Exactly what I was looking for

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Malamutte from Asheville NC on Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tested this out on a canoe camping trip. I usually hang a tarp in addition to tenting as I want to have large usuable outdoor space when it rains vs. holing up in a small tent. This is 11 lbs, but it fits the bill easily and I love the expandable space beneath it - also comes with one of two possible windwalls which is nice.

Previous reviews noted difficulting in setting up but alone I got this unpacked and standing in 8 minutes without even reading the instructions.

Only gripe I could have is that once taking down, you have to pull out each pole-set and because the poles slide through tubes rather than connect with clips, they can get stuck in the rainfly tube / sleeve...annoying, but you can easily shove them out. The fiberglass poles are also not extremely tight - the bungees were a bit loose, but this is minor as the benifits of expandable shade far outweight that inconvenience.

Overall - this will be a canoe camping staple for me where I'm not limited by weight. Also seems to stand up well to wind and we plan to use at the beach in the future. Great gear - I'd have some recom's for ALPS but I'll save that for them, its too pesky for this site.
  • Best Uses: Backyard, Beach, Canoe Camping, Car Camping
  • Cons: Heavy
  • Describe Yourself: Professional/Guide
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Fly Works Well, Sturdy, Waterproof
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
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