Toyota Tacoma camper's floor-to-ceiling windows let the outdoors in
It was starting to feel like pop-up pickup toppers (like this one or this one) were destined to look quite similar from brand to brand, but along come the innovators at Rossmönster to introduce the most unique design the ever-growing pop-topper market has seen yet. Not only is its all-new Lagom camper one of the very few hard-wall toppers out there, but it expands with a high-rising roof supported by full-height front and rear windows that make it a rooftop observatory optimized for taking in the local scenery.
Rossmönster announced its arrival into the overland truck market last year with the highly capable Baja, a Ford F-150-based, hard-sided pop-up overland truck with a warm, cozy ski lodge of an interior. It's positioned the new Lagom Series as the entry point to its overlanding line, compatible with smaller pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma and Jeep Gladiator. In transitioning over to a smaller, simpler truck camper, the Colorado company has stuck with a fully hard-sided design, joining fellow topper brand Hiatus in eschewing simple, popular fabric construction in favor of hard walls that fold accordion-style.
The aluminum Lagom topper folds down nice and flat while driving, then lifts into shape in seconds with the help of two large strut arms on each side. The front and rear sides include folding central supports and are completed by swing-down windows that latch to the ceiling during transit. The result of the design is a tall, spacious rooftop camping box that erases the divide between inside and out. Rather than merely peeping out a small mesh window, Lagom campers get bed-to-ceiling views, front and back.
The high-rising Lagom pop-top clears 6.7 feet (204 cm) of interior standing height over the pickup bed and 3 feet (91 cm) of seated head room over the double bed that stretches into the front above-cab section. The upper walls around the bed are upholstered for added warmth and comfort, and each Lagom includes window covers.
Beyond the bed, Rossmönster has kept the interior clear and uncluttered with the objective of maintaining access to the full pickup bed for use in hauling camping and adventure gear or for everyday chores. The optional Goal Zero Yeti 1500 portable electrical system delivers camp power and easily removes when it's not needed. It's paired with up to 200 watts of solar charging.
The Lagom Base model starts at US$14,000, and the Base Plus with Yeti 1500, solar power, MaxxAir fan and dimmable LED interior lighting starts at $17,000. A $4,000 Expedition Pack brings roof rails, MOLLE panels, an outside ladder and a front LED light bar to either Base or Base Plus models. The Lagom is compatible with 2016+ Tacomas with 5- or 6-foot beds, all Jeep Gladiator models, and 2015 to 2020 F-150s with 6.5-foot beds. Rossmönster is working on variants for additional trucks and encourages interested parties to contact it with the make/models they're interested in outfitting. For those who'd like to try before they buy, the company offers both Gladiator and Tacoma Lagom rentals from its Longmont, Colorado headquarters for $205/day.
Rossmönster tells us the average Lagom weighs between 350 and 400 lb (159 and 181 kg), depending upon the truck model/bed size for which it's built and the options selected by the buyer.