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XpeditioNZ SUB60 Roof Tent

XpeditioNZ SUB60 Roof Tent

SKU: 222

Over the past three years the SUB60 has emerged as one of the most proven hard shell roof tents in NZ at its price point.


Let's get very honest about roof tents!


NZ buyers have largely woken up to the reality that there's no such thing as a NZ made/designed roof tent. With the exception of the the premium South African world brands that we import (EEZI-AWN and Quick Pitch) almost everything else on the NZ market is a generic Chinese roof tent, many with a 'Kiwi' / 'Aussie' sounding brand stamped on it.


Much false marketing has been employed to position these products as if somehow 'local'. Yet not all products that look highly similar are entirely the same, or even from the same factory. The SUB60 is undoubtedly one of the best in this class. Here's what sets it apart:


  1. 225cm external length chassis giving internal mattress length 217cm. Many first time buyers don't realise how long clamshell roof tents need to be for an average height Kiwi to lay straight in them. The foot end of the clamshell is inaccessible, so the many roof tents sold in NZ that are only around 210cm to 215cm external length just aren't suited to sleeping the average height Kiwi. They're more an Asian size. Despite this, most Chinese clamshell roof tents sold in NZ are still too short... not the SUB60! Don't underestimate the importance of this.
  2. 60mm high density mattress with anti-condensation matting beneath. We're still seeing mid and high priced on market with inadequate 40mm mattresses, or 50mm mattresses over slat bases. The 60mm mattress in the SUB60 offers a good density that's ample to keep most of you much more comfortable. 
  3. Real solid honeycomb panel for a base, not slats! 
  4. 280gsm Polycotton canvas, never polyester, nor fancy sounding canvas names... that are really just polyester. The SUB60 features the best 280gsm polycotton canvas we can source out of China. No Chinese canvas compares to the South African woven canvas used on our more expensive EEZI-AWN and Quick Pitch branded roof tents, but the canvas on the SUB60 far surpasses canvas used on most other Chinese origin roof tents.
  5. Fly is also polycotton - not polyester. If we haven't yet made it clear, polyester is not a good fabric to use on aluminium shell roof tents... yet some brands only offer all polyester everywhere. Polyester is just cheap and buyers should avoid it in hard shell roof tents.
  6. Leading quality shell construction at this price point. No rivets hold the corner sections, and ultimately the tent, together. SUB60's are constructed using moden auto body bonding materials and methods. In the past two years a number of highly similar looking Chinese roof tents that had riveted corners imported to NZ have failed. 
  7. Lighter weight. Approx 69kg. Some similar looking hard shells with steel tops are unneccessarily heavy. 
  8. Roof load compatible. Roof load bar kits available.
  9. Internal lighting. 1m LED light strip included. Runs from a powerbank.
  10. Super slim design: Just 160mm tall when closed. Minimal drag on the open road. At this thickness a sleeping bag may be left in the tent when closed, but not a pillow or the ladder. 


The Bottom Line:

The SUB60 features maximum specifications at this price point and is superior over other similar looking roof tents of Chinese origin being sold in NZ. We know it's confusing for buyers, as sellers typically present what they sell as being the ultimate, and many sadly have a tendancy to misrepresent roof tents as being NZ designed/made.


For those really looking to get into ultra performance roof tents then we guarantee what you're looking for does not have any NZ or Aussie brand on it. Our Quick Pitch and EEZI-AWN South African models are what you should check out. Meanwhile the SUB60 remains among the few Chinese origin roof tents truly offering superior specifications and proven performance at this more affordable price point. It's just right for many buyers.

    • About Canvas Colour Options

      • Choose from black canvas with white trim, or sand canvas with black trim.
      • Our black canvas is also 'blackout' canvas.  Near a total light blocking canvas.  Ideal for those who like to sleep in without being woken too early by the sun.
      • Our sand canvas is deliberately not blackout and will appeal to those who prefer a natural light to filter through the canvas. This will better suit users who want to get to camp early and read a book in the tent etc on poor weather days.
    • Extra ladder mount brackets

      An extra pair of ladder mount brackets allows you to pick a second entrance that you will use to enter the tent.  You might for instance ordinarily use a side door, but in heavy rain prefer to use the main door with its rain fly.  See accessories.

    • Roof Bars

      Custom roof bars are available for these tents in both sizes.  The tents can carry up to 30kg on top, whilst still being able to open.  See accessories

    • Awning and awning brackets

      We have available special awning brackets that mount directly to the unique extrusion on the side of the Sub 60.  These brackets are available separately and can be used with our XpeditioNZ awning, or our EEZI-AWN awnings, or most other brands.

    • Specifications

      Weight 69kg  
      Tent Internal Dimensions (mm) 2170L X 1210W X 1450H  
      Tent External Dimensions (mm) 2250L x 1280W x160H  


    PriceFrom $3,699.00
    GST Included |
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