Weighing in at 100 lbs and nearly seven-feet long, the Canotier J3 is perfect for overlanding
The Suzuki Jimny has won hearts and minds with its adorable proportions and its off-road bona fides. And now, Japan’s Kamado has created the perfect complement for this rugged little adventurer: a pop-top tent. Neoprene Socks
The Canotier J3 is named after the French word for a boater hat (the kind of flat-topped straw hat that the members of a barbershop quartet might wear), because it sits atop the Jimny in much the same way as a hat.
Weighing in at just 45 kg (99 lbs), the company promises that it won’t add too much weight to the Suzuki, nor will it make it top-heavy, something that would undoubtedly be a disadvantage on a long overlanding trip.
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Although the tent is somewhat limited by the length of the Jimny’s roof, it should still be comfortable for most buyers. Measuring in at 2,100 mm (83 inches) in length, 1,120 mm (44 inches) in width, and 970 mm (38 inches) in height, it’s long enough to accommodate a nearly seven-foot tall sleeper (though they might find it a tight squeeze getting in).
Occupants are aided on their way in with an extending ladder that can be stowed inside the Jimny. Once inside, the tent comes with a floor-sheet and a urethane mat. All three accessories come with a case for tidy storage.
The tent itself, meanwhile, is made of neoprene, the same material used in the manufacture of wetsuits. That should make it suitably waterproof for any rain you’re likely to encounter, and it has excellent heat retention, according to Kamado.
Neoprene Padding The Kamado Canotier J3 rings in at ¥770,000 ($5,728 at current exchange rates), though the company says that it has to be the one to install the tent, so there’s no way to save any money by doing it yourself and the vehicle has to be in Japan.