Welcome to the world of Jogpods and Cogpods - the key to your freedom on the road.
We have produced polar sleds, wheeled carts and buggies over many years. The lightweight carbon fibre model produced for a Yukon ice road Race combined the best practice and lessons learned from its predecessors. After its Yukon race, this buggy was sent down to the US to replace ‘Icebird’ which was being pulled by Rosie Swale Pope in the early stages of her run across America. The new one became ‘Ice Chick’ and was with Rosie for the rest of her run, including Death Valley and reaching the coast at Long Beach in December 2016.
The same mould has since spawned a variety of models with a wide range of additional technologies. This demand has made us realise that they are now ‘a thing’ and need a name. After much head scratching and debate the 'JogPod' is born.
Following on from this is the 'Cogpod', for those that prefer their expeditons to be pedal powered.
What will the Jogpod and Cogpod do for you?
Weathertight, instantly accessible and with a host of optional features the Jogpod will allow you to undertake long distance travel with huge flexibility.
Experience has shown that the having such a mobile billboard, with your message emblazoned on it, attracts much more and favourable attention than a lone runner passing through. This unusual mode of travel has proven effective in attracting local and national press and TV, which is great for the profile of any charities and sponsors involved.
Options and Features:
Main Body Shell:
Carbon Fibre or Glass Fibre: The lightest stiffest bodyshell is produced from carbon fibre fabric, as found in aerospace and Formula One. A glass fibre shell requires more weight of fabric to achieve similar mechanical performance. Although heavier glass fibre, as a material, is less costly than carbon fibre.
Each shell is built as a sandwich structure with an inner and outer layer of fabric, either side of a foam core. This sandwich construction is an established method to increase stiffness whilst minimising weight.
The carbon fibre shell does also feature some lightweight glass tissue for better adherence to the core material.
Gelcoats – this protects the laminate and provides solid colour. A red upper half and black lower half works well with logos or all kinds. It is possible to have pretty much what you like including glitter if that’s your thing.
Foam core in base for stiffness and insulation.
Most of the foam core used in the structure is 5mm thick. In the base however it is much thicker. This makes the floor on which the occupant will sleep nice and stable, it provides a main structural spine for the whole unit and provides thermal insulation under the sleeping area. For planned use in much colder regions the thickness and type of foam used throughout can be adjusted to provide increased protection.
One advantage of fibre reinforced composite laminates is that specific areas can be reinforced easily through the addition of more fabric. This method is used in the nose of the units where the towing and steering assembly will be mounted. Four fixed bolts protrude through the flat face of the nose onto which the external assembly is attached.
More localised reinforcement can be achieved by using solid inserts in place of the form core. This was used to provide hard points for bolting snowboard section to the underside and can be used to provide threaded mounts for external or internal cameras like GoPros.
Can be located on flat surfaces at customer's preferred location, one side/both sides and potentially in the split rear door.
Once inside a Jogpod everyone comments that they are much bigger than they thought it would be. That having been said, living with your gear can soon get cramped. To help with this we can provide stowage nets on the sides and even the roof of the Jogpod. Roof stowage should be limited to lightweight but bulky items such as down jackets or other clothing.
Instead of the stowage netting, a different use of the side walls and roof was to mount additional reflective insulation panels.
Cooker support plate:
Cooking alfresco is great but there will be times when the weather is bad and you need to cook indoors. To aid this we have created small level platform as a stable base for a cooker like an MSR that used a separate fuel bottle. We can also create a cup into which a gas cylinder based cooker such a jetboil could be set.
Cooker Protective Lining:
In the corner in which we set the cooker, we can locally line the inner wall of the jogpod with reflective foil using the same high performance materials that are bonded to composite materials in the engine bays of racing cars.
Safety in remote expeditions is papramount. We can provide a compact fire extinguisher just inside the door.
Pop up Wind Shielding Vent
If cooking inside the Jogpod is necessary because of bad weather, the ability to partially open the split door might not be enough. Developed for an Antarctic project, we can provide a pop up vent to allow steam to escape. This vent can be directed from the inside to ensure that opening is away from the wind. Once used the vent can be withdrawn from the inside.
The jogpod is your home when on the road. It will contain your valuables and you can’t always unload them all to nip into a shop or café. To help with this we provide a padlock hasp so that unit can be locked up. It is important however that no one has the ability to lock you in! This is why part of the locking assembly can be withdrawn into the Jogpod when you are inside.
For the ultimate in lightweight travel, a fabric door that zips shut has been used. This is quick and simple but is not durable for extended travels.
Our folding door is much more robust and has been designed to split such that it creates a seat on the rear of the unit on which you can perch to do up your running shoes, make phone calls and generally admire the view.
We have provided solar panels of different sizes and ratings to match user needs and budgets. So far they have been used only on the roof. We can also add them to the sides but this starts to use up potentially useful branding and sponsor space.
For an Antarctic project we did look at vertical axis wind turbines and reversed engineered a compact unit used to power weather stations down there by replacing most of the metal components with much lighter stiffer and carbon fibre versions.
Solar power gathered during daylight needs to be stored for when required. Batteries are heavy so much effort has gone into battery selection for both weight and compatibility with solar panel charging.
The preferred Victron battery unit is well proven and comes with a Bluetooth link so that the charging performance and charge level can be monitored on a phone app. In periods of extended bad weather/ low light this will allow for accurate management of power and prioritising what should be charged.
The battery unit, its associated power regulation equipment and all other wiring is mounted on a platform contained behind a bulkhead in the nose.
Powered Item Options:
On a long trip or expedition the items typically needing power include phones, laptop, cameras (still and video), drones, satellite trackers and possibly radios.
These can be powered by 12V car sockets and USB ports, the outputs for which are mounted in the bulkhead for ease of access.
It would be possible to mount a power source externally to the nose as they come with waterproof covers. This would allow charging of worn items whilst being used on the move.
Strip LEDs increase the usability of the living space. These can positioned to optimise the light depending upon what other internal features are selected.
Rear LEDs and whip aerial flashing LED:
Being seen by following traffic is important. We provide large reflective strips but flashing red LEDs add an extra level of warning.
The Jogpod is sealed against the weather. There will be times when you need to circulate some air to cool off or to help to have a change in the unit as a whole. The fan is a based on a computer cooiling fan so uses little energy and is controlled by the user.
Powered Wheel Hub:
Electric cycles are becoming more popular which means more hub motors are becoming available. If your jogpod features solar and/or wind power generation then a hub motor is a possibility to help with the steeper inclines.
BMX size – can use standard units or get high performance wheels made to order. As with any bike wheels there are options on tread, puncture resistant linings etec.
We have also used Airseal instant puncture self repair and this is well established across many vehicle types for expedition work.
As deployed with the first unit, we can make the wheels a wheel/ski hybrid which worked very well on the Yukon Ice Road race and provide a smooth and non-stop transition from ice to snow surfaces.
JogPod Specific Options:
Harness & Traces:
Based on the rigid traces used for pulk sled hauling in polar regions, the rigid traces allow the user to pull the Jogpod without fear that it will then try and run them over. We take the traces and reinforce the ends with composite materials. They lock into rigid points on the waist belt of the harness for best efficiency and load transfer.
Adjusting of your clothing level to maintain performance is important. Too cold and you don’t work. Too hot and you will lose too much sweat. As a user you do not want to stop, unhitch and open the Jogpod to be adjusting clothing. It would also be useful if you could stay in harness and keep moving when you need to grab a drink or a snack. To help with we can provide a fabric tray with elasticated restraints set between the traces just behind the user. This can be close enough to reach behind and grab or deposit what you need.
We provide a brake handle on the traces just behind the user so that the Jogpod can be controlled when it wants to roll back behind you or if it wants to run you over on the way down a hill.
CogPod Specific Options:
Bicycle Specific Tow Hitch:
We have adapted a proven bicycle trailer tow hitch to work with the Jogpod making it a Cogpod. This means that you can detach from the unit and be free to run local errands. Hooking back up is quick and easy.
Front Dolly Wheel:
The front wheel of the Cogpod takes its share of the weight but is non steering. This means that the bike does not have to be attached for the body of the Cogpod to be used for resting or sleeping.