If you have been following us on IG, you’ll know last weekend I have been to a festival with my besties – 15 of us in total. 8 Adults. 7 kids. The sun was scorching down on us, and we all praised the Lord, on more than one occasion, for the latest addition to our camp gear – the Coleman Event Shelter.
When linked to my tent – we used our new love, the Coleman Oak Canyon with Black Out Technology – it makes an amazing living area. There was plenty of room for everyone so made a great communal space plus its high UV protection rating (50+) makes it good for keeping the sun off the kids. The best bit is it’s easy to set up and very sturdy.
- UV protection. Enough said. Our little ones has a fab time playing under it while the sun was beating down on them. Just look at those happy faces.
- Easy to put up. When we emptied it out of the bag I did an internal groan but it’s simple and methodical to erect and easily took less than 10 minutes. Hat tip to the husband there.
- Looks great. Seriously, it’s a handsome thing which for those of us who like asthetically pleasing products.
- Price. Although compared to a gazebo it is expensive, it really isn’t for what you’re getting. Plus this really can’t be compared to a gazebo. I know, because we were using one before we got this. Compare it to an awning instead. Good value.
- You can get a ground sheet and a variety of different walls and doors to create a wind, weather and privacy barriers. I think we will be investing soon.
- Good head height.
- Versatility. It’s useful to have at home (put it up over the paddling pool), for parties (we served Finn’s food from ours at his birthday picnic), at events (looks a lot nicer that a gazebo and definitely more robust). The list goes on.
- It’s pretty heavy. I struggled with it, but should note that I do have a fractured knuckle!
- Guy ropes – we didn’t use them as there was no wind whatsoever, it would be nice to have somewhere to tuck them up when they’re not in use. Although, you probably should use them, so….
- A must have to any camping family. Love it. I don’t know anyone who has one who doesn’t love it. Our Lu has been banging on about how wonderful these are for a while now, and she’s right. Well worth the investment.
- Basically, any good camping store will have them and all the accessories. You can also buy direct on Amazon. Prices start from around £120.