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Discussion: Shelter

in: maprunner; maprunner > 2021-02-18

Feb 20, 2021 10:33 PM # 
I got Bob a cheap shelter from Aldi which he used to cover his boat while he was working on it. Good price, but Aldi usually only has stuff like that once a year. Still, pretty sure I got it in the springtime (he used it all summer to keep the rain and summer sun from his projects).
Feb 21, 2021 12:04 AM # 
Thanks Reta. Was it just an overhead cover? We are looking for coverage on sides and on top.
Feb 21, 2021 2:06 AM # 
DVOA has used EZ-UP tents. They go up and come down easily if you have 3 or 4 people and you can get side pieces that zip on. I think they're what Valerie uses as well.
Feb 22, 2021 1:22 AM # 
For awhile EMPO used an actual camping tent in adverse conditions, which could be put up by one person, but the small doorway is a bottleneck, and you'd probably want an inexpensive or used one. The Ez Ups are great but do take at least 3 people to get set up and take down.
Feb 22, 2021 3:09 PM # 
This was just an overhead cover. Pretty good size, though.
Feb 22, 2021 3:37 PM # 
The Ez Up carrier is quite long and heavy. Any issues with transport? Will it fit in an average car?
Feb 22, 2021 5:13 PM # 
It fits in Valerie's van. Don't know about an average car.
Feb 22, 2021 6:43 PM # 
Pink Socks:
CascadeOC uses up to a gazillion seven tents at our Winter League meets (2x start, 2x download, 2x registration, and 1x information). I forget the brand, but these are big beefy white ones that come in black wheeled bags, and have zip-in walls if we want to use them. These have a center post in the canopy structure, unlike an EZ-UP tent (I think?), which only has the canopy frame along the exterior and angled roof lines. (I hope that makes sense).

Anyway, despite the beefier ones being beefier, I've been able to set them up 100% by myself (granted, I'm privileged by being tall). I pull it out of the bag and lay it down. Then I pull out and lock all of the legs. Then I stand it up and shimmy the tent so that the legs are a few feet apart. Then I duck inside the tent and push straight up on the bottom of the center post until it clicks. At this point the roof is done, and then I quickly run over to one corner and click the lock where the top of the leg meets the corner of the roof. Then I run over to the opposite corner. And then the final two corners.

Back when CascadeOC demoed at the RoadRunner Sports Adventure Runs, we were required to have a tent, yet I was the only one there, so I learned how to set these up solo.

These beefier tents can fit in the back of my Honda Fit, but the passenger seat has to be scooted up somewhat.

CascadeOC also has one of the blue EZ-UP tents (I think that's the brand, at least), which is much more svelte. Thinner legs, and without the center post in the canopy frame. It packs down much smaller, and it fits in my car a lot easier. Back when I was course setting and event directing some of our smaller summer events, I'd grab this tent, because it was so much smaller, making it easier to bring all of the other stuff I needed for everything else. The EZ-UP tents need more people to set them up, though, since the only way to get it up is to spread out the legs.

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