The 8 Best Roof Racks For Your Jeep – Off Road Tents

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Jeep owners, this blog is just for you! What to expect from this post? We’re going to discuss the best Jeeps to go off-road then share the best roof racks for those overlanding Jeeps. We’ll talk about the features that will make you love these rook racks and our recommendations; so, let’s get started. 

A Jeep is a Jeep... right? Nope! There are different types of Jeeps and we’re here to point you in the direction of the best options for your off road adventures.  When it comes to overlanding, there aren’t many SUV options better for off road conditions than a Jeep. We’ll start with the most popular option, the Jeep Wrangler who tops the list of best overlanding Jeeps, along with the Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Cherokee.

 

 

Different Types of Overlanding Jeeps

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Dubbed the king of off road vehicles, the Jeep Wrangler is simply a fantastic choice. The Wrangler is American-made with a signature and stylish design; loved by off-roaders of all ages. Driving in every season, over just about any terrain is a breeze with the Wrangler, thanks to its lightweight body, tire placement and four-wheel-drive capabilities. The Wranglers are also super reliable, durable and long lasting, making maintenance costs quite affordable. This Jeep is available in different models including the Wrangler JL and JK, with both 4-door and 2-door options. 

You get the best of both worlds with the Jeep Gladiator. Enjoy everything you love about driving an SUV with all the capabilities of a pick-up truck. The Gladiator comes standard with four-wheel drive making it great for overlanding compared to other trucks. It’s also a beast when it comes to towing; up to 7,400lbs towing capacity and the truck bed gives you some much needed extra storage space. Of course, it’s comfortable, handles nicely and is another durable option from Jeep.

The Jeep Cherokee is also a good choice for off road for persons who are more focused on comfort and want a softer, more luxurious design. The Cherokee won’t have you climbing over every rock in sight, but has good handling and takes down a lot of the tough terrains you’ll encounter during your trip. It is also very durable and earned a consumer reliability rating of 80/100.

 

Best Roof Racks for Overlanding Jeeps

With the best Jeep for off-road you’re no doubt going to need lots of storage. That’s where a roof rack comes in. While there are lots of great roof rack options for each Jeep model, even the ones not mentioned here, we’re going to focus on the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator for now. Throughout this section you are going to keep seeing words like durable, high-quality and long-lasting; because these features are a must for overlanding Jeep roof racks. Don’t worry though, we’ll also go over other features, unique to each particular rack so you know what sets them apart.

 

Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack For Jeep Gladiator JT

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The Jeep Gladiator has a shorter truck bed than a standard truck would, so a roof rack is always a good accessory for that extra storage. Front Runner Outfitters manufactures amazing Jeep roof rack systems and their Slimline II Roof Rack Kit is about as good as it gets for your Gladiator JT Pick-Up Truck.   

This kit was built and tested in the extreme terrains of South Africa, specifically for the 2019 to current models of the Gladiator JT. The platform roof rack is top of the line in quality and durability with a 660lbs load rating. With such a strong rack, you are free to pack up as much gear as you need or even use your rack to set up a roof top tent. Since your Jeep is versatile, this kit also allows you to easily install the rack on either the hardtop roof or without a roof altogether.  

Best Features:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Built with corrosion-resistant, lightweight, high density aluminum
  • T-slot mounting system
  • Low profile design
  • Customizable slat placement
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

We love this Jeep roof rack for its versatility and strength. Plus, there are over 50 mounting accessories which really makes this a dream when it comes to customization.

Click HERE to view the Front Runner Slimline II Roof Rack For Jeep Gladiator JT.

 

Leitner Active Cargo System Rack for Jeep Gladiator 

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Leitner Designs ACS FORGED was introduced in 2019 and has already proven to be a brand worth trusting for your off-road accessories. The company is based in the USA; Corona, California to be precise and offers a nice range of products including the Active Cargo System Rack for your Jeep Gladiator Truck with trail rail system.

The Active Cargo System Rack was already leading the way when it comes to quality and durability for a bed rack, then Leitner took it up a notch with their Forged Version. This Jeep Gladiator bed rack is versatile to say the least, allowing you to customize to suit your needs. It has a sliding load bar which allows you to pack large items, such as motorcycles and bikes. Plus, custom black steel fasteners to keep everything safely secured.

Best Features:

  • High quality
  • Aluminum alloy construction
  • 400lbs off road weight capacity
  • Heavy Duty 2.0” square load bars
  • Lightweight; only 85lbs
  • Endless customization options
  • Manufactured in USA

For such as lightweight accessory the Active Cargo System Rack’s customization options are pretty impressive. The rack is also compatible with other Leitner cargo accessories and Decked storage system for even more storage possibilities. 

Click HERE to view the Leitner Designs Active Cargo System Rack for Jeep Gladiator.

 

 RCI 12” Adjustable Bed Rack for Jeep Gladiator

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Another great choice for your Gladiator is the RCI 12" Adjustable Bed Rack. Based in Loveland Colorado, RCI Offroad manufactures quality off road accessories including skid plates, bed racks, rock sliders and more. The company engineers and tests all of their products right from their based and produces high quality accessories, made to withstand the toughest terrains. 

The 12” adjustable bed rack fits nicely unto your Jeep truck bed and with a weight capacity of 750lbs, you’ll be loading just about everything on this rack including lights, spare tire, cargo bags and roof top tents. Installation takes about 45mins and is super easy with all the standard mounting tools. The design of this bed rack also leaves loads of space in your actual truck bed so it doesn’t reduce any of your existing space.

Best Features:

  • Top quality American craftsmanship
  • Heavy duty design to support large items
  • Weight capacity of over 750lbs
  • Bolts to inside of bed rails or can alternatively be mounted with optional “drill-free” clamps
  • Maintains very good visibility through the back window
  • Super durable black textured powder coat finish with an epoxy primer

Strength is definitely the feature that draws us to this Gladiator bed rack. The confidence it allows you to have while off road with your larger and heavier gear is undefeated. 

Click HERE to view the RCI 12” Adjustable Bed Rack for Jeep Gladiator.

 

Front Runner Slimline II Extreme Roof Rack Kit For Jeep Wrangler JL

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Front Runner has a Slimline II for your Jeep Wrangler JL too. Just as impressive as the model for the Gladiator but this version is the Extreme Roof Rack Kit specifically for the four-door Jeep Wrangler JL.

This Jeep roof rack is the perfect combination of strength and quality for your overlanding adventures. The rack comes with the 1425mm X 2368mm Slimeline II tray, the Jeep JL Extreme Food Rails, Inner Brackets, and the Front Bar RR Mount. It’s low profile design sits sleeking on the roof of your Wrangler and while keeping all the pressure from your cargo on the rack itself rather than your hardtop roof. The kit is made of high quality material, making it one of the best on the market for 2017 to current Wrangler JL models.

Best Features:

  • High-density steel with black epoxy powder-coating for protection
  • Lightweight; only 79lbs
  • T-slot mounting system
  • Low profile design
  • Compatible with or without Wrangler's Freedom Panels
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty 

We have no doubt you’ll fall in love with this Wrangler roof rack for your four-door. For our two-door lovers, Front Runner also has a great Extreme Roof Rack Kit for all the Wrangler JL 2-Door.

Click HERE to view the Slimline II Extreme Roof Rack Kit For Jeep Wrangler JL.

  

Front Runner Extreme Roof Rack Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK

By now you’ll notice Front Runner popping up a few times on this and the reality is, when it comes to a top quality Jeep roof rack system it’s tough to beat their Extreme Roof Rack Kits. For Jeep Wrangler JK owners with models from 2007-2018, this kit is the best one for you.

This platform roof rack kit improves your off-road experience tenfold. The quality is basically indestructible and when you’re off road, what’s better than an indestructible rack? Again, the quality is top-notch and it lasts and lasts. Easily remove your Freedom panels and use this rack with or without your roof with no worries. It’s weather resistant and made to cargo all the heavy cargo you’ll need.

Best Features:

  • High quality, high strength
  • High weight capacity
  • Constructed with Black epoxy powder-coated T6 aluminum and 3CR12 Stainless Steel
  • Low profile, sleek design
  • Customizable; compatible with over 50 mounting accessories
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Of course, there is an Extreme roof rack system for all the Wrangler JK 2-Door drivers with the same great quality you’d expect from Front Runner.

Click HERE to view the Extreme Roof Rack Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK.

 

Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack Kit for Wrangler JL

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Eezi-Awn is considered by many as the manufacturers of the best expedition style roof racks on the market today; some would say revolutionary even. The accessories are engineered and tested in the extreme off road conditions in South Africa, making them experts on your overlanding needs.

The K9 Roof Rack Kit is super thin; only 1-3/8" thick and light yet extremely durable. The rack’s design lays right above your roof, causing little obstruction when traveling under obstacles. It also works well with other mounting gear, giving you endless customization options including your existing Thule or Yakima sports bar mounts for bikes, kayaks and more. No other roof rack can boast this capability.

Best Features:

  • Fully Welded 1-3/8"H Low-Profile Platform
  • Light Weight All Aluminum Construction
  • All Components Are Anodized and Powder Coated Matte Black
  • 5-1/8" Wide M8 T-Slot Slats, Running Front to Back
  • Semi-Elliptical Bottom Cross Braces to Reduce Wind Noise
  • M6 T-Slot Around Top Perimeter with Rounded Top Edge

The K9 comes in various sizes to suit your four-door or two-door Wrangler JL, so remember to measure for the right size.

Click HERE to view the Eezi-Awn K9 Roof Rack Kit for Wrangler JL.

 

GOBI Sky One Touch Stealth Roof Rack for Wrangler JL

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We close off this list with the GOBI Sky One Touch Stealth Roof Rack, a design in a league of its own. Gobi has a passion for making high quality racks which surpasses your expectations. Based in Colorado, they use the best materials to create the toughest utility racks while maintaining a desirable style.

The Sky One Touch Stealth Roof Rack certainly lived up Gobi’s goals and is now a great choice for your Wrangler JL, from the 2018 model to present. This Jeep roof rack is the only one on this list that features a rear ladder and LED lightbar set up; making it perfect for any type of off road adventure including camping, water sports and off road exploring.

Best Features:

  • Two Removable Inserts (x1 Slim Insert + x1 Wide Insert)
  • Black powder coated with anti-rust undercoat
  • Safe driving load capacity of 300lbs
  • Static load capacity of 800lbs
  • Includes bolt-on GOBI Rear Ladder
  • No vehicle drilling – bolts into the existing vehicle’s mounting points

If you love a design with maximum functionality and a unique design, we say go with Gobi. You can definitely do more and store more with this roof rack kit and enjoy its benefits for a long time.

Click HERE to view the GOBI Sky One Touch Stealth Roof Rack for the Wrangler JL.

  

 

Let’s Wrap It Up

Jeep lovers, we hope this was a useful read for you. We’ve shared some really good roof rack options for you to choose from to enhance your off road experience; from the hardcore Slimeline II models to some pretty impressive bed racks by Leitner Designs and RCI.

Remember to your style of Jeep and choose the roof rack which will be best for you. Is a nice low profile design what’s important to you or is it weight capacity over everything? Keep in mind what you expect to pack with you and the trails you want to travel and these will go a long way in narrowing down your choices.

If you didn’t see your specific Jeep on this list but are still interested in finding the best Jeep rack system for you, rest assured there are still a wide variety of roof racks for other models too. If you want to know more about these or other storage options, you can contact us on any of the options below:

Email us at: info@offroadtents.com

Call us at: 844-200-3979

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1 comment

  • Posted on by Sean Miller

    I couldn’t agree more about your assessment of the Gobi brand, and their Stealth rack for the Jeep JL. After careful research, I purchased their Stealth rack for my 2017 Jeep JK. In my opinion, they are the best rack on the market.

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