Roof-top tents provide a light, simple, affordable alternative to camping trailers and motorhome conversions, but they tend to look quite the same from one make and model to the next, with little unique innovation separating them.
South Korea’s iKamper makes a simple but very useful improvement upon the average roof tent by combining two styles—the hard-shell pop-top and fold-out tent—into one. With that move comes the merging of advantages.
The IKamper Hardtop One is the world’s first ever expandable hard-shell roof tent. This tent sits on top of your car and offers a larger footprint that extends off the side of the car. The tent can comfortably sleep a family of four.
What’s great about this particular tent is that it brings together a roomy, spacious interior with the various advantages of a hard-shell package. When packed away, Hardtop One makes the package more durable when compared to a conventional fabric tent. And it’s also easy to set up and take down.
The Hardtop One offers a tough, compact, aerodynamic shell during driving, sets up quickly with integrated gas struts, and provides more sleeping space than other hard-shell competitors. The 49 square feet (4.55 sq m) of floor space can sleep three adults or a family of four.
The hard-shell pop-top roof tent is a popular style of vehicle tent that features a cube-like fabric body below a hard-shell roof. Such designs offer a number of advantages but are usually limited in space because they’re only about as wide as the car itself.
The iKamper Hardtop One is billed as the world’s first expandable hard-shell roof tent, offering an extra-large footprint that extends off the side of the car and sleeps a family of four.
In driving mode, the fiberglass Hardtop One looks much like other hard-shell roof tent boxes. Upon set-up, though, the Hardtop One distinguishes itself from other hard-shell pop-tops. After unlatching and popping the roof up via the integrated gas struts (the point at which you’d be finished setting up other pop-top tents) you open another latch and drop the extension down, creating what looks like a vestibule jutting out off the edge of the roof.
IKamper essentially blends the standard hard-shell pop-top with the fold-out. By doing so, it creates enough interior space to sleep three adults or two adults and two children. The Hardtop One measures 85.8 inches (218cm) long x 82.7 inches (210 cm) wide when set up, giving it just over 49 square feet (4.55 sq m) of floor space and room for the integrated 73.6-inch (187cm) x 82.7-inch ( 210 cm) mattress.
While you could get even more space from a traditional fabric fold-out roof tent, the iKamper nicely combines a roomy interior with the advantages of a hard-shell package. When packed away, the hard-sided roof box adds durability and driving aerodynamics when compared to a folded fabric tent. It’s also super-easy to set up and take down—iKamper estimates a minute for deploying and three minutes for packing it up.
IKamper manufactures its own 3,000-mm waterproof-breathable fabric for the Hardtop One body panels. Those fabric walls are sandwiched between the fiberglass roof and an aluminum honeycomb floor.
After modifying the design over 20 different prototypes, iKamper completed the Hardtop One last year and began selling it in South Korea.
iKamper is now available in the U.S.
Available in different sizes the iKamper Hardtop One starts at $3,900.
Known as the world’s first expandable hard-shell roof top tent, iKamper Hardtop One is the largest pop-up tent that sleeps a family of four. The Hardtop One combines advantages of both hard-shell top and roof top tent while overcoming the disadvantage of traditional roof top tent.
U.S. Sales: www.touchofmodern.com
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