At Least 2000+ SHIFTPODs at Burning Man in 2018

Congratulations to Advanced Shelter Systems and SHIFT Camp, whose Burning Man-inspired invention has been featured by us before:

SHIFTPODs – the new generation of Burnitecture

Where did the SHIFTPOD come from?

They were mentioned in an earlier Burning Man-related story in Fast Company. The author Daniel Terdiman followed up this year by taking one of the newer air-conditioned models out to the Playa.

From Fast Company:

The ShiftPod was originally created as an answer to things like the hexayurt. Longtime Burning Man attendee Christian Weber came up with the idea for something that could be set up quickly, that could withstand heavy winds, and that was big enough to stand up in. He definitely succeeded.

I love my first-gen ShiftPod, but I have to say, the second-gen version is a step up. It’s a bit bigger–enough to notice, for sure–it’s more reflective, which means it’s cooler inside during the hottest part of the morning, and it’s just a little more modern. It feels like a second-gen version. As well, it comes standard with what’s called a Blast Shield, a highly reflective cover meant to make it possible to sleep a little later in the morning, even when there’s no shade.

[Photo: courtesy of the author Daniel Terdiman]

The consensus in my camp, where, amazingly, there were seven ShiftPods this year, was that the Blast Shield probably made it as much as 10 degrees cooler inside than without it. Given that the ShiftPod 2’s higher-reflectivity alone probably cuts 10 degrees over a first-gen version, you’re looking at up to 20 degrees less searing heat by moving from a coverless ShiftPod 1 to a v2 with a Blast Shield. That’s big.

Read the full article at Fast Company.

 

4 comments on “At Least 2000+ SHIFTPODs at Burning Man in 2018

    • You should at least try one out. Compare it to a hexayurt. You might enjoy life more on a path of love, than one of hate 🙂

      • I’m sure it’s a great tent, I just don’t like readymade “burner” products, and I really dislike a camp full of identical products purchased, delivered to the playa and set up by other people.

  1. Just to be clear, he didn’t invent the idea. They’ve been in use for awhile now. They were made popular as ice fishing shelters. But the upgrades and BM specific details have really set the ShiftPod apart from the originals.

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