This is a great product. My wife and I were looking for something to keep the sun off of us during our frequent trips to the beach here on the FL gulf coast. This is just the ticket. When we first got it, I set it up in the backyard to try it out. Once I got the gist of it, setup was easy. The first time takes a little while since you have to attach the fabric to the frame. After that point, it is as simple as expanding the frame, clicking in the locks, and velcroing the fabric to the frame. I would estimate it takes about 5 minutes to securely set it up from the second time on...
We ended up leaving the shelter up in the back yard for 3 weeks after I set it up the first time because we liked it so much. Well, in the third week, we had a pretty strong storm blow up on us unexpectedly. I cringed as the 40+ mph gusts manhandled the shelter (had I used the stakes/cords I'm sure it would have held up to the winds). I didn't want to risk my life (lightning) to rush out and collapse the shelter. Once the storm had passed, I ventured out to inspect the damage. One of the legs was folded under the shelter at less than 45 degrees. I was sure that it would be warped or bent. Much to my pleasant suprise, the leg popped back into place perfectly when I lifted the center of the shelter. Amazing durability!
I am going to enjoy this product for years to come.
Excellent value and integrity
The shelter is a great addition to car camping. Unlike the less expensive ones, the Caddis has a rugged fabric--not plastic--top. It holds up to the Arizona desert sun and monsoons.
Although it's best set up with by two people, I've done it solo by "dancing" it outward. It works by going side by side and stretching a little more each time.
I skipped the Caddis side walls and bought 8x10 heavy duty tarps, and use non-climbing caribiner (sp?) clips and bungees to secure.
It must be roped and staked. I found that out the hard way in a 40 mph monsoon. However, Caddis was able to supply a replacement part quickly and inexpensively. They also sent me longer stakes at no charge. When my case ripped after 2 years of use, they replaced that free as well.
The shelter has withstood monsoons with winds over 50 mph when properly staked and roped. I do lower it during those storms.
I use two tarps on the sun or storm sides and we have always been quite dry and secure underneath in a storm or a hot desert day.
For real decadance, add a Coleman battery fan.
In the sunny photo, that is the Grand Canyon in the background. This is taken at one of the rare places on the North Rim where you can primitive camp literally on the rim. In the cloudy one, it's the Mogollon Rim where the Sonoran Desert meets the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona.
Good canopy--Very lightweight
Okay, I have had three EZ-UPS and this is BY FAR better than any of them. When my friend suggested that I check these out at REI I was not sure what to expect. This is very light weight compared to the others that I have tried. The hardware and pins are far better and easier to use. I would rather have another color choice, but the white ended up being the the best pick for be. I read some negative reviews from a couple of people, and I think they are looking for something that may be unreasonable. If you have strong wind or monsoon type of rain--take it down. I have seen several canopies fly away in wind storms and it has nothing to do with the quality of the canopy--it has to do with bad judgement by the user. This is the best built, lightest weight one that I have found. We mainly use it it bicycle events, but will probably find other things that it will serve us well for also.
Finally-one that I can use !!!
Okay, I have to admit that most of the time I use mine at soccer games with my daughter. Tha ARS is the only shelter at the soccer field that truly keep the water off !! My husband purchased this for me after he saw how hard I was struggeling with a cheap-heavy one that we had before. The funny thing, is this one was not a whole lot more money, but it is a WHOLE LOT NICER ! Sure I wish it was a bit smaller when folded up, but it is not any larger than any of the other ones that I have seen. If you are tired of struggeling with the heavy junk shelters that are hard to put up after the first use than get one of these.
Nice, but folded size is big.
It's lightweight for its size and quite tall and roomy when raised. The hardwear locks and fasteners are excellent and easy to use.
It's not too difficult for two people to setup, but it's not as easy as other models. The aluminmum feels a bit flexier, but once's it's up, it seems fine.
The packed size is rather large. It wouldn't fit in the trunk unless we folded down the rear seat and would barely fit in the back seat with no passengers. If we had a wagon/minivan/SUV/pickup truck, it would be fine, but it doesn't work well for a sedan.
The quality of craftsmanship seems very nice. The fabric canopy portion of the product is very well made (thick/durable) fabric. My only complaint is that it is 63" long and somewhat bulky. It fits in my Jeep no problem, but would be tight in a car. I also purchased the Swiss Gear Smartshade 10'x10' Screens from [@]. These were not designed for this canopy, but fit pretty nicely. I had to add velcro to the frame for attachment, but other than that, a perfect fit. This is a really nice addition for car camping with bugs. I will add picture soon.
I bought this for use by our Quaker meeting to use for barbecues, attendance at annual peace fairs and other events. Using my annual 20% member sale discount (w/free shipping), it was well worth spending the extra $$ for the 10' height (I don't bump my head on the internal roof supports while standing) and feet that can be held down with stakes. The 2 optional side walls that velcro on prevent small & light items from blowing away. Takes more than 2 people to set up easily but with one on each corner, it goes up fast.
Light weight and works great !!
I have used this thing several times now. Last week we had a company picnic and several people had a variaty of canopies. This one was by far the nicest. easiest to set up and lightest weight one there. We had a pretty strong breeze most of the day and several of the other brands did not hold up. Mine held all day without any issue at all. Make sure that you stake it down if you have a breeze because they can and will fly away. Thanks for making me the hit at my picnic !
Quick, easy set up, great for car campin
Best canopy we have had. Easy to set up & take down for shorties. We set it up over the picnic table at camp sites and are ready for strong winds and rain. Used it over 15 times last year for periods of 2 days to 4 days. We had to remove one seat on our Element to accommodate length of canopy and it is bulkier than the other canopies. Bought one for a non-profit for their outdoor exhibits and son-in-law for his birthday. Good purchase for discount time.
Seems like a quality product so far
We used this product in a tailgate setting. It worked well, and I remembered experiences with a cheap version years ago. I am pleased to have this product. It sets up easily, and as I looked around at various other kinds, I was glad I had a higher quality product. Plenty of room underneath. Should be staked down if windy. It is quite easy to set up with 2 people, even easier with 3 people. It could be a challenge if you are doing it alone.