James Baroud Explorer Rooftop Tent

(1 customer review)

NOTE: The James Baroud EXPLORER model has been renamed the Grand Raid M (Medium) to reduce naming confusion – please go here for more information and to order this model!



The Hard Shell
The hard shell of the James Baroud Explorer Evolution is manufactured in fiberglass fortified polyester and the bottom has provisions to hold the aluminum ladder. The Explorer Evolution has a built-in storage tray on the rear upper shell with 6 tie-down points to secure your gear. It is designed to hold up to 65 lbs. and the rear struts are more powerful to accommodate raising and sustaining this added weight – meaning you don’t have to unload your equipment to raise the tent! Please note that the rear of the tent requires slightly more force to close if no gear is stowed above.

Automatic Opening & Closing
We promise you that not only is there no other tent that opens as easily and as quickly on the market today – but closes as well. Opening the tent is automatic and nearly effortless thanks two AL-KO struts that opens the tent automatically in 5 seconds. All you have to do is release the catches!

Closing the James Baroud Explorer Evolution is nearly as easy – just close the top half of the shell and by hand and the fabric sides are automatically drawn into the hull by the elasticized seam. Secure the latches and you’re done. All in all – it takes around 15 seconds to completely close and latch the top shell to the bottom and you’re ready to continue down the trail!

Durability & Weatherproof
No one wants to be caught in a storm while in a rooftop tent. Combine heavy rain with high winds – it makes even the toughest adventurers cringe. While we hope you never find yourself in the situation, you can sleep in confidence knowing that James Baroud tents are waterproof and tested up to 74mph (120Km/hr).

The Canvas
The canvas is dark gray made of six (6) aluminized coats that reflect the sun’s ray. This is critical as in warmer climates a rooftop tent without the ability to reflect heat and air ventilation will turn into an oven. The canvas is also UV resistant, 100% waterproof but allows air to circulate to resist mildew – a common occurrence with other materials in wet climates. All seams are doubled for the utmost ruggedness and are 100% watertight.

The inside of the James Baroud Explorer Evolution includes a movable storage pocket and a storage net on the ceiling. Three zipped canvas doors  are fitted with insect screens to keep those pesky bugs out.

The Mattress
The mattress is made from a high density foam and comes with a heavy duty zipped cover.  

The James Baroud Explorer Evolution comes with a 15 high intensity LED indoor light which doubles as a removable rechargeable flashlight. All wiring is supplied with the tent. The flashlight has an unbreakable polycarbonate lens and a battery charge indicator.

If you’ve owned a rooftop tent or known someone who has; you know how hot a rooftop tent can get. You also know how one that stays on the roof may develop a mildew smell. Standard with James Baroud tents, the Explorer Evolution comes with an automatic and silent MCV (motorized controlled ventilation) which is powered by a 24 hour life battery which can be recharged by an integrated solar panel kit. This MCV has the capacity of 11.6 M3/mn (2905 UK gal/mn) and prevent all condensation and remove stored heat to avoid moisture and mould.

A second propeller is supplied with reverse blades to act as a fan. The fans are easily exchanged from inside the tent.

5 Years

Additional information

Shipping Weight200 lbs
Shipping Dimensions84 × 55 × 20 in

1 review for James Baroud Explorer Rooftop Tent

  1. Joel La Follette

    I’ve been using my JB Explorer for a little over a year now and have spent 30+ nights in comfort atop my 4runner. The ease of set up and stowage made this the perfect choice for me. I travel alone, but there is plenty of room for two plus whatever gear you want close at hand during the night.

    The solar powered fan is my favorite feature as it keeps condensation from forming on those cold nights. It also keeps the tent from smelling musty from being packed away between trips.

    I do have an insulation kit, but have not used it yet. I’ve camped in temps down to 22F and probably should have used it, but simply fired up my “little buddy heater” for a few minutes before climbing out of my sleeping bag.

    I have stayed very dry and comfortable in high winds and driving rain without any issues. The mattress is awesome and I sleep better in the wild than at home (who doesn’t?.)

    There have been no issues with my tent at all. I love it!

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