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The Best New Rooftop Tents from Outdoor Retailer | Outside

(rock music) – [Greg] Hey, I’m Greg
Thomas with Outside Magazine. Today we’re here at OR2016, and we’re on the hunt for the
perfect roof-top tent setup. If you’re not familiar, rooftop tents basically
sit on top of your car. And they’re folded up and condensed. And then when you’re ready to camp, you just unfold them. A little ladder comes down, and you can crawl up into
them and sleep for the night. Super easy, super cool. It’s a growing trend. More companies are doing them. So we’re going to wander around
and see what we can find. We’re here, talking to the
guys behind Tepui tents about their latest. It’s part of our rooftop tent
roundup that we’re giving you. We just wanna talk to Evan here about what makes the
upcoming Baja tent so cool. So Evan, what do you like
about this new design? – Yeah, we just launched
the Tepui Baja series here at Outdoor Retailer. And basically this is our newest addition. It’s a series that has a
really lightweight fabric. This one here is a mesh fabric. With a lightweight nylon base. We have full nylon walls. And then we have the
reflective Mylar canopies. But what makes this the most unique is that we have a patent-pending
zipper gimp on this. So you can interchange your canopies. So you can start with one of these. And if you know some
inclement weather’s coming, you just take this canopy off, you put on your kind of
heavier duty, I don’t know, say three season canopy. And you’re off and running. No problem. So it’s a really nice,
interchangeable, versatile tent. – [Evan] Right on. Yeah, man. And it’s long enough
for a tall guy like me to be able to fit into it, too. Excellent. And then you guys have also got the White Lightning rooftop
tent over here as well. Why don’t you tell us a
little bit about that, and what separates it from the Baja? – Yeah, so this is our hard shell tent, so it’s a little bit different
in the way it opens up, instead of flipping off the side. This is what you call a book style tent, because it opens like a book. This is a pop-up hard shell tent. It’s nice because it is a
lower profile when it’s closed. This is ultra-low, eight inches, compared to some other models
would be 13, 14 inches. In addition to that, it also has this
interchangeable strut here. Another patent-pending
interchangeable strut which allows you to carry
different loads on top of it. So it comes with an integrated roof rack. As you can see here with these side rails. So you can bring your mountain bike, your surfboard, your cargo case, any of the other kind of
toys you might want to do. And then you interchange the strut depending on what kind of load
you want to have on there. And it’ll still open and close. And you can leave the stuff
up there when you’re camping. – As part of our roof top
tent roundup this year, we’re talking to the guys at James Baroud. This is Randy, he’s gonna
tell us a little bit about what’s going on with the 2016 model of roof-top tent that they have, and who the target audience is. – Our 2016 models have
360 degree screening to keep you cool, and they also use an
aluminized acrylic polyester, which is waterproof without coating. It reflects heat and it’s
completely waterproof. – Nice, and who are
these marketed towards? Who’s the target here? – They’re aluminant to 145 pounds, so they can work on any
vehicle with an OEM rack. Not just giant Jeeps or trucks, Subarus, Mini-Coopers, anything small. A lot of people are going
for minimalist camping with car camping instead of renting RV’s or larger recreational vehicles. These are also aerodynamic, as opposed to many
soft-shell tents that are basically a brick on top of your roof. – Right on. Continuing our rooftop tent roundup, we’re here with Yakima and as you can see they
have their own as well. We’re here talking to Ryan. I just wanted to ask, Ryan, what the coolest parts of this tent are and what people can look forward to. – Yeah, so for next year we’ve got our all-new SkyRise tents. We’ve got a small and a medium version. It comes in two-person,
three-person options. What we did was with our
approach with these rooftop tents was we just wanted it to feel like a tent. We didn’t want to
over-engineer it necessarily. We wanted the look, the feel of having that outdoor experience with the same types of
materials that you experience when you’re outdoor camping and not connected car camping. – We were talking a second
ago about how this is the very beginning, sort
of the nascent phase, of this market, this idea, and how there’s a lot of room
to grow and improve these. So I’m just curious what
you guys are thinking in terms of what the future
of these could look like, how they might be improved. – Yeah, most definitely. I think the biggest advantage
at least for us right now is just the fact that we’re
able to produce something that’s great quality, that comes in at well under 100 pounds. So you have this. So that user experience is really much easier, simpler to use, and the intimidation
factor is less, right? You combine that with
our base rack system, which is kind of integral piece of actually putting one of these on your car you really need one of those. You need towers, you need bars that are able to support
the additional weight. But not having
over-engineered our product, it can live up there and stand up to and meet all of the
requirements that are necessary. I think that what’s great too is that we’ve got universal clamping systems, we’ve got locks on there. It’s really, as far as the
user experience situation, it’s just as friendly as
any of our other products. And it’s super cool. – Keep your eyes open. You’re going to be seeing more of these rooftop tents on the road. It’s a growing trend that
we’ve noticed here at OR2016. Tune in to our gear channel
for more OR coverage.


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