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Much larger than expected, decent quality - troublesome to put away
on December 1, 2012
If you've ever used those springy-fold-away windshield sun shades, or a photographer's collapsible reflector, you've experienced the frustration putting this type of thing away. When you open it, you try and memorize exactly what you did "Turn right here. Twist. Unfold left. Unfold right. etc." Then when you try and put it away, you give up and leave it laying flat. That's what I eventually did - and I'm pretty good at folding up these spring puzzles.
One person can easily assemble it - it's more like unfolding and stepping back. I did experience twisted supports - this must be a common problem, as there's a help line for it. I was eventually able to untwist without calling. Just took several tries at pulling and snapping things around. Once up, I was shocked at the sheer size. Corner to corner it's over seven feet across. On a windy day I can see this partially collapsing and snapping back into place (that is, assuming it does not blow away.) It is VERY light and would be a huge sail. There's no way to stake it - no loops, slots - nothing. So you'll have to jury-rig something. We're thinking of putting one of those small blow-up wading pools inside the tent to shade the pool - and kid - from sunburn. This will also keep the pool clean and debris free, and stop the tent from blowing away.
So for the lawn - great, just not on windy days.
Storing - it folds up into an almost triangular shaped flat panel quickly. Getting it back in the disc-shaped package? Good luck. Folded flat it takes up little space and will "assemble" quickly. In the package it takes up even less space. Apart from the "door" there are also two openings for the tunnel. We have a 6' tunnel that fits here as well. So we have a 6' we can use, and the included tunnel. These do provide a little more anchor outside. Inside? Kiss goodbye to your family room!
Four kids could comfortably fit inside, sitting or sleeping - this would probably be great for sleep-overs.
As an unrelated side note. The manufacturer should fire the person that does your Photoshop work. Both kids in the photo were obviously added later. Not only are they out of proportion, you can see cut lines, they have no shadows, and the one inside is magically levitating and not leaving an impression on the thin Nylon floor.