What do you need for overlanding? Technically, not very much. You could throw a tent, some water, and a tub of peanut butter in your 4×4 and hit the trail. It might be a miserable experience, but it’s worked well for a hundred years.
However, a trendy overlanding accessory has exploded in popularity over the last few years in the form of rooftop tents. The concept is pretty much self-explanatory: Instead of sleeping in a traditional portable tent, the tent is mounted to the vehicle and weary travelers get to sleep off the hard, cold ground. Could a rooftop tent be the next addition to your overland vehicle?
Many companies are all-in on the concept of rooftop tents, and Roofnest is one. The company, founded in 2016, has just released its newest fold-out rooftop tent called the Roofnest Condor Overland. Roofnest is proud of this tent’s all-aluminum construction and claims a trio of features—compactness, sturdiness, and gear-carrying capability—set it apart. Hence, it’s targeted toward overlanders and outdoor adventurers, which seems to be an obvious top-choice market for rooftop tents.
Roofnest offers three series of rooftop tents: Condor Series (small footprint fold-out); Falcon Series (aerodynamic clamshell); and Sparrow Series (easy-to-use pop-up).
Whereas the Condor and Condor XL have a plastic shell construction, the Condor Overland fold-out has an all-aluminum construction. The top shell and floor are constructed of 1-inch thick honeycomb aluminum and the sides are aircraft grade extruded aluminum. Its aluminum construction allows for accessory channels on the sides. These channels are compatible with M8 bolts for mounting all sorts of overlanding gear, including cargo crossbars that span the top of the closed tent. These crossbars can carry up to 100 pounds when the tent’s closed—perfect for a pair of bikes—and 40 pounds when it’s open (let stuff hang?).
The Condor Overland weighs 165 pounds, which is actually 30 pounds more than the plastic-shelled Condor. It measures 60 inches long, 54 inches wide, 10 inches tall when closed, and has 50 inches of headroom when open. It has a 7.5-foot telescoping ladder that’s self-contained, as is a 2.5-inch foam mattress with a machine washable cover. Once set up, its quite spacious 93-inch interior can easily fit two adults and a kiddo or doggie. Light is provided by a battery-powered LED light strip and a “skylight.” Canvas-covered mesh windows can be kept zipped up or unzipped for more airflow.
As for the price of the Roofnest Condor Overland? The Roofnest website has it priced at $3,595.00. But don’t worry—financing is available and there’s free shipping.
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