Melina Transforms From Backpack To Tent In One Action

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For all intents and purposes, there’s nothing elegant or refined about the Melina Tent.  I mean, it looks shoddy.  It does, however, accomplish the job of transforming from a pile that you can carry on your back to a tent that you can use as functional shelter for the night without any complicated setup.

Instead of being pitched like regular tents, it comes with an accordion-style frame that allows it to stretch and compress by simply pushing or pulling on either end of the frame.  While the bulky and heavy frame isn’t likely to make it suitable for mountain use any time soon, it sure works as functional tent for urban settings, whether for homeless folks dwelling in the streets, revelers camping in music festivals, or people who just want an instant sleeping area in the backyard (hey, summer’s coming soon, so it’s fun to stay out).

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Designed by David Shatz, the Melina can actually be used as a backpack when collapsed.  Simply fold in the frame and use the tent opening to pile your things into the sack.  We’re not entirely sure how to close that opening during backpack mode (seriously, we can’t figure it out), but you’re supposed to be able to (maybe the dual straps have something to do with that).  Granted, it looks gigantic for a backpack and will likely be torturous to carry around all day (it's like carrying multiple folded lawn chairs), although with a little refinement, we’re guessing this could be refined into something much more functional.  Seriously, I’m looking forward to version 2.0.

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2 Responses

  1. Gary T.

    Not exactly something that looks the best, but when you are in a pinch and need a tent, what other choice do you have?

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  2. Gregory

    This is a good idea in theory, but definitely needs reworking. Looks aside, there are many ultralight tents that are much more practical than this accordion folding tent backpack. Ease of use? Don’t know without actually using it, but it seems like there are a lot of mechanical failures that can occur with this. Why would you buy this. A cheap backpack with a quality tent packed into it will be much more reliable, easier to use, and much more versatile.

    So the tent CAN be used as a backpack. Ok, that is good, but will you be hiking the Pacific Coast Trail or the Appalachian Trail with this? Nope, sure wouldn’t. This is like the cellphones before the iPhone came out, it is a good idea in theory but needs a lot of work to be practical.

    This is a no-buy in my opinion. Yes, this is ugly, but I can easily overlook ugly products that work well. It seems like their only target market for this would be homeless people in urban areas as the article said, and the homeless folks in urban areas generally will not have the money to buy something like this. With a very narrow market and the intended market not being able to afford to buy the product, I see this as a big bust.

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