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In the age of van life, it's difficult to deny the lure of living on the open road—the plains of Kansas, diners and dives, rugged mountain roads and misty forests. If lining a panel van with cedar seems out of the question, and waving goodbye to your bathtub is just too difficult, the Tepui Ayer 4-Season 2-Person Sky Tent offers you a happy medium when all you desire is an occasional home away from home. Smaller than the Kukenam, with a compact size and relatively low weight, the Ayer is a good choice for smaller SUVs and wagons, so there's no need for that van.
With universal mounting brackets, the Ayer is easy to mount to most roof racks or after-market roof bars, and an 8ft 6in telescoping ladder eliminates the need for extensions on larger vehicles. The 600D ripstop poly-cotton is designed for use in any season—rugged enough for windy snowstorms in Wyoming or driving rain in Oregon, so you can take your adventure rig for a spin any day of the year. When it comes to comfort, the Ayer might just tempt you away from home more often. The tent base includes a 2.5-inch thick foam mattress for easy sleeping, and the spacious A-frame design means you have the head room to sit up and relax in the tent once you wake, taking your mornings slow and enjoying the expansive view supplied by large, screened windows.
- Roof-top tent for camping anywhere your car can take you
- Rugged and weatherproof construction camps all four seasons
- Spacious A-frame design lets you sit-up and relax inside the tent
- No-see-um netting on the windows and doors offers a ventilated view
- Telescoping ladder included for easy access to the tent
- Foam mattress eliminates the need for additional sleeping pads
- Universal mounting brackets provide easy mounting to most roof racks
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
First and foremost, I do want to say that we very much enjoyed the practicality of our Tepui Ayer. We purchased the tent speciafically for an eight week roadie through BC, the Yukon and Alaska. The ease of setting it up/taking it down and the minimal footprint allowed us to camp in some incredibly beautiful and remote areas that simply wouldn't be accessible if we were burdened by a trailer or the like. Furthermore, whereas in the past we slept in the back of our SUV (which entails leaving the contents including the food outside), sleeping on the roof of the vehicle has given us great peace of mind in bear country knowing that the food is secure as are we which is exactly why we bought it.
Unfortunately,just 3 weeks into what was meant to be an 8 week adventure and we experienced significant malfunctions and/or failures with our unit.
1. Although the mattress is seemingly moisture resistant which is perfect, it's uncomfortable. Contact points including my shoulders and knees and my wife's hips were aching by the morning. We had no choice but to supplement it with a removable 1" memory foam. Now it's comfortable but with the added inconvenience of removal and storage of the supplement between setups.
2. Even during inconsequential rain events typical of the PNW, we had water compromising the body fabric of the tent. We exhausted two tubes of Seam Seal and one can of tent fabric sealant. It's better, but by no means great. Once water penetrated the tent, it compromised the mattress(s), our clothing and our down sleeping bags amongst other things and nessitates a down day where all the contents have to be removed for proper and thorough drying of the tent and it's contents.
3. We experienced rain water pooling above each of the awnings which is stressing the rainfly rods, effectively bending them and exacerbating the situation.
4. The Velcro on all straps including the compression straps, the red ladder strap and the two outer securing straps frayed to the point of being rendered practically useless and/or in some cases completely useless. We substituted the outer straps with heavy duty bungee cords fearing that in their absence it would cause added strain on the cover zipper.
5. For whatever reason, the travel cover zipper is strained on only one of the two compression strap mounts? Despite me using my weight to aid the compression of the tent in a folded position in order to provide slack in the zipper whilst my wife zips it, just the added bulk of the one mount (but not the other?) has compromised the stitching on the tent body to which the cover attaches.
6. The rainfly is delaminated at multiple spots including all of the four corner grommets and where the fly contacts the aluminum cross bar supports.
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