A very roomy sun shelter that will easily hold 4 adult size camp chairs. Floor extends out past the shelter so users can stretch their legs out without getting sand, mud, or grass on them. Support poles snap into place using the drawstring method, making setup almost instant. Protects very well against sun and wind.
The interior windows shades don’t stay rolled up, and the tent is difficult to pack away.
Provides shade on 3 sides, reducing the amount of time spent re-angling as the sun moves along. Has an extended front floor to stretch out on, which doubles as a fourth wall to zip up for privacy. Large rear ventilation window. Sturdy enough to last several seasons.
Takes longer to set up than quick-draw shelters, and the zipper tends to stick.
Very easy to assemble, take down, and store in its carry bag. Provides 1 full wall shade with partial shade on each side. Fits 2 adults or 3 toddlers. Lightweight, weighing less than 5 lbs., and small enough to carry onto an airplane.
Support poles are flimsier than expected and can break if not handled with care.
Pops up quickly into a sun shelter that can protect up to 4 people at once. Large storage pockets on side walls hold extra gear, sandbags, or clean diapers. Back wall unzips and rolls up for maximum ventilation.
Does not stay up in strong wind. No floor (although some may see that as a pro).
A taller, canopy-style sun shelter that is almost as easy to set up as smaller, sit-in dome shelters, with a locking up and drawstring system. Shelters up to 4 adults, who can bring their chairs in with them.
Only 1 shade wall, and the shelter must be staked down securely in almost any breeze.
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A camping sun shelter is a great way to get a little relief from the sun without having to climb into a full tent, delve into heavy woods, or hide out in an air-conditioned car. The shelter is lightweight, quick to set up (most use a drawstring system to pull the support poles into place), and easy to move around as the sun changes position. Sun shelters often resemble a dome tent sliced in half, with one end completely open to the fresh air, and one to three shade walls that offer protection from direct sunlight. Look for a sun shelter that holds a minimum of three to four people; for larger groups, a staked-down canopy sun shade with walls that can be rolled up or down as needed is a better bet. As with any tent, use care when setting up and taking the shelter down and don’t exert too much pressure on the flexible poles.
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