Autohome's Columbus hard-shell rooftop tent is light, robust and ridiculously fast and easy to set-up. The Black Edition brings blackness; black latches, black trim, black fabric, black mattress and even black pillows. And a black ladder of course. This beautifully built thing just got stealthier; if you're worried about finding your tent then maybe think about a white one.
What we like
Trying to decide between the boxy shape of the Airtop or the Maggi, and the Columbus? We've used both the boxy tents (Maggi & Airtop) and the Columbus extensively and honestly it's hard to decide. Some people climb into a Columbus and just say 'this is it'. It's a tall shell, very upright, so the space is excellent; you can kneel to get changed and almost stand up in there. And you can check out the stars through the big picture window at the back. And every time you stop you know it's going to be so damn easy to set up. If somebody said to us you're camping in a Columbus for the next 20 years we'd say OK!
Opening the Columbus
Shells open automatically using 2 gas struts, made by Suspa in Germany. Fitted with Windstops struts may be locked into position, making for greater stability in strong winds.
Please jump to our page here about the virtues of this ace company and their tents, manufactured in Italy since 1958, they patented the first roof top tent. If you've seen a roof top tent out there, it's a copy of an Autohome, the grand-parent and still the innovator of its class.