The industry standard in rooftop tents, the Tepui Kukenam 3 has earned its reputation. The innovative, self-collapsing telescoping ladder makes tear down an easy chore. The 600D ripstop canopy is ready for any weather, so you can rest easy knowing that you're going to be dry even if the elements decide to throw a curve ball at you. It's easy to convert from travel to camp mode, and the cover is pretty convenient to use as well. We would recommend this model to nearly any friend because it's versatile and high-quality.
Tepui Kukenam 3 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Durable canopy, telescoping ladder
Cons: No entrance awning, no added extras
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|Pros||Durable canopy, telescoping ladder||Very comfortable, durable, has entrance awning, weather protection, included annex||Tool-free mounting system, locks to rack, light||Wide/Sturdy ladder, boot bag, LED light strip, spacious||Lightweight|
|Cons||No entrance awning, no added extras||Longest conversion time (though not by much), side window awnings don't roll up, price||Mounting system limited, large gap between tent and rack||Ladder may require drilling, Velcro cover not the most efficient cover system, heavy||May require drill to adjust ladder, thin mattress, only two pockets, poor durability|
|Bottom Line||The Kukenam 3 is the standard of which all other rooftop tents are measured.||A versatile rooftop tent that offers maximum comfort no matter what Mother Nature decides to do.||A quailty rooftop tent that doesn't require a handyman to install.||An outstanding rooftop tent at a reasonable price.||If weight is the absolute deciding factor for which tent you want, this is the one for you.|
|Rating Categories||Tepui Kukenam 3||Tepui Autana 3||Yakima SkyRise Medium||Smittybilt Overlander||Front Runner Roof Top Tent|
|Space And Comfort (30%)|
|Ease Of Conversion (20%)|
|Ease Of Assembly And Installation (15%)|
|Cover Convenience (10%)|
|Specs||Tepui Kukenam 3||Tepui Autana 3||Yakima SkyRise...||Smittybilt...||Front Runner Roof...|
|Weight (in lbs)||130 lbs||130 lbs||115 lbs||144 lbs||93 lbs|
|Windows||2 side, 2 roof||2 side, 2 roof||2 side, 2 roof||2 side, 2 roof||2 side, 1 roof|
|Number of Doors||2||2||2||2||2|
|Max Inside Height||52in||52in||48in||51in||55in|
|Floor Dimension||56in x 96in||56in x 96in||56in x 96in||56in x 96in||52in x 98in|
|Floor Area||38 sq ft||38 sq ft||38 sq ft||38 sq ft||35 sq ft|
|Vestibule Area||n/a||26in x 56in||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Packed Size||12in x 48in x 56in||12in x 48in x 56in||12in x 48in x 56in||12in x 48in x 56in||12in x 48in x 53in|
|Main Tent Materials||600 D ripstop||600 D ripstop||210 D nylon||600 D poly||400 D PVC|
|Rainfly Materials||420 D||420 D||210 D||420 D||200 D|
|Number of Poles||8||6||8||8||6|
|Pole Material||aluminum/spring steel||aluminum/spring steel||aluminum/spring steel||aluminum/spring steel||aluminum/spring steel|
|Pole Diameter||1/4 in||1/4 in||1/4 in||1/4 in||1/4 in|
|Extras||n/a||Awning over ladder||Locks, quick release, clear sky windows in rain fly||Interior LED, extension cords, boot bag||Velcro loops on roof for hanging gear|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Kukenam is the standard of rooftop tents for several reasons- It's durable, it's comfortable, and it's affordable. The canopy is thick, the zippers are strong, and the mattress offers top-notch comfort. Tepui has been in the game long enough to know that subtle details like the ease of use of the ladder and the cover really make a difference when it comes to performance. The Kukenam is a first-class rooftop tent.
Space and Comfort
The Kukenam 3 has a maximum interior height of 52", which is among the best for this style of tent. It also has one of the most comfortable memory-foam mattresses of any model tested. The Kukenam 3 does offer the exact amount of interior floor space as its cousin the Autana 3 but without the added entrance awning.
Durability is an important factor when considering which rooftop tent to purchase. The last thing you want is to be deep in the wilderness and have a canopy tear or have a zipper fail. The Kukenam 3 is strong in this department. After opening and closing every zipper a multitude of times, this tent shows little or no signs of wear and tear. The 600D ripstop canopy is made to take a beating, and the fully taped seams partnered with the rugged 420 D rainfly can withstand a monsoon. If durability is high on the list of purchasing factors for you, the Kukenam is a great choice.
Ease of Conversion
The Kukenam is one of the easiest tents to convert from travel to camping mode. Once the cover is off, the ladder easily extends to unfold the tent. The Tepui self-collapsing telescoping ladder is adjustable to any height up to 8' 6". Tepui tents also come included with added internal bungees that help the tent fold up when it's time to tear your camp down.
Ease of Assembly and Installation
The Kukenam 3 directions are clear and easy to follow, which makes assembly and installation easy. Tepui includes a ratcheting 13mm wrench with every tent, which means installing the tent on your rack takes less time than with an old school wrench.
The cover on the Kukenam 3 is one of the easiest to deal with. A very durable zipper closes three of the four sides of the cover. The remaining side is semi-permanently mounted so that you can throw the cover out of your way. The straps that hold the cover on when you're in travel mode double as a way to roll the cover up when you're in camping mode.
If you're looking for a dependable, easy to use rooftop tent, then look no further than the Kukenam. This tent is great for any weather condition, the mounting system is strong, and Tepui is a name that you can trust. Another great feature of the Kukenam Explorer series is that you can buy additional interchangeable canopies, so you can have a four season tent when the weather is nasty, but if you know you're going to be spending time in the desert, you can go with a lighter canopy.
The Kukenam will keep you warm and dry anywhere in the world. For this reason, we think it has a large amount of value. It isn't the cheapest rooftop tent on the market, but with the amount of comfort, ease of use, and durability that it offers we'd say it's still well worth the investment.
The Tepui Kukenam 3 is arguably the most popular rooftop tent in the world for a reason. It's durable, comfortable, and easy to use. You can't go wrong purchasing a Kukenam.
— Ross Patton