In the past, hardshell roof tents have had a reputation for being difficult to set up and operate. This new design from CVT changes that, with a draw style latch that’s easy to open and close with one hand. It also has a low profile when closed to reduce drag and fuel consumption. Inside, it’s roomy enough for two people and has lots of gear storage pockets and a plush 3-inch mattress.
Like most other hardshell models, it’s a little heavier than soft-shell ones, but it still weighs less than some full-size ground tents. The clamshell design also provides more weather protection than other roof top tents. Outside, channels on the frame allow for additional cross bars or racks to carry gear and equipment, while the included awning can be used as an extension of the tent.
Despite its size, this tent can be set up by one person in about 20 minutes. It also comes with some nice accessories, including boot bags and pillows, along with a 40” velcro light strip that can be hooked up to auxiliary lighting or your truck’s headlights for extra illumination.
When it comes to mounting, CVT tents can be affixed directly to the roof of your vehicle or over a bed or trailer (depending on the model). They’re available online, at the company’s Bend Oregon or Chattanooga, Tennessee stores, and at select offroad and overlanding events where they’re represented. Depending on the model you choose, it can be mounted to vehicles with either a manual or automatic transmission.