Love the SkyRise!
Review by LA Posted on December 16, 2018I bought this back in June for my RAV4 after seeing some people online that had them and I did a lot of research about rooftop tents after, I liked the idea of being off the ground and saving space in the car. Yakima definitely has the a low and fair price for what you get! We’ve taken it out at l...read moreeast once a month since, if not more! I bought the Yakima streamline crossbars and timberline towers as well, they’re on the Factory side rails that came with the car. Yakima has a warranty for it if you have their crossbars and everything is installed correctly so I wanted to be safe, never had any problems! We’re from Wisconsin and we’ve taken it all around the state and down to Tennessee and its held up great going 90 on the freeway. It’s really nice to be off the ground and it’s a nice view as well! It has its good and bad things. It’s a quick and easy set up, about 4 or 5 minutes. Tear down takes a little bit longer but it’s expected, it’s a lot of up and down on tires but it’s a tent that goes on top of your car, what else can you expect haha! Lots of straps but again it’s expected to make sure everything is secure while you’re driving. The rain fly takes a few minutes to put up as well, maybe an extra 5 minutes, we don’t Velcro the rain fly to the poles because it’s just too much of a hassle, we just hook the clips together and put the poles on and it still works great, doing it from inside the tent seems to be the easiest way to do it. The ladder wears a bit on the bottom of the tent when packed up but it’s a simple fix by putting a towel or two underneath it and problem solved! A lot of other reviews complained about leaking and a wet mattress, and condensation in the morning. Although it goes on top of your car it’s still a tent, it has all the same issues a normal tent does. We fixed the wet mattress corners from rain by putting a microfiber car towel in each corner and haven’t had any wet corners since. Again it’s still a normal tent and putting things against the sides will end up damp sometimes but it’s just something to keep in mind. We fit 2 people and a 60 lb dog in ours comfortably and we manage to keep things off the walls for the most part. As far as condensation goes we’ve only experienced it the last 2 times we went camping and that was in December so we had all the windows closed to keep it warmer, usually we sleep with at least one window open when it’s warmer and have never experienced condensation. Overall it’s a great tent and I love being up off the ground! It has its ups and downs but they’re all fixable!
Good once Pitched
Review by Chris Posted on November 25, 2018Once pitched the tent works as intended. It's a good space to spend the night - and the mattress is comfortable. Four zipper windows and a door, each with insect netting - one netting window zipper failed on the first trip - but I managed to re-track it, I'll never open it again. The door is practic...read moreal having just two side zippers and a bar at the bottom to keep it straight/weigh it down. There is no central hang loop for a light - so one has to hang a light on one of the tape runners which line each side of the roof. There are two small pockets either side to store stuff, not ideal. There is no ceiling storage/loft.
Not sure about the ladder - releasing the rungs is a three-handed task, so is collapsing them, this is very inconvenient if you've mounted the tent on a high vehicle, especially when trying to close the ladder up for stowing. Once deployed it works, although it flexes a lot.
The fly is pre-installed and can be removed. The spring steel "poles" are a bit awkward to install. Although I can reach all positions by hook or by crook.
I have problems with the cover - it's a tricky fit if you don't get the tent fully closed and cinched with the two velcro straps. Both corner zippers failed after one trip. One I managed the re-track and the other is toast and the corner flaps in the in wind - o well. Why zippers were used I don't know, as they are an infamous failure point on gear - so I'm going to have to find a solution. Technically it's still in warranty but I can't see a new cover solving this inherent design weakness. But disappointing considering the $$ I shelled out.
I've been backcountry/alpine/polar camping for decades and know a lot about tents - this is not an easy set up in comparison to professional grade mountain tents, and also costs considerably more. I can't help thinking that there may be a market for a 50lb max single wall roof-top tent which really is easy to pitch.
Great tent for the roof.
Review by Marty Posted on August 3, 2018Ok, I'm a retired guy who travels full-time, and when I discovered rooftop tents in videos on Youtube, I checked out the history of Rooftop tents to realized they are not something new. I was then surprised at the prices over $1000.00, and it wasn't until the recent 30% price drop REI offered that I...read more made the plunge.
I'm 5'10" 265 lbs, and this tent is holding up well after purchasing the tent in Massachusets just over a month ago. I was so surprised and impressed with the comfortable sleep with plenty of ventilation I have had with the mattress.
The skylight allows for incredible views of the night sky. The previous reviews were describing wetness from precipitation, which I have not have experienced torrential downpours, I noticed how Yakima has resealed the interior seams of the tent and fly.
I have purchased the accompanying annex which is an incredible addition offering privacy and for me a place to write this review.
My setup takes less than fifteen minutes, from unbuckling the snaps of the tents cover, unfolding the tent, sliding the annex into the slots, retrieving and unfolding my REI table and chair from my Yakima cargo carrier ending with hammering the steel pegs into the ground securing the annex.
I would recommend this product for shorter height vehicles as opposed to my 2013 4-Runner where I climb on top to un-secure and secure the tent cover for travel.
I would like to see Yakima offer a screen for their awning to avoid the pesky bugs to enjoy and warm summers evening.
All an all a great product that I would recommend.
Why don't you have one?
Review by Matthew Posted on June 26, 2018I purchased the SkyRise tent on 6/23/18 from a local REI. Yakima made the product very user friendly, and easy to install right out of the box. The Small is very spacious for two people, and only takes minutes to fully set up. I would recommend this tent to anyone with the capability to mount it. I ...read moream excited to see the places this tent will take me to explore.
Get way to get off the ground
Review by Mike Posted on September 19, 2017I purchased my Skyrise Medium this spring and have enjoyed using it this season. The only issue I had out of the box was a ladder bracket that didn't have a hole. I drilled a hole and solved the problem. We haven't had any leaks or reliability issues. This is a quality product that fits my needs we...read morell. We'll see how it holds up next season.
Great way to camp on the go, some fixable issues
Review by Jim Posted on August 30, 2017This July, 2017, I took a 3 week road trip from Seattle WA to Santa Fe NM and back. I bought the 2 person version, and used it most nights. My experience was overwhelmingly positive, though there were some quality issues like misaligned Velcro at little flap covering the hinge point, and I have some...read more suggestions for design improvements. I have a Honda Element which accommodated the tent well, though setting it up would be difficult for anyone of normal height because the Element is very tall. I am also, so I was able to set it up well enough, with some practice. The collapsed ladder is very hard for even me to reach while it is sitting on top of the folded tent. And lucky for me I was travelling solo, because at 6'5", I was only able to sleep in it by lying diagonally. On the plus side, it was wonderful to slide into a national forest just before dusk knowing all I had to do was find a fairly isolated forest service road where I could pull off and spend the night. I had it up in 10 minutes, with a few more minutes to toss my gear in, and the same in the morning to take it down. I was able to stay in many places where setting up a tent was not an option, like paved parking lots, or small gravel lots surrounded by trees, lumpy or rocky ground, etc. It gave me all the freedom of having a camper van at a fraction of the price. I always slept comfortably and felt secure.
My biggest suggestion for improvement would be to enlarge the holes into which the rain fly stays are inserted. They are drilled to nearly the same diameter as the stays, which means that the stays need to be inserted first, then you need to grab the hooked end with one hand, and the rain fly grommet with the other, in order to attach the rain fly to the stay. But you are doing this while standing on the rear wheel, or perhaps in the car doorway, which is quite awkward since you have no free hand to hang on. I found that it was sometimes easier to stay standing on the ground and use the rain fly stay to reach up and insert the hooked end into the rain fly grommet first, then holding the end of the stay with both hands and bend it into alignment with the hole in the tent floor and insert it. The only problem with this method was that it was often very difficult to get the stay perfectly aligned with the hole, and until it was, it would not insert since the hole is nearly the exact same size as the stay. There appears to be no reason for the hole to be so precisely drilled to the same diameter as the stay, it could be made much bigger so that the stay would insert easily, and would still hold the stay and rain fly securely. I may sell my 2 person version and trade up to a 3.
One other issue is that it is impractical that one could remove the rain fly and use the tent without it. I found that once the tent was installed on top of my Element, the buckles that secure the fly to the top of the tent were nearly impossible to reach. Assuming I could have gotten the fly off, it would have been just as difficult to put back on, which you would of course need to be prepared to do if the weather changed. I am not sure how, but a design change that would make it simpler to remove and replace the rain fly would be nice, since then you could remove the fly and save the time needed to insert the 8 rain fly stays and connect them to the fly. And perhaps the ladder ought to have a line attached to it so one could deploy the ladder without having to climb up and reach over the top to get a hand on the thing.
Prepare to be unpaid salesperson.....
Review by PJR Posted on June 20, 2017......for this tent. So popular wherever I go. Currently in Acadia; and even park rangers have stopped to talk to me about it.
I have the bed rock rails in my pick up for the mount which makes set up and take down easy for my vertically challenged frame.....
Was in ...read moreheavy rain this AM and no leaks. But I did put the rain fly up..... weird how tents don't leak with the rain fly on....
Condensation is typical of any three season tent. Since I was on top of the truck, I am able to use a battery pack to run a 12 volt fan; which helps.
Great product. Much lighter than typical RTTs; which make install and removal easy.
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The Best Addition to My Outdoor Gear
Review by Farzad Posted on May 30, 2017I am just getting into camping for my astronomy/astro-imaging hobby that takes me to cold and dark places. I bought this tent to have a good place to finally sleep when all done. I do have a small one-person conventional backpacking-type tent.
The RTT is well built and very easy to as...read moresemble out of the box and with the help of someone else it is very easy to mount on top of the car. Two of the four attachment points already are equipped with a lock to secure it in place.
I have the 2-person edition of it and my only comment is that the space is very adequate for two people provided they are college-thin youngsters, and provided they are closely related somehow. For two normal-size adults I definitely recommend the next size up which is for three people.
I spent three nights in a row in this tent just after purchasing it and I woke up with some sort of sore throat in the morning. It got less sever on the morning of the third night probably because the tent had a chance to air out.
The mattress is very comfortable given you are in the wilderness.
I have not tried it in the rain and inside does feel a bit moist in the morning, but I believe it is only because of the dew in the air and nothing to worry about.
I am using it on my Toyota 4 Runner which is taller than I am, so unpacking and packing of the tent is a bit of a challenge for one person even with a stepping stool. I can now do it in about 15 minutes and with more practice I can probably do better.
Last but not least - for those wondering if you can mount this on the factory cross bars: I have done it and I don't see any issues with it. I have had to drive, lets just say, faster than speed limit to overtake traffic on the two way highways and the attachment is solid. And I have rolled around on the floor of the tent when using it and the only thing that I have noticed is that the car beneath me sways this and that way but I don;t feel any flexing of the factory crossbars.
I highly recommend this tent.
Comfortable, but a few kinks (rain, snow and wind)
Review by bricepollock Posted on May 8, 2017I've spent 20+ nights in this tent in the desert, a couple days of mountain snow, a rain and hail storm and even pleasant weather. I'd say for certain that it is a 3-season tent and was very cold when I was in the Eastern Sierra in the winter. I haven't found it leak like any of the other reviews, b...read moreut I have found some issues with the mountain holes not working in one direction which was annoying. Maybe what other's see as leaking is really the condensation that builds up very easily on the inside if you don't open the top window.
In general, I've found the tent very comfortable and there is nothing better than pulling off the road and drifting to sleep after the 30 seconds it takes to unfold the tent. My partner and I love the convenience.
Be sure to read the more in depth review at: http://www.bricepollock.com/gear-review-yakima-skyrise-car-top-tent-2-person/
Review by Lea Posted on March 15, 2017I picked this tent up yesterday from the REI in Tacoma, WA.
I drive a 2010 FJ Cruiser with the stock roofrack.
In order to fit the tent to my rack I also purchased the TimberLine Towers and the 60" CoreBars. Also for security I purchased the SKS Lock Cores.
All in all after...read more WA state taxes I dropped $1,508.10 for the whole set up.
It took myself and 1 other person about an hour and half to assemble everything mentioned above.
Right off the bat, this tent is awesome. Living in a rainy area I can tell the tent fabric/rain fly will do really well.
The wall-to-wall mattress is very comfortable and I know it's going to do an awesome job to help keep me warm.
The Yakima cover that keeps everything packed in is heavy duty, nice and sturdy materials.
This thing is nice and light! My vehicle is already pretty top heavy so adding the tent up top doesn't add a crazy amount of weight to make driving any more awkward.
The ladder is really sturdy.
Overall, this product has me impressed.
Be careful when tugging on the cover! I was fitting it over the folded up tent and already ripped one of the Velcro corners. I was hoping the stitching in these vulnerable areas would be stronger but it is what it is. I'll have to sew that back up myself.
One of the buckles that keeps the cover on was missing, the associate at REI compensated and installed one of their stock buckles onto it for me.
One of the rods that props all of the awnings open is too big to fit into the holes on the base of the tent, I'm going to have to whack at it with a hammer for a bit to make it smaller. And one of my buckles on the cover doesn't stay tight so I have to tie it nice and tight to keep it from loosening up.
These are just some minor issues that I'm working around, nothing that deters me from loving the tent.
I'm very impressed and excited about it.