Yakima SkyRise HD 2 ($1,899)

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

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28 sq. ft.

42 in.

Great headroom, rooftop window, and tool-free installation.

Pricier than the Kukenam with less interior space.

Yakima is most well-known for their wide selection of premium roof racks and car accessories. Their SkyRise HD harnesses that manufacturing know-how into a perfectly executed roof tent design. The SkyRise is able to comfortably sleep two people (or raise it to medium size for three) and has greater headroom than other softshells that have a high ceiling and a steep sidewall. Other benefits include strong and PU-coated fabric (including 600D body, and a the 210D fly) D-rings, guylines and D-rings to connect gear or secure the tent during a storm and a clear vinyl “skylight” inside the fly that is a great feature to let in light when the weather turns.

The SkyRise HD is a direct shot at our best softshell pick which is the Tepui Kukenam. When compared to the three-person models the Kukenam is only $400 more expensive at just $2,000 (the SkyRise HD 3 is $2,399) and comes with a four-inch higher top-of-the-line height of 52 inches. However the Yakima weighs 16 pounds less and we prefer the wider windows and doors, which allow the interior to be opened in a significant way. For use in the summer, Yakima also makes the standard SkyRise (no “HD”) with thinner materials and retails at just $1,899 for the 3-person model (medium). The best part is that every version of SkyRise come with a tool-free installation. SkyRise are installed without tools which makes the mounting process quick and easy.