THE DU­PLEX OF CAMP­ING

Stay con­nected with Napier Sportz SUV Tent

4WDrive - - Contents - WORDS AND PHOTOS BY PERRY MACK

Ide­spise small tents. Tent rat­ings are like the rec­om­mended serv­ing sizes on frozen food – ac­cord­ing to them, I am a family of four, all by my­self. Three­man tents are like buy­ing hot­dogs and buns, two sausages too many.

Which is why I was at­tracted to Napier’s SUV tent model 84000. It is spa­cious. It fea­tures a 3m x 3m (10’x10’) in­te­rior floor with 2.2m (7.25’) of head­room in the main tent, a 1.8m x 2.1m (6’x7’) screen room, a sleeve that con­nects to the in­te­rior of your SUV and a 1.8m awning for when you want to be out­doors but not in the sun.

The de­sign fea­tures, in­clud­ing storm flaps, cargo pock­ets, lantern hanger and a full taped-seam rain fly, clearly show that the tent en­gi­neers at Napier have been into the woods with this three-sea­son tent. But the pièce de ré­sis­tance is the ve­hi­cle sleeve.

Reasons to ac­cess your ve­hi­cle from in­side the tent might not be im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent to some folks, but any­one who’s heard those fa­mous words in the mid­dle of a dark, rainy night, “Honey, where are the ____?” and you an­swer, “They’re in the truck”, will un­der­stand. If not gear, then what about a place to put a cou­ple small kids? Close enough to keep an eye on them, with­out get­ting poked in the eye.

The tent seals up with­out your SUV, so you can un­clip the ve­hi­cle sleeve and drive off to in­dulge in your ad­ven­tures.

Napier says 15 min­utes to set-up. I say that’s af­ter some prac­tice and un­der ideal con­di­tions – i.e. not in the dark, not when it’s windy, not when you’re reading the in­struc­tions in French as a test to see how bilin­gual you are.

Granted, the big tent will take up some cargo space and add some weight, but it’s roughly half the weight of a roof top tent and will leave your roof rack free to hold a lot of other gear.

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