Freespirit Recreation High Country 55” ($2,395)

From budget-friendly softshells to rugged hard-top designs, we break down the year’s best rooftop tents

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37.4 sq. ft.

46 in.

2+, 3+, 4+

Quality build and quick setup for a softshell.

Expensive and only one window awning.

Bend in Oregon, Freespirit Recreation is a cottage brand within the realm of tents for rooftops, but their range is impressive and is worthy of to be given a serious glance. They have three styles that include a clamshell hardtop (the Odyssey), a pop-up softshell (their Adventure series), and a folding softshell (the High Country included here). Its High Country 55″ is an extremely durable choice for two campers. It comes with 4 inches of cushioning between the 2 inches of floor and mattress of 2 inches, large windows that allow for wide-viewing and a lightning-fast set-up time. Moving up into the “premium” model for $300 will get the LED lighting and more hefty walls suitable for four seasons However, the standard version here is the best value. In the end they’re expensive, but they’re robust and competitive with top-of-the-line products made by CVT, iKamper, and Roofnest.

Like we said earlier that the High Country comes with large windows around the entire house, but there’s only one awning. This means that you’ll have to cover the sides that are exposed in the downpour (the Thule Tepui Kukenam, in contrast comes with awnings for each window and doors). At 14 inches in height when packed it’s a bit tall. High Country isn’t a great option for those concerned about the gas mileage. These minor flaws and the tent’s absence of notable attributes make it a lower priority on our list, however the quality and focus on detail are outstanding.