As of May 2021, Freespirit Recreation currently offers two different style of hard shell tents, both are wildly popular but we often get questions about what the difference is between the two. Below we've laid out the main differences between two of our most asked about roof top tents.
Let's start with dimensions:
The Odyssey comes in the 49” and 55” size. The Evolution comes in 55” and soon will also come in 49” (coming summer 2021). That means both tents have a similar sleeping capacity of 2-3 people. Both have a 83” length and can fit a mid size SUV all the way two a full size truck. So what is the key difference in dimension? The Odyssey folds down to just 7 inches and the Evolution folds down to 9 inches. The Odyssey is one of the thinnest roof top tents on the market but the Evolution is still pretty thin as well.
Two Gas Struts vs Four Gas Struts:
The Odyssey comes with two gas struts in the front to help the top pop up to around a 75 degree angle during set up, making it a quick set-up and gets you camping faster.
The Evolution comes with gas struts in the front and the back allowing the top of the tent to pop vertically or straight up. It practically sets itself up in seconds. So even though it has that extra couple of inches when folded, the Evolution is unlike any tent on the market with set up only taking seconds. Since the top of the Evolution pops straight up, it allows for amazing 360 degree views!
The Folding Style
The Odyssey comes with two gas struts in the front that helps the top of the tent pop up to a 75 degree angle during set up. The Evolution comes with gas struts in the front and the back and allows for the top of the tent to pop up vertically, so it practically sets itself up. So even though it has that extra couple of inches when folded, the Evolution is unlike any tent on the market with set up only taking seconds.
What they BOTH have:
Both tents are available with our premium tri-layer fabric that shields you from the harshest winter weather and keeps you cool on hot summer nights. This multi-season fabric has quickly become a customer favorite. They both have amazing views no matter where you camp, a fast set-up, premium designs, and durability that you can count on.
If you have any questions about our rooftop tents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!