With the rise of Overlanding and car camping over the last decade especially, we’ve been seeing a lot of innovative and useful products built to enhance the experience. Whether it’s tents, rechargeable batteries, or solar-powered gadgets, traditional camping equipment is also benefiting from these advancements. One outdoor company, Cinch, was started by Jake Jackson in 2009 because he saw the need for these innovations and the value of making camping easy for everyone. And Cinch has teamed up with Wild Land (another company on the cutting edge that’s been making automatic car roof tents since 2007) on a new project: The Air Cruiser, an automatic tent that can assemble itself and is slated to be the world’s lightest rooftop tent.
Not only with this tent be extremely lightweight and easy to use, with no poles or pumps, but it also has some of the best cabin space in the industry, providing 57 inches of headspace. Adding to the utility, the Air Cruiser can fit on nearly any vehicle (with cross bars) and takes less than three minutes to install. With just a button, the tent utilizes the power of your vehicle to set itself up in no time.
As for the construction, the tent is made with a poly-cotton shell that can regulate heat and is tested/built to withstand -4 to 150°F in G-Force 7 winds. The team over at Wild Land put this thing to the test by throwing wind, water, and salt at it and taking it on drives to ensure that the tent is certifiably durable.
The Cinch x Wild Land Air Cruiser tent is currently being backed on Kickstarter until the project is finished on July 26th (and the company is already $70k over the original $100k goal). The retail price will be $2999, and deliveries for early backers (who can also get some money off) are expected to begin later this year, around September and October.