and pretty rotten weather throughout the whole of Norway. She was very pleased with the way the tent performed and had no problems.

I've been using a Terra Nova Voyager for past 16 years. Had to reproof, one split pole section (easily replaced), replaced (by Terra Nova) a zip and the fly sheet seams 're glued. Good tent, well p!eased with it.

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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby matt2matt2002 » 3 Dec 2019, 6:41pm

Thanks Woof
Any issues with storage on the Voyager being at the head rather than side of the tent?
I kinda got use to side storage with my long gone Banshee.
The MSR has 2 side doors and storage there.
Maybe not fair to compare those points.
But your thoughts on ' head' storage appreciated.
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby whoof » 4 Dec 2019, 10:23am

Storage depends on how many people are in the tent.

If I'm on my own I put the sleeping bag on one side and then have room on the other if I want anything else inside. I keep a couple of panniers and possibly a stove and some food in the porch, again to one side but there's room to get in an out.

When there are two us (many would not want to have two people in a two person tent but fortunately our combined weight is about 120 kg) then the porch can be pretty cluttered with luggage. If I need to get up in the night I have to then move a couple of panniers inside to get past and put them back afterwards. Could be an issue for some I've not found to be a big problem.

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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby willem jongman » 4 Dec 2019, 5:17pm

I think these US style inner first tents are better for hot weather use than in the cold and wet: when it rains the inner tent gets wet before you can pitch the outer, and the same applies when you take them down. That said they are often light and have excellent ventilation. We have used Hilleberg for years and still do for colder wetter weather. However, we bought an MSR Zoic 3 for our summer trip in Italy, and it was very nice: light, spacious and well ventilated. So I also bought a Zoic 1 for my solo trips. I would not like to be in one on an exposed hill in Scotland or Norway in the Fall, however (for that I will take one of our Hileberg or Helsport tents any time). I note tje Zoics are now deeply discounted in the Netherlands. One complaint: MSR have been a bit mean with guy lines and stakes. You will need to add a few. And the bag that the Zoic 3 comes in is very tight and leaves no space for the footprint (the one for the Zoic 1 is much better in this respect).

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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby hamster » 4 Dec 2019, 5:36pm

+1 on the Voyager. Bought the first and replaced with the same after 25 years. Personally the the ultralight version looked a step too far, went for the standard and am very happy with it after 3 years use.
The mesh flysheet on the MSR was the main thing that put me off - fine for the warmer US summers, not so good in northern Europe.

Side or end doors is a personal thing - I don't like side as they tip water when opened, although I have a Zephyros for travelling solo so it's not an absolute deal-breaker. I like being able to point the Voyager's low tail into the wind if the weather is bad, although it needs something stuffed into the mesh end to stop it getting too draughty.

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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby Neil Wheadon » 6 Dec 2019, 4:29pm

I used a Hubba Hubba solo in Mongolia this year and frankly hated it. The main reason is the fly sheet doesn't go to the floor and with little room inside, things gets wet/sand gets in. Hilleberg every time for me, yes pricey, but divide cost by days used and it's a great investment
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Re: Hubba Hubba nx2 alternative

Postby andrew_s » 7 Dec 2019, 10:09pm

I'd also avoid a tent with large areas of mesh in the inner, unless it was as a second hot weather only tent.

A euro-style tent with solid inner and down-to-the-ground outer can warm up enough to be quite comfortable inside, which can save on carrying extra warm clothing if you do something like try to avoid the Scottish midge season (which likely means overnight temperatures not far above zero).

If I was picking a tent now, I think I'd probably go for a Tarptent Scarp 1 (as the "generous space for one" version of a 2-man tent).
As it is, it's waiting on the 13 year old Akto dying, which doesn't seem likely to happen in the foreseeable future.