Feb 20, 2020 | Out & About,
TentBox and iKamper are both great companies that supply car roof tents for various countries. If you’re looking to get a hard shell car roof tent, then it can be hard to know which company to go with. Here, we are going to look at the Hard Shell Roof Tent from TentBox and the Skycamp 2X from iKamper and see which company provides the better model for all your needs.
Hard Shell Tent Features
Let’s start with the space that’s available in both these tent models. The Hard Shell TentBox sleeps 2 and maybe a furry companion whilst the Skycamp 2X sleeps 2-3 people. The TentBox is 124cm across whilst the Skycamp 2X is slightly bigger at 130cm across. They both have 1 metre of height room and the TentBox has plenty of room for a dog or storage by your feet. At the moment, they’re level pegging and can comfortably sleep 2 people, however, the differences come with storage space.
The Hard Shell TentBox has much more room lengthways than the Skycamp 2X does. In fact, the Hard Shell TentBox has so many compartments that you can store things in such as pockets, hooks and even a cargo net inside where you can store anything from fairy lights to extra clothes! The Skycamp 2X sadly lacks in the storage department; you must buy add ons for extra space such as internal and external pockets and when you’re already paying a large sum, this isn’t something that everyone wants to do.
Additionally, you can store bedding inside the Hard Shell TentBox when it’s closed, whereas, the Skycamp 2X can only store thin bedding.
The Hard Shell TentBox weighs in at 64.5kg whereas the Skycamp 2X from iKamper weighs in at only 55kg. However, TentBox also offer the Soft Shell Roof Tent which is amongst the lightest roof tents on the market weighting just 50kgs, so if it’s a super light roof tent you’re after then then Soft Shell TentBox may be the choice for you. It is also worth noting that most vehicles have a dynamic load of 70kg, so can carry the Hard Shell TentBox with ease. In any case, check with your vehicle manufacturer what the dynamic load of your vehicle is before installing a roof tent.
Ease of use
Both tents need two people to lift the tent onto the roof of your vehicle and they both get securely strapped onto four points of two crossbars fitted to your roof. A great thing about both the TentBox Hard Shell Roof Tent and the iKamper Skycamp 2X is that they are both so easy to set up and will take you less than 60 seconds until it’s fully erected.
However, when it comes to using the tents, the Hard Shell TentBox has doors on either side of the tent whereas Skycamp 2X only has the one door; this means that when using the Hard Shell TentBox, you can have your ladder either side or a ladder both sides to disembark the Tent. However, with a Skycamp 2X the poor person next to the door in a Skycamp 2X is going to get trampled on if the other needs to get out in the middle of the night.
We hate to admit it to ourselves but one of the main factors of buying a product is the price. Everyone loves a bargain and when it comes to price, we have a clear winner…
The Hard Shell TentBox comes in at £1750, but what about the Skycamp 2X?
Our clear winner is TentBox! Sadly to say, iKamper’s Skycamp 2X will set you back a whopping £2650! That’s £900 difference and you can purchase some car roof tents for less than that! What’s more, TentBox offers a great way for you to purchase their Hard Shell TentBox with a split payment available at 0% APR! not many companies can offer you that fantastic deal…
How it Looks
Both TentBox’s and iKamper’s hard shell roof tent come in a super sleek fibreglass shell that is waterproof. The Hard Shell TentBox is a simple yet effective box shape (stating the obvious) and the Skycamp 2X has a canvas that comes out the back. They both look super cool and it’s up to your personal preference which style you prefer as they’re both amazing.
If you live in a windy country, you’re going to want a hard shell roof tent that is highly wind-resistant. The tents from both companies come with a wind-resistant rip-stop poly-cotton canvas, however, the Hard Shell TentBox comes with a 320gsm canvas and Skycamp 2X comes with a 300gsm canvas. The Skycamper 2X has a max recommended wind speed of 20mph and if you happen to live on the coast, these wind speeds are a standard occurrence, therefore the Skycamper 2X may not be suitable. Not to worry though, the Hard Shell TentBox can safely withstand wind speeds of up to 38mph! You wouldn’t want to go camping in wind speeds higher than that anyway….
TentBox was founded in the UK but has quarters across the UK, Europe, US and Australia. IKamper was founded in South Korea and based in the UK, US, Japan and Taiwan. If you order from TentBox and live in an area where they have distributors present, then you can benefit from free delivery within 3-7 days whereas, iKamper offers a 5-10 day delivery service.
So, if you’re in a hurry to get your roof tent, then TentBox can get it to you quicker and cheaper!
Finally, both TentBox and iKamper offer a full 2-year warranty which gives you the freedom to replace any damaged parts for free within the warranted period. Both companies are easily contactable, and you should get a response within 24 hours.
Both companies are experts in the roof tent trade and can answer any questions you may have but you can be sure to get a personalised service from TentBox. The team at TentBox have a passion for the great outdoors and wanted to give as many people as possible an affordable way to enjoy an adventure which is why they created the Hard Shell TentBox.
All the team at TentBox are down to earth, like-minded, who have a passion for great customer service and the great outdoors.
If you’re looking to invest in a hard shell rooftop tent, then both TentBox and iKamper can offer you an innovative product with great features. However, with so many fantastic and innovative features at a great value for money, you can’t go wrong with the Hard Shell TentBox. Visit TentBox to get yours today!
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