Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

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Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by techmonkey » Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:54 am

I came across this website containing srvival/backpacking gear called Gear Pods.

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The Pods themselves look great for waterproff storage and the pre-built kit containing a stove system looks real nice. Tehy can also be screwed together in a stack. On the other hand, some of the pre-built systems look kind f silly. One filled with paracord? I can wrap that around a lot of things and it won't take up as much room.

Tell me what you think. I kind of want to get the alcohol stove since it seems sturdier than my homemade popcan stove.

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Post by CipherNameRaVeN » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:29 pm

I can definitely see the use for some of that stuff.
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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by EchoMirage » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:51 pm

looks cute. i like the survival/stove one. but to put a clunky round container in your pack that just holds a space blanket? its the size of a letter, why roll it up just to have in a pod?

i ran into a guy through hiking the appalachian trail last year. for the sixth time. his stove, for the entire trip, was 2 bottoms of soda cans. when not in use, one bottom fit inside another. for fuel, he used denat. alcohol. thats all he had, all he carried, for the 6 months of backpacking.

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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by wulfen » Tue Jun 01, 2010 6:59 pm

I like the stove one. I don't have that style of stove and it would save me from having to make a little alcohol one like I've been planning on. They also seem to be really light I think I'll pick one up and give it a try.

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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by techmonkey » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:48 pm

I have a small Pepsi can stove (well Mountain Dew) can already, but it is very fragile and you cant easily dump extra fuel back out. Theirs is a little thicker aluminum, and you can take it apart to dump out the extra alcohol or use it as a small tablet burner or possibly for wood chips. Alcohol stoves work great as long as you are below 10k feet. Above that and you need different fuel like white gas and use a more traditional stove.

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Post by KnightoftheRoc » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:31 pm

I had something similar, in a smaller form, for fishing tackle at one time. The storage was adequate, and the stackable thread design worked OK, but the products were not worm proof, and made from a brittle plastic, so the lifespan banging around in a tackle box or bag was limited. If you want to have containers that can thread together, custom make your own in the PVC aisle of your local big-box home improvement store. Using female adapters, male adapters, and in ID pipe plug that glues in, you can use a pipe threaded cap to close off the stack, and thread each unit onto another one of the same diameter. You can choose your diameters, and create whatever you need to. Waterproof, airtight, and pretty light proof, you can float them, sink them, bury them, or just hump them on a pack.
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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by 6UNF1GHTER » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:31 pm

Never used one, but seen a review on youtube awhile back here
Not sure about the stove, but I'm sure with enough patience you could have (or make) a good alcohol burning stove and some something to put it all in.
FYI, Heineken cans make great alky stoves... much better material thickness. Something like this?

To me, the idea looks good in theory... just a well marketed one at that.
If I was looking to do something similar for containerizing gear, I'd go PVC all the way. (+1 K Roc!)
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Post by thelight » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:11 am

Neat idea but not worth the price as I recall.
I like the containers, though. Maybe they can be duplicated on the cheap somehow.
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Post by Jamie » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:16 am

thelight wrote:Neat idea but not worth the price as I recall.
I like the containers, though. Maybe they can be duplicated on the cheap somehow.
Rush2112, a ZSer, has a nice homemade set of containers that aren't as overpriced as the gear-pods...his cookset and alky-stove live in it...

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Post by thelight » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:43 am

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thelight wrote:Neat idea but not worth the price as I recall.
I like the containers, though. Maybe they can be duplicated on the cheap somehow.
Rush2112, a ZSer, has a nice homemade set of containers that aren't as overpriced as the gear-pods...his cookset and alky-stove live in it...

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Oh, I thought his set was commercial, didn't realize he made them himself. That was a neat set...
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Post by Fenris » Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:05 pm

Linky to Rush2112's post?
I couldn't find it with my horrible search-fu

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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by uncleben03 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:08 pm

I think the concept behind the gearpods, and the equipment that is in them is cool. I originally saw them on survivalistboards, and the general consensus (that I agree with) is that you could build something a lot nicer, in a similiar container, with more useful items in it for a lot cheaper.
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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by techmonkey » Thu Jun 03, 2010 6:05 pm

I don't care about the contents. I already have a small kit that is better anyway. I was just wondering about the durability of the canisters. I was looking for an alternative to Otterboxes because those are way over priced.

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Re: Anybody here ever use Gear Pods?

Post by ironraven » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:24 pm

The kit is ok, better than most. I've been hemming and hawing on the tubes themselves, they look pretty damn good, but too pricey to find out when I'm saving nickles to buy a (much needed) new PC. Gatoraid powder containers, for the cheap ass in all of us. ;)
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Post by Rush2112 » Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:04 pm

TheLight linked me over to this...pics to come.
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