So, is the iKamper worth the money?The resounding answer from all 5 owners we interviewed is “YES!” The iKamper is absolutely worth the money. Especially for “power users” who are looking to camp every opportunity they can. This roof top tent gives them the freedom to get away at a moments notice and do it in comfort.
The iKamperSkycampis an expandable hardshell tent that fixes to the roof of your car and stays put. The elevated tent, which includes a ladder, is almost like camping in a futuristic treehouse. After initial installation, it only takes a minute to set up once on the campgrounds.
iKamper USA has made some big moves this year! We recently moved into our new warehouse and office space after working remotely for almost two months. We’ve also teamed up with two non-profit organizations that serve the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Features We Like: The sunroof is such a simple idea, it’s a surprise it’s not more common. Nothing beats gazing at the stars from the comfort of a mobile treehouse! Of course, the king size mattress is hard to beat. It’s perfect both for couples seeking some luxury and small families. Small details like the ladder not obstructing the rear door are another simple bonus. The zip on iKamper Annex Room and Awning is fast to set up and compact to carry. They add exceptional versatility to this setup.
The new Skycamp Mini bolts to the cross bars as a 57-in (145-cm)-long, near-square box that fits comfortably over a 5-foot (1.5-m) pickup bed. With a length of nearly 86 inches (218 cm), the original Skycamp would be hanging off the end of a short-bed pickup, stretching over top the roof or a little of both, while the Mini fits like a glove. Alternatively, it can mount over the cab and leave the bed open. The smaller sizing also makes it a viable choice for those rolling the streets in one of the new small SUVs that have been popping up like prairie dogs ... or even a Mini Cooper.
One of the newest items on this list, iKamper’s Skycamp Mini is one of the most adaptable roof-top tents on the market. Capable of taking on any season, the tent is made from a polyester 150D (PU 3000mm) mated to a 300gsm poly-cotton exterior lining supplemented via a double-layered aluminum honeycomb insulation system. Suitable for comfortably housing two adults, the iKamper Skycamp Mini fits a wide range of cars, (notjustthe Mini Cooper) including smaller models, as the product’s moniker suggests. In addition to offering an array of customizable color options, the company also sells a bevy of attachments for thisroof-top camping tentincluding various racks and connected awnings. Best of all,(once mounted to the roof) this entire tent can be set up in just one minute, so you can spend more time enjoying the wilderness and less time fiddling around with tent poles, stakes, and rain flies.
Most hardshell RTTs take up a ton of space atop your vehicle and aren’t lightweight. Softshell, fold-open RTTs can be a pain to set up and aren’t very aerodynamic.
Enter the iKamper Skycamp Mini. With it, the South Korean company targets the best of both worlds.
At only 125 pounds, the Skycamp Mini finds itself on the lighter side of the RTT spectrum. And, compared to other RTTs, it requires very little room atop your vehicle. It measures 57.1 inches long and 54.3 inches wide. Closed, the aerodynamically shaped hardshell case spans a mere 12.5 inches thick.
It wasn’t all that long ago my young family of four fit in a roof top tent. We played games and read bedtime stories, blissfully falling asleep with everyone safe and snug. And then our two toddlers grew. I still remember the first time I got kicked out of our roof top tent, but can’t recall if it was an elbow to the face or a knee to the groin that did it. I spent the next year in a bivy at the base of the ladder as my wife and kids enjoyed their penthouse loft. Eventually we were all back on the ground and our roof top tent went away.
Just a little over a year ago I saw an iKamper Skycamp prototype and began eagerly awaiting its production release. The next evolution of roof top tents, it has enough interior space to accommodate a family of four with two rapidly growing kids.
As the roof tent market continues to evolve, there has developed a clear differentiation between the companies that innovate, and those that seem to just copy other designs. iKamper is one of the innovators, creating unique, quality roof tents for the overland and camping customer like their new Skycamp Mini.
We have several years of experience with their tents, including a full-size Skycamp that has been used by our staff for over two years. Their unique and quick set-up X-Cover won our Overland Journal Editor’s Choice Award.