Covered For Adventure: A.R.E. Z Series Cap Review

    Covered for Adventure

    Ali MansourPhotographer, Writer

    There are few modifications that truly change the utility of a truck as much as a bed cap. A cap can not only keep your gear out of the elements, but it allows you to transform your truck into everything from a basecamp to a mobile workshop. In addition, a cap creates a secure place to haul cargo for when the cabin is packed with people. Our ’18 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is a great example of a versatile pickup that quickly runs out of room with the family on board.

    This fact, along with our travel needs, led us to look for a cap to cover our Crew Cab’s shortbed. After looking at the available options, we landed on a cap that met all of our wants and needs. It comes from A.R.E. and is part of the company’s Z Series line. With nearly 50 years of cap building under its belt, A.R.E. has an extensive catalog of bed covers and accessories.

    The Z Series caught our attention initially due to the slanted back and all-glass rear window. It’s a subtle, but well-executed, styling cue that we felt looked more exciting than your average flat-backed cap. Once we looked further into the details on the fiberglass cover, we quickly found that we could option it just the way we needed. Working with our local A.R.E. certified dealer, we ordered ours; a few weeks later, we were back at Hall’s Storage Buildings in Wilmington, North Carolina, to have it installed.

    So, what’s it been like living with the new cap? Read on to find out.

    Form and Function

    Styling can be subjective, but we love the look of our color-matched cap. Using it daily for everything from hauling strollers to car parts, it’s absolutely improved the versatility of the truck. The Ascend rack has also been extremely helpful, as we’ve been able to secure an awning to it as well as haul gear that was way too long to fit in the bed. Given the amount of holes that come in the bed from the factory, we didn’t expect this to be a perfectly sealed setup. Thankfully, we rarely have issues with water or dust creeping in. While it’s not a dirt-cheap upgrade, it is one that has added tremendous value to the truck.