ARB Simpson II Rooftop Tent
Aug 20, 2007
ARB introduces a top-of-the-line roof-top tent system for the hardcore backcountry adventurer. This roof-top tent will require a large commitment on the part of your pocket book but will provide you with the ultimate in comfort and security from the elements and potentially unfriendly critters. Speaking of comfort, this tent is manufactured from a cotton/polyester ripstop fabric that is waterproof, breathable, and, very importantly for a product that you fold away wet, mold resistant. As you would expect, doors and windows are fully protected by insect screens and covered by pop-up awnings. Multiple bows are used to keep the fly raised away from the tent to eliminate condensation and allow an air flow layer that keeps the tent cooler from sun exposure. An interesting touch is that the aluminum tent frame base is insulated to help prevent cold seeping through the floor from those chilly winter nights (you are going to go winter camping aren't you?). Bedding is a 2.6" thick high density foam mattress with removable cover.
- Ease of setup and breakdown. How many times have you arrived at your camp in the dark and needed to fumble about trying to setup your conventional tent. With the Simpson II setup is as easy as removing the tent cover, popping open the clamshell and setting up the ladder. Imagine how jealous your trail buddies will be on a rainy day!
- Protection from the elements and animals. Naturally, being off the ground, you won't have the worry of rain flooding your tent floor. And with this tent likely to be 6' or 7' off the ground, common sense would dictate that you are less vulnerable to animal intrusion but of course not completely safe. To be on the safe side, before you go to bed don't slather yourself with bacon grease.
- Possible damage. This unit is on your rooftop and it is not encased in anything hard. You do run the risk of damage from tree branches on tight trails.
- Fuel mileage. ARB has done a great job of giving this tent a low profile when stored. It is only 12" tall when closed but it will still affect your fuel consumption. However most of us are driving trucks with a drag co-efficient not unlike a large brick so it's not like it'll make the fuel economy drastically worse.
All in all, we'd have to say that roof-top tents are the ultimate in convenience and comfort for the serious backcountry camper.
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