Best Rooftop Tents – With Comparison Table (2019) - Mountain IQ

Best Rooftop Tents – With Comparison Table (2019)

Best-Rooftop-Tents

Camping has never been so easy with rooftop tents. They are convenient and allow you to camp in style and comfort.

There are a variety of rooftop tents to suit your camping needs. Each rooftop tent on this list has a feature which makes them standout. 

Whether it be the amazingly spacious iKamper Skycamp or the super light Front Runner Feather Lite Rooftop Tent, you are sure to find the perfect tent.

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Best Overall Rooftop Tent

iKamper Skycamp

iKamper-Skycamp
If you love taking your young family camping (up to 4), this rooftop tent is definitely for you. The weight of the rooftop tent is absolutely crazy considering the amount of space that is available. Easy to sep up, Skycamp is without a doubt the best on the market, which makes its price worth it. 

Top 6 Rooftop Tents - Comparison Table

Take a look at the comparison table below before moving on, it might help you make a quick decision based on the most important specs.

Gear

Rating

Weight

Capacity

#1

iKamper Skycamp

iKamper-Skycamp

Best Overall

160lbs / 72.6kg

Up to 4

#2

Yakima Skyrise

Editor's Choice

101.9lbs / 46.2kg

2-3

#3 

Front Runner Featherlite

Best Lightweight

90lbs / 40.8kg

2

#4

Tuff Stuff Overland

Best for Annex Room

138lbs / 62.5kg

5

#5

Smittybilt Overlander

Best Budget

132lbs / 60kg

2

1. Best Overall Rooftop Tent

​iKamper Skycamp for 4

iKamper-Skycamp

5/5 Overall Rating
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The iKamper Skycamp Rooftop Tent will absolutely blow your mind. It is the ideal family-friendly rooftop tent. iKamper has figured out a way to make an easy pop-up hardshell tent that can sleep up to four people without adding on too much extra weight.

The weight conscious and aerodynamic design is so simple to set up and is incredibly spacious. The deployment of this tent is ridiculously fast, with it taking a staggering 45 seconds to deploy and a convenient 2 minutes to stow.

The tent comes with a huge king size mattress. Although the tent is marketed at being a 4-man tent it is only really ideal for three adults or two adults and two children.

The tent has 4 openings which are all covered with mesh to allow for great ventilation as well as a waterproof rainfly.

If you are a family who loves camping, and are willing to spend a little extra cash, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the iKamper

Main Features
  • Incredibly quick to deploy and stow
  • 160lbs (72.6kg)
  • Sleeps at least 3 adults
  • King size mattress
  • Hardshell
  • 4 openings
What we like
  • Spacious for 3 adults + child or 2 adults + 2 children
  • Great weight considering the extra space
  • Fast deployment and stowage 
  • Comfortable
What we dislike
  • Hard to store as it is so big
  • Relatively expensive
Key Takeway

If you love taking your young family camping, this rooftop tent is definitely for you. The weight of the rooftop tent is absolutely crazy considering the amount of space that is available. This rooftop tent is without a doubt the best on the market, which makes the price of the tent completely worth it.

2. Editor's Choice

​Yakima Skyrise Rooftop Tent

4.5/5 Overall Rating

Although Yakima has been known for their roof racks, the company has come out with an absolutely outstanding rooftop tent. The Yakima Skyrise Rooftop Tent is a fantastic option for both casual and more seasoned campers. 

Made from lightweight and breathable 210D fabric and lightweight aluminium poles, it is the ideal pop-up tent. The tent boasts great ventilation, a mesh sunroof, waterproof rainfly and double layer windows.

The tent comes with a wall-to-wall mattress designed to cradle your body as you sleep. The mattress cover is also removeable for easy cleaning.

The Yakima Skyrise Rooftop Tent has two options; a two-man and three-man tent. The two-man option has a weight capacity of 400lbs while the three-man tent can carry up to 600lbs.

The tent is quick and easy to set-up and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete installation.

Main Features
  • Tool free installation
  • Several color options
  • 210D fabric
  • Aluminium poles
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • 101.9lbs (46.2kg)
What we like
  • Good value for money
  • Quick installation 
  • Compatible with a range of Yakima accessories – such as an annex
  • Easy to stow
What we dislike
  • The rainfly is quite tricky to attach
Key Takeway

The Yakima Skyrise Rooftop Tent is affordable, durable and easy to use. With very few cons and countless pros, purchasing this tent will make your camping adventure a dream.

3. Best Lightweight Rooftop Tent

Front Runner Rooftop Tent 

4/5 Overall Rating

If weight and fuel efficiency are your main concern, then the Front Runner Feather Lite Rooftop Tent should definitely be on the top of your list. The tent miraculously weighs less than 100lbs making it easy to move around and install.

The tent is made from waterproof, heavy-duty, mould resistant, breathable and OPVC coated poly cotton. Made by a South African company, they understand the need for a tent to be able to withstand wind, heat and rain.

The tent comes with a retractable ladder and mattress and has screening on all the windows and doors to allow for fantastic ventilation.

However, in order for the tent to be so lightweight, the tent does lack in certain areas, such as durability.

Main Features
  • Retractable ladder
  • OPVC poly cotton
  • Hardshell
  • Easy open-close mechanism
  • 90lbs (40.8kg)
What we like
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
What we dislike
  • Not as durable
  • Loose ladder
Key Takeaway

If you are a casual camper looking for a rooftop tent that is easy to transport and won’t eat up your fuel, then the Front Runner Feather Lite Rooftop Tent is a must have. But you must be willing to sacrifice some features for the sake of a convenient weight.

4. Best Tent for Annexe Room

Tuff Stuff Overland

4/5 Overall Rating

The Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent is world-renowned, and for good reason. This rooftop tent comes with an annexe room upon purchase, which is usually a feature that would have to be purchased separately. 

The frame is made from sturdy and durable aluminium, and the actual tent is made from 420D ripstop poly/cotton fabric. The screened windows allow for fantastic ventilation. 

The main sleeping area is enormous, but the winning feature of this rooftop tent is the annexe, which is large enough to include a folding cot, a queen size mattress, a mat or a small dining table.

All  hardware required for installation is included in the package, installation is straightforward and time efficient, however, it will require two adults to set up the tent ad you can expect installation to take around 2 hours, which is a much longer installation time than some of its competitors.

Main Features
  • Aluminium frame
  • 420D ripstop poly/cotton fabric with a waterproof coating
  • 3 screened windows with an awning
  • Annexe rom included
  • Softshell
  • 138lbs (62.5kg)
What we like
  • Spacious
  • Fabric is mould, water and UV resistant
  • Great price considering the included accessories
What we dislike
  • Installation takes quite a bit longer than some of the competitors
Key Takeaway

If space is what you are after, the Tuff Stuff Ranger Overland Rooftop Tent should Definitely be on the top of your list. Although it is not as lightweight as other tents on this list and may take some extra time to set up, the inclusion of an annexe room is an incredible feature. The extra space makes this tent a great option for families with small children.

5. Best Budget Rooftop Tent

Smittybilt Overlander

3.5/5 Overall Rating

If you are the owner of a Jeep Wrangler, this rooftop tent s absolutely perfect for you. This rooftop tent is of exceptional quality at a very attractive price. It was developed as one of Jeep Wrangler’s many accessories and is easily mounted onto most roof racks.

The Smittybilt Overlander is made of amazing and durable elements. It is made from 600D heavy-duty ripstop polyester and is accompanied by a rainfly. The netted windows provide great ventilation while simultaneously protecting you from pesky insects.

At 138lbs it is relatively lightweight and features a thick foam mattress which comfortably sleeps 2 people, the 2in mattress is almost as big as a queen size bed.

The tent also features a built-in LED strip to make seeing in the dark a lot easier.

An annexe tent is also available for campers who require a little extra space.

Main Features
  • 600D ripstop polyester fabric
  • Mounting brackets included
  • Built-in LED strip
  • Rainfly included
  • 132lbs (60kg)
What we like
  • Cost effective
  • Lightweight
  • Wide and sturdy ladder
  • Spacious
What we dislike
  • Ladder may require drilling
  • Not as lightweight as some competitors
Key Takeaway

If you are an avid adventurer who owns a Jeep Wrangler, the Smittybilt Overlander Rooftop tent is definitely an incredible option for your camping experience. This tent is incredibly affordable as far as rooftop tents go, and with such an attractive price, the tent is of incredible quality. 

Rooftop Tent - Buyer's Guide (Key Features)

Below is a guide on what to look for in your rooftop tent to help you make the best choice for your needs.

Material

The material of your tent needs to be both durable and comfortable. Nylon is the preferred option for the exterior material as it is weatherproof, lightweight and breathable. Look for a ripstop fabric as it is sturdier and more durable. The frame of your tent should ideally be made from a lightweight and durable material such as aluminium. Look for tents with mesh over the widows and doors to allow for ventilation.

Size

Every car can only carry a certain. Most of these tents can comfortably fit two adults, maybe three at a stretch. But more than two people may not be ideal. The size of your car will also be a determining factor in the size of your rooftop tent.

Ease of Installation

The installation must be straightforward and time efficient, as the last thing you want to do is spend hours trying to figure out how to install your rooftop tent. However, the ease of installation will vary greatly from tent to tent and tents with a greater number of accessories and features may take a little longer to install, but it will be worth it. 

Accessories

Additional accessories such as a rainfly, canopy or ladder can make or break your camping experience. An annexe is a fantastic accessory to increase space and capacity. The annexe may be included or have to be purchased separately. 

Weight

The weight of your rooftop tent must not exceed that of your car. Don’t forget to also take the weight of the inhabitants into account to avoid causing damage to your car.

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