^ This. I've never had one last more than a year no matter how much I spent.My experience is that the expensive one will break just like the cheaper one.
My dad has that one too. He's had it for 2 or 3 years and its held up fine to 3-4 times a year use.I bought a Coleman from Costco 2 years ago when it was on sale. So far I love it. It has a built in wall that can be put at multiple angles or even straight out to increase the shade footprint. It goes up easier than most I've seen as well. Costco normally had them for around $130 but on sale it was $100
The reviews aren't very good online but so far Ive loved it...but then again I haven't used it a ton either..but so far I'm very happy
You certainly do get what you pay for, but only after a certain price point. I’d say anything under $500 is roughly the same thing and prone to bending. The real good stuff starts over $500 and quickly gets into the thousands.I've never had one of these but think I want to grab one for our Palisades trip next week. Does paying more get me anything with these?
I'm guessing I also need some decent stakes as well, is that right?
I had luck tying one bucket in the middle, slightly off the ground so it swings. It works like those pendulum earthquake dampers they put in skyscrapers.@jeeper uses a very cool idea at races, he use 5 gallon buckets full of dirt to tie the canopy down to. I think that is a helpful task, make sure they are secured to the ground. If they can shift, they seem to fold like a soda can.
Thats what I have right now. I have only used it once, but it was nice. I will be using it again in a few weeks in the Uintas.We have had a lot and these are by far the best ones. 13x13 space of shade because there is an "eave" overhang. Easy to set up and take down and also has a very easy to use bag with wheels and nice handles. We have 2 of them now and use them all the time. They have held up better than others we've had. Every time we have friends help set them up, they are always very impressed at the size the ease of use. Worth every penny.
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I started doing something similar years back with my Kodiak tent after I believe it was @DAA posted about doing the same thing for his springbar. I have a long masonry bit I use if the ground is hard/rocky first. Definitely a breezy way to secure a tent.