Friendly Confines

MSR Hubba & The North Face's Mountain Marathon

Sep 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

Field Notes: The all-mesh 40-inch-tall canopy offers fully ventilated, unobstructed stargazing on warm nights—not to mention enough headroom to sit up and change clothes. And thanks to the large side door on this three-pound-seven-ounce freestanding shelter, one six-foot-four-inch tester could gracefully slip into his bag. A cavernous nine-square-foot vestibule kept his wet, muddy gear at arm's length. But: The high-profile Hubba takes a beating in strong winds. Contact: 800-531-9531,

THE WEATHER BEATER The North Face Mountain Marathon, $199
Field Notes: Anyone who's spent a blustery night hunkered down above tree line will appreciate this tent. During a storm in Utah's Paria Canyon, while other unoccupied shelters set sail, the low-profile Marathon held rock-steady. The all-mesh canopy breathes, and the fly, with its five-square-foot vestibule, seals out nasty weather. Packed, this two-pole marvel becomes a tidy 18-by-5-inch package that weighs all of three pounds. But: Beware of sand blowing through the mesh door. Contact: 800-447-2333,

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