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    REI Alcove Shelter

    The REI Alcove is a freestanding, floorless rain and sun shelter with substantial wind integrity—and it fits over a picnic table! See details

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    Item # 794290

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    The REI Alcove is a freestanding, floorless rain and sun shelter with substantial wind integrity—and it fits over a picnic table!

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    The REI Alcove is a freestanding, floorless rain and sun shelter with substantial wind integrity—and it fits over a picnic table!

    • Structurally stable pole design has convenient color-coded hubs and poles for a quick, clear setup
    • Comes with durable powder-coated steel poles
    • Polyurethane-coated polyester fabric resists harmful ultraviolet rays and resists sagging when wet
    • Multiple guyouts secure the structure for added strength
    • Includes guylines/cords, 4 steel stakes and a convenient duffle stuff sack


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    REI Alcove Shelter Specs
    Best use
    Family & car camping
    15 lbs. 10 oz.
    7.09 kilograms
    10 x 30 inches
    10 x 10 feet
    304 x 304 centimeters
    100 square feet
    6 ft. 6 in. inches
    198 centimeters
    11 pole sections with 6 hubs
    19 millimeters
    Coated polyester taffeta
    Freestanding shelter
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    REI Alcove Shelter

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    REI Alcove Shelteris rated3.9268out of5by41.
    Rated2out of5byfromToo flimsy to withstand the windI bought this tent because it was an REI brand (used to be reliable) and I wanted to cover the picnic table whenever we went camping. The first time we used it, it was easy to set it up. However, it could not handle the 10 - 15 mph wind. Thanks to REI's return policy, I took it back to the store. I hope the future product from REI can be made more solid and stronger like the old products. I noticed that REI tents (current models) are made using smaller and cheaper frames and poles nowadays.
    Date published: 2014-04-08
    Rated3out of5byfromMehNice-looking, but overall, smaller than expected. Took it camping last weekend (with wind walls) and we had a major rainstorm. Luckily our friend brought his own canopy because this small guy couldn't handle the water. Despite getting it as taut as we could, it still collected a ton of rainwater. Brought it back today, so kudos to REI for great customer service. A bit disappointed, seems the design is just bad.
    Date published: 2013-10-05
    Rated4out of5byfromWith some work, it works great!The main flaw noticed by many reviewers is the sagging side panel in the rain. There are solutions - taut rope from side loop to ground, weight the side loop down with 2 liter soda bottle partially filled, I have used an old aluminum tent pole as another bridge across the middle of the open panels. With the windwall, this is a versatile shelter. 1/3 the weight of the pop up shelters and more useful than a tarp. I have had it in 20 MPH wind and it help up fine, as long as the guy lines and side loops are used to anchor the unit. If the windwall is flat to the wind, two diagonal ropes from corner to corner reinforce and support it. Provides shade, rain, wind protection.
    Date published: 2013-10-04
    Rated3out of5byfromNice, but flawed.The Alcove shelter looks nice and sets up easily (very easy with two people). Shock-corded poles with color-coded tips are a huge advantage over the run-of-the-mill types. With two additional wind screen sides (sold separately, darn it) it will make a stylish changing area for an outdoor wedding (our initial intended use), and for car camping and yard use thereafter. The drawback is that if you don't hang weight on both lateral sides you will collect major rainwater! I've not found a way around this and it appears to be a design flaw, one I'm reluctantly willing to accept. If it proves to be a major issue when we use it a few times I will be returning it.
    Date published: 2013-10-02
    Rated2out of5byfromit leaks!Someone else complained that this was not a good cover for southeastern downpoors. Right on target. While the pooling of water on the bottom of the fly was easily resolved by adding guylines, it is still mindboggling that this tarp was designed with a seam right through the center at the top. It leaked like a dish strainer. What about seam sealing this puppy? We had to go buy another tarp to cover this one. On the positive side, if we junked the poorly designed cover that came with the alcove, the skeleton never-the-less easily handled the 10 dollar plastic tarp we had to buy to keep us dry.
    Date published: 2013-09-27
    Rated5out of5byfromPerfect.I bought this when we were on our way to our campsite. We were camping in Northern Michigan for one week and the forecast was for a bit of everything. The setup was laughably easy. It's very sturdy when staked to the ground. I set it up just outside our tent over the picnic table. It offered us shade when hot and sunny, and kept us dry in the rain. This is one of those products that make you feel great about buying.
    Date published: 2013-09-27
    Rated3out of5byfromReasonable option, but not seam sealedI picked this up to replace a pop-up shelter which is a bit hard to pack in my Civic. I manage to go camping in the rain a lot, and it's nice to be able to keep the picnic table dry. This can be assembled by one person with minimal difficulty. It comes with 4 guy lines, which are all ready hooked onto the corner loops. You'll also want a line for the two sides if you're expecting rain. Please note that the seams on this are not taped or sealed in any way. I'll be sealing them this weekend. It also doesn't seem to want to pull taut in a way that will eliminate puddling - if you guy out the two sides, there are still two small sags on each side. I talked to someone else who had one who said he stuck tent poles or other things up into the rafters to support the sags.
    Date published: 2013-09-26
    Rated5out of5byfromDoes its job.I really like this shade, it did what it was supposed to really well. I bought it right before I went to burning man which is a week long festival in the desert with no shade and this thing was a life saver! I was a bit lost setting it up for the first time but then set it up again to clean it and had no problems. It held up really well in some of the crazy winds that we experienced also so that was a plus. It could be a bit taller but that is really my only complaint. I would also recommend getting a sheet or tapestry or the ones that you can buy to go with this product to help keep wind and extra sun out. Overall a good product!
    Date published: 2013-09-19

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