I first saw the ShiftPod2 in person at Overland Expo West in 2018. It was an unusually warm expo and the immediate escape from the heat was obvious in the demo units. Many of the vendors also had shiftpods. The shiftpod was originally designed for Burning Man. At the time one was not part of any plans for my existing trailer camping system. Later when I decided I no longer wanted to continue the trailer route I reconsidered the shiftpod. I used a discount code and purchased the ShiftPod2. I set it up in my driveway to try it out. I actually never used it other than that initial setup and decided to return it. The ShiftPod2 certainly was extremely easy to set up and the amount of inside room was amazing. It did insulate from the heat but many at Burning Man also use AC air conditioners or swamp cooler. I accidentally ordered an extra blast shield thinking it didn't come with one, but it did.
So why did I return the ShiftPod2, simply the packed size. This thing is huge. The packaged length is six feet with the bag slightly longer. There are very few places this will fit other than in a six foot or full length truck bed or strapped to a roof rack. Now strapping to the roof rack was a consideration but then you have the weight, 60 lbs. I consider myself fairly strong but lifting something so long, awkward and heavy by myself wasn't something I wanted to do regularly. Then on top of that I would need a waterproof cover since the storage bag is not waterproof.
The ShiftPod would make the perfect emergency shelter for a family during disasters.
I did keep the extra blast shield as I found it perfectly covers my CLAM pop up gazebo, which by the way works the same way but is significantly lighter and half the diameter and thus easier to handle. The blast shield does block the thermal heat from the roof of the screen shelter. The blast shield will also completely cover my Marmot 4 person tungsten tent to also reduce heat. Since I live in the southwest, these are positive and part of my decision to keep the blast shield.