Ridgeback HighRize Hard Shell


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A high-spec aluminum hard-shell tent, Ridgeback HighRize offers maximum space with minimum setup time. The unique twin-fold design is available in two widths and allows for plenty of living space when you’re on the road, and sets up in seconds. Leave your sleeping bag and pillows inside too, thanks to the extra room available when the tent is closed

  • Details

    DARCHE TENT SALE! Choose Free Shipping, or pick up from our Vancouver warehouse and get two Firefly Camp Chairs FREE – contact us after ordering to confirm availability. Offer runs while supplies last.
    Subject to $500 deposit – available for pre-order with delivery in early 2024

    This is the one – Darche’s top of the line hard shell roof top tent delivers every bit of quality engineering and construction that you expect – all in a stunning welded aluminum shell. Gone are the days of wedge-style tents with their limited foot space and cramped interior. HighRize gives you best-in-class interior space while maintaining a simple footprint on your vehicle.

    The Ridgeback HighRize is our biggest hardshell roof top tent, but it still packs down slimmer than most soft shell tents. The high-spec build gives you unparalleled quality, with German-engineered Stabilus struts that provide effortless set up and pack down. High-strength aluminum channel sections with welded corners also provide the toughest protection from trail damage and mishaps.

    The interior is full of innovation too, with six windows giving you almost panoramic views. The plush 55mm memory foam mattress comes with a removable cover and water-resistant base plus a 10mm high rebound anti-condensation mat that will give you the most comfortable night’s sleep you’ve ever had on the road. The interior also features internal USB-powered dimmable LED lighting and luxurious soft headlining. The sides and headliner also have plenty of storage pockets and netting for your devices, accessories, and clothes.

    There is even more space inside the Ridgeback HighRize to keep you cool and comfortable. The removable fly provides shelter from the sun and rain and there are three full size entry points where the ladder can be mounted. The entire tent body is removable for washing or repair, and the tent can even be used in single-action wedge mode when there’s snow buildup or extreme weather expected.

    The tent body is made from premium water resistant 280gsm Ripstop Polycotton Canvas and features an impressive 3000mm waterhead rating, high profile automotive rubber weather seals, internal seam sealing and a removable fly that will keep you dry in extended rainy conditions. With roof rails and awning bracket kits available (sold separately), the Ridgeback HighRize delivers everything you’ll ever need in a hard shell roof top tent and more. The included mounting rails suit most commercially available flat roof rack or roof rail systems.

    Make sure to check the weight rating and suitability of your roof rack and vehicle with appropriate manufacturers prior to purchase. We recommend professional installation through your local dealer or off-road shop

    • High-strength welded aluminum construction – no plastic or fibreglass panels
    • Sets up in seconds – just unlatch each end and go!
    • Large internal storage when closed for packing blankets, sleeping bags, or additional mats
    • Highrize 1550 – 1500mm/59″ queen-size sleeping area
    • Highrize 1250 – 1200mm/47″ single-bed sleeping area
    • Packs down to 9.0″ high
    • Compatible with 1100 & 1400-series accessories such as Cold Mountain sleeping bags
    • Twin-fold design for large internal space or compact wedge for colder nights
    • Large windows on all four sides provide exceptional ventilation and near-panoramic views
    • Fine insect mesh on every window and opening
    • Two integrated USB-powered dimmable LED strips (battery not included)
    • German-engineered Stabilus gas struts for effortless set up and pack down
    • 2.3m/90.5″ quick-action aluminium telescopic ladder (max vehicle/bed base mounting height 2.2m/86.5″)
    • 55mm memory foam mattress with 10mm anti-condensation mat & washable cover
    • Plush headlining to reduce condensation and dampen noise
    • Lots of internal side pockets and roof storage net to stash your personal items
    • All-season protection including high profile automotive rubber weather seals, taped seams, twin needle stitching and removable rain fly
    • Tent body and rain fly both carry a 3000mm water resistance rating
    • Heavy-duty construction including self-repairing coil zips and reinforced stitching
    • UV50+ protection
    • Roof rail accessory kit available separately
    • 3-Year Warranty
    • Ridgeback Highrize Aluminum Hard Shell Tent
    • Telescopic ladder & storage bag
    • Four rain fly poles & storage bag
    • Two shoe storage bags
    • Hardware Kit (includes stainless brackets, channel nuts, USB adapter)
    • Instruction Manual

    *Product configuration may vary from photos. 1250 model shown. Displayed with optional extras, available separately. Please verify exact specifications and contents before purchase.

    About Darche | Product FAQ | Warranty | Catalogue


    In 1991, Darche revolutionised the traditional swag market with the introduction of the Dome style swag. DARREN O’DWYER, the founder of Darche with his wife CHERYL (DAR-CHE), embarked on an eastern Australia journey. Wanting a shelter arrangement that was quick, practical and easy to stow, Darren used his imagination and created a canvas shell with fibreglass poles and the dome style swag was born. Darren realised he required a suitable and purpose-built factory arrangement in order to suffice demand. Using Australian supply chain partners, Darche became the leading swag and canvas converter in Australia

    Today Darche is proudly owned by the Charles Parsons Group who have been actively involved for over 20 years in supplying textile and trim componentry to Darche. Charles Parsons are the largest textile wholesaler in the Southern Hemisphere with offices in every capital city of Australia, including offices in Fiji, Auckland and Shanghai. The day-to-day running of Darche occurs in a warehouse facility based in Thomastown, Victoria with a site area of more than 40,000m2. Darche is overseen by experienced textile product developers, business strategists and passionate staff who are keen outdoor enthusiasts with sound knowledge and experience to match.


    We are passionate, dynamic and keen. We enjoy the same lifestyle choices as our consumers. We strive to provide our consumers the very best value, reliability and service and most importantly we recognise the trust they place on us. We welcome our consumer’s feedback both positive and negative and promise to keep delivering whilst listening. We are mindful of our vulnerable environment and build our products to last the journey. We encourage life time use and if over the years it requires attention, even if it is a discontinued product, we endeavour to find a solution, on a best effort basis, to have it back and performing for you.


    Darche’s growth and shortage of experienced canvas converters and local machinists, has seen Darche establish reputable off shore assembly and supply chain partners. Operating from four major plants purposely selected and audited by Darche. Machinists, assemblers, finishers, tool makers and QA/QC supervisors are included in our required workforce of over 180 people over our four plants. It is vitally important to note Darche do not use Trading Houses or vertical arrangements off shore to source product. We at Darche develop all product prototypes in Australia and are involved from concept through to market release. Utilising Charles Parsons accredited laboratories and leading processes, all developments are then vigorously tested at the Thomastown facility and again in real life situations by developers.


  • Specs

    Shipping Weight 250 lbs
    Shipping Dimensions 95 × 65 × 12 in
    Sleeping Capacity


    Sleeping Area

    2.1 x 1.5m (83 x 59"), 2.1 x 1.2m (83 x 47")


    1.1m (43.3")


    55mm (2.15") Memory Foam w/10mm Anti-Condensation Mat

    Tent Material

    280gsm ripstop poly cotton canvas w/water resistant coating

    Frame Material

    Lightweight extruded welded aluminum & honeycomb panels

    Rain Fly Rating

    3000mm PU

    Dimensions (Packed)

    2.25 x 1.55 x 0.23m (88.5 x 61.0 x 8.9") +0.5" for mounting channels, 2.25 x 1.25 x 0.23m (88.5 x 49.0 x 8.9") +0.5" for mounting channels

    Dimensions (Unpacked)

    2.25 x 1.55 x 1.20m (88.5 x 61.0 x 47"), 2.25 x 1.25 x 1.20m (88.5 x 49.0 x 47")

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