We’ve been fortunate to have spent more than a handful of nights under the stars atop an off road vehicle. Roof-top tents, or RTT as most commonly referred to on the internet, have quickly become the tent of choice for Overland travelers and those seeking an escape from sleeping in the dirt. They work with most roof-rack systems, are easy to deploy, can be removed and stored in your garage and as we mentioned, keep you off the ground away from dirt and critters.
Our Canadian friends, Treeline Outdoors, have just launched three all-new RTT’s for 2014. Using their combined years of experience traveling throughout the Great White North, they designed their tents with a new curved design that reduces weight, improves water shedding and increases aerodynamics. What really caught our attention is the new Tamarack Constellation RTT.
Available in Grey/Orange or Green, the Tamarack Constellation features dual frost proof PVC skylights and a unique 23mm honeycomb base. Unlike other RTT’s on the market, the rainfly also has skylights built in so even when the weather turns sour, you can still take in the views from above. Great for midnight star gazing and morning sunrises. The tent is made of a water resistant 280g poly-cotton material, that is both flame retardant, and coated to resist mold, mildew and UV rays. The rainfly uses a 420 denier waterproof diamond ripstop polyester that shares the same flame, UV, mold and mildew resistant coating.
The 23mm honeycomb base is something unlike anything we’ve seen in other RTTs. Treeline Outdoors tells us its the lightest and strongest on the market. Other features of the Tamarack Constellation include:
- 3 extra large awning windows
- Quick release hand screws for easy install and removal
- Dual skylights (including fly)
- 2-inch high density foam mattress (included in all models)
- Washable cotton mattress cover
- Removable shoe/utility storage bags
- Fully zippered windows
- Unisex emergency urinal
- Low profile, aerodynamic design
- Fits any vehicle with a roof rack wider than 37 inches
The Tamarack model is much like its big brother the Constellation, save those great dual skylights. Its the same size, uses the same materials and travels just as well. You will save a few hundred dollars on this model if enjoying the stars just isn’t your thing.
Moving to the third model and least expensive is The Lodgepole. The honeycomb base is replaced with a 0.4mm aluminum and polyurethane base. It shares the same great features of the Tamarack model, is available in both green and grey/orange, and looks great on your JK, Outback or FJ Cruiser.
“Our roof-top tents began with a bear. An unexpected visit from a large grizzly bear. Since then, we’ve established Treeline Outdoors hoping to inspire people to explore their backyard, the wilderness and appreciate the natural world around us. We strive to deliver products and service to our customers that are above and beyond what they expect from us. In the process, we hope to give back as much as we can to be true to the nature of our business, which is, of course, nature.” – Chad Kendrick of Treeline Outdoors.
All three models are available right now on the Treeline Outdoors website. Head on over and take a look. We’re pretty sure if you’re in the market for a RTT, that Tamarack Constellation should be on your list.