This is why I went the hardshell route, but it still has the pack-up to leave and weight cons (and the outrageous price). Whichever setup always has cons, can never have you cake and eat it too.yea this was and then i did 3 nights this weekend. i'll probably do a review next weekend, way too much beer this weekend haha but here are my first impressions:
mattress is very high density foam making it firm which i actually liked a lot and it got me thinking my mattress at home is way too soft.
the Light Suppression Technology is insane, it is so much cooler in there in the direct sun and was absolutely pitch black at high noon.
very spacious, could do 3 people in a pinch and lots of room head to toe even though i'm 6'1".
i like that it flips over the side making a small awning.
bigger bag is easy to get over the tent when packing up.
fun to be up high.
looks cool open.
looks horrible closed, our roof rails are so close together that the front and back view just make me shake my head.
that big bag covers the whole side of the car when tent is open. we rolled it up and shoved it under the rail but before my buddy came over i couldn't get it tight enough alone.
the weight is very noticeable on mountain highways, trails were easy last 2 weekends so unsure how it feels off camber.
i hate setting up and tearing down, maybe it takes about the same time as my OzTent but you have to walk around the whole car 10x to get it open.. there are 8 velcro straps, you have to compress the ladder after it's folded, do a zipper all the way around and 2 corner velcros. almost every one of these is from a new position getting on the tire, standing on the inside of the fender in the rear door, moving to front door, go to other side..
the "can't leave without packing up" dilemma. often times i set up camp, get bored in an hour and then go drive around. last night i wanted to do this but couldn't..
basically all the reasons that have kept me from getting one were correct and proven, but once it's all set i DO really like it so it's a tough call. i don't know, i'd recommend it to someone else but don't i think it's for me haha.
There was a thread about this and it isn't really feasible to have a working disconnect system for the front sway bar. Would be nice, but the design is just not great to work with.nice! you are correct, the only real upgrade is the OME complete. i also have 33" tires, no steps or mudflaps, and i took my sway bars off. that last one is a little hard for me to recommend since it IS technically a safety issue but i've done it on the last 3 vehicles and drive accordingly. you could always find swaybar disconnect parts and achieve the same goal.
I would also like to point out having stiffer springs helps with no front sway bar, I would never do it on the stock ones. OME's are pretty stiff so it's probably manageable. I took mine off when I was at stock width and had OME springs, no real issues. Still haven't put it back on 5 years later lol!