Thule Tepui Foothill ($2,000)

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

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27.4 sq. ft.

38 in.

 Small footprint leaves space for bikes, boats, and other cargo.

Limited interior space.

The issue with many roof camping tents is the fact that they’re quite restricting for campers who are carrying large objects like surfboards, bikes, or even a kayak. The latest model, which was introduced last year, Thule Tepui’s Foothill offers an ideal solution. It’s a the ability to carry two people as little as 24 inches in size that’s about one-third the width of the typical 2-person model. Other tents here–including the iKamper X-Cover, Roofnest Falcon, and AutoHome Maggiolina–accommodate cargo on top of their hard shell (in most cases, you’ll have to remove it when setting up the tent), but the Foothill is the first model we know of that leaves space for your standard mounting racks. It’s an environmentally friendly arrangement for those who are always packing additional fun on their roof.

There some inherent issues with a design that is so simple. With a width of 47 inches the foothill’s mattress is the most narrow of the bunch (the Sparrow is next at 49 inches. ) Its 38-inch height gives a decent headroom (keep on your toes that it slopes toward the walls as well unlike pop-up beds like the Roofnest Sparrow retain their peak in height all the way through). At a mere 108 pounds , and equipped with rails for mounting that make it easy to mount, the Foothill is simple to get on and off and its telescopic shape allows for an easy setup. Because of its limited space, we wouldn’t recommend it for all of our customers, however Thule Tepui’s Foothill is an eye opener for those who love adventure and their equipment.