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“Im in the market for a new solo tent. I am very hung up on the notion of buying a freestanding tent, and a solo tent IMO should be around 3lbs or less. Additionally I cannot stand the crab walk that you have to do to get into the tent with doors at the end, so the BA Seedhouse SL is out. Im too much of a wuss to go hardcore with the full on tarp tent.
This basically narrows it down to a choice between the MSR Hubba and the Marmot EOS 1. I already own the MSR HubbaHubba, and absolutely love it. The Hubba has the edge by default. What I dont know is a whole lot about the EOS 1. No reviews on it, no threads on it.
Basically Im this close to just getting the Hubba. The drawback is the ridiculously narrow footprint of the Hubba. It doesnt seem intolerable, but it does seem a bit skinny. The EOS 1 is claiming to be quite a bit wider, and actually a little lighter.
Experiences? Thoughts? Feedback?”
“lol, I just went thru this with the same 2 tents. I got the Hubba. Yes it is narrow but in the one time I have used it no problems so far
check this thread out on solo tents
last edited: 6/15/05 10:32:37 PM”
“yeah and thats what Im thinking, that the Hubba wont really be TOO narrow (it IS a solo tent after all). I've always had really good experiences with MSR gear in general, and the Hubba2 is great, so I will very likely make the same decision you did.”
“Thanks for the thread link Ewker. That helped. Leaning more than ever toward the Hubba.”
“I looked at the Marmot, and it is pretty cool. If you are into small 1 person tents then it will be fine. I could sit up in it just fine, and it has a cool 1 pole thingy that spreads the tent out so it doesnt sag at all. It is also very very lightweight. I'm not sure about the 1person, but the 2person Marmot has a crazy huge vestibule - 11sq ft. I am assuming the 1 person has a large one as well.”
The Hubba has the same 1-pole design, and actually has a small spreader bar branching out from the center hub (mid tent) that brings the side walls out. So although the footprint is narrower, the walls go almost vertical from the floor rather than banking inward. Also the Hubba's vestibule is actually larger than the EOS1's, according to the specs. I know that the vestibules in my Hubba2 are very roomy, and according to the specs its the same vestible just x1 in the Hubba. Im hoping that my local REI has both of these tents set up, that would do wonders for my decision making.
last edited: 6/16/05 9:47:36 AM”
“I got an EOS a few months ago and found it to be great for 1 person. Its freestanding, easy to set up, I caan sit up in it, and the vestible is larger than other 1P tents. The big side door is also a plus. I also found out mine is actulaay longer than the advertised length (its 92" vs teh 88" in the ads).
Most of the other 1P's were either front entry, too low to sit up in, had very small vestibles, or had fiberglass poles. If I'm not mistaken the Hubba is also VERY narrow.
Overall, I think I made the right decision for my situation.”
“The Zoid? 1 or 1.5 or even 2.
Everyone I know who owns a zoid loves theirs.”
“Bob, the Zoid isn't freestanding which is one thing I was looking for.
phydeux, the Hubba isn't that narrow. That was my concern but it worked out good. Quite a few people on here recommended the Hubba esp StoveStomper..there you happy..lol”
“Non-freestanding tents (such as the Zoid) can be a hassel to pitch if you're in a rocky or hard packed area. There are many times it would be fine, but there are enough that it would be a serious problem. One of my backpacking partners had a Roadster, which required good solid staking for the tent to stay taught, and it was a problem.
The Hubba is narrower than the EOS, but the Hubba's side walls are nearly vertical due to the mid spreader bar. So it's only narrower on the floor, but loses this distinction almost right off the floor.”
“I have the Zoid 2 and like it ok, but the non-freestanding factor is a hassel. It does have lots of room and is fairly lightweight. I can sit up in it, but I am really short, so a normal sized guy wouldnt be able to. Ask PhantomSoul about the Zoid 1. I think he loves his.”
camping in the roots of a giant tree:
“Does anyone know of a retailer in the chicago area that actually has the eos set up. I have been looking at it too but want to check it out and see how roomy it really is.”
“I've got one of these tents - just had it out on a two night hiking trip. Its got more width than the MSR Hubba Hubba or the Big Agnes Seedhouse 1. Its also supposed to be shorter (only 88" long) but I find mine is closer to 92" long.
Also, the side entrance is a great advantage, making it easy to get in and out, and the generous rainfly extends out far enough to cover all my gear.”
“It does have more width than the Hubba at the footprint, but the walls of the Hubba go nearly vertical from the floor due to the spreader bar at the peak of the tent. Any width that the EOS1 has on the Hubba is lost a few inches off the floor. The Hubba also has a side entrance and a generous vestibule. REI had both tents set up when I was debating these two tents. Obviously the Hubba won.”
“I thought I saw both the Hubba and the EOS1 set up at REI in Oak Brook a few weeks ago. If the tents are in stock you can just ask a sales person and he'll let you set them up.”
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