What do you guys think of this thing?
Was thinking of saving almost $100 and getting it rather than a commercial canopy like this:
I personally think that 10x10 canopies with square legs make the best use of the space you're given and that that canopy would probably fly away when/if the winds hit it. also, I can't tell from the picture if it uses guy lines or not, but I try to avoid those too since they are trip hazards.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Gonna bite the bullet.
Speaking of guy lines, how do you guys anchor down your canopies? Guy lines not only are trip hazards but they extend well beyond the space of a single spot.
Just saw a 10 person coleman instant up tent at goodwill for $129, normally $400 new. Anyone have any experience with them? Worth it?
these last year and they worked perfectly for me. I had brought in some metal stakes too, but I never needed (or used) them.
Last year i brought a whole bunch of 35lb sandbags from work to weight my tent down-I work in lighting so we've got shit tons of them
Don't really want to have to do that this year because they take up so much space in the car. I'll probably just bring stakes. How'd you guys with metal stakes do in the windstorm last year? Sandbags kept me weighted down all night with no problems at all.
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whats the deal with plastic stakes? do they just break really easily? or is it that they just dont hold as well.
if its that they dont hold as well, try driving the stakes at an angle instead of perpendicularly to the ground. that may be an innovation for some or common sense for others.
it helps if you drive the stake towards the object you are trying to steady. i hope that makes sense..
when it comes to staking down a canopy, the plastic ones are just too wide to fit through the little hole in the "feet" of the canopy legs since they are cross shaped instead of shaped like a nail. They work fine for tents since the hooks are made to attach to the rings on the tent.
big piece of advice when it comes to staking your canopy, guy lines help and so do weights. But this best way to prepare for the wind when you are not around is to lower your canopy (granted it is height adjustable) to the lowest point possible. Came back from the first day at Bonnaroo to find that a thunderstorm had wrecked my two canopys that were attached to one another, i learned this trick after noticing that everyone elses that had weathered the storm, were adjusted to sit low while no one was around.
These plastic stakes work great for us: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We have never lost our shit at Coachella, but often come back to find other people's canopies crashed into ours. For those with EZ-Up type shades, use the stake's hook through the foot or a guy-line.
Solid 2 person tent. One of those "last tent you will ever buy". Great bargain price too.
Plenty of ventilation, just enough privacy for you and the lady.
Regular Price: $180
On Sale: $90
7.5'LX4.5W - Narrow enough to turn sideways and put towards the rear of your 10X10 canopy and still have room for you and the lady; ice chest, chairs, etc. etc. And room with your car too.
If anyone going to weekend 1 is looking to sell their canopy/EZ up or any other stuff that we might need for Weekend 2 let me know!
We'll be in LA on Tuesday 15 th with a van to meet up before we head to weekend 2