Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter Review

Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter Review The Nubé by Sierra Madre Research is SMR’s first entry into the hammock shelter market. The Nubé is a 3 season jungle style […]

Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter Review

The Nubé by Sierra Madre Research is SMR’s first entry into the hammock shelter market. The Nubé is a 3 season jungle style combination tarp, bugnet, and gear loft designed to be used in conjunction with a hammock to provide a dry, bug free environment.

Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter Review Setup

If you missed it, in previous posts Jeff gave an overview of camping hammocks (link) and a very high level look at making your own DIY hammock (link).

Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter Review PackedFirst Impressions

The Sierra Madre Research Nubé packs larger than most hammock camping tarps. This is to be expected since it includes a built in bugnet. There are six ground tie outs instead of the normal four. The Nubé seems very well engineered and solidly built. Due to the Nubé’s design it appears to be small and tightly spaced not having enough room to move around in.

Sierra Madre Research Nubé Setup

While the initial setup of the Nubé looked intimidating, once completed and with the help of the ingenious QR codes strategically placed at various places on the unit. (links to Youtube videos explaining each specific function), it turned out no different than most of my other tarp setups. Setting up the ridgeline on the Nubé I quickly found out that the skyhook system involved unwrapping the split ridgelines around a velcro enclosure. Once this was completed I guyed out the center guylines, then guyed out each of the 4 end lines. All six lines were wrapped around the same velcro Line lock enclosures. I attached my slap straps to the trees as normal and then fed them through the end closure sleeves which look like shirt sleeves coming out of the ends of the tarp. Once I unzipped the Nubé I was able to lay my hammock in the gear loft located in the bottom of the bugnet and connect the hammock via carabiners to the slap straps. I then cinched closed the sleeves for a watertight seal.

Specs

The Sierra Madre Research Nubé specs were pulled directly from Sierra Madre Research’s website.

Fabric

Fly: 30D Ripstop Nylon | Mesh: 15D Noseeum | Gear Stash: 70D Ripstop Nylon

Waterproofing

Fly: Exterior Silicone Coating | Interior Polyurethane 1,200mm

Max Hammock Length

12 ft (3.66 m)

Protected Length

13 ft (3.96 m)

Protected Width

9 ft (2.74 m)

Weight (excluding DuroSack and Stakes)

2 lb 6 oz (1077 g)

Weight of DuroSack

6 oz (170 g)

Stakes Included

Yes, (8) Y 7000 Series Aluminum 7 in (17.7 cm)

Weight of Stakes/Bag

4 oz (113 g)

What’s Included

Nubé Hammock Shelter, Nubé Compression Bag, Stake Bag, 8 Stakes, 8 Tie out lines

Field Test Results

While still getting used to the learning curve that this design presents I set the Sierra Madre Research Nubé skyhooks as high up the tree as I could reach, then guyed out the six lines as stated above. I like how the lineloc velcro system keeps the lines together and tangle free. Next I Connected my hammock to the side pullouts inside the bug net and climbed into the Nubé to test things out.  I must say that I’m super impressed with how open and spacious the inside is once you’re in your hammock. The ridgeline height is high enough that I could stand inside of the Nubé without having to bend over. I must admit that getting under the tarp ends caused me to have to stoop and almost crawl much lower than normal. Because the Nubé closes off the ends of the tarp with the sleeve closures entry must be from the side. My first night in the Nubé we ended up getting over an inch of rain in a heavy rainstorm. The next morning I was thrilled to see that nothing got wet. Not even my pack which was in the gear loft at the bottom of the bugnet and not the inside of my straps.

But it was still raining and I am one that needs coffee in the morning.

I unzipped the Nubé bugnet and was able to roll it, my hammock, my topquilt, and my underquilt into the provided shock cords on the back side and have the ground free to cook my coffee. Surprisingly, there was enough room for my camp partner to join me under the shelter (His rig got wet in the downpour). When it came time to pack up and leave everything including my hammock packed right up in the Durosack and fit into my pack.

What could be better

While the Sierra Madre Research Nubé worked like a charm on everything the trip threw at it there are some drawbacks. The guylines are not reflective and go out much further than my normal tarps. These will have to be changed out for future trips. I am a “hardware guy” and not a “knot guy”. So, the skyhooks will also need to be changed out. The tarp is made out of double coated Silicone impregnated nylon meaning that once it started to get wet it stretched a bit. Not enough to cause any problems, but I did have to re-tighten the guylines. At three pounds total weight it is almost twice as heavy as my normal backpacking tarp and bugnet. The entrance into the Nubé caused me to  duck down much lower than I’m used to to get to my hammock. There is a learning curve on setup, but by the end of the trip I feel like I had that figured out.

Overall

All in all I am extremely intrigued by the Sierra Madre Research Nubé. Its looks and clean lines make it unmistakable when seen in person. While I’m not sure if I will hike much with the Nubé, I do think it will make a very sufficient basecamp type of hammock setup. If you are interested in Sierra Madre Research gear, I found it at CampSaver.

Gears Rating

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On the Gear Report scale of 1 to 5 I give the Sierra Madre Research Nubé Hammock Shelter a solid 4.5.

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