Front Runner Roof Top Tent ($1,169)

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

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34 sq. ft.

46 in.

Time-tested along South Africa’s rugged back roads; lightweight and easy to move.

Lacks the premium feel of the Thule Tepui Low-Pro above

Off-roading is extremely loved across South Africa, and therefore it’s not a shock that Johannesburg’s Front Runner is well-respected for their well-designed and durable overlanding gear. Its the 93-pound Roof Top Tent (formerly the Featherlight) is the lightest of models that we have listed and is an ideal choice for small cars and solo travellers, as well as people who want to remove their tent from their vehicle during their travels. To make loading and unloading process simpler, Front Runner also sells their Quick Release Tent Mount Kit for an additional $213 which lets you remove the tent with ease and without tools (it is also able to be combined with other models on this list).

Despite its light weight it’s still a substantial product. Front Runner retains a durable body fabric (600D poly/cotton ripstop) and rainfly (400D polyester Oxford) as well as an extremely sturdy frame and base. Comparatively to the similarly designed Thule Tepui Low-Pro 2 above Front Runner is Front Runner is 12 pounds lighter and is priced at $400 less. However, it’s much taller when packed (13 in. vs. 7 inches. ) The sliding (rather than Telescoping) ladder and the thin mattress don’t have the luxurious quality like Thule Tepui. Thule Tepui. This makes the Tepui in a low-end finish however, it’s still a light and practical rooftop design for the right cost.