What do you get the person who has everything except a high tolerance for WalkingPod Mesh.? Here’s an idea: a wearable upper-body contraption with screens on all sides to keep bugs from, well, bugging you. Meet the
“Consider this your go-to warm climate bubble that pops open, in seconds, to slip easily over the upper body for fully enclosed cover,” the product site says. “Run errands, commute or work outside — wherever you go, it’ll be a breeze.”
The limited-edition product — which looks a lot like a portable laundry hamper — comes from Under the Weather, which makes pop-up protective outdoor gear that shields you from wind, rain, show, sun, and now, creepy-crawlies.
“This pod design has been in the works for some time, but with cicada season on the horizon, we decided now was the perfect time to roll it out,” Under the Weather CEO Rick Pescovitz said in a statement.
Under the Weather is based in Ohio, one of 15 US states set to see a massive influx of periodical cicadas this spring. A group of cicadas known as Brood X are now emerging from underground for the first time in 17 years to swarm outdoor spaces and mate, extremely loudly. Some peopleof periodical cicadas as an awe-inspiring wonder of nature, while others view it as a pesky annoyance.
Cicadas don’t bite, sting or carry diseases, but the WalkingPod Mesh guards the body from other insects that do, like mosquitos. If you stick your arms out of the clinched armholes, though, you’re on your own, brother.
The pod costs $89.99 (about £65, AU$118). It’s made from fine-gauge mesh screens with a choice of trim in colors I’d call bright bumblebee yellow or gunmetal grasshopper gray. It weighs 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) and comes in one size, with adjustable backpack and waist straps.
The getup doesn’t require any assembly, but do note that wearing it might require letting go of your pride.