Badass Tents Packout RTT Review

Packout RTT From Badass Tents On 5th Gen 4Runner Overland Build

Manufacturer: Badass Tents MSRP: $2100 - $2900
7.6
Average Score
  • Build Quality 7.5
  • Interior Space & Comfort 6.5
  • Weight 9.5
  • Ease of Install & Setup 8.0
  • Value - Is it worth it? 6.5
Lightweight Rooftop Tent That’s Made In America

I’ve been ground camping for a while now, and there are two primary reasons I haven’t considered switching to a rooftop tent (RTT). Firstly, the setup and packing process is a bit cumbersome. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is the added weight. Given that my 4Runner is my daily driver, I’m keen on not adding excessive weight.

When I first learned about lightweight RTTs, I was immediately intrigued. After all, the idea of a sub-100-pound RTT seemed like a game-changer. For a daily driver that can also accommodate extended overlanding trips, this category of tent is the answer.

Badass Tents’ Packout HiCap model aligns perfectly with my needs. I’ve had the opportunity to use this tent for a while now, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on it. It’s a promising solution for those seeking a compact, easy-to-manage RTT that you can leave on your daily driver year-round.

Badass Tents provided us with a 15% discount – use code T4R15.

Features

Badass Tents Packout RTT - HICAP Model

Features

  • Dimensions (closed): 49″ W x 89″ L x 3″ H
  • Weight: 100 lbs.
  • Made in USA
  • 3-year Warranty
  • 1 min Set-Up Time
  • Rhinotek Textured Rubberized Cover
  • Rip-Stop 420D Nylon Oxford Fabric w/ Blackout Internal
  • 2-3 Person + Dog Sleeping Capacity
  • YKK Zippers

There’s also an option to assemble it yourself so you can save on shipping costs, which is good news if you’re budget-minded.

Construction

The sturdiness of this rooftop tent is derived from its 3″ tall extruded aluminum frame (American-made) which can support up to 500 lbs. The exterior of the top shell is made of Rhinotek textured rubberized cover for high abrasion and water resistance and effectively shields the inside of the tent from the elements.

Rip-Stop 420D Nylon Oxford Fabric is used for the side canvas and has a robust, well-crafted feel. While only time can truly determine its durability against the elements, it’s held up well so far. I will certainly update this review with any long-term findings.

As for the interior, the canvas boasts a blackout coating, creating a pitch-black environment when all the windows are closed or zipped. This lets you sleep soundly whether it’s night or day.

The floor is made of a one-piece aluminum/plastic composite, effectively reducing the tent’s overall weight while maintaining structural integrity. It feels very sturdy and has stood up well to our camping adventures thus far.

Air Flow

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This tent is equipped with two openings, one on each side, along with a large opening at the back. Depending on your camping arrangement, any of these three openings can serve as entry points to the tent.

Each opening consists of two layers: a mesh screen and the rip-stop 420D nylon fabric. Both layers are designed to be rolled off to allow for maximum airflow, and the mesh can be rolled down separately to protect against bugs.

The current version doesn’t include the feature to roll and secure the windows at the top. Fortunately, the 2024 model will offer the capability to roll up and secure these windows.

Set Up

Packout RTT (HICap) Construction & Features

The set up process for this tent is quick and straightforward! It comes with two heavy-duty, gas-assisted struts on the sides for quick deployment. This is especially useful when you arrive at the campsite late in the evening.

Mattress

Badass Tents Mattress

The mattress included with this tent is a 1″ sleeping pad, not a complete mattress. While functional, it’s rather thin and could be more comfortable. Badass recommends upgrading to a 3″ memory foam mattress (which you’ll need to buy separately) for the best comfort experience with this tent.

Ladder

Lightweight RTT On 4Runner With Telescoping Ladder

The tent doesn’t include a ladder, but one can be added at the time of purchase for $120. The ladder is made out of aluminum with a maximum load capacity of 330 lbs. (150 kg). Its telescopic design makes it convenient to use and compact for storage.

The ladder attaches to the tent with two U-brackets, securely bolted to the T-channel on the side of the tent. These brackets are adjustable, allowing you to move them to either side depending on your specific setup.

Accessories

Badass Tents With Shoe Bag

There is also an available shoe/storage bag for this tent. It’s made of durable 400 denier ripstop material and can accommodate two pairs of shoes and flip-flops. Similar to the ladder, it also mounts via the T-channel slots on the side of the tent.

This is a great way to keep dirt outside of the tent and make sure nothing crawls into your shoes.

Badass Tents Vs. Inspired Overland

Ultra Lightweight Rooftop Tent Made In USA

Another solid contender in the lightweight RTT category is Inspired Overland. So, let’s compare the two (we’ll label Badass Tents as “BA” and Inspired Overland as “IO”, respectively).

Outer Shell & Fabric

  • BA: Utilizes RHINOTEK® rubberized cover with push-in buttons and locking clips. This cover material provides durability and weather resistance. The tent’s fabric is made of 420D Ripstop Nylon Oxford, known for its robustness and tear resistance.
  • IO: Features a PVC cover akin to soft tonneau covers, sealed using zippers and locking clips for weather protection. The fabric comprises of 2000D polyester oxford, offering a balance of strength and weather resistance.

Windows, Doors & Storage

  • Both RTTs offer a similar design with multiple windows featuring mesh screens for ventilation and bug protection. However, in terms of internal storage, the IO takes the edge with more roof pockets for better organization.

Ladder & Design

  • Ladder: IO includes a telescoping ladder whereas BA requires a separate purchase.
  • Design: IO uses telescopic poles for extra support in inclement weather. BA relies on heavy-duty struts primarily, providing weight savings and simplicity. The latter also offers a T-slot channel for accessory mounting while the former does not.

Mattress Quality

  • IO: Comes with a thicker 1.5″ mattress and an anti-condensation mat, enhancing sleeping comfort and moisture prevention. There are likely generic options available to upgrade.
  • BA: Comes with a 1″ mattress without an anti-condensation mat. However, you can upgrade to a 3″ memory foam mattress from Amazon which fits perfectly.

Construction & Warranty

  • BA: All-aluminum extrusion frame, made in the USA, 3-year warranty.
  • IO: PVC and canvas, manufactured overseas, 1-year warranty.

Assembly

  • BA: Offers self-assembly to save on shipping costs and gain insight for potential trail maintenance.
  • IO: No DIY assembly; You have the option to pick up the RTT from their warehouse or have it shipped.

Issues & Concerns

  • BA: My only concern is the limited number of straps/bungees to secure the mesh screens or window covers. However, Badass has confirmed that they’ve addressed this issue in the upcoming iteration.
  • IO: Brenan’s review highlighted concerns about zipper quality and functionality, particularly in closing the tent. Some of these may have been fixed since.

In summary, BA emphasizes sturdiness, US manufacturing, and DIY assembly, whereas IO focuses on comfort features and additional support structures.

Final Thoughts

Badass Tents Compact RTT Mounted On Sherpa Roof Rack

The Packout’s impressive lightweight design makes it perfect for a daily driver. It’s low-profile enough to keep on the vehicle year-round. It has all of the staples that make for a solid RTT; quick setup, blackout interior, and ample airflow. It’s also proudly made in the USA and backed by a reliable 3-year warranty.

In terms of sleeping capacity, the tent comfortably accommodates two adults and a child at best. Anything beyond that would likely be a struggle, in my opinion. For the weekend warrior, this is undoubtedly a strong contender in the lightweight RTT market.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them in the comments section below. Alternatively, you can connect with me on Instagram @straightouttarockies. Time to hit the trails!

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James Creech
James Creech
17 days ago

I believe you left out one important difference between the two. There is a significant price difference between the two tents.

Konrad Chojnowski
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Nomad
17 days ago
Reply to  James Creech

For sure. No question the price points are different. I assume the main difference is due to country of origin.

Patrick
Patrick
17 days ago
Reply to  James Creech

So true. You can almost buy two IO for the price of 1 BA.

Danny
Danny
29 days ago

Great review. IO actually has great customer service and warranty. I purchased their V1 when they first came out, which had the non YKK zipper. Ran into issues and they sent me a new one free of charge and I was able to keep my old one. Not sure what other company would even do that these days.

Alex
Alex
29 days ago

The IO RTT that was on Brenan’s car was the old IO. Looks like a version 1 “Inspired Outdoor” logo. So the comparison of BA vs current IO is not on the same level. Also a lot of updates for IO: pricing $999 (local pick up), weight 76lbs, zipper (YKK), Canvas rip-stop (2000D). You can also upgrade to self inflating Hybrid Foam-Air mattress up to 3” thickness.

Konrad Chojnowski
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Nomad
17 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I updated the relevant information that you suggested after checking the IO site. I did not add YKK zippers or the upgraded mattress because I don’t see either of those listed or available on their site. Shipped price for an IO is currently $1349.

Calbaker
Calbaker
1 month ago

Killer review dude. Was debating the IO but I’m leaning on BA. would be nice to see more long term use of this product.

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