It seems as though everyone is out and about this summer. With hot and dry weather, anyone who can get away to the mountains or the beach is heading out of town. That makes accommodations hard to find, and an RV is an expensive solution.
With that in mind, we tested the Roofnest Condor with our recent loan of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and found this roof-mounted tent to be a great portable option. Especially when camping on rough or wet ground, the Roofnest gives you a clean, dry option.
The tent design is simple and ingenious. The Roofnest has a hard plastic shell that automatically extends up when released. The access ladder pulls down and extends to the ground with plenty of adjustability for different vehicles. Then it's just a matter of putting some springy braces in place to hold up the window shades and rain fly. These braces can be a little difficult to get installed, but once you get the hang of it, they're not bad.
The surprising thing about the Roofnest is how spacious and comfortable it is. There's a firm mattress that stays inside, and there's plenty of width to sleep a couple or small family. Once inside, you can unzip the roof for starry views through the mosquito screen.
Takedown is similarly easy. The spring braces for the rain fly and windows go into their own bag and the ladder collapses and loads right into the tent. Just gather in the cloth and close the lid. You can break camp in less than 10 minutes. Once secured, the hardshell lid is as aerodynamic as possible, and doesn't seem to affect the driving experience. When you get home, the Roofnest can be removed and stored in the garage.
If you're looking to get away this summer, a roof-mounted tent could be just the solution you've been looking for. You can order a tent at https://roofnest.com.
2021 Roofnest Condor
Base price: $3,195
Price as tested: $3,195
Type: Hardshell rooftop tent
Sleeps: Two adults, 1 child
Size: Up to 93 inches long, 74 inches wide
Height: 50 inches
Weight: 135 pounds
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