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Comments about REI InCamp Shelter:
This is a curious one. Looking at the pictures etc. I was thinking this would be free standing (i.e. the poles would use tension of the fly and each other to "stand"). In part, because of this assumption as I set the thing up on the drive way I was completely baffled. Note, it is not advertised as freestanding, I made some poor assumptions. The tension of the fly ultimately does sort of hold it up but you MUST have either friction against the ground or some sort of tie down (pegs) to get the thing to stand up. My driveway was not going to provide sufficient friction (so much for tail gating with it unless I tie it to some anchor).
The material and mail upright poles are VERY sturdy. The directions are pretty poor (perhaps only if you think the pole structure will stand on it's own). I think it will take less than 5min to assemble now that I know what I need to do with it. The real test will be on a backpacking/car camping adventure out west this summer. If the thing tends to stay in the truck rather than come out to shelter us from sun/rain I'll know then that it was a bust.
Biggest disappointment was in the lack of "free standing" nature but it does what it says it will do.
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