Dave

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Yeah, it’s different. Yeah, the case is long. And yeah, it looks like it’s from NASA.

And I LOVE it. Why? Because it just WORKS.

The Shiftpod has been tested in sustained winds of 100 mph, is made from multi-layer insulated reflective material designed for desert temps, and is super fast and easy to deploy or stow. One shelter that can serve many purposes.

This thread will detail my experiences with the Shiftpod2 and the Mini as these will be integral to my fast and light, LESS GEAR AND MORE GO Jeep JL Rubicon build.

Let’s start with some stock photos and detail shots.

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Dave

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Inside and some detail shots for the curious. Every detail on the Shiftpod is pretty well thought out. The floor tub zips in or out depending on what you want to do. You could easily live full time in one of these.

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I mentioned testing and wind. Properly staked down, the natural boulder shape sheds wind (and dust) unlike more traditional consumer grade tent designs.

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For serious rain or super hot weather, there is a fly they call the “Blast Shield”. Different colors are on the horizon as well including solid colors and camo patterns. Even a ghillie suit version is being planned for military or hunting use.

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Other accessories on the horizon include a tunnel system that connects Shiftpods making larger layouts possible.

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Entire cities could be made from Shiftpods if needed, they’re a real force multiplier in a disaster response scenario. This was laid out in one day.

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bob91yj

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I've been very impressed with them when I've looked at them, watched the set up and take down , which is remarkably fast and simple. The ONLY thing I didn't like was the shape of the door. For a big guy or wearing bulky/winter clothes it is a bit small. That nit pick is so minor that it wouldn't stop me from getting one.

Excellent choice IMO!:cool:
 
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I am really digging these. Almost bought a Gazelle at Overland Expo East but timed my volunteer time on pack-up day wrong and they were gone. This is a similar frame pop-up design but I like the geometry here better (Gazelle is a cube).

For vehicle travel, I don't think the packed size is that bad. Yes it is longer than other styles but we have a little more wiggle room on wheels and good shelter is a high priority when balancing space. Downright tiny compared to a RTT.

My concern being in a humid environment is ventilation. Muggy/still air can make for a hot, miserable night, and cold weather makes it rain inside with condensation. How do these fair?
 

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My concern being in a humid environment is ventilation. Muggy/still air can make for a hot, miserable night, and cold weather makes it rain inside with condensation. How do these fair?
We’ll see. With all the windows and doors open, and the vents up high, I think we’ll be fine. The rain fly covers the windows so that will allow them to be open in inclement weather. Bug screens look to be appropriate to keep out the gnats and No See-Ums too.
 

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My concern being in a humid environment is ventilation. Muggy/still air can make for a hot, miserable night, and cold weather makes it rain inside with condensation. How do these fair?
Get a Heater/AC unit.


Of course that goes against the less gear and more go philosophy. :lol

But. You can make a cheap 5 gallon bucket AC with dryer vents that take advantage of those vent ports already in the side. Don't cut the bucket up like some designs. You then can't use the bucket for storage or other things like a loo (with a bag of course). Just carry a modified lid and dryer vinyl vent duct so you can fill the bucket up with ice when you need it.

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You can make a cheap 5 gallon bucket AC with dryer vents that take advantage of those vent ports already in the side. Don't cut the bucket up like some designs. You then can't use the bucket for storage or other things like a loo (with a bag of course). Just carry a modified lid and dryer vinyl vent duct so you can fill the bucket up with ice when you need it.
I am going to need one of those in about three weeks...

-Andy
 
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Packed size and weight are similar to Oz Tent. Is set up time similar? As in 30 seconds to erect the tent and 20 minuets staking and guying? I may have missed it on the web site but where is Shift Pod manufactured? At the price point they are selling I’m guessing Asia?
 
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Dave

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Packed size and weight are similar to Oz Tent. Is set up time similar? As in 30 seconds to erect the tent and 20 minuets staking and guying? I may have missed it on the web site but where is Shift Pod manufactured? At the price point they are selling I’m guessing Asia?
I had an OzTent RV5. Shiftpod setup time is MUCH faster. Staking it down is not even needed unless you expect wind. And then we’re talking 6 stakes unlike the 15 or whatever I needed on the OzTent. Guylines are only required for high winds.

Given the choice between the two, the Shiftpod wins for me, especially considering the significant difference in useable interior space. Pretty sure both tents are made in Asia as well.
 

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I am eager to hear how it does when it's very rainy.
This. So many products seem to be developed for the drier climes of the West, Aussie or South African outbacks that the effects of continuous rain of the East isn't a consideration when products are being developed.

As one who is always looking for the best solution for dealing with the wet, seeing Dave's experiences with the Shiftpod will be interesting.
 

Doug

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More like out of the pan. Just don’t take too long setting it up or you’ll burn the bottom. :peek


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On a serious note, I’m curious but would want to try one for a weekend to see if I liked it. It’s just such a different design. I’m not sure about the windows or floor
 

Dave

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This. So many products seem to be developed for the drier climes of the West, Aussie or South African outbacks that the effects of continuous rain of the East isn't a consideration when products are being developed.

As one who is always looking for the best solution for dealing with the wet, seeing Dave's experiences with the Shiftpod will be interesting.
Truth. I'm going to get some real opportunities to test this in all weather - the Midwest is famous for rapid weather changes and unexpected storms!

On a serious note, I’m curious but would want to try one for a weekend to see if I liked it. It’s just such a different design. I’m not sure about the windows or floor
I was on the fence for a LONG time on this to be honest. It's very "non-traditional" in both appearance and details.

Once thing you can be sure of, if it sucks you know I'll say it (and they'll hear about it)... :lol
 

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Truth. I'm going to get some real opportunities to test this in all weather - the Midwest is famous for rapid weather changes and unexpected storms!
There you go... you went and said it! Smooth move @Dave - you flippin' know better than to say that out loud.

Coincidentally, what's happening today at the NAVPERSCOM HMCM detailer desk... "Well, I guess it's time to move Bennett... NH 29 Palms Command Master Chief has been a tough billet to fill and I need someone there by January 2019. Petty Officer... get me that number for HMCM "Boot" Bennett at NH Chiraq... chop-chop". :rofl
 

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There you go... you went and said it!
29 Stumps? Don't threaten me with a good time. That's easy striking distance to vast swaths of public land and remote exploration opportunities!

But my detailer isn't at PERS, the FORCM is my detailer so who knows where I'll go next... especially when my CMDCM package hits.

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TangoBlue

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29 Stumps? Don't threaten me with a good time. That's easy striking distance to vast swaths of public land and remote exploration opportunities!

But my detailer isn't at PERS, the FORCM is my detailer so who knows where I'll go next... especially when my CMDCM package hits.

Oh GAWD, Dave, it was just a joke... you know like the observation, "sure is quiet in the ER tonight", and its's Friday at 23:00. Work with me son, please - this isn't rocket surgery!
 
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