We all know, when it comes to packing for road trips on our bikes, space for storage is a big challenge. So imagine how relieved I was when I saw the JakPak; a waterproof jacket that can also be transformed into a sleeping bag and mini-tent which basically enables me to take away several big and space-consuming gear from my ‘things to bring’ list.
The JakPak is made up of a patent-pending design that features a water-resistant, fabric-ventilating jacket with an integrated shelter, mosquito netting, and sleeping bag. Made of urethane nylon and polyester fabric, it is available in sizes from small to extra large in two-tone black, grey, and green.
I got the extra large which weighs around 3 pounds. To make things comfortable with the heft of the jacket/sleeping bag/tent combo, the JakPak has suspenders in it that easily clips into your pants and helps take some of the load when walking around.
Putting on the jacket with the tent and sleeping bag stuffed inside their pouches is a bit uncomfortable as the sleeping bag section is sort of a cushion hanging out your rear and the framework of the tent is rolled up in a circle in the middle of your back; it is not that awkward, it’s just unusual the first time you use it.
However, if you don’t think you need the sleeping bag or tent portion, both could be unzipped and removed from the coat. The coat has a drawstring hood, Velcro cuffs, 3 pockets (two exterior, one interior), armpit zips, storm flaps above the pockets and zippers to keep water out, and a primary zipper for additional ventilation.
Deploying the tent or sleeping bag can be somewhat difficult the very first time, but you will immediately get the hang of it. I actually find it to be easier to put the jacket on the ground, pull the sleeping bag and tent from their pockets, then get in it. This also has double zippers which make it easier to have your feet out if you wish to walk around.
The tent section is situated above your head and has netting attached, allowing you to shield most of your lower body and face. As I will totally agree that the 3-in-1 jacket is well ventilated and you also won’t suffocate in it, I did find it to be just a little rigid in some instances and made me sweat (you happen to be basically enveloped in rainproof fabric) even so, I actually do perspire quite quickly. It is really sort of tricky since it also says it’s a 3 season design however, there is no heat retaining material in the jacket or sleeping bag, so in case the temperatures fall, you could be in a frigid situation except if you happen to be layered up in clothing or with a blanket or extra clothes, which fortunately is roomy enough to try.