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I always love outdoor adventures, especially if I can share them with my family. Spending holidays and weekends outside the house to disconnect from the city and reconnect ourselves to nature are always our favorites. We own a Subaru Crosstrek and we decided to look for a rooftop tent last 2019. For the record, our rig was already equipped with a Front Runner Slimline II roof rack before we purchased an RTT.
We often spend our holidays and weekends at Roosevelt National Forest, Cold Springs campground, and Rocky Mountain National Park. These parks in Colorado, where you can park your Subaru with your rooftop tent, will take your breath away especially during the night staring at the sky full of stars. What a sight to behold!
Whether you believe it or not, we researched for almost 1 week the best rooftop tents suited for our Subaru and did the process of elimination since investing in such a thing should not be taken lightly, right? After all, we don’t want to waste money on an item that will not last for years. We cannot afford that. We need to consider the durability of the item, the right brand, and the price.
With the guidance of this article, I will help you decide what roof top tents you should consider for your Subaru; and I can guarantee that after you purchase one of my recommendations, you will come back here and thank me for doing so.
If you haven’t purchased a roof rack for your Subaru yet, you can read this great informative and educational blog post and it will help you to choose which rack suits your preference. READ HERE.
The car top tents that I’m going to recommend you will work on your Subaru regardless if you have an Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent or Forester. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it.
Brand Profile: Ikamper owns their own factory, and manufacture all their products at their facility in South Korea. After the success of Skycamp 1.0 worldwide, they raised their bar higher and revolutionized the roof-top tent market in the past 3 years.
I don’t want to be biased but I fell in love with this tent and this is my favorite for our Subaru Forester. I just love the style and color of this hard shell roof top tent ‘cause it perfectly blends with nature especially when you’re in the middle of the woods. This newly improved Skycamp 2.0 is lighter than its predecessor and ideal for three adults or even a family of four!
This family roof top tent is perfect for all seasons and can endure heavy rains when camping. The style of the canopy covering the windows is pretty impressive. You can roll them on whenever you like or you can use spring rods for an additional dose of light. It’s pretty convenient and you can set up the roof-top tent in just 60 seconds. Amazing!
82.6 x 85.8 x 43.3"
54.3 x 85.8 x 12.5"
What I’d loved the most about this tent is the interior design. It makes you feel comfortable and satisfied every rest time. It comes with a thicker mattress with 1.8” high-density memory foam and a worldwide graphic. What a stunning view!
And don’t skip this! The shell is layered with extremely strong and durable FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) with 1” air insulation that keeps you safer and warmer during heavy rains. In addition, you can roll the first layer whenever you like especially when the sun is fully up. All the brackets and locks are made out of strong stainless steel and are easier to install. The ladder is also redesigned for a safer and more comfortable experience.
You might think it is quite a bit pricey, but I assure you it’s worth every penny!
Would you like to have a better view of the tent? CLICK HERE.
Brand Profile: Founded in 2004, Freespirit Recreation or widely known as Go FSR is based in Oregon, USA. Their goal is to reinvent the roof-top tent from the ground and create industry-leading designs that elevate your adventure.
FSR is well known as a game-changer in the roof-top tent market. They always have surprises with their different edition series and their new one is the High Country. I am very optimistic and confident that all of their rooftop tents will surely work on your Subaru. But I want to focus my recommendation on the High Country 55” Edition.
This edition blew me away! It has UPF 50+ protection which allows you to stay inside the tent when you want to take a quick nap even when the sun is fully up. Can you believe that? And being 100% waterproof PVC, it keeps you dry and warm when it’s raining.
Perfect for all seasons, the interior of this family rooftop tent is also pretty impressive. It features a large living area, built-in pockets, and plenty of places to hang your gear; and you can enjoy the panoramic view from your tent with the help of a built-in awning.
This RTT is very handy and perfect for newlyweds or a couple who already have a baby or a kid since it has a capacity of 3 persons. The wide side windows and the door rolls from the top down will give you an excellent airflow system to make you feel comfortable.
FSR High Country 55”
104″W X 60″L X 49″H
52″W X 60″LX 12″H
Includes: 2 hanging shoe and storage pockets that roll up and store with ease
This roof tent has a ladder that extends to 7 ½’ which is removable and can be used on both sides of the tent for easy access; and a 3” high-density memory foam mattress that will protect you from body pain and has a removable, washable cover.
Would you like to see more features of the tent? CLICK HERE.
Brand Profile: Ikamper’s headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington while their products are made with excellence at their factory in South Korea.
Can we normalize camping as one of the honeymoon plans? I guess, nothing can beat celebrating love with nature with your special someone after the wedding. It must be a sight!
Well, this hardshell tent is good for two persons. This is perfect for a newlywed couple too who wants to make a difference of their honeymoon. Instead of planning a trip abroad and spend an enormous amount of money, with the rooftop tent, a place to dwell, and your Subaru regardless of you have an Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, or Forester you're good to go and you can save more. Now, that’s a good and practical plan, isn’t it?
Let me tell you few things about why this roof-top tent is perfect for all seasons and occasions. The hard shell is made of fiber-reinforced plastic and has a double layer with built-in air insulation, making it soundproof and condensation resistant. It has a thick and soft mattress to make the couple comfortable and a beautiful world graphic that can be used for planning for the next trip.
Maybe you have a question at the back of your mind if the tent can endure when it's raining? The answer is, absolutely YES. This tent comes with waterproof zippers and rain fly for extra protection and also the stainless steel closing straps have locks to give you peace of mind and better security especially during the night.
50.4" x 80.7" x 45.3”
54.3" (W) x 57.1" (L) x 12.5” (H)
Because of its quality features and dependability, it won the Red Dot Award for 2020!
Wait, there’s more. The ladder on this tent is redesigned to make sure that the steps are parallel to the ground making them safer to climb. You also have an option to turn the windows into canopies or roll them whenever you like.
Let’s not forget the fact that the Skycamp Mini is suitable for smaller vehicles or SUVs such as the Subaru Crosstrek or the Subaru Ascent, since it’s lighter and compact. Its flexibility is really out of question.
Quality and comfort truly make its price tag worth it.
Lastly, I just wanna say that this hard shell roof top tent is superb. The fact that it works also for smaller Subaru or other vehicles is ideal.
Friends, couples, families or even with pets, I am certain that you can use and enjoy this roof-top tent to the fullest!
Ready to purchase but want to read more? CLICK HERE.
Brand Profile: Thule Group AB is a Swedish company that owns a collection of brands related to outdoor and transportation products. These include cargo carriers for automobiles and other outdoor and storage products. A couple of years ago they acquired the famous rooftop tent manufacturer: Tepui Tents.
We’re down to the last but not the least item of my recommendations. This Low-Pro roof tent is the most affordable one on my list. The tent is one of the leading softshell tents in the market. With an aerodynamic look, it works perfectly fine with any roof racks you have at the moment on your Subaru Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, or Forester.
The Thule Tepui tent has a capacity of 3 people and weighs only 120 lbs. and it is ideal for 4-season outdoor activities. The same with the rest of the tents above, it has a rainfly fabric that can be easily rolled anytime. It is only 7 inches thick when fully closed making it more convenient to use.
What I’d like the most of this softshell tent is the fact that it’s constructed using cellulized thermoplastic materials that are more durable yet 100% recyclable. It’s not just user-friendly but nature-friendly, too. The mosquito screens are additional features that make the tent uniquely special.
Low-Pro 3 Roof Top Tent
56 in x 95 in x 49 in (WxLxH)
56 in x 48 in x 9.25 in (WxLxH)
Given the fact that this tent is labeled as the lowest profiled car top tent in the market, it’s a beast when it comes to the design. It has a new look now and a sleek, curved canopy top that provides all the benefits of the spacious A-frame design. This tent is special since all materials are lightweight, reducing the noise while driving and wind resistance.
Would you like to get more details of the tent? CLICK HERE.
Brand Profile: Guana Equipment is a Costarican roof top tent and overlanding accessory company that has been selling and operating in USA for over 4 years.
Their roof top tents are considered camping "setups", as they offer much more than just a tent, they are literally almost a house! The Wanaka 55" features one of the biggest, if not the biggest annex in the industry, with enough space to fit 2 adults, keep a table and a couple of chairs, or use as a spare room. It has three awning doors that allow you to have an ever larger camping footprint/area.
That said, a top notch company, with great products, great after-purchase service, and the ability to come up with small tiny details and features that make a big difference. Not for nothing do they sell in different countries and continents: they are a well respected company and name.
Wanaka 55" RTT
56.3" x 122" x 49.5"(WxLxH)
56.3" x 48" x 12" (WxLxH)
We know the picture above shows the tent on top of a trailer, which is hauled by a Subaru, however, this softshell roof top tent can easily fit over any Subaru: Forester, Ascent, Crosstrek or Outback. The Guana Equipment Wanaka 55" RTT is ideal for your Subaru, given it can easily accomodate 3 people on top of it, and 2 more in the annex if you want.
Built for a 4-season use, it has a bunch of additional accessories that make it worth every cent. For example, it comes with boot bags included, an LED light, anti condensation mat, as well a other small design improvements that turn this into a true camping setup for your family.
Trust me, if you want all the bells and whistles, this is the right tent.
For more information: CLICK HERE.
To sum up everything that has been stated so far, I know there are a lot of rooftop tents out there that can bring a lot of benefits or features to the table. But these four Subaru roof rack tents on my list exceed my standards and expectations. Durability, trusted brands, reasonability for its price, name it all. They have it. However, you might wanna consider browsing our website since we offer a lot of other brands.
Take your time to read and do research on our website what roof-top tent suits your preference or standards.
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I have a 2019 Forester Sport with factory crossbars and rack rails. Did you replace yours for your tent and if so with what?
I have a 2018 Subaru Outback wagon which roof tent top would be best and easiest to set up? To travel with on top of the vehicle no inside storage space a viable
best subaru roof top tent
@Sarah, I’d say the Guana Equipment Wanaka 55" is a great fit for 2 or 3 people on a Subaru Crosstrek: https://offroadtents.com/products/guana-equipment-wanaka-roof-top-tent-with-annex
What would be the best tent
Roof for crosstrek and how much please ?
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