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The GFC Superlite Is Back!

November 21, 2022 3 min read 25 Comments

The GFC Superlite Is Back!

The lightest, thinnest, simplest, most affordable hardshell rooftop tent—the only tent to ever win the NORRA 1000—is back. But probably not for the reason you think. 

Let’s go back in time a bit. When we first launched the Superlite in July, 2020, we intended it to be an exercise in extremes. We set out to make rooftop tents accessible to more people by optimizing the product entirely for weight and cost. And part of the way we got that cost down was by outsourcing production of the fabric to China. 

That was never a decision that sat right by us. 

At its core, GFC is a company that designs and manufactures amazing products. Filling out customs forms and managing someone else’s idea of quality was never something that interesting to us.

So we killed it. But not before we sold a bunch of them. 

We also put 500 of them into cold storage just in case there were any major issues. But, two years later, we really haven’t encountered any. So, with a new, all-American Superlite coming late next year, we decided to give the people what they want now: another chance to own the lightest, thinnest, simplest, and most affordable hardshell rooftop tent yet made. 

The Superlite is a perfect fit on our bed topper, which we're excited to announce is now shipping

It also turns out this thing is more American made than we’ve traditionally made it out to be. The honeycomb composite panels are made in the midwest. The aluminum extrusion comes from the Rocky Mountains. And we machine all the billet aluminum components ourselves, right here in Montana. 

To recap specs, the Superlite measures 50 inches wide and 90 inches long, externally, and weighs 80 pounds. We achieved that weight using a drastically simple panel-in-bag design that inserts the composite honeycomb panels we also use in the Platform Camper and RTT floor and roofs into a 600-denier, UV-stable fabric sheath. That fabric provides the hinge and shell, leaving a 300-denier ripstop fabric to form the sides and rear of the tent.

You can cinch those composite panels down within the fabric sheath to a total thickness of just 4.5 inches. Or you can stuff your bedding inside, leave the straps a bit looser, and end up with a package that's around 6 inches thick when closed. 

To support the roof and hold the tent open, the Superlite is equipped with two telescoping aluminum poles that are basically trekking poles without handles, spikes, or baskets. The same cam lock you’re familiar with from those trekking poles allows infinite adjustment of tension by holding the poles as extended as you’d like. 

The puff pad, an optional mattress you can add is a three-inch thick self-inflating air mattress filled with open-cell foam, sized to perfectly fit the tent floor, and two adults. But if you already own a sleeping pad, we designed the superlite to accommodate just about anything you might already own as long as it fits in the 50x90 footprint.

On the underside, our very own aluminum extrusions and billet mounts can connect to any crossbars designed to support the weight of the tent. The Superlite is the only hardshell rooftop tent light enough to suit the dynamic roof load ratings of popular 4x4s like the Ford Bronco, and will work just as well on top of your Subaru, too, where its slim dimensions will cause the least wind noise, and take the smallest bite out of your fuel economy possible. 

Want one? They’re going to cost $1,500 shipped to your door. You can add a GFC Puff Pad for $329, and a ladder for $179. 

The plan is to offer the remaining Superlites for sale as we assemble them. We’ll be putting 120 live at 8am Pacific on Friday, November 25. Keep an eye out for the rest of the drops in the near future.


25 Responses

Theron
Theron

March 04, 2024

Looking for a GFC Superlite to mount on a Toyota RAV4- will you be releasing more of this model? Thanks!

Theron

Steven
Steven

January 15, 2024

Its in development and hope to have it in the near future. I doubt its anytime soon.

Erik
Erik

January 06, 2024

When ass holes when?

Lex
Lex

December 05, 2023

I’ll add to the chorus, late next year has become now. I’d be really interested in one. My current RTT is too heavy to comfortably take on and off for fuel economy

Suzanne
Suzanne

December 01, 2023

Is the super lite back?

Alexander
Alexander

November 30, 2023

I ordered and paid for a Superlite from Canada in early 2020. Border closed and int’l shipping hassle during pandemic made me cancel my order, which is a huge regret I’ve had since then. When will be the new all MADE IN USA model released?

DB
DB

November 23, 2023

“Late next year” has arrived. What’s the release date for the all-american lightweight?

Louis
Louis

November 13, 2023

any updates on the next release?

Kyle S
Kyle S

September 24, 2023

Best damn thing ever. Perfect for duck season, ski road trips, deer season, and any camping trip. I have used it once a week for the past 2 years and it is as just like I bought it while putting it through sierra winters. Thank you GFC!

Mando
Mando

September 17, 2023

Is this getting re-stocked?

Terry Williquette
Terry Williquette

August 08, 2023

I need one to fit a 2022 Ford Maverick. The 90 inch one described is too long for a maverick.
Please, let me know. Thx.

Rocky
Rocky

July 21, 2023

Is the GFC Superlite back? If it’s back, when is it available and how much? Please let me know!

Rocky
Rocky

July 21, 2023

Is the GFC Superlite back? If it’s back, when is it available and how much? Please let me know!

Giusseppe
Giusseppe

July 09, 2023

Can it handle storage weight on top? Can it also handle a person walking on it while it is in a stowed position?

Dina
Dina

July 08, 2023

Hello! I have one of the 2020 models. Can you bring back parts for it? I recently lost a mounting bracket and am limping with three. You sell the locking bolt but nothing else. Love mine! I have it on a prinsu roof rack on a Crosstrek.

Terry
Terry

July 01, 2023

Are they available now?

towcio
towcio

May 09, 2023

All the links to SUPERLITE-80 are dead. Is this tent available?

Benjamin
Benjamin

April 11, 2023

If this comes back I’d like one. Thanks!

Alex
Alex

March 02, 2023

Hello? Bueller? Anyone home to answer questions?

Alex
Alex

February 17, 2023

Hi, I see a new drop is coming for the Superlite! I have some questions:

1. Will a 6" memory foam mattress fit in Superlite when closed? If this means that the foam would be slightly compressed when closed, this is OK!
2. Does the UV-stable fabric sheath block out ALL light at night time/dark?
3. Will generic 3rd party collapsible ladders (without mounting straps) wori with the Superlite?
4. Are more drops planned after February?

Andreas Scharmann
Andreas Scharmann

January 28, 2023

Hello! Will you be releasing more Superlights soon? will be great ….Thanks!

Kelli
Kelli

December 21, 2022

Hello! Will you be releasing more Superlights soon? Thanks!

roofing near me
roofing near me

December 05, 2022

https://www.rooferwashingtondc.com/contact-us.html
Yes perfect!

Bridger
Bridger

December 01, 2022

How much will the new one cost?

Ed
Ed

November 25, 2022

Will you mount to a prinsu roof rack if we pick up in Belgrade?

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