Yakima Skyrise vs OVS Nomadic

Yakima Skyrise Vs Nomadic Comparison

If you have been overlanding or off-roading for a while, you have probably heard of Yakima. They are one of the most prominent brands when it comes to manufacturing high-quality roof racks and other cargo systems.

A few years ago, Yakima launched a line roof top tents called Skyrise. Even though not as popular as Yakima roof racks, Yakima Skyrise is slowly gaining a following for its compact and durable design.

On the other hand, Overland Vehicle Systems is a brand that's been in the roof top tent game for over five years now. Their line of Nomadic roof top tents is currently one of the best roof top tents on the market.

In the following sections, we will compare Yakima Skyrise with OVS Nomadic to see how they stack up head-to-head in terms of their features and price.

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Yakima Skyrise Vs OVS Nomadic - Features

Body Construction

OVS Nomadic is constructed using 600D premium double rip-stop polyester-cotton waterproof canvas and a 420D polyester oxford waterproof rain fly. It is highly durable and is designed to handle extreme weather conditions like a pro (You never have to worry about water leaks).

As for Yakima Skyrise, It features a 210D Nylon body with a 210D Nylon Rainfly. This is the material used in most premium backcountry tents today. It's pretty durable, but we think Nomadic 3 got a slight edge when it comes to body construction.

Winner: OVS Nomadic

Yakima Skyrise on a Subaru Outback
Yakima Skyrise Mattress


Nomadic 3 features a thick 3" high-density memory foam mattress and 2 memory foam pillows to make your sleep in the woods as comfortable as possible.

On the other hand, Yakima Skyrise features a 2.5” foam mattress. Even though it is not as thick as the OVS Nomadic mattress -- It is still quite comfortable to sleep on.

Winner: OVS Nomadic

Setup and Takedown

Both Yakima Skyrise and OVS Nomadic roof top tents take no more than 5 minutes to set up and takedown. The process is quite similar for both the tents and is as easy as ABC.

Winner: Draw

Nomadic Roof Top Tent on Toyota Tacoma

Installation Time

Nomadic comes with all the equipment you need to mount it on your vehicle. It features universal mounting construction, making it compatible with 99% of the roof racks out there. One person can install OVS Nomadic in under an hour.

As for the Yakima Skyrise, It features a unique mechanism that lets you mount it on your roof rack in under 20-30 minutes. It also locks to your roof rack with SKS Lock Cores for added security.

Winner: Yakima Skyrise

Yakima Skyrise Vs OVS Nomadic- Features Overview

Features Yakima Skyrise OVS Nomadic
Sleeping Capacity 2-3 People 2-3 People
Weight 115 lbs 165 lbs
Mattress 2.5" thick 3" thick
Skylight Window
USB Lights
Optional Annex
Boot Bags
Memory Foam Pillows
Warranty Lifetime 4 Years

Yakima Skyrise Vs OVS Nomadic - Price

Yakima Skyrise is priced at about $1,899, whereas the OVS Nomadic is priced at about $1,549. We do believe Yakima Skylight is slightly overpriced for its quality, but it's still an excellent roof top tent for the price.

Winner: OVS Nomadic

Yakima Skyrise

Very Lightweight

Yakima Skyrise Roof Top Tent


Take your overlanding adventures to a whole another level with the Yakima Skyrise. It's one of the most lightweight roof top tents on the market today!

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OVS Nomadic

Affordable Option

OVS Nomadic roof top tent


Save a few hundred dollars without compromising on quality with the OVS Nomadic. A fantastic roof top tent at a mind-blowing price!

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Yakima Skyrise vs Nomadic - Reviews

Check out what people are saying about Yakima Skyrise and Nomadic roof top tent.

Yakima Skyrise Reviews


"I've had the tent in a rainstorm with 50 mph wind gusts. It stayed perfectly dry."

Tim L


"Yakima Skyrise is roomie and easy to set up/takedown. We loved the mattress, it made it so easy to sleep."

Dean L

Solid and Sturdy

"We've used Yakima Skyrise a few times over the summer and really like it. Super solid and sturdy. Tons of space in the medium-sized tent."

Stefan M

OVS Nomadic Reviews

Easy to Setup

"I love how spacious this tent is. Setting it up and taking it down is a breeze! Coming from owning a ground tent, This is really awesome. Truly elevates your adventures."

Jen H

Very Comfortable

"The mattress is quite thick and comfortable. Love the skylight window. I camp a lot in forest areas; the mesh screen on the windows helps ton to keep the insects out."

Sean E

Easy to Install

"It was pretty easy to install this tent on my Ford Branco and opening and closing it is a breeze. 100 times better than ground tents!"

Theo G

Very Durable

"I like how durable Nomadic is. I have used this tent in some pretty horrible weather conditions. It held up really well, and there were no water leaks or anything; I recommend it."

Morgan B

Yakima Skyrise Vs OVS Nomadic - Conclusion

We hope this post helped you understand the fundamental differences between the Yakima Skyrise and the OVS Nomadic. If you have any questions concerning either tent, please contact us via email or phone (support@overlandjunction.com and 833-205-7703), and we will respond as soon as possible.