Review: Sportz Truck Tent for Motorcycle Camping

Aug 11, 2015 View Comments by

Sportz Truck Tent Review	A Tent in Your Truck? –

Sportz Truck Tent Review	Hold on. Before you give me major grief for ever transporting my motorcycle in the bed of my truck, hear me out. I pack my camp on the back of my BMW R 1200 GS at least 98-percent of the time. I can offer ample proof of this both on the web and in the print pages of RoadRUNNER. However, there are times when it is great to drive to a location, set up a comfortable camp, and then set out on numerous day rides. I also like being able to avoid paying the cost of a motel room when I am going to spend most of my time on the bike.

That’s where a truck tent comes in. A good tent of this type sets up in the bed of your truck, gets you off the ground, and delivers plenty of space and comfort. My Napier Sportz Truck Tent fills this bill quite well. It’s not perfect, but it is a nicely designed and quality crafted product.

Whereas the tent that I pack on my motorcycle takes me about 10 minutes to set up, the Sportz tent takes a bit longer. After the initial learning curve, it takes about a half an hour from start to finish. It is a process that involves several different fiberglass poles assembled in a rather strict order to make the assembly run smoothly. Also, because of the tent’s height, especially when assembled in the truck, setup can be a bit of a stretch. After a couple of practice sessions, though, it becomes relatively painless.

Sportz Truck Tent Review	The interior has a roomy feel and when an inflatable truck bed mattress is employed (like the AirBedz Lite in the photo) the tent offers an amazingly comfortable sleeping space—even for two. Its over-the-rail design and full floor keep the rain out of both the tent and the truck bed. I can attest to this after experiencing a torrential mountain downpour. There is also an awning that can be used if so desired.

It does have two design flaws in my opinion. For one, the rain-fly sits too close to the side windows for effective cross-ventilation. However the front to back air-flow is great. The biggest design flaw that I have found is that the access flap and screen gather at the bottom of the tailgate when open. This necessitates climbing over both when exiting and entering the tent.

These two flaws aside, the Napier Sportz Truck Tent is a good option for motorcycle excursions that involve your truck. At a normal selling price of about $260, it does not take long for the tent to pay for itself when compared to hotel rooms.

www.napieroutdoors.com

By Tim Kessel

 

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