Here’s another couple of tents that look really similar, to the point where you could play ‘spot the difference’ – certainly from a distance anyway. The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is two to three times the price of the Naturehike Mongar … is it worth it? Our aim today is to do a Naturehike Mongar 2 vs MSR Hubba Hubba spec comparison to help you decide for yourself, and weigh up whether either of these tents are for you and if so, which one to go for. Let’s dive straight into the specs of both tents.
Note: For ease, we are just comparing the 2 person versions of these tents.
Naturehike Mongar 2
Version / Colours:
Now, this is where things can get a little confusing. Naturehike have different specs for different colours, so bear with us – we will do our best to clarify what’s what (based on the information we can find).
20D version: Grey / Green / Grey+Green / Purple
15D version: Blue
210T version: Pink / Army Green and just to add to the confusion, the pink and army green versions have different specs from each other too.
Why all these versions and variations? Well we’ve got absolutely no idea. It could simply be a case of them having certain fabrics available in certain colours at certain production prices; or perhaps they are just trying to offer a variety to suit different circumstances; or maybe they offer a few different versions to test the market… Who knows!
Also, in case you’re thinking “… what’s all this 20D, 15D, 210T nonsense?” … well that relates to the fabric used to make the tent. We won’t go into this here – all you need to know for now is that the 20D and 15D are nylon tents and the 210T is a polyester tent. You’ll see how nylon or polyester affects the tent spec below in terms of weight, waterproofness (is that a word?), etc.
L 210cm (82.7”) x W 135cm (53.1”) x H 100cm (39.4”)
Naturehike don’t specify the length, width and height of the outer fly and then the length, width and height of the inner. So you have to guess whether the given dimensions refer to the outer or the inner.
2 x 60cm (23.6”) wide
20D version: 2.2kg
15D version: “about” 2.18kg
210T version in Pink: “about” 2.7kg
210T version in Army Green: “about” 2.5kg
In case you’re wondering, yes, Naturehike only give an “about” weight for some versions. Surprisingly though, that’s actually what all tent manufacturers should probably do. There are variances in the production of a tent run and it is unlikely that they all weigh the same as the published weights. MSR actually have an article about this: https://www.msrgear.com/blog/understanding-tent-packaged-weight-minimum-weight/
Outer: 20D nylon, silicone coated
Inner: 20D nylon, silicone coated with B3 mesh
Inner floor: 20D nylon, silicone-coated
Outer: 15D nylon
Inner: B3 mesh
Inner floor: 20D nylon
210T version in Pink:
Outer: 210T polyester
Inner: B3 mesh
Inner floor: 150D Oxford cloth
210T version in Army Green:
Outer: 210T polyester
Inner: 210T polyester B3 gauze
Inner floor: 63D 210T polyester plaid
20D version: Outer: 4000mm HH, Inner floor: 4000mm HH
15D version: Outer: 3500mm HH, Inner floor: 3500mm HH
210T version in Pink: Outer: 3000mm HH, Inner floor: 3000mm HH
210T version in Army Green: Outer: 3000mm HH, Inner floor: 3000mm HH
All versions use 7001 Aluminium poles.
Naturehike don’t give clear information for all versions, but do say 3 seasons against some Mongar versions. Looking at the specs and considering the Mongar has an all-mesh inner, we would say 2 to 3 seasons at best, depending where you plan to use the tent of course. (More on tent ‘seasons’ below).
20D version: 50cm (19.7”) x 15cm (5.9”)
15D version: 50cm (19.7”) x 15cm (5.9”)
210T version in Pink: 58cm (22.8”) x 16cm (6.3”)
210T version in Army Green: Outer: 50cm (19.7”) x 15cm (5.9”)
Where can I buy the Naturehike Mongar 2?
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
Version / Colours:
Grey in the US
Grey and a green in Europe
Inner: L 213cm (84”) x W 127cm (50”) x H 100cm (39”)
Rather like Naturehike, MSR hasn’t broken down the length, width and height of the outer fly and then the length, width and height of the inner. So again, you have to guess whether the given dimensions refer to the outer or the inner. In the case of the Hubba Hubba though, we believe the dimensions given are for the inner and we can’t find any dimensions for the outer. If this is important to you we recommend you check with MSR, or your chosen retailer, before you buy.
2 x 76cm (30”) wide
1.72 kg (3 lbs 13 oz)
Outer: 20D ripstop nylon Durashield™ polyurethane & silicone
Inner: 15D nylon micromesh
Inner floor: 30D ripstop nylon DuraShield polyurethane & DWR
Interestingly, MSR’s coating, Durashield™, is now only used in Europe. MSR use their newer and apparently better (“lasts up to three times longer than conventional coatings”), Xtreme Shield in other territories such as the US. We are not sure why this is.
Outer: 1200mm HH, Inner floor: 3000mm HH
DAC Featherlite NFL
3 seasons US rating. Neither tents are clear on the seasons rating for the tent. Perhaps the ‘seasons’ thing should be ditched anyway. Surely the season of a tent depends where you will use the tent? Is a 3 season tent going to perform the same in Scotland as it will in Saudi Arabia?
46cm (18”) x 15cm (6”)
Where can I buy the MSR Hubba Hubba NX?
The main spec differences are:
- The MSR is quite a bit lighter.
- The MSR has stronger, lighter poles.
- The MSR has more sophisticated fabric coatings which in theory should give better protection and longer life to the tent.
- The MSR has a slightly smaller pack size.
- The MSR has slightly bigger porches/vestibules.
- The Naturehike has a higher hydrostatic head rating.
- The Naturehike is a lot cheaper.
Hopefully this Naturehike Mongar 2 vs MSR Hubba Hubba spec comparison has helped clarify the main differences for you. In terms of the on-paper spec, there’s not a huge amount in it to be honest. However, there are a few differences that can’t be seen by simply looking at the spec. Many believe it comes down to things like brand reputation, design, attention to detail, component quality and build quality. However, some would argue that these differences still don’t warrant the price difference. Loyal MSR users claim that MSR have a fantastic reputation built on years of tent making, and that the build quality of the MSR Hubba Hubba will be second to none. At the same time, it’s hard to dispute that Naturehike do seem to offer great value for money, and we know a lot of people swear by their tents. One thing’s for sure – if you are on a budget and simply cannot afford the MSR Hubba Hubba, but like the design, then the Naturehike Mongar 2 is certainly worth considering. If you’re interested in checking out other Naturehike tents, the Naturehike Cloud Peak 2, then check out our article: Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 vs Hilleberg Allak 2 spec comparison or our recent Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 post.