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Skycamp –hardshell rooftop tent for your car

A rugged four-season tent is an outdoorsman’s best friend, but with a dizzying array of poles, stakes, and tie-downs, they’re not always the most convenient thing in the world to set up. If you’d rather skip the “some assembly required” part, you could always get yourself a trailer, but that option is far more expensive, and trailers can’t always go wherever your car can by itself. What if there was a portable shelter that lies somewhere in the “Goldilocks zone” between tent and trailer?  Enter the Skycamp from iKamper — an innovative popup shelter that lives on top of your car.

The entire apparatus affixes to your roof racks, and can be unfolded or packed up in just a few minutes. With this shelter, worrying about rocky, uneven, or damp terrain is a thing of the past. You’re pretty much guaranteed to stay high, dry and comfy no matter where you go. No need to lug around sleeping pads anymore either — inside the tent’s durable waterproof walls, you’ll find a built-in two-inch high-density foam mattress.

And thanks to a sturdy baseplate, the platform can handle unsupported loads of over 700lbs. iKamper plans to sells these tents for about $2,000 apiece – considerably more expensive than your average four-season tent, but still just a fraction of what you’d pay for a tow-behind camper.

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