Thule Basin ($3,250)

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

28.7 sq. ft.

37 in.

Rooftop tent and cargo box in one.

Heavier and more expensive than the Roofnest Sparrow above.

Thule’s Basin is a hybrid design that’s part rooftop tent, and part cargo box. With the tent canopy in place and the roof rolled up, you can open it and you’ll find a cozy sleeping space for two including a comfortable 3 inch foam mattress and dry, well-ventilated walls. If you’re looking for additional storage space, take off the canopy, pull out the mattress and use the Basin as a sturdy rooftop gear tote for your skis , camping gear or other skis (in this arrangement it’s opened up in a clamshell and has 23 cubic feet of storage space). If you’re thinking of a tent for your rooftop but need space for storage and space, the Basin is an ideal solution.

However, the Basin definitely is costly however, particularly when you buy it with the iKamper X-Cover above for just several hundred dollars more. It has 20 square feet of extra space inside and the ability to transport rack-mounted gear onto the top. Additionally, even though Roofnest does not advertise the Sparrow higher as a storage box for cargo it’s tent walls can be removed to provide the same double purpose (plus it’s 45 pounds lighter, a full 50 cents less, and boasts three inches greater headroom). If you’re looking for a quality product by a reputable brand the Basin can be described as an additional solid option for multi-purpose use. Furthermore, Thule also makes the Basin in the “Wedge” model, which is like the one featured here but it is only accessible in a clamshell.

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