by Chris CordesPhotography by Adventure Driven, Chazz Layne, Chris Cordes, Christophe Noel, & Manufacturers

Although the roof-top tent (RTT) has been around since the thirties in Europe, a rising interest in four-wheel drive touring has only recently brought them to popularity in the United States. People love them for their classic adventurous looks, thick comfortable mattresses, safety from animals on the ground, and of course their ease of setup compared to the traditional stake and pole jobs we were all raised on. The only problem is that they are really expensive! With the roof-tent representing such a significant investment, it’s best to do thorough research and evaluate all of your options and needs. Factors like how often you camp, how many people will be sharing the tent, if you need a changing room, and in what weather conditions you find yourself in are critical for determining which product is best for you. While price should always play a key role, buyers must be careful to balance their desire for a good deal, with the need for a quality product that will stand the test of time.

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With so many aspects to consider and the massive array of choices in today’s market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of leaving you to browse the web for hours in search of information, we’ve done some of the footwork and assembled a list of soft-shell tents currently available in North America. While it doesn’t contain everything you’ll need to make a decision, we certainly hope that it makes the process easier.

 

Things you should know before reading

  1. Not all roof top tents are the same – Many people assume that RTTs are largely similar with small differences in branding. The truth is that quality and durability can vary widely from tent to tent. Just because two tents look alike, doesn’t mean they are alike.
  2. Some roof tents ARE the same – The market has recently been flooded with various companies claiming to be producing “new” RTTs. Amazingly they all look the same, and that is because for the most part they are. Nearly all of the Chinese tents are manufactured in the same two or three plants, so only logos, colors, and some small components might change. This doesn’t always make them bad quality, but be sure to thoroughly investigate the price and materials before purchase.
  3. The following is an alphabetical list of different roof top tents currently on the market and is in no way an endorsement or review of any product. Several manufacturers were left off the list due to either request, uncertain availability, or the lack of a current North American distributor.
  4. Although we will try to keep this list up to date, product lines are constantly changing. If we get something wrong, let us know and we will be glad to change it! Did we miss a critical tent? Be sure to tell us and we will add it.

This guide has been made possible in part by Rumpl high performance blankets. They have no affiliation with any of the following manufacturers, however their outdoor blankets can be a great accessory for each. We thank them for their support and hope that the following guide helps you to find a tent that will encourage you to get out there for years to come.

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23 Zero


The team at 23 ZERO are outdoor and four-wheel drive enthusiasts with over 25 years of experience in manufacturing outdoor gear. They are newcomers to the U.S. market, but have tested and improved their products in the harsh conditions of the Australian outback to ensure they are up to whatever challenge is thrown at them.  Their first container just hit our shores last month, but they already have two models of roof top tents available, and we look forward to the range of awnings and recovery gear listed as coming soon on their website.

Byron

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Price:

$1,950

Features

– 210 Denier oxford polyester ripstop annex
– Adjustable floor for annex
– 82″ (2100mm) square sliding alloy ladder
– Internal frame is 1″ (25mm) diameter tube (covered)
– Oversized 1″ (25mm) diameter awning hoop
– Cast alloy frame lugs
– Alloy base
– Full alloy center pivoting yoke provides strength and reduces weight
– Adjustable fly helps prevent condensation and ensures constant airflow in all conditions
– Heat sealed seams
– Side vents improve air-flow
– 68″ (1720mm) to 82″ (2100mm) annex height
– 98″ (2.5m) annex length
– Removable 550gsm PVC tub style floor for easy cleaning
– Large 35″ (900mm) Wide x 55″ (1400mm) High annex windows with super fine insect mesh throughout
– 3″ (75mm) thick covered closed cell hi-density foam mattress
– Poly cotton covered mattress
– Removable pack down bungee cords included
– Snow support kit included

Materials:

TENT: 12 Oz/280gsm tear check canvas

RAIN FLY: 210 Denier fly

TRAVEL COVER: 600gsm PVC transit cover with D ring tie downs

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 72″ (1800mm) wide x 94″ (2400mm) long x 49″ (1250mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: Not specified

Weight: 

132 lbs

Colors:

- Tan

More information and pictures

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Litchfield

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Price:

$1,475

Features:

– 210 Denier oxford polyester ripstop annex

– A 82″ (2100m) sliding alloy square ladder is included

– 24 month warranty

– 24 month warranty
– Internal frame is 5/8″ (16mm) diameter tube (covered)
– Oversized 1″ (25mm) diameter awning hoop
– Cast alloy frame lugs
– Alloy base
– Full alloy center pivoting yoke provides strength and reduces weight
– Adjustable fly helps prevent condensation and ensures constant airflow in all conditions
– 1 Sky window
– Heat sealed seams
– Side vents improve air-flow
– 68″ (1720mm) to 82″ (2100mm) annex height
– 98″ (2.5m) annex length
– Removable 550gsm PVC tub style floor for easy cleaning
– Large 35″ (900mm) Wide x 55″ (1400mm) High annex windows with super fine insect mesh throughout
– 2.5″ (65mm) thick covered closed cell hi-density foam mattress
– Poly cotton covered mattress
– Removable pack down bungee cords included
– Snow support kit included

Materials:

TENT: 13 Oz/320gsm tear check canvas

RAIN FLY: 210 Denier fly

TRAVEL COVER: 600gsm PVC transit cover with D ring tie downs

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1400mm) wide x 96″ (2400mm) long x 49″ (1250mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: Not specified

Weight: 

132 lbs

Colors:

- Tan

More information and pictures

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Adventure Sole


 Adventure Sole is a less well known company based out of the Pacific northwest. Like many of the new small businesses selling roof tents, they were founded by an outdoor enthusiast with a few too many close encounters with animals. Bull moose in this case. They have kept their product line lean and currently sell just two items, the Bravo and Echo roof top tents.

Images courtesy of Adventure Sole

Bravo

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Price:

$850 – $1,450

Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Extended rain fly

– Shaded windows

– Mesh bug screens on windows and doors

– Elevated rain fly and peak ventilation for reduced condensation

– Aluminum base with polyurethane insulator

– Adjustable aluminum ladder

– Aluminum frame and components with 4mm steel hinges

– Welded seam seal tape

– 2-year warranty

Materials:

TENT: 280g rip-stop poly-cotton canvas with polyurethane coating

RAIN FLY: 420-denier polyester oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: UV stabilized PVC cover

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Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 84″ (2133mm) long x 42″ (1067mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 42″ (1067mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

96 lbs

M-series

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

120 lbs

G-series

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

150 lbs

Colors:

- Tan / Green

More information and pictures

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Echo

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Price:

$1,049 – $1,549

Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Extended covered entrance

– Optional annex and changing room

– Shaded windows

– Mesh bug screens on windows and doors

– Elevated rain fly and peak ventilation for reduced condensation

– Aluminum base with polyurethane insulator

– Adjustable aluminum ladder

– Aluminum frame and components with 4mm steel hinges

– Welded seam seal tape

– 2-year warranty

Materials:

TENT: 280g rip-stop poly-cotton canvas with polyurethane coating

RAIN FLY: 420-denier polyester oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: UV stabilized PVC cover

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S-Series

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 112″ (2845mm) long x 42″ (1067mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 42″ (1067mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

100 lbs

M-series

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 123″ (3124mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

130 lbs

G-series

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 123″ (3124mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

165 lbs

Colors:

- Tan / Green

More information and pictures

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ARB 4×4 Accessories


ARB is no stranger to the world of overlanding. From bumpers and lockers, to camp chairs and fridges, they have just about everything you could need to equip your vehicle for long term back country travel. It should come as no surprise then that they currently offer two different models of  roof top tents, as well as an attachable annex room for changing and relaxing. Like many of their products, ARB aims straight for reliability and durability, and as usual hits the nail on the head. Their tents may not be the most luxurious, but they will get the job done for a fraction of the cost.

Images courtesy of ARB, Scott Brady, and Chris Cordes

ARB Series III Simpson Rooftop Tent

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Price:

$1,569

Features

– Series III Tent incorporates an updated design and new materials for better strength, rigidity and water resistance

– Flysheet with water shedding ability

– Sturdy aluminum retractable ladder

– High density bonded chip foam mattress with removable cover for increased comfort and durability

– Incorporates pull out veranda and optional zip-on annex

– Peak ventilation for reduction in condensation

– Insect screened windows and door

– Bungee cord system to assist when closing

– Easily mounted to ARB’s purpose designed Roof Rack

– Shaded windows

– Internal storage pockets

– Can be configured to unfold off either the side or off the rear of the vehicle

Materials:

TENT: Manufactured from high quality, poly/cotton fabric

RAIN FLY: Oxford polyester flysheet

TRAVEL COVER: UV stabilized laminated PVC cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 55″ (1400mm) wide x 94.50″ (2400mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 58″ (1473mm) wide x 50″ (1270mm) long x 16″  (406mm) high
Weight: 

154 lbs

Colors:

- Tan

More information and pictures

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ARB Kakadu Rooftop Tent

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Price:

$1,499

Features:

– Designed for simpler setup, warmer climates, and more ventilation than the Simpson

– Larger side window openings without canvas awning over the window

– Thinner single layer high density foam mattress

– Incorporates extended flysheet, with water shedding ability

– Includes sturdy aluminum retractable ladder

– Internal canvas window shutters offer protection during inclement weather

– Insect screened windows and door

– Easily mounted to ARB’s purpose designed roof rack or suitable Thule or Yakima roof bars

– Can be configured to unfold off either the Side (Shown) or off the rear of the vehicle

Materials:

TENT: Manufactured from poly/cotton rip stop canvas with polyurethane coating for superior water resistance

RAIN FLY: Oxford Polyester Flysheet

TRAVEL COVER: UV Stabilized Laminated PVC Cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 55″ (1400mm) wide x 94.50″ (2400mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 55″ (1400mm) wide x 47.25″ (1200mm) long x 8″ (203mm) high

Weight:

130 lbs

Colors:

- Tan

More information and pictures

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Big foot tents


Big foot is an enthusiast owned company that sells several different types of tents including both hard and soft shell models. They are based in Huntington Beach California, however their products are designed and built in Asia off of a fairly standardized line shared between manufacturers. Bigfoot is open about this fact, and maintains that they produce quality products at an affordable price point.

Images courtesy of Bigfoot tents

Bigfoot Quick Tent Extreme 

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Price:

$1,476

Features:

– Can hold almost 600 lbs

– Design fits on most common roof rack systems

– Weather resistant materials

– U.V Protected materials

– Shaded windows

– Mattress: 50% poplin and cotton, high density cushion.

– Mini Light inside

– Aluminum ladder

Materials:

TENT: Manufactured from poly/cotton rip stop canvas with polyurethane coating for superior water resistance

RAIN FLY: Polyester Flysheet

TRAVEL COVER: Laminated PVC Cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open:  56″ (1422mm) wide x 122″ (3098mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high

Tent dimensions packed: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 46″ (1168mm) long  x 13″ (330mm) high

Weight:

116 lbs

Colors:

Tan

More information and pictures here

 

Camco


The Camco is another tent that is made in China on a fairly standardized template. It’s available from a few different sources, and can even be found on Amazon. It is priced lower than many competitors, however several reviews indicate that the materials and general construction were disappointing. Like all tents produced in this fashion, consumers should be aware of the possible quality defects and shortcuts taken to achieve a lower price point.

Images courtesy of Camco

51373 Vehicle Roof Top Tent with Annex

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Price:

$1,030

Features:

– High density foam mattress

– Includes aluminum retractable ladder

– Insect screened windows and door

– Easily mounts to most factory or aftermarket roof racks or load bars

– Can be configured to unfold off the left or right side or off the rear of the vehicle

Materials:

TENT: Water resistant Nylon

RAIN FLY: Not specified

TRAVEL COVER: Laminated PVC Cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 122″ (3098mm) long x 49″ (1244mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 59″ (1422mm) wide x 49″ (1244mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high
Weight:

130 lbs

Colors:
– Tan/Green

More information and pictures may be found here

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Cascadia Vehicle Tents


 Many of you are probably familiar with CVT roof tents out of Bend Oregon. This family owned company established a reputation for good quality products at at an affordable price years ago, and based on the number of their tents we see on the road we would guess its working. Although their line has expanded to include awnings, ground tents, and even trailers, they retain a core line of roof top tents.

Images courtesy of CVT

Mt. Bachelor Series

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Price:

$995 – $2,095

Features

– 2.5″ thick high-density foam mattress with removable/washable cotton cover

– Sliding adjustable aluminum ladder

– 1″ aluminum internal frame

– Aluminum and insulating foam base

– Standard annex

– Raised fly sheet

– Shaded windows

– Stargazer optional

– Four internal pockets for storage

– Mesh zippered windows and doors for ventilation

Materials:

TENT: 280g Poly/Cotton Rip Stop Fabric. W/P PU coating, Breathable and Mold Resistant with UV Protection

RAIN FLY: 420D Poly/Oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: 1000G Heavy-duty PVC

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Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 45″ (1143mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

96 lbs

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Mt. Bachelor

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

120 lbs

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Mt. Hood

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 72″ (1828mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 72″ (1828mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

145 lbs

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Mt. Adams

Tent dimensions open: 87″ (2210mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 87″ (2210mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

176 lbs

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Colors:

Tan / Green

More information and pictures may be found here

 Mt. Shasta Series

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Price:

$1,095 – $2,295

Features

– 2.5″ thick high-density foam mattress with removable/washable cotton cover

– Sliding adjustable aluminum ladder

– 1″ aluminum internal frame

– Aluminum and insulating foam base

– Standard annex

– Raised fly sheet

– Shaded windows

– Stargazer optional

– Extended overhang for changing room

– Four internal pockets for storage

– Mesh zippered windows and doors for ventilation

Materials:

TENT: 280g Poly/Cotton Rip Stop Fabric. W/P PU coating, Breathable and Mold Resistant with UV Protection

RAIN FLY: 420D Poly/Oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: 1000G Heavy-duty PVC

Mt. Cayley

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 40″ (1016mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

108 lbs

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Mt. Shasta

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 132″ (3353mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 56″ (1422mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

125 lbs

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Mt. Rainier

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 72″ (1828mm) wide x 132″ (3353mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 72″ (1828mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

156 lbs

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Mt. McKinley

Tent dimensions open: 87″ (2210mm) wide x 132″ (3353mm) long x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions packed: 87″ (2210mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight:

196 lbs

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Colors:

Tan / Green

More information and pictures may be found here

MT. Jefferson

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Price:

$1,895

Features

– 2.5″ thick high-density foam mattress with removable/washable cotton cover

– Steel ladder

– 3/4 – 1″ steel pole frame

– Sturdy marine ply base

– Standard annex folds with tent

– No fly sheet needed

– Shaded windows

– Stargazer optional

– Extended overhang for changing room

– 450g PVC floor

– Two sizes of annex available

– Four internal pockets for storage

– Mesh zippered windows and doors for ventilation

Materials:

TENT: Facbric: Heavy duty 14oz/400g Ripstop poly-cotton Canvas, Waterproof, W/R

RAIN FLY: None

TRAVEL COVER: Heavy Duty 600g PVC sealed with Zip, UV resistant

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open:  96′” (2438mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 84″ (2133mm) long x 61″ (1550mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

Not specified

Colors:

Tan

More information and pictures may be found here

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 Mt. Thielsen

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Price:

$1,895

Features

– Automatic deployment via electric motor

– Up/down control magnets with electomagnetic inductor

– 3″ thick high-density foam mattress with removable/washable cotton cover

– Aluminum ladder

– Stainless steel frame

– Nylon joints

– Four internal pockets for storage

– Mesh zippered windows and doors for ventilation

– Tool kit, crank and extra cable

Materials:

TENT: 190g Rip-stop Polycotton P/U

RAIN FLY: 210D Polyoxford P/U

TRAVEL COVER: 450g PVC

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Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open:  82′” (2082mm) long x 49″ (1245mm) wide x 39″ (991mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 90″ (2286mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

112 lbs

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Mt. Thielsen (extra large)

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open:  82′” (2082mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 41″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 90″ (2286mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

119 lbs

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Colors:

Green

More information and pictures may be found here

 

Eezi-Awn


 Eezi-Awn is a South African based company who has been specializing in roof top tents, awnings, and roof racks for over 31 years. Although their products are expensive compared many competitors, they are widely regarded as one of the top manufacturers of soft shell tents when it comes to quality. They even acknowledge the price gap on their site saying “Remember that long after the sweetness of price is gone - quality prevails.”  After many extended trips with several of their tents, we’re firm believers in that statement. The U.S. distributor for Eezi-Awn products is Equipt Expedition Outfitters, and all information has been sourced from their website.

Images courtesy of Equipt Expedition Outfitters

Series 3 roof top tents

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Price:

$2,145 – $3,380

Features

– 5 sizes

– 4 large doors & windows, with mesh and privacy panels

– 2 large window shades

– 4 pockets under windows

– 2-1/2″ thick hi-density foam mattress, covered in African print fabric

– Unique internal bungee system to assist with storing tent

– Ratchet strap incorporated into cover

– Universal mounting construction

– Optional ladder extension

– Optional Bull Bar mounts

– Double stitched throughout, with wax coated cotton thread

– Heavy duty anodized aluminum extrusions and stainless steel hardware

– Heavy duty stainless steel hinges

– Polyurethane encased hardwood panels

– Spring steel rain-fly and window rods

– Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder

– YYK zippers and nylon reinforced clips

– Heavy duty 80% mesh screen with trapezoidal micro fiber

– Full time tent peak ventilation

Materials:

TENT: Heavy duty wax impregnated 420gsm Polyco canvas with 50/50 polyester cotton rip-stop weave and died colorfast

RAIN FLY: Elevated PCV rain-fly with reinforced rain-fly mounts

TRAVEL COVER: 700 denier PVC roof tent cover with welded seams and a 5 year UV rating

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Series 3 1200

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open:  96′” (2438mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

110 lbs

Series 3 1400

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

128 lbs

Series 3 1600

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

149 lbs

Series 3 1800

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 71″ (1803mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 71″ (1803mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

172 lbs

Series 3 Family Roof top tent

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 87″ (2209mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 87″ (2209mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

215 lbs

Colors:

- Olive

- Beige

More information and pictures may be found here

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XKLUSIV

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Price:

$3,330 – $4,900

Features

– 4 sizes

– 4 large doors & windows, with mesh and privacy panels

– 2 large window shades

– 4 pockets under windows

– 2-1/2″ thick hi-density foam mattress, covered in African print fabric

– Unique internal bungee system to assist with storing tent

– Ratchet strap incorporated into cover

– Universal mounting construction

– Optional ladder extension

– Optional Bull Bar mounts

– Double stitched throughout, with wax coated cotton thread

– Heavy duty anodized aluminum extrusions and stainless steel hardware

– Heavy duty stainless steel hinges

– Polyurethane encased hardwood panels

– Spring steel rain-fly and window rods

– Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder

– YYK zippers and nylon reinforced clips

– Heavy duty 80% mesh screen with trapezoidal micro fiber

– Full time tent peak ventilation

– Anodized Aluminum “U” shaped roofline extension frame

– Polyco canvas Roofline extension and room walls

– Heavy duty open weave plastic ground cover

– In-tent vehicle access

– Ground level sleeping room for two

– Integrated door and window

– Storage bag for walls and ground cover

– Elevated roof line above the ladder area

– Ladder extension integrated into the ladder itself

Materials:

TENT: Heavy duty wax impregnated 420gsm Polyco canvas with 50/50 polyester cotton rip-stop weave and died colorfast

RAIN FLY: Elevated PCV rain-fly with reinforced rain-fly mounts

TRAVEL COVER: 700 denier PVC roof tent cover with welded seams and a 5 year UV rating

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Dimensions: 

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 55″ (1397mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

192 lbs

Xklusiv T-Top 1600

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

205 lbs

Xklusiv T-Top 1800

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 71″ (1803mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 71″ (1803mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

220 lbs

Xklusiv T-Top Family roof tent

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 87″ (2209mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 87″ (2209mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

255 lbs

Colors:

Beige

Olive

More information and pictures may be found here

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Price:

$3,330 – $4,900

Features

– 4 large doors & windows, with mesh and privacy panels

– Window shades incorporated into rain fly

– 4 pockets under windows

– 2-1/2″ thick hi-density foam mattress, covered in African print fabric

– Unique internal bungee system to assist with storing tent

– Ratchet strap incorporated into cover

– Universal mounting construction

– Optional ladder extension

– Optional Bull Bar mounts

– Double stitched throughout, with wax coated cotton thread

– Heavy duty anodized aluminum extrusions and stainless steel hardware

– Polyurethane encased hardwood panels

– Stainless steel hinges

– Spring steel rain-fly rods

– Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder

– YYK zippers and nylon reinforced clips

– Heavy duty 80% mesh screen with trapezoidal micro fiber

-Large 1400mm width

Materials:

TENT: Heavy duty 260 gram poly cotton rip-stop canvas, died colorfast

RAIN FLY: Elevated PCV rain-fly with reinforced rain-fly mounts

TRAVEL COVER: 700 denier PVC roof tent cover with welded seams and a 5 year UV rating

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96′” (2438mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

110 lbs

Colors:

Forest/Beige

Sandstone/Beige

More information and pictures may be found here

Globetrotter

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Price:

$4,115

Features:

– Vertical mesh and privacy panels separate mattress level from rest of tent

– Series 1000 Awning integrated into roofline

– 2 large mattress level windows and 1 external door, with mesh and privacy panels

– 2 large window shades

– 4 large pockets

– 3-1/4″ thick high density foam mattress, covered in African print fabric

– Enclosed ground level changing room with 4 individual wall panels

– Large ground level changing room door and window

– Ratchet strap incorporated into cover

– Storage bag for walls and ground cover

– Single piece sleeping platform

– Dual level enclosed structure

– Trailer high mounting and a door entry height of more than 6 feet

– Roofline is angled flat to provide same door entry height

– Doublestitched throughout, with wax coated cotton thread

– Heavy duty anodized aluminum extrusions and stainless steel hardware

– Polyurethane encased hardwood panels

– Heavy duty stainless steel hinges

– Spring steel rain-fly and window rods

– Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder

– YYK zippers and nylon reinforced clips

– Heavy duty 80% mesh screen with trapezoidal micro fiber

– Full time tent peak ventilation

Materials:

TENT: Heavy duty wax impregnated 420gsm Polyco canvas and 50/50 polyester cotton rip-stop weave and died colorfast

RAIN FLY: Elevated PCV rain-fly with reinforced rain-fly mounts

TRAVEL COVER: 700 denier PVC roof tent cover with welded seams and a 5 year UV rating

Dimensions:

Room dimensions: 83″ (2108mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide

Room height dimensions: 25″ (635mm) high at mattress side, 84″ (2133mm) high at door side

96′” (2438mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1295mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 83″ (2108mm) long x 59″ (1498mm) wide x 8″ (203mm) high

Weight:

209 lbs

Colors:

Olive

Beige

More information and pictures may be found here

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Free Spirit Recreation


 Free spirit is yet another small business based out of the town of Bend Oregon. They are relatively new to the market, and currently sell two models of free standing roof top tents, as well as several hand built camping trailers for motorcycles, UTV’s, and four wheel drives. Their soft-shell models appear to share similar design characteristics with some mid -level products in the industry, however they distinguish themselves through the use of heavier high quality fabrics.

Images courtesy of Free Spirit Recreation

 

Spitfire

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Price:

$895

Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Extended rain fly

– Shaded windows

– Mesh bug screens on windows and doors

– Elevated rain fly and peak ventilation for reduced condensation

– Aluminum base with polyurethane insulator

– Adjustable aluminum ladder

– Aluminum frame and components with 4mm steel hinges

Materials:

TENT: 270g rip-stop poly-cotton canvas with polyurethane coating

RAIN FLY: 420-D polyester oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: UV stabilized PVC cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 84″ (2133mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1220mm) wide x 42″ (1067mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

80 lbs

Color:

Tan

More information and pictures may be found here

Journey

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Price:

$1,495

Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Extended rain fly

– Shaded windows

– Mesh bug screens on windows and doors

– Elevated rain fly and peak ventilation for reduced condensation

– Aluminum base with polyurethane insulator

– Large sleeping platform for four

– Two adjustable aluminum ladders

– Aluminum frame and components with 4mm steel hinges

Materials:

TENT: 270g rip-stop poly-cotton canvas with polyurethane coating

RAIN FLY: 420-D polyester oxford PU

TRAVEL COVER: UV stabilized PVC cover

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 96″ (2438mm) long x 48″ (1220mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 76″ (1930mm) wide x 48″ (1220mm) long x 12″ (304mm) high

Weight: 

150 lbs

Color:

Tan

More information and pictures may be found here

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Front Runner Outfitters


 Front Runner has over forty years of experience with a wide range of off-road and camping products designed in South Africa. From accessories like roof-racks and bumpers, to gear like water containers and chairs, you can outfit a vehicle with nearly every part you’ll need just from their catalog. Although the company is based far from our stomping grounds, they have distributors in several countries making the purchase process quick and easy. Their tent and other great products can be viewed on their U.S. website here.

Images courtesy of Front Runner Outfitters

Feather-lite 

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Price:

$995

Features:

– A 1.3m (4.3′) wide roof top tent that is 2.4m (7.9′) long when unfolded. The super low 200mm (7.87“) profile (excl. ladder) reduces wind resistance. This tent is the lowest profile roof top tent on the market and only weighs 40kg (88.18lbs).​

– Sleeps 2+ comfortably.

– Weighs only 88 lbs.

– 51mm (2″) High Density foam standard with removable washable canvas cover.

– A durable tent cover made from 1000D PVC protects your tent when not in use.

– Unobstructed views out of all windows.

– Zippered privacy panels on all windows and doors.

– Retractable, sturdy aluminium ladder with foot friendly treads

– Manufactured with a special Oxford tent fabric (400D) — a strong, breathable, mold resistant, waterproof, PVC coated, heavy duty poly-cotton.

– The tent is mounted to an aluminium base that is insulated to keep the cold out.

– No need to install additional extrusions as it comes standard with an aluminium extrusion for securing the optional shower skirt.

– Tent rails are supplied loose to give you flexibility, which allows you to mount the tent onto most load bars and roof racks.

– The windows and door privacy panels zip closed upwards, so that the size of the opening can be adjusted according to privacy needs or weather conditions.

– The windows and door are screened so they can be opened or closed without letting insects in.

– A roof ventilator opening with a mosquito screen reduces condensation while providing a steady source of ventilation.

– Two interior pockets to store gear as well as overhead Velcro loops that could be used for to hang lights and other items.

Materials:

TENT: Oxford tent fabric (400D), with PVC coated heavy duty poly cotton.

RAIN FLY: 200D Oxford weatherproof fabric.

TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC.

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 134″ (3400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 53″ (1350mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 49″ (1250mm) long x 53″ (1350mm) wide x 7.87″ (200mm) high

Weight:

88 lbs

Colors:

Tan and grey

More information and pictures may be found here

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 Gordigear


 Gordigear is one of those great stories that began with a passion for overlanding, and unexpectedly resulted in a business. Near the turn of the millennium a few friends were making their own expedition and camping gear to save money. As they completed their products more and more inquiries came in asking them to sell them, and it quickly became clear that they were on to something. Gordigear has grown significantly since their first days of garage builds, but they still stick to their core product lines, roof tents, awnings, and trailer tents.

Images courtesy of Gordigear

 

Explorer

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Price:

$1,150

Features:

– 24 months warranty
– 80mm high-density foam mattress
– Superior waterproofing capabilities (rated 10000mm water column)
– Double stitched and taped seams with German-made, high-quality Amann thread
– Flexible mounting – entrance can be mounted either to the side or the back of the car
– Lightweight aluminium sandwich floor construction for strength and insulation
– Front and back entrances with separately zipped mosquito nets and entrance covers
– Raised fly sheet provides shade and ventilation to cool down the sleeping area
– Tent construction allows for bedding to be left inside the tent when travelling
– Telescopic ladder adjusts to different car heights (optional ladder extension available for heights > 2m)
– Ladder with flat rungs can be climbed with bare feet

– All structural parts are made from aluminium, leading to an improved indoor climate without rotting or moulding

– Bungee cord folding aid pulls in the side walls when collapsing the tent
– Two additional insect screened vents improve the overall ventilation and keep you cool in tropical locations

– Four internal storage pockets to keep all your essentials handy
– Mattress has removable cover
– PVC mattress protector prevents moisture from being drawn into the tent
– Two velcro-sealed cable inlets for devices to be charged from car

– YKK Zippers

Materials:

TENT: Heavy-duty ripstop poly-cotton canvas, waterproof and polyurethane impregnated

RAIN FLY: 300D Oxford flysheet

TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC.

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 95″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 14″ (350mm) high

Weight:

106 lbs

Colors:

Green

More information and pictures may be found here

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Explorer Plus

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Price:

$1,420 – $1,690

Features:

– 24 months warranty
– 80mm high-density foam mattress
– Superior waterproofing capabilities (rated 10000mm water column)
– Double stitched and taped seams with German-made, high-quality Amann thread
– Flexible mounting – entrance can be mounted either to the side or the back of the car
– Lightweight aluminium sandwich floor construction for strength and insulation
– Front and back entrances with separately zipped mosquito nets and entrance covers
– Raised fly sheet provides shade and ventilation to cool down the sleeping area
– Tent construction allows for bedding to be left inside the tent when travelling
– Telescopic ladder adjusts to different car heights (optional ladder extension available for heights > 2m)
– Ladder with flat rungs can be climbed with bare feet

– All structural parts are made from aluminium, leading to an improved indoor climate without rotting or moulding

– Bungee cord folding aid pulls in the side walls when collapsing the tent
– Two additional insect screened vents improve the overall ventilation and keep you cool in tropical locations

– Four internal storage pockets to keep all your essentials handy
– Mattress has removable cover
– PVC mattress protector prevents moisture from being drawn into the tent
– Two velcro-sealed cable inlets for devices to be charged from car

– YKK Zippers

– Entrance completely roofed by extended fly sheet
– Optional annex zips onto extended fly sheet

Materials:

TENT: Heavy-duty ripstop poly-cotton canvas, waterproof and polyurethane impregnated

RAIN FLY: 300D Oxford flysheet

TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC.

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Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 126″ (3200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 14″ (350mm) high

Weight:

108 lbs

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Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 126″ (3200mm) long x 65″ (1650mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 65″ (1650mm) wide x 14″ (350mm) high

Weight:

139 lbs

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Colors:

Green

More information and pictures may be found here

 

Hinterland Industries


Hinterland is a family owned and operated company that stemmed from a shared passion for the outdoors. Originally specializing in off-road trailers and custom Land Cruisers, their team diversified when they realized that there was a big gap in the middle of the RTT market. Aiming to produce a tent priced low enough to be affordable, but with materials and construction quality good enough to last, they began doing thorough research, touring factories, and finally evaluating designs. The result was the two tent models you see below with various options. From our up close inspection at Overland Expo we would say they hit their affordable quality balance perfectly, and we can’t wait to see where this company goes in the future. For more information, check out their website here.

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Price:

$1,999- $2,099

Features:

– Aluminum frame and base with fire retardant insulation

– Zip-operated, ventilated and insect-screened windows

– Sufficient space for bedding when tent is folded

– Bungee cord system to assist in packing up of tent

– 3″ thick high density foam mattress

– Optional awning

– Internal ladder access to tent

– 304 Stainless steel hinges and Tig welded 304 stainless ladder mounting points for structural integrity and long service life.

– Large 1″ tubing and alloy joints for longer life and strength. Also helps considerably with snow load in winter camping.

– Zip-integrated annex option

– Unique curved top option

– Annex tent provides large living room and additional accommodation

– Side window shades

– YKK zippers

Materials:

TENT: 400g rip-stop poly-cotton breathable canvas,dual stitched and weather taped seams, UV and mold resistant, waterproof coating

RAIN FLY: 420D Polyester Oxford, waterproof, mold resistant and UV protected, elevated rainfly with reinforced rainfly mounts

TRAVEL COVER:  1200D Heavy duty pvc, UV protected and waterproof

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 132″ (3353mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 50″ (1270mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight: 130 lbs

Colors:

Green / Tan

More information and pictures may be found here.

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Jalama

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Price:

$1,899- $1,999

Features:

– Aluminum frame and base with fire retardant insulation

– Optional awning

– Zip-operated, ventilated and insect-screened windows

– Sufficient space for bedding when tent is folded

– Bungee cord system to assist in packing up of tent

– 3″ thick high density foam mattress

– 304 Stainless steel hinges and Tig welded 304 stainless ladder mounting points for structural integrity and long service life.

– Large 1″ tubing and alloy joints for longer life and strength. Also helps considerably with snow load in winter camping.

– Unique curved top option

– Side window shades

– YKK zippers

Materials:

TENT: 400g rip-stop poly-cotton breathable canvas,dual stitched and weather taped seams, UV and mold resistant, waterproof coating

RAIN FLY: 420D Polyester Oxford, waterproof, mold resistant and UV protected, elevated rainfly with reinforced rainfly mounts

TRAVEL COVER:  1200D Heavy duty pvc, UV protected and waterproof

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96″ (2438mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 50″ (1270mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 15.5″ (394mm) high

Weight: 130 lbs

Colors:

Green / Tan

More information and pictures may be found here.

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Howling Moon


 Howling moon is yet another South African heavy weight in the roof top tent market. With over forty years of experience in textiles and manufacturing, their products have been refined to comfortably and reliably support you on back roads and campgrounds all over the world. Their range of offerings is extensive, and they have a size and shape of tent to fit the needs of nearly every overlander. We’ve been able to use these great products on several occasions, and can say that we couldn’t have been happier with their performance. The current U.S. distributor for Howling Moon products is Sierra Expeditions out of Phoenix Arizona. These and other great products may be found on their website here.

Images courtesy of Adventure Driven

Tourer

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Price:

$2,265 – $2,643

Features:

– Lightweight vacuum-laminated composite base construction

– Aluminum mounting extrusion supplied

– Zip-operated, ventilated and insect-screened windows

– 2-Piece ladder, rain fly and 3-inch thick high-density mattress come standard

– Internal storage pockets

– Sufficient space for bedding when tent is folded

– Unique bungee cord system to assist in packing up of tent

– Internal ladder access to tent

– Zip-integrated annex tent

– Annex tent provides large living room and additional accommodation

– Built-in groundsheet on optional annex

– Side window shades

– YKK zippers

– Duralumin poles

Materials:

TENT: 380-400 GSM (equivalent to US 450 Denier or 14 oz. fabric) Polyester/cotton ripstop material. Fluoro-carbon coated.

RAIN FLY: Not specified

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

1.2M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 47″ (1200mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 51″ (1300mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 109 lbs

1.4M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 59″ (1500mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 141 lbs

1.6M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 67″ (1700mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 146 lbs

1.8M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 71″ (1800mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 75″ (1900mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 159 lbs

2.4M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 94.5″ (2400mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 102″ (2600mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight:

216 lbs

Colors:

Tan and green

More information and pictures may be found here

Lexy Turtleback STARS-1

Deluxe 

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Price:

$1,975 – $2,629

Features:

– 380 gms/sqm Polyester/cotton ripstop material. Fluoro carbon coated.

– Lightweight vacuum laminated composite base construction.

– Aluminium mounting extrusion supplied.

– Zip operated, ventilated and insect screened windows.

– 2 Piece ladder, flysheet and 75mm thick high density mattress come standard.

– Internal storage pockets.

– Sufficient space for bedding when tent is folded.

– Unique bungee cord system to assist in packing up of tent.

– Side window shades

– YKK zippers

– Duralumin poles

Materials:

TENT: 380-400 GSM (equivalent to US 450 Denier or 14 oz. fabric) Polyester/cotton ripstop material. Fluoro-carbon coated.

RAIN FLY: Not specified

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

1.2M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 47″ (1200mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 51″ (1300mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 91 lbs

1.4M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 59″ (1500mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 123 lbs

1.6M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 67″ (1700mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight:

128 lbs

Colors:

Tan and green

More information and pictures may be found here

Stargazer Tourer

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Price:

$2,500 +

Features:

– Lightweight vacuum-laminated composite base construction

– Unique feature of a completely opening roof panels so you can enjoy sleeping ‘under the night sky’ while in the safety of your tent.

– Aluminum mounting extrusion supplied

– Zip-operated, ventilated and insect-screened windows

– 2-Piece ladder, rain fly and 3-inch thick high-density mattress come standard

– Internal storage pockets

– Sufficient space for bedding when tent is folded

– Unique bungee cord system to assist in packing up of tent

– Internal ladder access to tent

– Zip-integrated annex tent

– Annex tent provides large living room and additional accommodation

– Built-in groundsheet on optional annex

– Side window shades

– YKK zippers

– Duralumin poles

Materials:

TENT: 380-400 GSM (equivalent to US 450 Denier or 14 oz. fabric) Polyester/cotton ripstop material. Fluoro-carbon coated.

RAIN FLY: Not specified

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

1.4M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 59″ (1500mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 141 lbs

1.6M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 67″ (1700mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 146 lbs

1.8M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 71″ (1800mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 75″ (1900mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight: 159 lbs

2.4M

Tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 94.5″ (2400mm) wide x 47″ (1200mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 102″ (2600mm) long x 51″ (1300mm) wide x 14″ (360mm) high

Weight:

216 lbs

Colors:

Tan and green

More information and pictures may be found here

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iKamper


iKamper is a relatively new company that was inspired by a road trip across the U.S.. The team appears to have put a lot of effort into their designs, and despite the product’s Asian origin, has avoided becoming yet another knock off. The iKampers are produced in South Korea, and are set to go on sale in early 2016. Unfortunately they are only going to be shipped in pre-purchased contained loads until a U.S. distributor is found.

Images courtesy of iKamper

The Road Trip

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Price:

$2,650-$2,950

Features:

– Streamlined design

– Annex as standard feature

– U-shaped poles to prevent water accumulation

– Aluminum honey-comb base for weight savings and strength

– Honey-comb base helps prevent condensation

– All components made from stainless steel or aluminum

– Panorama sun-roof

– Three layer windows – bug screen, clear urethane to block wind but preserve view, and privacy shade (fully zipped)

– Ladder handrails

– Window canopies

– Safety locked gas struts

Materials:

TENT: Poly 600D Rip Stop Fabric with Fire resistance coating

RAIN FLY: 3000mm AP water proof coating

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

Small

tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 45″ (1150mm) high

tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 10″ (250mm) high

Weight: 

99 lbs

Medium

tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 45″ (1150mm) high

tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 63″ (1600mm) wide x 10″ (250mm) high

Weight:

187 lbs

Large

tent dimensions open: 94.5″ (2400mm) long x 75″ (1900mm) wide x 45″ (1150mm) high

tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 75″ (1900mm) wide x 10″ (250mm) high

Weight:

187 lbs

Colors:

Grey and Blue

More information and pictures may be found here

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James Baroud


 James Baroud is a European company dedicated to outdoor adventure and four-wheel drive travel. Many members of their staff, from the CEO to the design team, are experienced drivers and love to spend their spare time going overland. For this reason they understand the importance of a product that doesn’t break, and even go as far as employing a former Paris to Dakar rally pilot to conduct torture testing on each model. Although they are best known for their fantastic hard shells, like the one reviewed here, their soft shells are already making a big splash in the industry. In fact the Horizon Vision all but blew us away in our two part review, and we expect nothing less from the Nomad. Review may be found here

Images courtesy of James Baroud and Christophe Noel

Horizon Vision

 

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Price:

$2,499

Features:

– Light weight aluminum construction

– Hydraulic struts for assisted opening

– Proprietary aluminized synthetic fabric.(water-proof, uv-resistant, breathable)

– All seams are doubled and waterproofed

– Fabric eliminates need for rain fly and spring poles

– Dual support poles and aluminum ladder

– Rounded shape reduces wind resistance in storms

– Large high density foam mattress with removable zip cover

– Heavy-duty easy to use zippers

– Four removable interior pockets

– Four large ventilated windows with mesh screening

– Dual doors with clear urethane windows

– 3-year warranty

– Universal mounting system

– Optional thermal barrier

Materials:

TENT: Light grey canvas, made of 6 aluminized coats

RAIN FLY: None needed

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 86.6″ (2200mm) long x 59″ (1500mm) wide x 47.2″ (12000mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 43.3″ (1100mm) long x 59.1″ (1500mm) wide x 9.1″ (230mm) high

Weight:

88 lbs

Colors:

Grey

More information and pictures may be found here

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Nomad 160

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Price:

$2,399

Features:

– Light weight aluminum construction

– Elastic bands for retracting fabric while closing

– Proprietary aluminized synthetic fabric.(water-proof, uv-resistant, breathable)

– All seams are doubled and waterproofed

– Fabric eliminates need for rain fly

– Self-supporting vestibules on each side

– Dual support poles and aluminum ladder

– Rounded shape reduces wind resistance in storms

– Large high density foam mattress with removable zip cover

– Heavy-duty easy to use zippers

– Four removable interior pockets

– Four large ventilated windows with mesh screening

– Dual doors with mosquito mesh

– 3-year warranty

– Universal mounting system

– Optional thermal barrier

Materials:

TENT: Light grey canvas, made of 6 aluminized coats

RAIN FLY: None needed

TRAVEL COVER: Not specified

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 86″ (2184mm) long x 62″ (1575mm) wide x 45″ (1143mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 43″ (1092mm) long x 62″ (1574mm) wide x 11″ (280mm) high

Weight:

95 lbs

Colors:

Grey

More information and pictures may be found here

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Odin Designs


Hailing from Castle Rock, Colorado, Odin Designs is a new name in the roof top tent world. They are one of the few companies offering free shipping and a limited lifetime warranty on all their tents. Reuben, the owner, got his first experience with RTTs by living in one for 6 months while traveling up the east coast of Australia. Needless to say he was impressed and was soon importing his own to the States. Their tents currently come in two different models, the Type S and the Type E, and each is available in two different sizes.

Type – S

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Price: $1,295 – $1,695
Features:

– Heavy Duty Ripstop Canvas

– Telescoping Ladder

– Taped Seams

– 2.5″ High Density Foam Mattress

– Easy Side Access

– YKK Zippers

– Optional Skylights

– Optional Shoe Pockets

– Optional Anti Condensation Mat

– Optional Metal Connectors

– Aluminum base

– Shaded windows

– Elevated vents

Materials:
TENT: 600D heavy duty Rip-Stop fabric
RAIN FLY: Waterproof 420D Oxford sheet
TRAVEL COVER: 1000g heavy duty PVC travel Cover

Dimensions:

2 – Person
Tent dimensions open: 96″ (2438mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

3 – Person

Tent dimensions open: 96″ (2438mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:
125 lbs
Colors:
Tan / Black
More information and pictures may be found here

 Type – E

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Price: $1,795 – $2,195
Features:

– Heavy Duty Ripstop Canvas

– Telescoping Ladder

– Taped Seams

– 2.5″ High Density Foam Mattress

– Easy Side Access

– YKK Zippers

– Standard annex

– 3 foot overhang

– Optional Skylights

– Optional Shoe Pockets

– Optional Anti Condensation Mat

– Optional Metal Connectors

– Aluminum base

– Shaded windows

– Elevated vents

Materials:
TENT: 600D heavy duty Rip-Stop fabric
RAIN FLY: Waterproof 420D Oxford sheet
TRAVEL COVER: 1000g heavy duty PVC travel Cover

Dimensions:

2 – Person
Tent dimensions open: 122″ (3100mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

3 – Person

Tent dimensions open: 122″ (3100mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:
125 lbs
Colors:
Tan / Black
More information and pictures may be found here

 

Smittybilt


 Smittybilt has established a solid reputation as the budget option for four-wheel drive equipment. Their products, which often closely resemble those of their competitors, are a common subject of debate among avid overlanders. Wherever you fall on this never ending argument, its easy to see that their products hit a price point that many enthusiasts can’t ignore, and for that reason they’ve been successful.

Images courtesy of Smittybilt

Overlander

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Price: $849
Features:

– One year warranty

– Sunroof with mesh encolsure

– Heavy duty rip stop rain fly with spring steel poles

– Anodized aluminum tent poles

– Telescoping aluminum ladder

– Large 2″ thick mattress

– External shoe bag

– Interior LED light

– 12v power adapter

Materials:
TENT: 600D heavy duty Rip-Stop fabric with polyurethane
RAIN FLY: Waterproof 420D Oxford sheet
TRAVEL COVER: 600GSM fabric with 500D PVC zips
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 95″ (2400mm) long x 56″ (1420mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 11.5″ (305mm) high
Weight:
118 lbs
Colors:
Tan
More information and pictures may be found here

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Tepui tents


 Tepui tents is a cool company based out of Santa Cruz California. Their team is comprised of four-wheel drive and adventure enthusiasts who truly love and use their products regularly in the field. (In fact they even run their own mini-blog on their journeys.) The continuous use and interaction with their tents has led to many improvements over the years, and has clearly been healthy for them as they continue to grow in leaps and bounds. Their line of roof top tents now includes several different models and options, and even a rental fleet of tents and a Tepui trailer. While we haven’t had the chance to test all of them, the Kukenam XL Ruggedized performed flawlessly even under the worst real world conditions. The detailed review can be found here.

Images courtesy of Tepui Tents

Kukenam XL Ruggedized

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Price: $2,100
Features:

– Raw aluminum diamond plate base

– 40% heavier fabric than the standard models

– Anti-condensation mat (1/2″) under the mattress

– Dual rainfly support rods for high winds

– Fully wrapped 3/4″ heavy duty internal frame

– Heavy duty 3-bolt hinges and welded aluminum base construction

– Extra-large internal pockets & bedding straps

– Velcro window surrounds for clear window accessory (sold separately)

– Window shades

– Mosquito screened windows

– Heavy-duty telescoping ladder

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Optional annex and changing room

Materials:
TENT: 320g Polyester Cotton (canvas); 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating, taped seams, UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 72″ (1829mm) long x 96″ (2438mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 72″ (1829mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

210 lbs
Colors:
Haze Grey, Expedition Orange, Olive Green
More information and pictures may be found here

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Gran Sabana

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Price: $1,950
Features:

– Spacious A-frame design offers excellent head room to fully sit up and relax in the tent and take in the views from the large screened side windows

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– Tight no-see-um mosquito netting in all windows and doors

– 4 large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars

– Shaded windows

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Standard annex and changing room

Materials:
TENT:  260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 72″ (1829mm) long x 122″ (3100mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 72″ (1829mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

180 lbs
Colors:
Tan/ Camo
More information and pictures may be found here

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Autana

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Price: $1,675
Features:

– Spacious A-frame design offers excellent head room to fully sit up and relax in the tent and take in the views from the large screened side windows

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– Comes with an extended privacy canopy and a large 90”x90” fully enclosed annex with two side screened windows and front & rear door

– 4 large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars

– High vents for condensation reduction

Materials:
TENT:  260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 122″ (3100mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

150 lbs
Colors:
Camo
More information and pictures may be found here

Autana Sky

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Price: $1,800
Features:

– Quick release clips for rain fly

– Two sky panels in the roof for great views

– Spacious A-frame design offers excellent head room to fully sit up and relax in the tent and take in the views from the large screened side windows

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– Comes with an extended privacy canopy and a large 90”x90” fully enclosed annex with two side screened windows and front & rear door

– 4 large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars

– High vents for condensation reduction

– YKK zippers

Materials:
TENT:  260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 122″ (3100mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

150 lbs
Colors:
Tan
More information and pictures may be found here

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Autana Ruggedized

 

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Price: $2,125
Features:

– Diamond Plate Base

– 360g Dual Stitched Fabric (40% heavier than standard models)

– Anti-condensation mat (1/2″) under the mattress

– Fully wrapped 3/4″ heavy duty internal frame

– Heavy duty 3-bolt hinges and welded aluminum base construction

– Extra-large internal pockets, gear anchor points, & bedding Straps

– Velcro window surround for clear window accessory (sold separately)

– Fully enclosed annex featuring the same heavy duty material used for the tent canvas

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Heavy-duty telescoping ladder

– Shaded windows

– Tie-down anchor points

Materials:
TENT:   360g Polyester Cotton (canvas); 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating, dual stitched taped seams, UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 122″ (3100mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

195 lbs
Colors:
Expedition Orange, Haze Grey, Olive Green
More information and pictures may be found here

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Kukenam Ruggedized

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Price: $1,650
Features:

– Diamond Plate Base

– 360g Dual Stitched Fabric (40% heavier than standard models)

– Anti-condensation mat (1/2″) under the mattress

– Fully wrapped 3/4″ heavy duty internal frame

– Heavy duty 3-bolt hinges and welded aluminum base construction

– Extra-large internal pockets, gear anchor points, & bedding Straps

– Velcro window surround for clear window accessory (sold separately)

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Heavy-duty telescoping ladder

– Shaded windows

– Tie-down anchor points

Materials:
TENT: 360g Polyester Cotton (canvas); 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating, dual stitched taped seams, UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 96″ (2438mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

180 lbs
Colors:
Expedition Orange, Haze Grey, Olive Green
More information and pictures may be found here

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Kukenam Sky

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Price: $1,350
Features:

– Spacious A-frame design offers excellent head room to fully sit up and relax in the tent and take in the views from the large screened side windows

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– Tight no-see-um mosquito netting in all windows and doors

– 4 large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars

– YKK zippers

– Shaded windows

– Heavy-duty telescoping ladder

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Quick release rainfly clips

– Two sky panels in the roof

Materials:

TENT: 260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY: 420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 96″ (2438mm) wide x 50″ (1270mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

130 lbs
Colors:
Haze Grey, Olive Green
More information and pictures may be found here

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Kukenam

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Price: $1,200
Features:

– Spacious A-frame design offers excellent head room to fully sit up and relax in the tent and take in the views from the large screened side windows

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– Tight no-see-um mosquito netting in all windows and doors 4 large internal pockets for storing gear and camping accessories

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars Be sure to watch the Setup Video and Installation Video for more details

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Shaded windows

Materials:

TENT: 260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY:  420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 56″ (1422mm) long x 96″ (2438mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 56″ (1422mm) long x 48″ (1219mm) wide x 12″ (305mm) high

Weight:

130 lbs
Colors:
Woodland Camo, Siberian Camo
More information and pictures may be found here

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Ayer

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Price: $895
Features:

– Made from high quality 600D rip-stop ventilate coated poly-cotton material so you will be protected from even the heaviest rain and winds

– 2-1/2” high density foam mattress makes it seem like you are sleeping at home

– No-see-um mesh screening

– Includes a stock 8ft-6in telescoping ladder eliminating the need to purchase extensions for large or lifted vehicles.

– Includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars Be sure to watch the Setup Video and Installation Video for more details

– High vents for condensation reduction

– Shaded windows

Materials:

TENT: 260 g Polyester Cotton; 600D ripstop fabric with waterproof ventilate coating; UV and mold resistant
RAIN FLY: 420D Polyester Oxford with taped seams and PU coated
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 48″ (1219mm) long x 84″ (2134mm) wide x 39″ (991mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1219mm) long x 42″ (1067mm) wide x 11″ (279mm) high

Weight:

95 lbs
Colors:
Blue, Tan
More information and pictures may be found here

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TJM


 TJM got their start back in the 70’s when true Australian four-wheel driving was still ramping up. Three friends (whose initials form TJM) began making bumpers and parts for their beat up sand Bugs. Demand soon grew to the point where a business formed and TJM was born. Now over forty years later they continue to make accessories for vehicles, but their product line has expanded to include recovery equipment, camping gear, and anything else you might need in the back-country. These and other great products are available through Sierra Expeditions.

Images courtesy of TJM and Sierra Expeditions

Yulara

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Price: $1,035
Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Screened doors and windows for ventilation

– Shaded windows

– Aluminum ladder

– Rain fly

– Optional annex

– Optional ladder extension

– Raised climate cover sheet

– Aluminum base

– YKK zippers

Materials:

TENT:   Polyester/cotton 280g/m2 100% water proof canvas
RAIN FLY:   420D polyester pu2000mm, 100% water proof
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D water proof and rot proof polyester with PVC coating
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 126″ (3200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 11″ (280mm) high

Weight:

Not specified
Colors:
Tan
More information and pictures may be found here

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Boulia

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Price: $936
Features:

– 2.5″ high density foam mattress

– Screened doors and windows for ventilation

– Shaded windows

– Aluminum ladder

– Rain fly

– Aluminum base

– Optional ladder extension

– Raised climate cover sheet

– YKK zippers

Materials:

TENT:   Polyester/cotton 280g/m2 100% water proof canvas
RAIN FLY:   420D polyester pu2000mm, 100% water proof
TRAVEL COVER: 1000D water proof and rot proof polyester with PVC coating
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 95″ (2400mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 51″ (1300mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 47″ (1200mm) long x 55″ (1400mm) wide x 11″ (280mm) high

Weight:

Not specified
Colors:
Tan
More information and pictures may be found here

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Tree line outdoors


 Tree line outdoors is a small business started by a group of friends who just love to camp. After a grizzly bear wandered into their camp one night and trapped them in their ground tents, the team decided that they would never be stuck in that situation again, and thus their roof tent designs were born. The company currently produces four different models of tents along with two sizes of annex rooms.

Images courtesy of Treeline outdoors

The Lodgepole Gen 2

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Price:

– $1,699

Features:

- All metal frame, hinges and receivers for extra durability
– Larger hinges so bedding and pillows can be stored in the tent while folded
– 5cm extra overall height when opened
– YKK zippers
– Mattress cover has waterproof underside to keep condensation out
– Goal Zero solar ready, accommodates solar panels to charge devices
– Large utility net on tent base for extra storage

- Three extra large awning windows
– Quick release hand screws for easy install & removal
– Curved aerodynamic design
– 0.4mm aluminum sheet and polyurethane base
– 420 denier Diamond Ripstop rainfly
– 2 inch thick, high density foam mattress
– Removable cotton mattress cover
– Removable shoe/utility storage bags
– Fully Zippered windows
– No-see-um mesh throughout
– Unisex emergency urinal
– Additional material for tent, rainfly and meshing repairs
– D ring for hanging lighting
– Fits on any vehicle with a roof rack wider than 37 inches
– Fits roof racks smaller than 37 inches with minor modifications

Materials:

TENT:Water resistant 280g Poly Cotton with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating

RAIN FLY:420 denier waterproof Diamond Ripstop Polyester with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating

TRAVEL COVER:2000 denier PVC coated durable Polyester

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 122″ (3100mm) long x  56″ (1430mm) wide x 50″ (1260mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 49″ (1250mm) long x 56″ (1430mm) wide x 12″ (300mm) high
Weight:

107lbs

Colors:

- Green

More information and pictures may be found here

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The Tamarack Gen 2

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Price:

$2,099

Features:

-All metal frame, hinges and receivers for extra durability

- Larger hinges so bedding and pillows can be stored in the tent while folded
– 5cm extra overall height when opened
– YKK zippers
– Mattress cover has waterproof underside to keep condensation out
– Goal Zero solar ready, accommodates solar panels to charge devices
– Large utility net on tent base for extra storage

- 23mm Aluminum Honeycomb Base

- Three extra large awning windows
– Quick release hand screws for easy install & removal
– Curved aerodynamic design
– 420 denier Diamond Ripstop rainfly
– 2 inch thick, high density foam mattress
– Removable cotton mattress cover
– Removable shoe/utility storage bags
– Fully Zippered windows
– No-see-um mesh throughout
– Unisex emergency urinal
– Additional material for tent, rainfly and meshing repairs
– D ring for hanging lighting
– Fits on any vehicle with a roof rack wider than 37 inches
– Fits roof racks smaller than 37inches with minor modifications

Materials:

TENT:Water resistant 280g Poly Cotton with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating

RAIN FLY:420 denier waterproof Diamond Ripstop Polyester with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating

TRAVEL COVER:2000 denier PVC coated durable Polyester

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 122″ (3100mm) long x  56″ (1430mm) wide x 50″ (1260mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 49″ (1250mm) long x 56″ (1430mm) wide x 12″ (300mm) high

Weight:

97lbs

Colors:

Green
Grey/Orange

More information and pictures may be found here

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The Redwood

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Price:

$2,799

Features:

– All metal frame, hinges and receivers for extra durability
– Larger hinges so bedding and pillows can be stored in the tent while folded
– 5cm extra overall height when opened
– YKK zippers
– Mattress cover has waterproof underside to keep condensation out
– Goal Zero solar ready, accommodates solar panels to charge devices
– Large utility net on tent base for extra storage
– 23mm Aluminum Honeycomb Base
– Three extra large awning windows
– Quick release hand screws for easy install & removal
– Curved aerodynamic design
– 420 denier Diamond Ripstop rainfly
– 2 inch thick, high density foam mattress
– Removable cotton mattress cover
– Removable shoe/utility storage bags
– Fully Zippered windows
– No-see-um mesh throughout
– Unisex emergency urinal
– Additional material for tent, rainfly and meshing repairs
– D ring for hanging lighting
– Fits on any vehicle with a roof rack wider than 37 inches
– Fits roof racks smaller than 37inches with minor modifications
Materials:
TENT: Water resistant 280g Poly Cotton with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating
RAIN FLY:420 denier waterproof Diamond Ripstop Polyester with flame retardant, PU and mold/mildew resistant coating
TRAVEL COVER:2000 denier PVC coated durable Polyester
Dimensions:
Tent dimensions open: 122″ (3100mm) long  88″ x (2235mm) wide x 50″ (1260mm) high
Tent dimensions closed: 49″ (1250mm) long 88″ x (2235mm) wide x 12″ (300mm) high

Weight:

173lbs

Colors:
Grey/Orange

More information and pictures may be found here

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Tuff Stuff


 Tuff Stuff is another company born out of a demand for off-road equipment at affordable prices. While their original line focused on bumpers, recovery gear, and equipment for traditional four-wheel drives and rock crawling, the growing interest in creature comforts like roof tents, awnings, and camp gear has led them toward the overland marketplace.

Image courtesy of Tuff Stuff

Tuff Stuff Overland Roof Tent

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Price:

$1,199

Features:

– 2.75″ high density foam mattress

– Screened doors and windows for ventilation

– Shaded windows

– Aluminum ladder

– Rain fly

– Standard annex

– Optional ladder extension

– Raised climate cover sheet

– Aluminum base

Materials:

TENT: 280g Poly/Cotton Rip Stop Fabric with Waterproof Polyurethane coating, Breathable UV & Mold Resistant

RAIN FLY: 420D Polyester/Oxford material with waterproof Polyurethane coating

TRAVEL COVER: 1000D PVC Zip

Dimensions:

Tent dimensions open: 96″ (2440mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 52″ (1321mm) high

Tent dimensions closed: 48″ (1220mm) long x 56″ (1422mm) wide x 14″ (356mm) high

Weight:

132 lbs

Colors:

Tan

More information and pictures may be found here

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About the Author: Chris Cordes

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, for college in 2009. While working on his business degree in the Embry-Riddle undergraduate program, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. He fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, which led him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. Chris was immediately hooked by the concept of overlanding, which combines the excitement and adventure of flying with his affection for cars and trucks. After receiving his degree, Chris did a summer internship with Overland International before accepting a full-time position on our team.