Thule Tepui Low-Pro 2 ($1,750)

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

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29.2 sq. ft.

44 in.

Lightweight, easy to move, and affordable.

Not as spacious as other softshell models

Thule Tepui’s Kukenam 3 above is a spacious and full-featured softshell tent. However for shorter excursions, smaller cars and travelers on their own The Low-Pro 2 is a viable and more affordable alternative. The Low-Pro is distinct from other softshells with an incredibly low profile and slim form (the version we tried measured just 7 inches. in height when packed) and its 105 pounds of weight makes it comfortable for two persons to navigate. Combine that with Thule Tepui’s dependable design, its lightweight, but sturdy materials that are able to be used in winter and have a affordable prices The Low-Pro 2 is an excellent option for those who want simple rooftop sleeping, but without the stress of poor fuel efficiency or heavier vehicle.

In comparison to the affordable Smittybilt above the Low-Pro, which is more than $500 more and provides substantially smaller living space (by approximately 8 square. ft.). However, Thule Tepui’s construction quality is higher overall and the majority of campers will appreciate the ease of use of the Low-Pro in comparison to the Smittybilt’s designed for overlanding. Also, the Low-Pro weighs less and comes with a smaller packed size. Other models that fall into this compact class include Yakima SkyRise HD Small ($1,899 and 101 pounds.) and the Front Roof Top Runner Tent Below ($1,169 and 93 pounds. ) These tents don’t fold down much smaller and could be hard to locate locally. Don’t underestimate Thule Tepui’s simplest model–our test subjects have endured nighttime in high winds, snow and even single-digit temperatures in the Low-Pro, and found it to be safe and stable.