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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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    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 Shelter is rated 3.9268 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Survived heavy rain camping in PA I used the Alcove with one set of wind walls on a recent car camping trip in Ohiopyle, PA. As always, it rained like the Amazon when we're there so it got a good test in a downpour, though not in wind. I can see what other reviewers mean about the water pooling on the tent and potentially stretching it out. I kept an eye on this during the downpour and sure enough, I could see some water gathering in the middle. We had the top as taut as we could get it without setting out guylines for the kids to trip over. We just had it staked down in the four corners. (Yes, it's true, there are NO extra stakes for guylines provided.) So here's my tip on how to reduce pooling without needing to string guylines everywhere (or if you don't have stakes for them): Fill up a couple qt/liter sized water or pop bottles with water. Tie some cord securely around the neck of the bottle. Look for the small loops along the edge of the shelter cover where it comes down from the sloped sides (see highlighted area in my photo). There's one on each side. Tie a bottle to the loop on each side. The weight of the bottle tugs the cover just taut enough to keep water rolling off and we had no problem with pooling. This was an invention "in the moment" but it worked out well and it was much easier to see the bottle and avoid it than the guys strung out waiting to trip someone. I like the shelter and am glad we got it. I would definitely recommend the wind walls. They were easy to hang and made a huge difference in how dry our table area stayed. The size of the shelter is enough to cover a standard picnic table with a little room to walk around to a seat.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Shelter when staked I have been using my Alcove for about 2+ years now and have been very happy with the performance. While I will contend the shelter can be a little difficult to setup - This is mostly due to the poles that all fold down to keep the canopy at a manageable size. We wanted to avoid the heavy and bulky 'EZ-UP' shelters given our limited car space at times. We have had this shelter at camps, soccer games, backyards and beaches. I find the shelter is quite stable even in high winds if it is properly staked out using both the corners and guy lines. We have withstood heavy winds at camping trips and beaches with no tears or pole collapses. I would like to see a future model with high strength aluminum poles instead of steel to help lower the weight. However, aside from that I still find this shelter is quite worth it. The setup can be a bit longer than the 'EZ-UP' style shelters. I am usually able to do it with one person unless it is very windy out. I would also recommend getting one of the Wind Walls to match the canopy. I have found these are very useful at the beach or in windy conditions. We have even been able to hide behind it for a quick shower when camping
    Date published: 2014-04-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rain is its Kryptonite! I'm a scoutmaster and have used this shelter many times. It's useless for Southeast USA camping because of rain. It's great as a sun shelter for shade until it rains. DON'T purchase this looking for a rain shelter! The rain-fly design doesn't allow you to stretch the rain-fly "taut-enough" to prevent puddling in a rain storm. Consequently, in a rain-storm it will collect enough rain water to collapse the shelter EVERY TIME. REI needs to redesign the shelter with enough guy-wires along the sides of the rain-fly so that you can stretch the rain-fly taut enough to prevent puddling. If they corrected this defect, then it would receive 5 stars out of 5 stars! Checkout the photos that other previous reviewers have posted showing this shelter collapse because of rain-water puddling.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from alcove shelter I bought this as a gift for myself, along with the kingdom 8 and garage. I couldn't believe how light and easy this is to set up! Matches the tent and had tons of complements from other campers. Camping at the beach with high winds and heavy rain. I was supprised how well it took the abuse along with the tent! I cant get enough of the rei products and great deals they have... No complaints so far!!
    Date published: 2014-03-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from With 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: 2014-04-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy for gramma... I recently bought a Trekker Trailer, very small teardrop, and wanted a sitting area/porch for entering/exiting. Looked and or tried various EZ up types. but never convinced I could put them up by myself. I read all the reviews about this and decided to give it a try. I put it up all by myself in the yard on a breezy day. I have not yet used it for it's intended purpose. Doing it by myself on a breezy day was a challenge! as it is very light, but I managed it! yay me! so, it needs to be staked out well! I do not expect it to withstand much more than a breeze or light rain. But I'm a fair weather camper,any who.
    Date published: 2014-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product if used properly All of you members who wrote the roof would puddle did not tie the guy wires as designed. When tied properly you will not witness water pooling on the roof line. However, you will need to buy 8 extra steaks if you use wind walls, 4 without wind walls (which REI should have includedwith proper instruction to avoid poor reviews) an extra guy lines for the canopy to make the roof tight enough to shed water properly.if this is done the canopy works awesome,even in strong wind.
    Date published: 2014-03-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Pretty great item for what it is. It is a lot less expensive than a standard pop up tent and will keep your picnic table dry at a camp ground. An adult will have to duck under the flaps of the long side, which is only about 5' off the ground, but the short sides are high enough for an adult to walk under comfortably. The design of the poles is great and offers stability in a decent windy rain storm.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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