4 Best Clamshell Roof Top Tent

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Looking for a clamshell roof top tent for your next overlanding trip? Then you have come to the right place.

Clamshell roof top tent are a luxury version of the traditional ones. They take less than 15-30 seconds to set up and are super comfortable to sleep in.

In the following sections, we will review 4 of the best clamshell roof top tent currently on the market and answer a few common questions you might have about them. Without further due, Let’s jump right into it.

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Best Clamshell Roof Top Tent--Freespirit Aspen

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The Aspen clamshell roof top tent by Freespirit Recreation oozes luxury from every angle. It combines all of the best qualities of a solid clamshell tent with premium interiors to provide an excellent overall rooftop tent experience.

The body fabric of the Freespirit Aspen clamshell tent is made with a special three-layer fabric that will keep you comfortable no matter what weather you are camping in. It sort of functions as a heater in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer.

On the other hand, the body frame is made using aluminum honeycomb to guarantee that the tent is both sturdy and lightweight. You also have the option to install crossbars on the roof if you wish to carry more items on your trip.

The Aspen clamshell rooftop tent is available in two and three-person models. Both sizes include a 1.25-inch thick high-density foam mattress and a 1.5-inch-thick EPE floor. You may need to add more bedding or a sleeping pad on top of the mattress to make it more comfortable.

The front and side windows are pretty big and contain a mesh screen. The overhead space features a USB Type-A LED light strip that will provide all the light you need at night. In addition, the inner roof has storage compartments where you may put all your essentials.

Traditional tents can be time-consuming to set up, especially after a long day of driving or hiking. clamshell rooftop tents simplify the process, allowing you to quickly unfold and secure your sleeping space. No more struggling with tent poles and stakes.

The setup and takedown process of Freespirit Aspen is as easy as ABC — takes no more than 15-30 seconds. You can mount it on any vehicle with a roof rack or crossbar system (All the required hardware for mounting is provided with the purchase).

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Low-Profile Clamshell Roof Top Tent--BadAss Rugged

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The BadAss Rugged is the thinnest clamshell rooftop tent currently on the market. It’s also the lightest option on the list. From rainfly to the roof, BadAss Rugged has a variety of customization choices to meet your specific requirements.

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BadAss Rugged is designed and manufactured in the United States and boasts an industry-leading 420D nylon oxford waterproof body fabric tested to be durable in all weather. It does not come with a rainfly awning out of the box, but you can buy one for an extra $100.

The frame of the BA Rugged clamshell tent weighs around 113 lbs and is constructed of ultra-slim extruded aluminum that supports up to 500lbs. Plus, It is very low profile with a height of 4.85″ when closed — This makes sure there is no wind noise or drops in your MPG (Miles per Gallon).

BA Rugged Clamshell tent has enough room for two people to sleep comfortably. It does not come with a mattress, but it does feature a thermal regulating 1″ sleeping pad to keep you warm and comfortable on chilly winter evenings.

All three windows of the tent include durable, micro-weave black mesh screens to keep bugs out and allow 270-degree views of your surroundings or seal up when you need privacy.

The frame’s gas shock strut arms enable rapid setup and takedown. Mounting it on your vehicle is also simple, and it is designed to fit most cars with a roof rack or crossbars capable of supporting 150+ pounds while moving.

Clamshell Roof Top Tent FAQ

Can I put a clamshell roof top tent on my car?

It depends on your vehicle’s roof weight capacity. While most off-road vehicles have a high roof weight capacity — it is still best check once before mounting the roof top tent to avoid damages.

How long do they take to setup and takedown?

Typically, You can set up and takedown a clamshell roof top tent in under 15-30 seconds.

Can I use them in bad weather conditions?

Yes! All the above tents are designed to keep you safe even in extreme weather conditions.

Do these tents come with a warranty?

Yes! They come with a limited manufacturer warranty. It varies from brand to brand.

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