Yakima Raises the Roof with its First Roof Top Tent



Contact: Julie Atherton
JAM Collective

Yakima Raises the Roof with its First Roof Top Tent
– The technologically-advanced SkyRise is light, strong and easily attaches to roof racks –

Lake Oswego, OR, July 28, 2016Yakima Products, Inc., the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is entering the camping market in Spring 2017 with its SkyRise series of roof top tents. The new camping collection also includes the SlimShady, the brand’s first car top awning.

“Roof top tents are a rapidly growing category in the United States, and the SkyRise is a natural extension of our product line,” said Mike Zoormajian, Senior Category Manager. “Yakima has made getting into the outdoors easier for more than three decades, and now we’re taking camping to the next level. As the outdoor transport and vehicle fit experts, we’ve drawn on that expertise to make installation of the SkyRise the easiest and more secure roof top tent on the market.”


Light, strong and easy to use, the SkyRise can stand up to backcountry weather, but is also perfect for festivals and weekend road trips. The tent sets up in just minutes and easily makes any terrain an overnight home – from rocky ground to a festival venue parking lot. Thanks to the technologically-advanced materials and features, the SkyRise also does more than just let people sleep off the ground: it also provides a premium camping experience, with a light tent body that breathes and gives an unparalleled view of the night sky, plus a cozy foam mattress.

SkyRise’s body is made from certified fire-resistant Ripstop 210D nylon. The result is a tent that is up to 50 pounds lighter and resists condensation better than traditional canvas roof top tents. A large mesh roof panel ventilates and lets you see the stars, and the weather-shedding 210D fly has a longwearing, waterproof PU coating. 


Unlike other rooftop tents, the SkyRise installs without tools and secures with Yakima’s SKS locking systems. Yakima’s vehicle-specific fit data ensures safety and a user experience that is second to none.

The SkyRise folds down into a low-profile unit that stays attached to the base rack when you’re ready to hit the road.

The SkyRise comes in two sizes, Medium (fits 3 adults) and Small (fits 2 adults).

Shared features:

  • Rugged 210D nylon tent body is certified fire-resistant, breathable and exceptionally lightweight
  • Mesh panel improves ventilation, allows view of starry skies
  • 210D nylon rainfly with PU coating is waterproof and durable
  • Spring steel rainfly poles are light and strong
  • 5-inch high-density foam mattress with waterproof bottom
  • Fast and simple vehicle attachment – no tools required
  • Universal crossbar compatibility
  • Locks to base rack with SKS (Same Key System) Lock Cores for added security

SkyRise Medium

  • Dimensions: 56” x 96” x 48” H (expanded); 56” x 48” x 12” (folded)
  • Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Sleeps 3 adults
  • MSRP: $1349
  • Available: Spring 2017

SkyRise Small

  • Dimensions: 48” x 84” x 42” H (expanded); 48” x 42” x 12” (folded)
  • Weight: 75 lbs.
  • Sleeps 2 adults
  • MSRP: $999
  • Available: Spring 2017

Made for the shade, the SlimShady car top awning delivers excellent protection from the searing sun and sudden showers when camping, tailgating, or hanging out at the trailhead.


The SlimShady mounts quickly and easily to the side of a base rack, leaving lots of room on top for other gear. When it’s time to enjoy some shade, it’s easy to pull out, window shade style –delivering 36 square feet of shady coverage. The SlimShady is made of light and durable 210D nylon with a PU coating to shed light rain.

“While Yakima is all about helping people get out on their bikes, boats and skis, we’re also very much for kicking back at the campsite or tailgate, and the SlimShady is the perfect partner for that,” said Zoormajian.


  • Stow-able awning for sun and weather protection
  • Provides 36 square feet of coverage
  • 210D nylon fabric with PU coating
  • Easy to set up: just pull it out and prop it up
  • Super-simple vehicle attachment – no tools required
  • Universal crossbar compatibility
  • Locks to base rack with SKS (Same Key System) Lock Cores for added security; SKS Locks included
  • Internal dimensions: 6’6” x 6’6”
  • Weight: 20 lb.
  • MSRP: $259
  • Available: Spring 2017

About Yakima
Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The company’s two brands – Yakima and Prorack – offer a variety of cargo management products, including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags, roof-top tents and awnings, and high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.