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Rooftop Tents Taking Off? More Models Introduced Into Cartop Market

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The Lodgepole is one of three new car-top tents from Treeline Outdoors

We’ve recently reported on car-top tents from Poler and Treeline Outdoors.

Now offering three new models, Treeline built a full line that gives consumers variety in the car-top market.

The Tamarac Constellation

We’ve yet to test one of these high-riding shelters, but we are intrigued. For those who don’t want to sleep on the ground, roof-top camping offers a compromise between large, expensive RVs and traditional tents.

The latest entries into the category, the Lodgepole ($1,699), Tamarack ($2,099), and the Tamarack Constellation ($2,399) are “curved roof-top tents” that the Canadian company claims are lighter and have better aerodynamics and water shedding abilities than previous models.

Tamarac Constellation

“We have spent time redesigning our roof-top tents to be the most durable, efficient and enjoyable on the market. Built with specific roof-top functionality in mind, they don’t necessarily follow the lead of today’s high-tech ground tents,” says Chad Kendrick of Treeline Outdoors.

“We utilize a blend of old and new materials to make an all-season, hardy tent fabric with CU (waterproofing), flame retardant, UV resistant and mold/mildew resistant coatings that will withstand both the elements and the test of time.”

The Lodgepole, Tamarack and Tamarack Constellation all have oversize awning windows that campers can roll up. The tents are equipped with removable storage bags, a rainfly, and a built-in foam mattress that stays inside the tent during travel.

Folded and ready to travel

The Tamarack models are built with a 23mm aluminum honeycomb base. The Tamarack Constellation model — the most expensive of the line — includes two PVC skylights.

All Treeline tents need 37 inches of bar carriage for mounting. The company claims they will fit on nearly any car, but I’d contact the brand to be sure before ordering.

While the price of these tents is still way beyond that of a simple ground tent, the proliferation of designs gives some choice for those looking at the new camping alternative. —Sean McCoy

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