DofE Staff Testing of Pod Tents
DofE Staff test Pod Tents
Here at Pod we are constantly approached by people and companies to try out our products and recently when approached by Tony Edwards the Duke of Edinburgh centre manager for Samual Whitbread School we were more than happy to have the product reviewed by people who know their way around tents. This is the review that Tony completed after 2 separate weekends of trying both the Pod Maxi and the Pod Minis:
“I am looking at tents for staff for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions I run at my school. We have a large number of participants for Bronze and Silver and it is important to us that the staff are also comfortable to enable them to support the students effectively whilst on expedition.
With the changing weather in the UK we also need space for securing kit and shelter for staff to stay out of the elements. I have looked at traditional style tents but they are cumbersome and more for family camping than what we need.
I found the pod tents online and contacted Jason – he kindly leant us one maxi and two minis with tunnels to try out for our Bronze weekend expeditions this season.
We used the Maxi on the first weekend where 4 members of staff slept on camp beds, there was loads of space for them and lots of spare kit. It was the weekend of the high winds so we were a little worried that, due to its height, it would stand up to the elements; we needn’t have worried, we put in all guy ropes with sturdy pegs and the Maxi won through.
The second weekend we used the two Minis with a tunnel in-between and again they were used for four staff members (2 in each pod for privacy). The innovative design with the tunnel offered a great solution for splitting couples or male/female staff.
Both tents and tunnels were easy to put up and down , just from watching the you tube video we were able to set up within 5 to 10 mins the first time we had used them. I am sure with more use we will become a lot quicker.
The fabric used, the design and stitching is all of high quality and we were very impressed. These would definitely be suitable for any staffing tents for DofE, Scouting or similar”
Tony Edwards, DofE Centre Manager, Samuel Whitbread Academy, Clifton, Beds