When a quick-setup ground tent company and a rooftop tent (RTT) company combine forces, you get a quick-deploying, lightweight, and airy RTT. Cinch, a small quick-setup ground tent company, and Wild Land, a “one-stop car camping solution brand” out of China, have joined forces to create the Air Cruiser RTT.
The Wild Land Air Cruiser RTT is on Kickstarter now. Let’s dive into what makes it different from all the rest.
Wild Land Air Cruiser
Yes, this is another flip-open RTT with a cover. Yes, that is my least favorite style of RTT, as the cover tends to scratch the vehicle when the tent is deployed, and it’s a hassle to set up and break down. It can also be a dirty job if you’ve been driving through dirt, mud, and dust. However, the rest of this tent is pretty unique.
There are other inflatable “no pole” RTTs on the market, but none are presented in such a compact, lightweight, and big-headroom package. Once the cover is removed and the tent is folded open, you just plug in and hit the button on the integrated 12V air pump. If, for some reason, the pump fails, you can set up the tent using a standard airbed-style pump.
Wild Land claims this to be “the lightest ever self-assembling rooftop tent.” It’s hard to argue with that when the Air Cruiser only weighs in at 93.2 pounds. The tent itself is 80 pounds, the mattress 13.2, and the ladder 12.5 pounds.
The tent is also quite small when packed up on your roof (55″ L x 38″ W x 10″ H). This means it will work for most vehicles and applications, not make as huge a dent in your fuel economy, and possibly leave room on your rack for other gear.
The tent body itself is made of 280g ripstop polycotton (PU2000mm, WR). Wild Land says that it is “highly durable and water-resistant.” It also says it has tested the Air Cruiser in a wide range of four-season conditions.
Big Living Space Under the Stars
Inside the Air Cruiser there is a ton of headroom, much more than nearly all other RTTs out there. You get a full 57 inches of headspace.
It should also feel much more airy inside as well, as there are panoramic windows on all sides. The dual skylights on the roof should also make for amazing star gazing from the comfort of the bed.
The bed itself is a 2-inch-thick memory foam mattress with a removable cover. It is 51 inches wide by 83 inches long.
Air Cruiser Accessories
The tent comes with a cover and mattress. It also comes with a ladder and integrated LED lighting. More accessories are already said to be in the works.
Air Cruiser Pricing & Availability
Special Kickstarter introductory pricing starts at $2,199, with the campaign running through July 26, 2023. The regular MSRP is $2,999. Shipping will be charged on top of that pricing, and range from $199 to $399 depending on where you are in the world.
Deliveries for early adopters are expected to begin in late July, for the first 100 orders.
The Air Cruiser comes with a 2-year warranty. The tent also comes with a repair kit that includes some tent material pieces, tenacious patches, and a seam sealant set.
Wild Land claims to already produce 50,000 RTTs a year and was started all the way back in 2002.