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.
Whether you’re on the road for months at a time or only heading out for the weekend, a reliable tent can spell the difference between an enjoyable time away from life’s distractions or a burdensome night in the unknown. Thanks to iKamper, the makers of this incredibly modular SkyCamp rooftop tent, it’s all about where the road leads next, not whether your tent will make it through the night.
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.
While iKamper started by making four-person hardshell tents, this downsized model fits better on smaller cars, and at 125 pounds, it isn’t much heavier than softshell models (though it is more expensive). Advantages include a sleeker design and quick setup, and if you’re not running it on a compact car, more remaining roof real estate than other hardshell models allow. Also, a clamshell opening allows for a higher peak roof height of 45 inches.
In the past, iKamper has released a handful of camping’s most lauded rooftop tents, adorning vehicles of every size and stature in an attempt to get more people out of the house, and into the wild. Now, the company has announced its most intuitive, and accessible system ever — the Skycamp Mini.
While Italian design genius brought us the Ferrari, domed architecture and, yes, the rooftop tent, it is Kickstarter that often brings truly new designs to modern consumers. iKamper emerged from the online crowd-sourcing investment phenomenon when, in 2017, it promised investors a re-envisioned RTT.