Here's a video of my review and setup of it: https://youtu.be/3b4im0fgtVA After our trip to the beach last fall, we decided to ditch the beach umbrella and move to more of a shelter/shade. We looked around and read lots of reviews. We found a good deal at Amazon on the Coleman Beach Shade. So that became one of our Christmas gifts to ourselves. I've been waiting on winter to end and a few days of sun to set it up in the yard and make sure it's all there and that I know how to do it. (I'm a big advocate of putting up a new tent/canopy at home prior to using it on a trip.) It went up pretty easy. I would say it took me about 10 mins to put it up by myself. It's fairly simple with only 3 poles: 2 black ones that go front to back in a parallel manner, and 1 longer grey one that crosses perpendicular to the black poles. The grey pole took a bit more care to thread through the mesh netting. It didn't slide through like most tents do. When I took it down I had to concentrate on unthreading the grey cross pole carefully too. It's really not that bad though and the first time you do it you will see where the trouble spots that it's likely to get caught are at. I expect to put it up faster in the future now that I know where those are. Due to that, it might be easier to have 2 people to get the grey pole in place and the ends locked into their grommets. The design seems fairly good. The ends of the poles are tapered a bit to easily fit in the grommets. The grommets seem secure in the webbing at the base. It provides a decent amount of shade considering how small it packs down. Also, you can zip it up totally to make a changing room if you need one (though it might get hot without leaving the doors/windows cracked some for ventilation). I think it will serve us well. I will follow up with further review after our next beach trip. We might even find other uses for it at other outdoor events.
Purchased for a yearly festival in September so have not used this yet. Had an "easy up" type shelter which broke the first time up at last years' festival, so this will be the replacement. Did set it up in the yard just to be sure all worked as instructed and found it was very easy to set up. Like the fact that it's compact and light. Plan to order two side walls but have yet to see them on Overstock, so will look elsewhere. Marked "good" as the rating only because I have yet to test it in the wind and rain that usually comes with this yearly outing.
It's big and heavy but for car camping the Tent-cot is my go-to shelter. It's off the ground so no having to avoid rocks or tree roots and no rivers running through it when it rains. And speaking of rain the Tent-cot has kept me dry through many rains storms. Also, because it is off the ground, there is a ton of space underneath to stow your boots at night which also means you are also sitting off the ground to put them on and you never bring dirt inside when you take them off. Another thumbs-up are the multitude of ingress/egress/ventilation options because the Tent-cot can be opened/entered through any of the four sides. By itself, the cot is not extremely comfortable but the addition of an inflatable sleeping pad makes this the most comfortable shelter I have. My only concerns are the longevity of all the plastic parts as I noticed some of the pivots have become loose where they screw to the frame. Time will tell.
I purchased several of these to be given out to the homeless by a Mission Group stationed in NY. There was a problem with brutally cold temps and snow and people who lost their homes due to job loss were camping out in the woods to avoid the unsafe, crime conditions of the local shelters. These bags were passed out and met a very real need in very cold temperatures. One gentleman returned the next morning to thank the Mission as he said he was certain this sleeping bag made the difference between life and death the previous night. It was so cold, he awoke to find the bag frozen to the ground, but inside he stayed warm and toasty despite the bitter weather conditions. Truly a quality bag that does what it is supposed to do!
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