about what you'd expect from ALPS

Verified Buyer Reviewed by big sky hiker from MT on Monday, May 24, 2010
this is a purchase we'll use for shade at festivals/campouts. got this awning vs the ABO which my friend has due to the added fabric panel feature. i nearly sent it back and got the ABO after setting it up. its a fair shade so long as you supplement with heavy duty stakes and add some weight to the corners. the ABO model is cheaper and has built in pockets in each corner to hold a gallon milk jug. i ended up making some quikcrete anchors to attach to the corners because in winds over 10mph the shade will blow away or buckle. the ABO does the same just has the pockets already there and has beefier stakes. fiberglass poles are heavy and weak, but all fiberglass poles are. on the flip side, its a bit bigger than the ABO and the color is good. its not symmetrical like the ABO, it has a large opening for the door then 2 equal sized openings on each side that will accommodate the fabric curtain. i actually like this better than the symmetrical and its a bit bigger. just be sure to set up the shade with the tail (opposite the door) facing the wind so that it acts like a wedge to cut the wind. as with any structure this size, takes 2 persons to erect to make it simple. don't expect to get all the pieces back in the bag after you take them out, it was chore just getting the shade and curtain back in, i left the poles out (which have their own stuff sack).
  • Best Uses: Beach, Car Camping
  • Cons: Collapses in Wind, Flimsy Construction, Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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