Thule Tepui Explorer Kukenam 3 ($2,000)

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

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37.3 sq. ft.

52 in.

Great combination of price, quality, and livability.

Hardshell tents offer better weather protection and last longer.

The company was founded in 2010 and bought by the car accessory giant Thule in 2018. Tepui provides a broad roof tent selection that ranges from low-cost models for entry-level to hefty designs designed to last for the overlanding. The Explorer Kukenam 3 (and two-person Ayer) is their most well-known softshell tent that ticks all the boxes needed for weekend campers, with an outstanding combination of high-end materials as well as durability and ease of set-up. The tent is made of tough, UV- and mold-resistant 600-denier ripstop body material with water-resistant zippers, as well as an PU-coated rainfly (420D) provide an effective defense against the force of storms and heavy rain. Furthermore it’s a great value. Kukenam is priced reasonably it is readily available at a variety of stores (just go to your local REI Co-op store or the vehicle accessory store) It also works to Thule racks.

Thule Tepui is a king in terms of price, but the competition on the rooftop tent is going to be fiercer than ever before in 2022. As we’ve mentioned, the majority of campers choose the hardshell due to its superior durability and weather protection, as well as ease of use, and versatility (for the cost of a little more). In comparison to softshells such as this Explorer Kukenam 3 is a good value, even though it isn’t equipped with bells and whistles such as memory foam mattresses with USB charger, as well as an LED lighting strip (you can easily add them after the event). All that said Thule Tepui remains our choice for long-lasting roof tents that are reliable and aren’t expensive that’s what that recreational campers require.