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Terrible Pop Up Shelter
on May 17, 2011
I bought this shelter because it came with a solar shower while most of the others didn't. I went camping up in the mountains and set it up before my tent. The first thing I noticed was how flimsy the material is. You pull it out of the bag and it pops up easy. Then you unfold the sides and stake it into the ground like a tent on all four corners. Then it collapses into itself when a gust of wind comes along. The first couple times I lifted it back up but it kept collapsing into itself so I just left it there unless someone needed to use it. I filled the water bladder about half full because I was wary if the flimsy shelter could hold it up. It couldn't. The second I had the string and pipe up holding it in place the shelter would fall down from the weight. So we ended up just using the shelter as a changing room. The solar shower we hung up from a tree, still half full. And after a couple hours the weight snapped the little plastic hook that keeps it up. So instead we had to lay the thing out on a boulder. Left it out in the sun for about five hours and it was still cold water so I doubt there's anything special about the black plastic covering the one half of the bag. The other half was see through which was nice and I liked the hose and nozzle it came with. After camping putting the shelter away was rather difficult. There were no instructions on how to fold it into the small circle needed to slip into the carrying bag. Instructions would have been helpful.