Caddis Aluminum Rapid Shelter - 10 x 10is rated4.1818out of5by11.
Rated2out of5byAJstarfromNot as sturdy as the price should warrantI had a similar experience to Cowboy Bob. I have only used this in my back yard for parties and BBQ's. That being said, the day I bought it, we had a garden party planned for 50 people, and an unexpected monsoon-level rainstorm hit. The band stayed completely dry, and we were able to seat at least 10 people under it at dinner time.
I never left the shelter up for more than a few days, and every time we took it down and put it up, it became more difficult to open again. The legs are not very sturdy, and it takes at least 2 people to set this up without forcing it.
One day we had a rain-storm that tore the thing asunder with one moderate wind gust. One of the legs buckled, and in trying to right it, my husband busted another.
The canopy is beautiful (I bought white), and thick. Definitely keeps everything dry underneath. I just wish it had been more sturdy. I'll return it, and maybe give a replacement a chance, but I'm feeling like I may need to invest in something more reliable.
I would recommend this to a friend with the qualification that you don't leave it up when you are not using it, and always take it down in any inclement weather.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated5out of5byMike likefromThe way it should beAs I said,this is way it shoulbe. We are so glad that we got ths shelter. Easy to set up and built much better than any thing else we have seen. Even though it is a bit heavy, it is much lighter than anything else like it.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated5out of5by78DentonfromYou get what you pay for.As the title says "you get what you pay for".. We bought a similar less expensive pop up a few years ago from Academy and already replacing it.. As soon as I saw the hardware on this Caddis pop up I knew it was worth the extra money.. Easy to put up and take down and fits nicely into the storage bag. Thanks REI!
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated4out of5byLeafspanfromQuality and easy to put upThough more expensive than other models, this shelter is top quality. Easy to set-up and does the job it was designed to do. When pitched, folks comment that it is better than others Easy-ups they have seen or used. Also the carry bag is large enough so you don't have to struggle to put it away.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated2out of5byCowboy BobfromEasily broken frame.Another review may have nailed it by saying that this canopy requires 4 people to set up, one on each corner. My canopy buckled one leg on a day of high wind. The canopy did not blow over and does not leak, those are the positives. My REI canopy(much lighter weight)simply blew over (pulling its stakes), without breaking. This canopy was staked in solidly. I "splinted" the buckled leg, and it continued to work fine until I collapsed the unit for travel with 2 people. We weren't able to collapse the unit evenly(due to the splinted leg)and a cross member broke. We attempted to set it up again and broke 2 more cross-members, expanding the unit as evenly as possible. The splinted leg could have been the offender, but I think that construction through the cross-members can be beefed up----this is a truck or car carry item only....only a nut would care about light weight in this application.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated4out of5byswvatravelerfromSeems like a quality product so farWe used this product in a tailgate setting. It worked well, and I remembered experiences with a cheap version years ago. I am pleased to have this product. It sets up easily, and as I looked around at various other kinds, I was glad I had a higher quality product. Plenty of room underneath. Should be staked down if windy. It is quite easy to set up with 2 people, even easier with 3 people. It could be a challenge if you are doing it alone.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byEJTollfromExcellent value and integrityThe shelter is a great addition to car camping. Unlike the less expensive ones, the Caddis has a rugged fabric--not plastic--top. It holds up to the Arizona desert sun and monsoons.
Although it's best set up with by two people, I've done it solo by "dancing" it outward. It works by going side by side and stretching a little more each time.
I skipped the Caddis side walls and bought 8x10 heavy duty tarps, and use non-climbing caribiner (sp?) clips and bungees to secure.
It must be roped and staked. I found that out the hard way in a 40 mph monsoon. However, Caddis was able to supply a replacement part quickly and inexpensively. They also sent me longer stakes at no charge. When my case ripped after 2 years of use, they replaced that free as well.
The shelter has withstood monsoons with winds over 50 mph when properly staked and roped. I do lower it during those storms.
I use two tarps on the sun or storm sides and we have always been quite dry and secure underneath in a storm or a hot desert day.
For real decadance, add a Coleman battery fan.
In the sunny photo, that is the Grand Canyon in the background. This is taken at one of the rare places on the North Rim where you can primitive camp literally on the rim. In the cloudy one, it's the Mogollon Rim where the Sonoran Desert meets the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated4out of5bytomb1953fromGreat valueI bought this for use by our Quaker meeting to use for barbecues, attendance at annual peace fairs and other events. Using my annual 20% member sale discount (w/free shipping), it was well worth spending the extra $$ for the 10' height (I don't bump my head on the internal roof supports while standing) and feet that can be held down with stakes. The 2 optional side walls that velcro on prevent small & light items from blowing away. Takes more than 2 people to set up easily but with one on each corner, it goes up fast.
Date published: 2013-06-27
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Caddis Aluminum Rapid Shelter - 10 x 10 Customer Reviews