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Tepui's vehicle cargo box moonlights as a roof-top tent

Tepui's vehicle cargo box moon...
Tepui debuted the HyBox at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
Tepui debuted the HyBox at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
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The all-new HyBox is part roof-top tent, part cargo box
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The all-new HyBox is part roof-top tent, part cargo box
The HyBox features a tough ABS shell
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The HyBox features a tough ABS shell
The HyBox roof can pop straight up for a roomy interior
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The HyBox roof can pop straight up for a roomy interior
Tepui debuted the HyBox at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
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Tepui debuted the HyBox at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
The HyBox uses gas struts for easy open/close
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The HyBox uses gas struts for easy open/close
Tepui HyBox roof-top tent
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Tepui HyBox roof-top tent
The HyBox joins Tepui's growing lineup
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The HyBox joins Tepui's growing lineup
Sleep the day away or carry your gear – it's your choice with the new HyBox
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Sleep the day away or carry your gear – it's your choice with the new HyBox
Tepui HyBox roof-top tent
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Tepui HyBox roof-top tent
A look inside the HyBox roof-top tent
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A look inside the HyBox roof-top tent
In cargo box mode, the HyBox can fit luggage, boots, gear and more
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In cargo box mode, the HyBox can fit luggage, boots, gear and more
Tepui HyBox in cargo mode
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Tepui HyBox in cargo mode
Tepui HyBox loaded up and ready to drive
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Tepui HyBox loaded up and ready to drive
Tepui's Lightning is more limited in space, but the HyBox is positioned to be an all-out cargo carrying solution for snowboard trips, camping trips and more
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Tepui's Lightning is more limited in space, but the HyBox is positioned to be an all-out cargo carrying solution for snowboard trips, camping trips and more

Tepui is building upon its versatile roof-top tent (RTT) lineup with the all-new HyBox, a transforming vehicle tent that will support adventures of all kinds at all times of year. Camp up on top of your vehicle, or peel the tent canvas off to create a roomy cargo box eager to swallow sports gear, clothes, tools and other essentials. One roof topper meets two of the essential needs virtually every outdoor explorer is likely to have.

If you're having a bit of déjà vu reading about a dual-purpose Tepui tent that doubles as a roof-top cargo box, you're not alone. "Isn't that a big part of what the Tepui White Lightning (now the Lightning) did when it hit the market two years ago," we pondered aloud when first reading about the HyBox.

Indeed it did, and it continues to do so. In fact, the US$3,800 Lightning remains the company's hardshell flagship, complete with fiberglass composite casing and integrated roof bars.

The HyBox sits downmarket, but it does offer some functionality that the Lightning does not. Tepui explains that the HyBox offers 13 inches (33 cm) of internal height, while the Lightning offers only 4 in (10 cm). So as a cargo box, the latter is only capable of carrying slender items like skis, while the HyBox can handle snowboards, luggage, tools and other bulky items. Tepui intends for it to serve the role of a legit cargo box, like those from Thule or Yakima, as well as that of a roof-top tent. The Lightning, on the other hand, is more an RTT with some cargo-hauling capability.

Tepui HyBox loaded up and ready to drive
Tepui HyBox loaded up and ready to drive

Like the Lightning, the HyBox relies on Tepui's ZipperGimp system to quickly transform between its two modes. Zip the fabric off, remove your mattress and the high-strength ABS shell is now an empty cargo hauler.

Whichever way you're using the HyBox, gas struts make opening and closing it a breeze, which should prove particularly helpful when the rain is pouring down and you want to jump under a roof or pull something out of the box before getting soaked through to the bone. Latches on either end mean that the top can pop fully open into a roomy tent or halfway open, clamshell-style, for quick gear access.

Tepui showed the HyBox at last month's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. The new tent will launch this fall (Northern Hemisphere) for $2,800.

Source: Tepui

1 comment
fix4all
Color options are a deal breaker. Black and White only? Black will be an oven box. White, certainly better as to not cook the contents, yet not dirt friendly. Silver would be an all-around more balanced/appealing choice.