Tuff Stuff Ranger 3 ($1,549)

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.

Annex and installation tools included in purchase.

Lacks the fit and finish of a Thule Tepui model.

The purchase of a roof tent is just the beginning step to outfitting your vehicle. You’ll also require tools to install it and most people also include accessories such as annexes and gear lofts later. Tuff Stuff essentially is a one-stop shop. Their Ranger 3 comes stock with everything you need to put together as well as mounting equipment, as well as a hammock to hang gear on and even storage bags for your footwear. For only $1,549 (tack onto the annex for an additional $296) this is a decent price for a 3 person tent. We consider this Ranger as a fantastic start-up option for those looking to travel without the hassle of purchasing components and accessories for each item separately.

The Tuff Stuff doesn’t have the similar premium and polished feeling that you can get from Thule Tepui’s softshells. Neither do they offer the same selection of customization options. At the end of the day, you’ll will pay for what you get Tepui’s sole priority is tents for rooftops and has an advantage in terms of quality. However, Tuff Stuff is no slouch in their overlanding offerings, which include trailers, winches and truck bed racks are fantastic value. The Ranger 3 strikes a nice balance between functionality and price that earns it the spot on our list of. Tuff Stuff also offers a range of softshell, clamshell and fold-out hardshells starting with the Delta, which can accommodate two people ($1,499) up to the Alpha, which can seat four people.