Pod Extreme Tents
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.
Collectively we decided to embark on a process to combine our experience in tent design and materials and their real life experience of what was required to build a tent suitable for the conditions on Kilimanjaro whilst maintaining the functionality of interconnect ability.
Version 1 was manufactured in a white material with our traditional silver lining but we made the tents lower in head height and enhanced the materials to a much higher HH rating and UV resistance combined with an increase in the pole construction. After 6 months of testing on the mountain and many set ups and take down , usage and cleaning we were able to review the tents performance and over all the tents did well although the internal coating didn’t hold up to the cleaning.
For version 2.0 we changed the internal coating to overcome the cleaning issues and designed the colour to be Black & Yellow for higher visibility, some other minor changes to the design and an additional removable porch area so you can remove all the snow covered gear before you enter the tent. After another 6 months on the mountain the feedback from Altezza and their customers has been brilliant and as a result they have received many more clients to book a Pod experience on Kilimanjaro as the luxury and functionality of Pod was something that clients had not experienced before.
Aleksandr Andreichuk from Altezza commented
“We have been searching for something unique to stand out against other trek outfitters on Kilimanjaro. It is the POD team and its revolutionary product that made it 100% possible.
Firstly, our clients are the happiest on the Mount. Their Kilimanjaro adventures with us are comfortable in a way that has never been experienced by anyone on Kilimanjaro before. Not only the walk-in design made the climbs really enjoyable (no need to crawl inside any more), but also the Roof of Africa wonders become accessible for the elderly and people with disabilities, for whom using conventional tents is impossible. In addition, because of the tunnels, it became possible to run comfortable expeditions during the rainy season.
Secondly, the POD support team is awesome. They respond to all our queries quickly and informatively, and our suggestions and ideas are always taken into consideration.
We plan to perpetuate our cooperation with the POD for many years to come”
Altezza Travel are now ready to place their first significant order of Pod Extremes and will be representing Pod as a sales agent in the region as they are experienced in the importation & shipping process in this difficult region.
The Extreme range will initially be a made to order range due to the complexity of its manufacture and the level of pricing required to produce such a high specification product.
You can check our Altezza on their website https://en.altezza.travel/ and their social media
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/altezza.travel/
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