Why do some people prefer soft shell tents?
Did you always choose soft roof tent for your travel? For the would-be roof top tent buyer, the first of many purchasing decisions is whether to by one of the dozens of soft shell tents on the market, or to take the hefty financial plunge. For soft shell tents, there has many reasons to choose it:
Soft shell tents were invented more than half a century ago, the folding soft roof top tent hasn’t changed much since inception. Materials have advanced as have refinements and features, but a tent from today looks much like those of decades prior. At the root of it, most designs “borrow” heavily from the few tents that pioneered the category. That statement is probably being too diplomatic as the outright theft of designs is rife in the RTT space. While price often correlates with quality, the individual consumer must do their due diligence to ensure their choice of tent is a sound one.
All soft shell roof top tents have a common attribute, which is their folded architecture. While underway, the folded tent takes up minimal real estate on the roof. When pitched, it doubles in size. That’s a pretty obvious feature, and something worth heavy consideration if the occupants are more than six feet tall. Many soft shell tents can accommodate very tall sleepers.
The folded platform offers ancillary benefits. When levered off the side or back of a vehicle, it creates a small covered space, like a miniature awning. Used on its own as a place to escape sun and weather, it can also be enclosed with additional walls for a ground level shelter.
Adding to the additional square footage of protective space, some soft shell tents have extended rainfly coverings or vestibules to shield the entrance. This is a particularly handy attribute when camping in foul weather.