This rooftop tent is a photographer’s dream – Roadshow

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A rooftop tent might not be the very first thing you’d contemplate shopping for to your subsequent pictures expedition, however on a recent trip across the distant and beautiful Scottish island of Mull, the TentBox allowed me to go on a panorama pictures journey that may have been tough to attain another approach. 

Mull — a fantastic island, filled with picturesque lochs, dramatic hills and white sand seashores — is a photographer’s dream and as knowledgeable photographer myself, it has been excessive on my record to go to for a while. This was additionally an incredible alternative to go off-road in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.


Mull at sundown. Do you see why I used to be so eager to go to?

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The worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 has meant that journey has been out of the query for a lot of months, and whilst lockdown restrictions have eased in Britain, many companies on the island, notably those who present lodging, remained closed. I additionally did not but really feel snug being indoors, and nonetheless at present I will not sit inside in eating places or keep in accommodations.

A highway journey and tenting journey appeared like an incredible resolution to me, permitting me to flee to stunning locations whereas minimizing my interactions with different individuals. The considered having to cobble collectively awkward tents in windy and/or wet situations didn’t seem to be the kind of great break I had in thoughts although. The TentBox Classic rooftop pop-up tent was an outstanding various.

Sitting on prime of the automobile like all common rooftop field, the TentBox simply springs open to change into a tent, full with mattress, storage pockets and house to comfortably sleep two individuals. It is easy to place up and may retailer your bedding when it is closed, which means all of your night-time necessities are saved separate out of your daytime gear at the back of your automobile. It additionally comes with a ladder to assist clamber up.


The TentBox Basic when folded flat, on prime of the Jeep.

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My loaner mannequin got here connected to the highest of a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, a burly off-roader which dealt with the continuously tough, winding roads of Mull with ease and supplied ample room for my gear within the again. And I had plenty of gear. 

I knew this was a pictures journey, so I did not wish to restrict my taking pictures choices. As a result of I did not need to pack a tent and sleeping luggage within the automobile, there was loads of room for my digicam gear — two instances full, because it turned out. This meant I had the gear for any shot I wished to get, together with aerial pictures with my DJI Mavic drone and taking pictures video (though I ended up shooting all my video on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which you’ll be able to see beneath).

The flexibleness the TentBox supplied is what appealed most. Understanding I did not need to examine right into a lodge or arrive at a campsite with sufficient daylight left to arrange a tent meant I might keep out and take advantage of the setting solar. Then I merely popped the lid and hopped into mattress.

It additionally allowed me earlier begins within the morning. I simply wanted a fast cup of espresso earlier than heading off to my first location, with out the effort of packing away tent poles. 


It is tenting, however higher.

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The TentBox is extra akin to a camper van than normal tent tenting. Nonetheless, camper vans are principally big, approach larger than the Jeep I drove. They require not solely larger tenting patches and flatter floor to park on, but additionally take up extra room on the highway. Mull’s roads are virtually all single-track with pull-in areas for those who meet an oncoming car. They’re high quality to navigate in an everyday automobile, however I feel I would really feel extraordinarily nervous about driving a giant van on such small roads.

Taking the TentBox to Mull was a little bit of an experiment for me. I wasn’t certain whether or not it might be straightforward to make use of (it was) or how snug I would discover it (very). What I did not anticipate was how a lot it might make me need my very own. I like panorama pictures and even relocated to Scotland to immerse myself in additional stunning environment. However accessing nice panorama spots requires a car and getting there for stunning dawn mild — or staying late sufficient for sunsets — means you actually have to remain someplace very shut by. 


Mull is usually single-track roads. I do not need a larger car than this.

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Having a camper van on a regular basis is each costly and inconvenient (except you will have a second car). Having the ability to connect a tent like this to the roof of any automobile (it matches on most automobiles, not simply massive Jeeps) opens up a wealth of alternatives for panorama pictures, each native and additional afield. And certain, at £1,995 ($2,590 and it ships to the US), it is costlier than most common tents, however it’s additionally infinitely extra sensible and cozy.

The unhappy truth for me is that I do not even personal a automobile proper now, so attending to borrow the Jeep and the TentBox Basic was one thing like a short lived dream. Nevertheless it’s definitely cemented in my thoughts that if I had the cash to place collectively the final word pictures gear record, a TentBox on a automobile would seem proper on the prime. 

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Andrew Hoyle