See BMW x The North Face's Tent on Wheels


No set-up required. The outdoor life doesn’t get any better than this


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See BMW x The North Face's Tent on Wheels
Automotive January 16th, 2019

Campers don’t come any cooler than this. Behold, a tent on wheels, fashioned by BMW’s Designworks, driven by the German brand’s vehicular know-how and The North Face’s passion for the great outdoors. All you have to do is hook it onto the back of your automobile and take it into the wilderness. No set-up required.

It is the future of camping, one that was inspired by the 2008 BMW Gina Light Visionary roadster concept. While it doesn’t feature the shape-shifting capability of the Gina, it bears a similarity in the form of skin.

The BMW x The North Face camper on wheels is made of FutureLight, a breathable but waterproof membrane wrapped around an exoskeleton. Photo by BMW

FutureLight, the Future of Camping

This skin, known as FutureLight, is a new fabric innovated by The North Face. Similar to Gore-Tex, you’ll find the porous membrane tough, breathable and waterproof, all courtesy of nano spinning technology. Stretched over a geodesic dome and supported by an exoskeleton frame, it’s a safe space on the inside. Things might get loud and choppy on a windy day, but never mind, you’re in the great outdoors.

The camper features windows, airless tyres and a staggered bed layout. Photo by BMW

If you’re worried about claustrophobia or punctured tyres, they are already one step ahead of you. The camper, which can be collapsed for easy storage, features windows, airless tyres and a staggered bed that doubles as a couch. We do suggest bringing along a BioLite — a smokeless camp stove that feeds on wood and turns heat into electricity.

The entire thing is light, and can be collapsed for easy storage. Photo by BMW

While one can expect FutureLight technology to appear in The North Face’s Autumn 2019 line, little has been said about the camper. It will be great if the concept comes to fruition. But until then, we’ll have to make do with sleeping bags, tents and a little elbow grease.

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