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
Import Duties & Taxes
We stock Pod’s in a number of global locations including the UK which covers all of the EU countries and also Las Vegas which covers the United States so as we import directly into these locations all the taxes and duties are calculated and covered in the pricing you see on our site.
Outside of these regions however customers are responsible for an localized taxes and duties that their countries might apply and it is their responsibility to pay for these additional costs when the goods arrive.
Around the world different countries apply different rules and rates and these often change so it is difficult to give a definitive answer on the global rates however the EU HS code for our product is 6306220000 and the USA code is 6306.22.9030.
From our recent experience you could expect to see an 18% duty applied into Canada , 15% into Mexico and between 35% & 100% into South America and this doesn’t include and local GST taxes these a purely duty rates so please ensure you investigate the “total” costs that getting your Pod delivered to your location might be.
We do make this clear in both our terms & conditions and also at the cart stage of the order processing and you will be billed for the delivery cost / any return costs and fee applied should you refuse to pay these charges on arrival of the goods into your country.
We can do everything possible to assist you in ensuring our paperwork is correct and as is required for the county of entry and this may result in us asking you for Tax ID numbers or company Tax information however our hands are tied once it arrives and the duties / taxes are due.
If you are in any doubt please contact the sales department prior to placing your order and they will do whatever they can to assist you email@example.com
Pod Extreme Tents
In 2016 we were approached by Altezza travel a travel company who organise and facilitate trips on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, They had seen the Pod Elite range and wondered if they would be suitable for harsh mountain environments. After lengthy discussion we advised them that the Elite range would not be suitable however we had been looking at the possibility of introducing an Extreme range of tents for just such environments.
John Dennis Review of Pods
It was March this year when eyes were first laid on POD tents in a message sent to me via a friend on FaceBook. It instantly caught my eye and knew that it needed investigating. As an adventurer and expeditioner this was a product completely suited for a family adventure we had planned.
Not being one for writing review of products, purely as the amount used, would take a life time.
Pod Tents stocked in the USA
We are pleased to announce that as of July 2016 we now have Pod’s in stock in the USA , While we continue to search for the right retail partners for our products we have decided to use a 3rd party logistics company based in Texas to ensure that our American customers get their Pod’s quickly , efficiently and more importantly shipped at a competitive rate.
Pod’s used to educate & entertain kids
When we set about designing and producing Pod’s we thought we had covered everything the tents could be used for , family camping , Scouts , Military , Disaster relief , Temporary accommodation you name it we thought of it, however a company in England had a different vision for them and they are using them for an amazing interactive learning experience for kids..
GI Gadgets – Facebook Post
GI Gadgets has run a video of Pod’s on its Facebook page this week which has already been viewed by 3.7 Million of their followers and 38,000 people taking the time to comment on it .. They used our drone footage along with a montage of the Pod walk through to compile this into their own format.
Isn’t a black tent hotter inside ?
Seeing as we are continually asked this question we decided to write a blog about it and how from our own tests the answer is no.
When we first decided to produce the tent in black ( so it stood out from the crowd in a sea of green, blue and brown tents that manufacturers seem to choose to produce in) we started by asking why no one else had done it , the initial searches in google seemed to indicate that black would absorb the heat and therefore make it hotter inside. We were confused though because when it comes to clothes its clear that black makes you feel cooler in the sun hence why people in hot countries wear black clothing.
Business Insider piece on Pod’s
The US version of Business Insider has put together a nice video compilation of the Pod tents showing exactly the functionality of the product and its modular inter-connectivity aspects.
It also touches on the height and sheer size of the Pod Maxi which it rightly describes as HUGE..