Inflatable Truck Topper: ‘FLATED’ Launches With Unique Pickup Accessories
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Just launched, FLATED is a unique automotive outfitter that wants to elevate and simplify gear for overlanders, road trippers, and van lifers.
It might seem like every corner of the outdoor gear market is covered. For any problem, no matter how slight, there’s a host of companies ready to sell you a solution. It’s rare that we encounter some product that meets an unanswered need, but an inflatable truck topper might be the exception.
Launched this week, FLATED is a brand that claims to heed car camper, overlander, and van lifer calls for more efficient, portable equipment by making all of its accessories inflatable.
Its initial product line features a truck topper, cargo box, pet carrier, and rooftop platform. Here’s what we know about each piece of inflatable gear in FLATED’s automotive collection.
FLATED Pickup & SUV Gear
Although soft-sided, the inflatable line uses all-weather, military-grade materials. FLATED binds each piece together using a proven drop-stitch construction to create a rigid shape and taught surface when inflated. Every inflatable component comes with a high-pressure hand or foot pump, patch kits, and a backpack-like carrying case.
Air-Topper Inflatable Truck Topper
Air-Topper inflatable truck topper; (photo/FLATED)
FLATED claims that its Air-Topper (MSRP $1,900-2,000) is the world’s first inflatable truck shell, durable enough for heavy-duty adventures but convenient enough for everyday use. The Air-Topper secures to a truck’s rails via eight attachment points and is compatible with Chevy, Ford, and Toyota Tacoma truck beds.
8 attachment points
Rollable, tinted vinyl windows
Removable, zippered side screens
Internal storage pockets
4 D-ring tiedowns for gear storage
Full-size standard, full-size short, mid-size standard models
Air-Deck Inflatable Platform
Air-Deck inflatable platform cots; (photo/FLATED)
The Air-Deck (MSRP $600-750) is an inflatable raised platform made to fit SUVs, trucks, and vans. FLATED makes the Air-Deck in three cot sizes: small (72″ x 31.5″), medium (72″ x 53″), and large (75″ x 62″). The raised design creates additional storage space underneath the cot.
4 quick-clip tiedown points
4 mesh storage pockets
500-lb. load-bearing capacity
Small, medium, and large cot sizes
Internal and external applications
Air-Chalet Inflatable Pet Shelter
FLATED Air-Chalet pet carrier, rated to withstand up to 203 pounds when inflated; (photos/ FLATED)
The Air-Chalet pet carrier (MSRP $400-550) is FLATED’s solution to bulky and uncomfortable pet crates. The company boasts that its inflatable, rigid construction absorbs shocks resulting from bumps and minor collisions.
Inflated, the chalet can withstand up to 230 pounds of force, creating a stiff and protective shelter that’s well suited for car, campsite, and at-home applications.
Rigid, padded “bounce-house” construction
5-sided mesh screen windows (ceiling + sides)
Full-front, quick-zip door
2 mesh storage pockets
Small, medium, large crate sizes
Air-Carrier Inflatable Cargo Box
Air-Carrier inflatable rooftop cargo; (photo/FLATED)
In addition to being collapsible, the inflatable Air-Carrier cargo box (MSRP $750-800) is no-rack, crossbar, and soft-rack mountable. FLATED makes the Air-Carrier with integrated straps for crossbar applications and D-ring accessory straps that run through the vehicle’s doors for bare rooftops.
Available in medium (64″ x 30″ x 20″) and large (72″ x 34″ x 20″) options, the inflatable cargo box offers up to 23 cubic feet of rooftop space.
420D DWR nylon canvas sidewalls
Lockable, two-way zippers
Rigid, aerodynamic design for reduced drag
Crossbar, soft-rack, and no-rack compatible
Interior storage pockets
Medium and large carrier sizes
For additional information, to place an order, or to inquire about custom fabrication, head to getflated.com.
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