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August 3, 2018 | By Julie Kailus
Before year-end, iKamper will release the X-Cover, touted by the brand as the world’s first ‘coverless’ four-person rooftop tent with an integrated gear rack.
iKamper came to market last year with the four-person Skycamp, the most successful tent project in Kickstarter history. The X-Cover will debut the same way, with preordering through the platform by the end of 2018.
The self-contained X-Cover has all the stuff travelers liked about the Skycamp — sleek look, sturdy yet lightweight design, instant pop-up feature, and a king-sized bed.
But it’s a new inverted platform design, which creates a solid space for a top-loading gear rack, that makes iKamper’s X-Cover so sexy. Oh, and that “coverless” feature is nice, too. No more rooftop wrestling sessions between you and your soft-side tent. This one just zips around itself.
In short, the X-Cover is pretty seamless. You get the benefits of a family-friendly packed hardshell with an integrated rack system at a lower price than the original Skycamp.
Just like the Skycamp, X-Cover can sleep four people, a couple of whom should be pretty small. But instead of a hard clamshell opening to create an angular wall on the tent, the X-Cover is all fabric.
The tent’s platform does the heavy lifting. It’s the same solid floor structure as the Skycamp — lightweight aluminum panels with a honeycomb design that adds stability. The brand drove a 1.8-ton jeep over the base material without a dent.
That sounds like a hard place to snooze, but it’s this elevated sleeping platform that ex-ground tent campers seem to appreciate most in iKamper products.
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