Rating: 5 / 5
Overview: With dual doors and vestibules, and plenty of headroom, it strikes the right balance of comfort and weight for me. I've used this tent primarily in Hong Kong but also in Sarawak, Malaysia and Mainland China. We have a monsoonal climate here, and when the dry season's over you need pretty serious weather protection if you plan on staying dry. Initially, I was a bit concerned that the Hubba Hubba wasn't quite up to scratch in this regard, but the mix of other features won me over and I decided to give it its day in court. 40º F is about as cold as it ever gets here, and that rarely, so I can't speak to cold weather performance.
Storm Protection: As has been noted previously, the fly doesn't reach ground level. The common complaint is that in serious storms, rain can bounce under the gap and into the inner tent. What hasn't been mentioned is that the fly corners use adjustable straps that can be loosened or tightened to facilitate easy attachment to the poles. And, unless the wind is blowing particularly hard from multiple directions, all it takes to keep the rain out is to loosen the straps on one side and cinch them down on the side facing into the wind. That strategy has done the trick so far, and while I can imagine scenarios where it wouldn't, I've yet to see them. Then again, make the bathtub floor a bit higher at the corners and I wouldn't need to bother. 8/10
Wind Stability: As near to the coast as I camp, it's had to deal with a lot of wind, and so far, so good. I've taken care to keep the broadside 90º to the wind and guy it out properly. It takes all the guy points and a little effort to get a truly taught pitch, but it really improves wind shedding. That said, it's not the sleekest of tents and there are definite limits to what it can handle. MSR rates it for 40 mph gusts, and my experience with it supports that claim. I've got a set of carbon poles waiting for me Stateside, so we'll see how that affects performance. 8/10
Ventilation: Here's the next best reason to guy it out properly: If you don't, there's a good chance the inner-mesh is going to come into contact with the fly and transfer condensation into the tent. If you can keep the two separate, condensation rolls down the side and out pretty reliably. Even with a fairly taut pitch, a stiff breeze is capable of shaking some water loose, but it beats the hell out of a single wall shelter in this regard. Humidity is no joke down here, and condensation is a fact of life. The gap between the fly and ground provides decent ventilation on windy nights, but in a lot of conditions, it needs a little help. Dedicated vents would be preferable depending on weight added, but unzipping the vestibule(s) halfway and rolling it partly back is adequate, and still provides plenty of rain coverage. 7/10
Interior Space & Storage: Kind of a mixed bag here. The length is fantastic; there's room for long bags, and backpacks at their feet. The width is a little less gratifying. When you stake it out tautly enough to get a good pitch, the sides bow in significantly. There's still room for a pair of Thermarest pads side by side, and since it bows in the middle of the tent, shoulder room isn't affected drastically. Disregarding the bowing, there's still not a ton of horizontal space and it's worth checking to see if it's wide enough for your individual requirements. Headroom is probably the most impressive dimension. The cross-pole creates nearly vertical sides, and while the amount of horizontal space is less than ideal, it's all highly useable space. There's a big mesh pocket on one end for easy access storage. A matching pocket on the other would be welcome, but I'm not sure I've ever filled up one. The dual vestibules provide plenty of space for shoes, backpacks, cooking in the rain, and easy access for two. Can't ask for much more than that. 9.5/10
Setup: Absolute easiest setup I've seen. You just lay it out, stake it, connect the poles, and clip the inner tent to it. Throw on the fly, and you're in business. Really a triumph of function-oriented design. 10/10
Weight: This is not a minimalist tent and not the lightest tent in its category. But, other than carbon poles and titanium needle stakes there's not much I'd want changed for the sake of decreased weight. I often hear the less weight translates into more miles argument, and obviously I subscribe to that or I wouldn't subscribe to this site. At the same time, a good nights sleep doesn't hurt my mileage either, and in this case, comfort wins the day. At 4.25 lbs it's hardly a backbreaker. Divide that by a pair of hikers, and it's hard to argue the features aren't worth it. Subtract 9.5 oz for carbon poles. 8/10 (9/10 w/ carbon poles)