Could be so much better ....
Review by John Posted on October 15, 2018We used our SkyRise on a four day trip.
Things we liked (and this is comparing it to a CVT)
* It is light weight.
* It is easy to install and remove from your vehicle or whatever you have it on.
* It can be set up/deployed by ONE person, EASILY.
Things we did NOT...read more like:
* It leaks when it rains, just a little bit, but it does leak. We were in light rain for 60% of the four field days. The leak, at least one of the leaks, appeared to be coming from the sky lights on the fly.
* The ladder can NOT be collapsed with a master release at the bottom. And this style of ladder IS available from China folks. Why oh why? What would it have cost, $30 bucks more? Come 'on. Seriously. Putting up the ladder is a huge PITA.
* There is a known issue of the ladder marking up the floor in transport mode. We mitigated that with some self adhesive rubber strips, but why not just put them on at the factory? Or make a 'Yakima' door/ladder matt (hello marketing?) and include it with the purchase. I can hear the excuses now, "We actually discussed this in a meeting but ..." Come on folks.
* There is not enough head room for folks who are 6 feet tall or taller. My Todd Bibler 'I' mountaineering tent from the mid 80s had more head room at the apex.
* There is no option for a condensation mat. We had to buy one from another supplier. Do yourself a favor when you get back from your first outing with your SkyRise. In fact, BEFORE you cover it up to drive home, take a peak UNDER the bed when it is folded. Do that and you will see water droplets ALL OVER the bottom of the floor and bottom of the mattress cover. Store it like that and you WILL have a mold issue. Yakima should make an anti-condensation matt mandatory with these, especially since BOTH layers of tent material are waterproof. We used two electric fans during the night (an inflow and outflow) to move air through the SkyRise and still experienced EPIC condensation build up UNDER the matt. So that is a major issue with the SkyRise design. On the positive side, with the fans going at night on low there was no condensation build up on the inside of the tent walls or ceiling.
* The black traveling cover LEAKS. We drove in rain on the way there and some on the way back. The tent had some minor evidence of water intrusion from the cover not sealing properly. So I would NOT leave it on your car or trailer when not in use, and if you drive home in the rain, you had better take it apart and dry it out when you get home. This is probably an issue with everything made in China that requires sealing. The mass production and low wages will NEVER get it right. And yes, Americans making American gear can get it right almost all the time. Just as Todd Bibler, Bob Smith, Ken Roberts, Woody Keen, Royal Robbins, or any other small, niche outdoor gear manufacturer who used to make their gear here in the USA.
* Every time you step or press near the center of the floor along the hinge line you will hear a 'pop' sound. This is because the hinge interface is not well executed. There is nothing structurally wrong, nope, you will just have to get used to expecting and, yep there it is, hearing that pop sound that tells you that you are kneeling on the center line of the floor with too much weight.
Dream Come True
Review by Jackie Posted on August 18, 2017I have to say that I did not hear about the product until recently. As an avid outdoors person and someone who has tried many outdoor products including tents, tarps, and hammock tents, this product is wonderful. It is very simple to set up and take down, although it does take some learning and gett...read moreing use too. It is very convenient, but what I most love about the product is how much time it saves by it's ability to keep your sleeping system in the tent and how it simply folds open and assembles itself. Another added feature is that it is like sleeping in a tree house, if you position your vehicle right, it almost has a magic feel to it when you wake up in a canopy of trees. Two recommendations are that you sleep is a more protected area out of the wind, it can hold up to the wind but the noise can keep you up a lot during the night. The second is to place a t- shirt or some other form of cloth at the hing of the tent, you can place your hand rate through the hole and if the provided covering, that is not very big or secure, is not doing its job, bugs can find there way in. A simple fix and proper location can make a once sleepless solo night camper sleep like a baby. I highly recommended this tent for anyone that is keep for a spontaneous adventure or dislikes the tediousness of set up in the dark at 10:00 pm after a 3 hour drive and work on a Friday. Thank you Yakima!