Aside from mountain biking, I’m a big diesel truck dork. That’s led me to spend a lot of time in the off-road truck community. I’ve got experience with many of the rack systems and tents on the market, giving me the ability to evaluate the Yakima rack and tent system against the competition. I can say with full certainty that it’s the best and most user-friendly design on the market at the moment and sales agreements. After talking to Yakima’s staff, they can’t keep these things on the shelves.
To start with the rack, Yakima’s full redesign on their racks to introduce the OutPost HD was much needed, and resulted in an elegant and featured filled product. Yakima has not only uprooted the Thule Transporter as the gold standard consumer bed rack but has gone a step further and cut into the overland and off-road camping market thanks to the modular accessory attachment system. This system quickly and securely mounts traction strips, Rotopax, and whatever else you need to the top or sidebars of the rack. It’s a feature-filled and highly functional design. The rack is also sturdy enough that I literally jump my truck with the tent and full Rotopax on the sidebars, and don’t worry about damaging my cargo.
The Yakima SkyRise HD tent is also a great step up from the normal SkyRise for those that need a heavier duty camping option. The tent especially shines in inclement weather. The thicker fabric is far more stable and quiet in heavy winds, and thanks to the improved waterproofing, it even stands up to sideways, pelting rain. On a trip to Utah this past spring, my girlfriend and I were subjected to an entire 12 hour night of raging thunderstorms. Howling wind and sideways rain battered our tent, yet we stayed perfectly dry and slept like babies. Our friends that brought their ground tent didn’t have the same story from their night…
Yakima’s effort to make the SkyRise HD tent user-friendly is a huge benefit. Whether it’s initial set up, every time use, or taking it off the truck for the winter, the SkyRise HD is easier to use than the competition. When it comes to softshell tents, you won’t find one that’s as simple and easy to set up as the SkyRise. Yakima’s line of accessories betters the deal, with integrated shoe holders, lights, and even bed sheets offered for their tents so you can camp in complete comfort.
While I have plenty of friends with CVT, Tepui, and James Baroud tents, I am very happy with my Yakima and think it’s a solid value for the $2,199 price tag even if you’re a hardcore user.
SkyRise Medium tent: $2,199
OutPost HD rack: $749
OverHaul HD: $949
Rotopax mounting kit: $29 Each
Recovery track mount: $109