A collapsible, portable changing tent.
A smart way to guarantee that you'll always have a place to change.
A thicker more durable floor. And if we're going to extremes how `bout a shower attachment?
If you've been a triathlete for any length of time at all, you've no doubt encountered the wonderful experience and aroma that is "porta-potty row" as you make your way through transition. That wonderful experience (and smell) is even more pleasant at the end of the day when the race is done and the temperature is hovering around the century mark. Not the best place to change clothes and certainly not the best way to end the day, plus you might need a Hazmat suit by then.
We've all been there, the race is over and the bathroom/dressing room situation is...well, let's just call it suboptimal. So you're left with a few options, change out in public or in the car (and hopefully avoid a public indecency ticket and any painful comments from innocent bystanders), wear your race clothes, stay funky and just be "ridin' dirty", or hop in the porta-potty and do that dance.
The folks at Popod have come up with another option that allows you to basically have your own private dressing room no matter where you are.
The Popod is a portable, lightweight changing tent that "pops" up in seconds and collapses down to roughly the size of a bike wheel.
Let's get it poppin'
Setting (or popping) up the changing tent is about as difficult as walking and chewing gum at the same time. Basically all you have to do is take the tent out of the bag and the tent pretty much does the rest. Once it pops open, all you really have to do is open up one of the side walls and viola you just pitched a tent...no this isn't a male enhancement commercial, but hopefully you get the picture.
So if you're thinking what we're thinking, there's no way in hell that thing will ever go back into that tiny sack...Right? Well, actually it does, and it does so with ease. It reminds us of one of those collapsible car windshield sun shades. In case you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer there's a set of idiot proof directions printed on the inside :)
Here's a quick video from Popod that shows just how simple it is.
As you can see the Popod provides plenty of room for the average sized person (sorry sasquatch) to change in.
From the inside you can open up a screened panel to provide a little extra ventilation.
The Popod is made out of a very lightweight polyester material, and customization is available upon request. The only real issue that we can see is that because the tent is so light (7lbs) it is very susceptible to wind. If you're not in it you better hold on to it or use the provided stakes and sandbags, or you'll be logging some extra miles chasing your tent down. One other thing to note is that the floor of the tent is also made of a very lightweight material, which is great for overall portability, but you'll want to use it on a soft surface like grass or sand if at all possible.
We feel like using it out on rough asphalt or other hard surface will likely shorten the lifespan of the Popod's floor. Plus if you happen to be on a rough patch of grass where there's unseen stickers or thorns your feet might be in for an unpleasant experience.
The packability of the Popod allows you to just throw it in your vehicle and forget about it. It takes up very little space and in the event you need it, you have it.
At an MSRP of only $59.00, the Popod is a convenience that anyone can afford to have at their disposal.
TriBomb Bottom Line
A simple solution to the dressing room problem that many athletes face, especially at smaller venues where the facilities are limited.