JakPak - Compact portable tent

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 20:35
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This looks like an interesting camping accessory - for those who are after minimum weight when traveling. I can't see myself running out and buying one just yet though.

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Source: News.com.au


TRAVELLERS are trading comfort for convenience with a new jacket-tent outfit, but those who aren't keen on tight spaces will be running for the hills.

The JakPak claims to be the first of its kind and is designed for people who love the outdoors, sports enthusiasts and those living in areas prone to natural disasters.

However those who suffer from claustrophobia will no doubt be shocked by how little space there is inside.

It it designed so that travellers can don the waterproof shirt during the day before transforming it into a tent at night.

The tent is detachable from the sleeping bag which means it can also be used as a pack cover, and the space between them is bridged by see-through insect netting.

Many travellers seem happy to sacrifice comfort for convenience and a lot of weight, with the majority of feedback on social networking website Twitter about the Jetpak positive.



“What every nerd-go-camping was waiting for: a tent inside your jacket,” traveller Danieli Francesco said.

“Everyone should have one of these things,” Christina Nicole said.

However others were less keen on the idea.

"Ever wonder what it feels like to be a caterpillar in a cocoon? Now you can,” traveller Christina said.

“Because you don't look enough like an idiot when you're camping,” writer Jessica Helmers said.

One traveller even compared the JakPak to the famous Snuggie outfit.

“And, we have the outdoors person's Snuggie. 'Dude, you forgot your tent!’ - ‘Dude, pull my sleeve," blogger Andy Woolard said.

As shown in the company’s Flickr photo feed, some campers stuff additional sleeping bags into the JakPak to make it more comfortable.

The jacket-tent weighs around one kilogram and sells for $US250 ($270).

The new version made its debut in Utah, US, earlier this year.



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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:08

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:08
I pass.... definiitely not for me..
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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:19

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:19
lol..interesting concept though, one step further than a swag.

Maybe good for those one or two day hikes away from the 4by...

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:33

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 21:33
That would have to be the worst idea i have seen in a long time!! A tent for cyclists or hikers would be better and you can buy an awful lot of tent and other gear for $270. :) Michael
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Reply By: Member - Brad S (SA) - Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 22:19

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010 at 22:19
For some strange reason the term "Body Bag" comes to mind.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boeing (PER) - Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 00:28

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 00:28
A body bag in a different colour, you might as well take away a Wheelie Bin liner.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 06:39

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 06:39
Body bags are waterproof, windproof and can keep you quite warm if need be. They don't unzip from the inside though....funny that.

Al, I think you're taking this "Less is more" mentality to far ;-) I think big John would prefer a real tent somehow.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 09:49

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 09:49
Mick, if big John wants a tent he can blooming well put it up and take it down each day..lol

I have allocated a very generous amount of tray real estate for a couple of swags...

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