When Korean camping/overland outfitter iKamper ventured out onto the US market, it didn't just bring a "me too" roof-top tent (RTT) with it. Instead, it refined an expandable hardshell design, the likes of which the market had not seen. Now it's back innovating RTTs once again, this time with a soft-shell, fold-out RTT that looks to eliminate a big disadvantage of soft-shell, fold-out RTTs – the weatherproof cover. The new X-cover features an integrated hardtop cover with built-in roof bars, providing fast, simple overnight shelter and cargo hauling for your next big adventure.
Conventional roof-top tent wisdom dictates that soft-shell tents offer more room because they can fold out, essentially doubling sleeping space. Hardshell tents typically fit inside the width of the vehicle roof, popping straight up to sleep two, maybe three, people.
IKamper turned this conventional wisdom on its ear years ago, first with the Hardtop One and then with the Kickstarter-dominating Skycamp, two hardshell RTTs with expanding footprints. Each model rides to camp as a traditional hardshell roof box but, once there, expands its floor out over the vehicle to sleep up to four people, essentially mixing the driving and set-up advantages of the hardshell style with the size advantage of the soft-shell style.
Likewise, the new X-cover attempts to offer benefits of both hard and soft RTTs, but it uses an all-new format to do so. The X-cover is a soft-shell tent at heart, but instead of folding and storing inside a standalone waterproof cover, it folds and zips up unto itself.