My daughter and I recently went on a camping trip where we battled raccoons and the heat.
Camping is a common occurrence in our family, but not during the summer when temperatures are in the 90s. I don’t sleep well in the heat.
Yet, we desperately wanted to test out our new Sportz Cove SUV tent, get some summer fishing done, and the overnight lows were in the low 70s, so we decided to head out to a small state park about an hour from our home.
When we arrived, we found our campsite and went on a short hike to stretch our legs from the drive. On our walk, my daughter found a rock wall to climb and tried making friends with an armadillo that was not interested in expanding its social group.
Now it was time to set up the tent.
Having never used an SUV tent, I didn’t know what to expect, though I was confident I could figure it out after putting up many tents.
Several things stood out to me as I opened the bag and began to set up the Sportz Cove.
I decided to make a list of the pros and cons to share with you.
Ease of Setup/Take Down
Setting up the tent was a breeze.
I initially set it up without the directions but referenced them afterward to ensure I had done it correctly. They were clear (with pictures) on what you needed to do and what straps went where despite the tent being designed to fit multiple SUVs.
Taking it down was the same, a speedy and straightforward process. The best part only tent campers will understand is how easily it went back into the carrying bag!
It was the easiest tent to compress enough to fit into the back without a struggle.
Napier didn’t skimp on the materials they used. I’ve owned cheap tents that you could nearly see through the sides because the tent walls were so thin.
That’s not the case with the Sportz Cove. The material is thick enough to cast an excellent shadow on sunny days, and I’m confident it will last many years of camping trips.
Enlarges the Feel of the SUV
When I crawled into our Toyota 4Runner, I was shocked at how much bigger it felt with the tent.
I didn’t feel claustrophobic, even with our stuff in the front seat.
Had I closed the hatch, it would have felt much smaller.
However, leaving the hatch open led to a big con that I’m glad I caught before it was too late.