Looking for an inexpensive way to camp? We were, but we had certain criteria. We wanted to be off the ground, and we wanted to stay dry when it rained. We wanted something with enough room so that we could move around and not feel cramped. We wanted to point and laugh at bugs because they couldn’t get to us. Did we mention it had to be inexpensive?
We chose to give Napier Outdoors Sportz Truck Tent a whirl.
Napier developed the first Sportz Truck Tent in 1990, and the company was one of the first companies to produce and market truck tents in North America. By the late 1990s, the company’s truck tents were offered as a genuine accessory by GM and Ford, and thus began a whirlwind of growth and new products for Napier. During this time the company added SUV tents to its lineup, and through the years it redeveloped the Sportz Truck Tent.
Napier currently offers a variety of cool ways to camp, including an assortment of truck tents in a number of price ranges. There’s even an option like the Sportz Link that connects to a Napier truck tent to offer even more room for sleeping, dining, storage, or just hanging out. Don’t have a pickup truck? No worries, Napier also offers a wide range of SUV tents, too. Oh, and the company offers a variety of accessories, including air mattresses and chairs.
We ordered the 57 Series Sportz Truck Tent (only $279.99 at time of print on the company’s website) to use with our long-term Nissan Titan PRO-4X 4×4 pickup. The tent offered everything we were looking for, including two-person capacity, a generous center height of around 5 feet 8 inches so we could move around, three windows to let in natural light and enjoy airflow, polyester mesh screening to keep bugs out, waterproofing and a rainfly to keep us dry, and neat features like a gear loft, gear pocket, and lantern holder. The Sportz Truck Tent is so compact and lightweight (around 26 pounds) when rolled up that we keep it in the truck all the time, because you just never know when the urge to camp will hit. In addition to using the tent as sleeping quarters during backcountry jaunts and camping trips, we’ve also used it as a base camp during days at the beach or in the woods. It’s just what we were looking for.