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Roof-top tent greets changing seasons with changing fabric

by • August 11, 2016 • No Comments

Tepui is on a undertaking to get folks up off the ground and sleeping on top of their cars and trucks. Since its founding in 2010, the company has been occupied growing not only its own lineup but the footprint of the roof-top tent market. Its latest product line should only assist. The light, versatile Baja Series provides three interchangeable fabric options, giving campers year-round comfort.

  • Inside the Tepui Baja
  • The Tepui Baja with warm-weather mesh fabric
  • The fabric unzips and slips off the inner frame, allowing you to swap it out for ...
  • Baja camping at the beach

The initially time I came across a roof-top tent a few years ago, I idea, “What is that awe-inspiring, new contraption and where in the world do I get one?” Upon looking into it, I came to the realization that roof-top tents had been around for ages, at very least since the thirties
, only not so much in the general tent market I was utilized to shopping and covering at events like Outdoor Retailer. They are utilized in other outdoor enclaves, like overland and 4×4, where they’re of as common as big, grippy tires.

Tepui has been attempting to bridge that awareness and market gap, pushing roof-top tents to the sizeable, passionate community of hikers, mountain bikers, paddlers, auto-touring nomads, and car campers who have always idea real tent camping may only be done on the ground in a shock-cord-poled dome. Not only has it been attending Outdoor Retailer for the past couple years, but this past spring it was successful in getting its tents into leading gear retailers like REI, Backcountry and Cabela’s.

And it is actually not alone. Other roof-top tent companies, like James Baroud and Freespirit Recreation, displayed their wares at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer, and vehicle roof rack staple Yakima added a roof tent of its own.

A few weeks ago, Tepui created yet another overture to the mainstream outdoorsy crowd, Kickstarting the White Lightning, a tent created to accommodate the likes of bikers and skiers with a shell created to transport gear on the roof. One of the showcases it added on that version was interchangeable tent fabric, that allows for the tent to alter of breezy summer screen room to warm, reflective winter cabin. So the tent is great for all things of hopping between ski resorts and chasing powder to touring national parks and chasing waves.

Clamshell tents have both pros and cons, yet, and one of the cons is that, short of a clever expansion process like the one on the Hardtop One, they contribute limited floor space.

For campers that want the versatility of interchangeable fabric in sizeabler fold-out roof tent form, Tepui has added the Baja Series hot on the heels of the White Lightning. The new series showcases a new attachment process for securing the three on the market tent fabrics. In place of the hook-n-loops (Velcro) on the White Lightning prototype, the Baja uses what Tepui’s dubbed Zipper Gimp … a goofy name for what looks like a great ol’, basic zipper around the base of the tent.

After unzipping it, you only pull the fabric off the frame and replace it with one of the others. The three fabrics are a shaded mesh canopy with adjusted rainfly for hot, humid weather, a nylon ripstop for moderate spring/fall weather, and a heavy, reflective canopy for winter.

Tepui in addition says that the Baja Series tents are its lightest to date. The pictured tent appears to have a more compact footprint when closed than other roof-top tents, leaving of a quarter of that 4Runner roof open for carrying other gear, but the size are the same as Tepui’s current versions, so that is definitely all of the extended width of the rack at a lower place.

Tepui added the Baja Series at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market last week and appears to feel great of the feedback it got. It can contribute the tents in two-, three- and four-person sizes. We have reached out to request pricing and availability information, and can update if/when we hear back.

Source: Tepui


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