We would buy this again

Reviewed by OKIE from Arlington, TX on Monday, July 2, 2012
We have been using this product for three years now, almost exclusively on the beach at South Padre Island. The first thing you do when you get this product is throw away the stakes (they're worthless) and buy some heavier-duty stakes. Also if you use this around salt water, you might want to paint the steel ends of the rods with Rustoleum. They started rusting the first year. This year we had a day of unusally strong winds. I only had one guy rope staked down, and when the wind shifted even slightly, the poles bent horribly. Even after staking out the other guy rope, the product flexed to the point where both poles broke. Fortunately there is a kite shop on the island, and I was able to get the poles repaired. My brother-in-law has another brand of tri-awning also sold on this site, and it has ripped in several places due to wear, but stood well in the wind.
I have found that the Alps Mountaineering tri-awning to be easy to set up (practice at home first). I also like the sunshield side panel which helps when the sun is low. The shade is not as much as you would get with a 10' x 10' metal canopy, but sure is easier to carry to the beach. All in all, we have been very satisfied with the quality of the product. We have been happy with this purchase; it would be nice if the poles were carbon fiber, though. If we had it to do all over again, we would stillpurchase an Alps Mountaineering tri-awning.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Backyard, Beach, Car Camping, Mountaineering
  • Cons: Collapses in Wind
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Set Up, Lightweight
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
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