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POD Tents

By: on September 06, 2015
$600 - $1k
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OK, all you Camping Doughnut enthusiasts (and whiners and foot stampers lamenting that it's still only a concept), here's an almost-as-cool and exponentially-more-real alternative for you: POD Tents. If you've got the cash, grab a grip of POD Tent segments and make yourself your own campsite labyrinth of polyester walls. Sure, it will end up looking more like one of those hamster pipe mazes than a giant lifesaver, but I think the sentiments of extended outdoor living, communal camping, and Eff yeah Burning Man 2016! translate from Doughnut to POD pretty darn well.

The modular POD Tents come in 4 segments: a Maxi Tent; a Mini Tent; a Tunnel Tent; and an Inner Sleeping Cell. All connect to (or hang within in the case of the Sleeping Cell) one another in a number of possible arrangements and with any number of PODs. POD together a PODacre. A PODblock. A PODapalooza!

They say POD Tents are as easy to set up as they are to drool over. The Maxi and Mini tents have exactly 8 and 3 poles respectively. All are the same size and shape, with an octo- or tri-fingered central attachment. Any 2 people, novices or old pros, should be able to pitch a POD in 10 to 20 minutes.

The Maxi POD Tent measures 5 meters in diameter and 2.7 meters top-to-bottom. It sleeps 8 people in an open setting, or 4 with a pair of added Sleeping Pods for privacy. The Mini is 3.8 x 3.6 meters in diameter and stands 2.2 meters tall. Tents are made of 210T Ripstop Polyester with PU coating, and 160G/sqm PE floor material.

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