BERND WOICK

BERND WOICK

For many years, Bernd Woick has managed shops specializing in outdoor clothing, tents and technical products for trekking, mountaineering and adventure travel. With his professional skills, he is well-known for his expertise in the sector and someone who personally tests his products and is familiar with the opinions of his clients. His company was founded in 1982 in Filderstadt, Germany and now has stores in other German cities. With the help of trusted colleagues, in recent years Woick has decided to dedicate more and more time to travelling, in the form of tours based on a strong spirit of discovery in out-of-the-way locations ensuring maximum contact with nature. He particularly likes to travel in a properly equipped vehicle, tested personally for his type of trip with no limits, and consulting in the auto sector obviously helps. His motto is: “Travel means living your dreams”.
This combination of professional experience and passion makes him an ideal tester for Autohome products.

Autohome and Woick: growing together

From its creation, I’ve watched Autohome grow and followed its developments through the products I sell in my specialist stores. We immediately understood the philosophy of Autohome and its technical and manufacturing decisions based on excellence and distinguishing itself in a market where improvisation sadly still exists today. Whereas Autohome aimed straight for excellence and reliability, so we chose it as a flagship manufacturer for our stores. And we were right. Autohome has been increasingly successful for us even with the most demanding and expert clients.

I’ve always believed in the concept of a roof tent

The advantages of an excellent roof tent are so obvious it seems strange that it took so long for the idea to be accepted. And yet it did! I’ve always recommended roof tents, right from the start, over twenty years ago, because I knew they were practical, comfortable and safe. Roof tents are practically immediately available, they are practical and are an excellent shelter from the weather when you’re sleeping outdoors. They make cars more useful and competitive compared to the alternatives for sleeping at night. Today, the concept is largely but not completely accepted. Some people still don’t really understand the difference a roof tent can make and here, the quality of products like Autohome is very persuasive. You don’t change your mind after an Autohome tent, as many of my clients have proved. And, indeed, as I can personally testify.

From consultant to user

These days, I travel most of the year. I can consider myself justifiably a “citizen of the world”, because I’ve been to every continent. Yet there is still so much to explore and discover! Since I use Autohome roof tents so much, I think I can be considered a top tester. I have been able to personally appreciate how the technical and manufacturing decisions of Autohome truly make the difference. In the past, I have given technical and theoretical rather than practical advice, but now it’s the other way round. I know from experience that Autohome roof tents last longer and provide far more protection than any other in the sector. I could sum it up like this: an Autohome tent is the best investment a traveller can make. It provides wellbeing, safety and comfort.

MAGGIOLINA®

A classic design with never-ending surprises

Maggiolina is the handwheel-raised tent that has won over the world of travelling in freedom. It is the biggest seller in all five continents and Autohome’s best seller. Created as long ago as 1958, it has evolved whilst remaining faithful to itself. For anyone with a SUV, a 4WD, van or rather high vehicle, Maggiolina is the go-to tent, offering a blend of comfort and practicality.
The main advantages I appreciated:
1. Very practical opening and closing, particularly advantageous for a 4WD or tall vehicle.
2. With the handwheel, the fabric can be stretched so it perfectly taut. The result is a stable and rigid tent, reliable and able to withstand the wind and the rain. No wrinkling or creases: like a top-quality tailor-made suit!
3. The fabric can be stretched taut even after years of frequent use. The handwheel adjusts the amount of stretch.
4. For people with a large build, I recommend the Medium model.
5. For people of average build who have a strong sense of the aesthetic, I recommend the Small model, which is as comfortable as the others in the range and can be used with smaller vehicles. It’s very stylish.
6. If you are over 185 cm tall, the best model is the X-long, perfect for people of above average height.
7. If you need more space when the tent is open or closed, the best model is the Grand Tour, which is a little higher inside. The Airlander is lower but is more streamlined.
8. When the tent is closed, you can see 2 front openings, the most exposed surface where the impact with the air is greatest. But there is no problem travelling even at quite a lick. For safety reasons, the TUV South certification authority specifies 2 openings at the front and one at the rear.
9. For travelling families, say with 2 adults and 2 children and a fairly large car, I’d recommend the Large or X-Large model for maximum comfort.
10. Remember that even open the tent does not jut outside the line of the vehicle or past the wing-mirrors. That means you can use the tent in car-parks and other public areas: along riverbanks, in forests, on a lakeside or close to a torrent… Or motorway service station car-parks or in lay-bys. You’re within the law, so you can stop and sleep. With Maggiolina nobody can tell you to go to a campsite. It really does provide freedom to move.


11. The shells are in fibre glass, with all the advantages of that material. The tent is ventilated, insulated, does not create condensation and is soundproofed even in the rain, thanks to the thick foam.
12. Finally, the quality of the fabrics: breathable and with rapid round-the-clock water vapour transmission outside the tent.

MAGGIOLINA® EXTREME

A special version for extra loads

Autohome has created the exclusive Maggiolina “Extreme”, a model that enables extra loads on the roof. This version has a more streamlined design whilst also providing more space for extra loading, due to the C guides integrated into the fibre glass. This is the choice of adventure travellers who need to house not only a spare wheel or petrol tanks but also sports equipment, including for surfing.

AIRTOP®

Design and practicality with “double-up” opening

Airtop is a tent that blends great design and excellent practicality. It has two-step, “double-up” opening. The system guarantees rapid opening and easy closing, just by reaching out. It works with 4 gas springs able to lift the upper shell. The springs are fitted to the sides and the result is a stable tent thanks to the windstops fitted to the springs.
The main advantages I appreciated:
1. For people with a large build, I recommend the Medium model. For people of average build who want the best vehicle/tent ratio, I recommend the Small model, which looks great even on smaller vehicles.
2. Airtop is often chosen by people with vehicles of medium height. Experience bears this out. For example, Airtop was chosen by MINI BMW. Produced by Autohome exclusively for When the tent is closed, you can see 2 front openings, the most exposed surface where the impact with the air is greatest. But there is no problem travelling even at quite a lick. For safety reasons, the TUV South certification authority specifies 2 openings at the front and one at the rear.
4. As is I often say, for travelling families, 2 adults and 2 children, the choice of tent is very important. In particular, if you have a fairly large vehicle, I recommend the large Airtop or X-large model of Airtop for maximum comfort.
5. Another thing I often point out: even when Airtop is open, it doesn’t jut out from the vehicle or outside the wing-mirrors. That means you can use the tent in car-parks and other public areas: along riverbanks, in forests, on a lakeside or close to a torrent… Or motorway service station car-parks or in lay-bys. You’re within the law, so you can stop and sleep. Nobody can tell you to go to a campsite.


6. In line with the usual quality of Autohome, the shells are in fibre glass, with all the advantages of that material. The tent is ventilated, insulated, does not create condensation and is soundproofed even in the rain, thanks to the thick foam.
7. Another positive feature is the quality of the fabrics: breathable and with rapid round-the-clock water vapour transmission outside the tent.

COLUMBUS®

A perfect balance of tradition and innovation

Columbus is the Autohome model with a slanting roof, typical of conventional tents. This reference to the original approach – the triangular tent – is very appealing. With the added advantages of modern technology.
The main advantages I appreciated:
1. The tent opens immediately and instantaneously, with just two gas springs that lift the upper shell to a height of about 160 cm. It is the tallest Autohome tent.
2. The shells are hinged at the front, with considerable advantages when closing. In particular, you only have to act from the rear to close the tent, without fuss.
3. This is the tent most often chosen by people with high vehicles and those who want to enter from the back. It is also popular because of its height and the rear opening which can be customized.
4. A rational choice determined by practicality. Columbus is easy to use in all conditions. It looks good on all vehicles, closed or open.
5.For people who have quite a large build, I recommend the Medium model, and for people of normal build the Small, which is nonetheless roomy and has a perfect vehicle/tent ratio and looks stylishly made to measure for a smaller vehicle.
6.If you are over 185 cm tall, the best model is the X-long for maximum comfort.
7.As is I often say, for travelling families, 2 adults and 2 children, the choice of tent is very important. In particular, if you have a fairly large vehicle, I recommend the large Columbus or X-large model for maximum comfort.
8.Another thing I often point out: even when Columbus is open, it doesn’t jut out from the vehicle or outside the wing-mirrors. That means you can use the tent in car-parks and other public areas: along riverbanks, in forests, on a lakeside or close to a torrent… Or motorway service station car-parks or in lay-bys. You’re within the law, so you can stop and sleep. Nobody can tell you to go to a campsite. Columbus gives true travel freedom.


9.A practical tent, Columbus nonetheless maintains the high quality of Autohome, with shells in fiberglass, providing all the advantages of that material. In addition, the tent is ventilated, insulated, does not create condensation and is soundproofed even in the rain, thanks to the thick foam.
10.Another positive feature of Columbus is the quality of the fabrics: breathable and with rapid round-the-clock water vapour transmission outside the tent.

OVERLAND® / AIR-CAMPING® / OVERZONE®

The experience of adventure in the desert becomes a style

I love Africa and everything that is extreme. I couldn’t help but choose the highest quality equipment to help turn my passion into reality. Air-Camping (Overland and Overzone, members of the same Autohome family) was my first choice for the adventure I had ahead of me, initially on my own and then with my family.
Let me say they are excellent tents that can be lived in very comfortably. In particular, they are spacious when open and compact when closed: they leave half of the roof of a 4WD free for other materials to be loaded, an absolute necessity for adventure travel.
Meaning, they are perfect for the Sahara and people like me who love the desert!
Today, thanks to their versatility, they are also chosen for family trips and by people who enjoy the comfort of campsites.
Sometimes they are placed on the ground with a series of accessories, for long holiday stays. All of the above have made these tents legendary and enabled true motoring adventure. Not surprisingly, Nino Cirani, the adventurer most people seek to emulate, was the first to use them.
The main advantages I appreciated:
1. Easy opening and closing, without any complicated mechanism.
2. The extraordinary fabric which provides stability without turbulence and noise from the wind or the early morning breeze.
3. Everything is designed to withstand the wind and the “sail” effect: the roof is stitched directly to the walls with nothing dangling. The windows can be opened and closed with internal tie-rods like shutters at home.
4.The fabrics are breathable and waterproof, guaranteeing a fresh environment and wellbeing.

OVERCAMP®

A true friend: for the extreme adventurer to the family

Overcamp is a modular tent that can be used in a large variety of ways. An extraordinarily versatile and practical tent, it can be set up in a campsite alongside a veranda.
Now considered not only for adventurers, the tent is the frequent choice of families, because of the independent spaces provided by 2 tents together. Spacious, private, comfortable, another Autohome success.
The main advantages I appreciated:
1. It takes up only half the vehicle roof space, so there is room for sports equipment and the like.
2. Separate spaces when combined for privacy and independence.
3. Easy opening and closing without any complicated mechanism.
4. High quality fabric providing stability, without turbulence from the wind or noise even in a morning breeze.
5. Every detail is designed to withstand the wind and the “sail” effect: the roof is stitched directly to the walls with nothing dangling. The windows can be opened and closed with internal tie-rods like shutters at home.
6. The fabrics are breathable and waterproof, providing a healthy and fresh environment.