Thursday, July 9, 2009

Raincoat, tent, and sleeping bag combo...




You've never seen anything like this...http://jakpak.com/. And to see it in action, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SN_YaalOq8.


A raincoat, tent, and sleeping bag combo. Interesting thought.
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(From the manufacturer following the posting of this blog...)
Jolly Green Giant:

Great site and thanks for putting us up for others to see.
My Name is Brian Rose and work for Active Engineering, which is the company that invented and is manufacturing the JakPak that is being discussed in this blog.

I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to look at and comment about our product. We are very excited about the attributes of the JakPak and how they can prove useful in the outdoor environments.
Over the last couple of months we have been busy sending samples out to gear testers and writers around the United States. Those that have seen it and used it have been very impressed by it. We have also heard some great opportunities on how we might be able to improve our product. This is the best information that we can collect so that we can insure future versions meet the ever changing demands of the Outdoor community.

We also appreciate your constructive feedback and comments on this blog as well. While it may not be the right fit in every situation, we are confident that with the proper input from each of you we can make future versions that will meet the ever changing needs of those in the outdoors.
I know that this is a blog for your guests so I will ever so gently bow out. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me at brian@jakpak.com. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

9 comments:

michelle said...

Innovative - great idea.

Jolly Green Giant said...

Hey Michelle, thanks for stopping by.

I too think it is innovative. Not my style, at least not with the current materials and engineering, but not a bag idea. It apparently was originally designed for the homeless to protect them from the elements with something they could always have with them. Hopefully some design changes and a realistic price would make that a reality as homeless folks could use all the help they can get.

michelle said...

The JakPak has already started shipping donated pieces to the Salvation Army. The goal is to sell online to all, creating the ability to be able to contribute to the homeless.

great site btw- great design

Jolly Green Giant said...

Good to hear and that's the angle I was hoping it would take as a service the community often starts with donations.

I see the JakPak folks have signed up for my blog - amazing how information flies being that it was just posted today. Hopefully they, or you if you are affiliated, will have success with the product as the cause is definitely worthwhile.

Hike4WD said...

Any idea how much it weighs?
Is there any type of fill in the sleeping bag? It seems like it would only be useful within a small range of conditions.

Chris Wallace said...

It shouldn't be marketed as a tent. It's not one. It's a bivy at best.

Jolly Green Giant said...

No weight is listed and I know some have inquired with the response that it doesn't really fall into the lightweight category. With that said though, and let's assume it was a perfect product, how much is too much weight if it was a legitimate shelter, rain system, and sleeping bag or bivy? If it served the genuine purpose of all three, weighing more than a typical jacket is to be expected and really wouldn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

I believe describing part of the function as a "sleeping bag" is a bit of a stretch. It seems more like a bivy to me as it doesn't appear there is any insulation.

I can perceive a couple of uses - for homeless folks to have some kind of shelter (as intended), for hunters or outdoor recreation folks who want the ability to stop under shelter in the event of bad weather, and alpinists who truly need multifunctional gear.

I think the key is to view it as a good idea. Like many new ideas, it will need some tweaking to be relevant to most folks, especially the backpacking community, but I find it hopeful to see the flow of ideas whether they are great perfect at inception or need some tweaking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jak said...

Jolly Green Giant:

Great site and thanks for putting us up for others to see.

My Name is Brian Rose and work for Active Engineering, which is the company that invented and is manufacturing the JakPak that is being discussed in this blog.

I would like to thank each of you for taking the time to look at and comment about our product. We are very excited about the attributes of the JakPak and how they can prove useful in the outdoor environments.

Over the last couple of months we have been busy sending samples out to gear testers and writers around the United States. Those that have seen it and used it have been very impressed by it. We have also heard some great opportunities on how we might be able to improve our product. This is the best information that we can collect so that we can insure future versions meet the ever changing demands of the Outdoor community.

We also appreciate your constructive feedback and comments on this blog as well. While it may not be the right fit in every situation, we are confident that with the proper input from each of you we can make future versions that will meet the ever changing needs of those in the outdoors.

I know that this is a blog for your guests so I will ever so gently bow out. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me at brian@jakpak.com. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Jolly Green Giant said...

Thanks for stopping by Brian, it's always nice to hear from the manufacturers. Best of luck and best wishes for innovative thinking.