Price and fabric
Posted by: Waterbird on Feb-15-13 10:43 PM (EST)
If you want to reduce the price of a tent, going with a 1P is not the best way to do that because of what you give up. The Hubba is $280. There are many fine 2P's for less than $200. The REI Half Dome 2 is one of the best tents you can buy. It's made of rugged materials and can stand up to abusive conditions (like all REI tents). Same for the Alps Zephyr 2.
Be aware of the quality of the materials and the thickness of the waterproof coating. Example: the floor and fly of the Hubba are 40D, compared with 75D on the Zephyr.
If you really want a 1P, consider the Alps Zephyr 1. It has significantly more area than the Hubba (23 sq ft versus 15.5 sq ft) and costs less than half the price.
If price is a concern, MSR and Big Agnes aren't the best brands for you. Solid, low-cost brands: REI,Alps, Sierra Designs, Kelty, Marmot. Some low-cost Marmots are available at Dick's Sporting Goods.