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We get it. Winter camping may not be everyone’s gig. But with the rising popularity—and quality—of car rooftop tents, more and more skiers are curious about the offerings. Are they warm enough for mountain weather? Will they fit on most cars? Yes and yes. Here are some of the best rooftop tents for winter.
The roomy Skycamp’s floor folds out into a comfy king-size mattress, so you won’t skimp on getting your Z’s. Thanks to a universal mounting system, the lightweight tent will fi t most vehicles and cross bars. The double-layered hard shell provides extra insulation, so it’s ideal for cold weather—it’s also wind and condensation resistant. Bonus: Fall asleep under the stars with the Skyview window. [From $3,599, ikamper.com]
Need a down-filled sleeping bag? We like the Big Agnes Anvil Horn, available on Amazon.
CVT Mt. Rainier Extended Stargazer Summit
Sleeping three or four, the heavy-duty tent boasts a thick canvas that’s waterproof, breathable, and mold resistant, plus a slew of handy extras including a mattress with a waterproof cover, telescoping ladder, LED light bar, two shoe/storage bags, two USB ports, and a removable PVC floor. From $3,095, cascadiatents.com]
Bring a camping blanket for chilly evenings: Horizon Hound Down Camping Blanket
Check out our favorite camp stove, Coleman’s Fold N Go + Propane Grill, on Amazon.
TEPUI Baja Series Aluminized Kukenam 4
The Aluminized Kukenam 4 tent was reinvented to thrive in all conditions thanks to an interchangeable canopy. A spacious A-frame design allows for plenty of headroom above the high-density foam mattress, and fits up to four people comfortably. [From $1,700, tepui.com]
Read more: Winter Camping Must-Haves
ALU-CAB GEN3 Expedition Tent
This two-person tent is one of the best hard-shell options on the market. Its aluminum construction makes it waterproof and UV-resistant, and promises warm nights thanks to an insulated ceiling and floor. Bonus: It’s super-easy to set up and take down. [From $4,000, alu.cab]
See in the dark with Power Practical’s Luminoodle Light Rope and Lantern, available on Amazon.