Please note that this product was purchased following my own research into event shelters, I paid for the product for my own use and have not been provided with this product for the purposes of leaving a review.
Our reasons to purchase the party shelter was for using with or instead of an awning, for shorter trips away when the awning might not be needed.
By way of a practice run, my husband attempted to erect this alone on our garden for a birthday party. This resulted in the first tear in the sleeve, and a note to self that this was a two person job.
On a recent trip away to Mablethorpe we decided that we would put up the shelter as well as the porch awning as we had a lot of space at the THS. The weather was a bit blustery, and getting the thing up was difficult – there were no instructions and the material is not soft (like tent or awning material) but rather almost crisp and papery. The poles have a tendency to come apart part way through the (very long) sleeve, which resulted in another tear.
Getting the three poles across the sleeves was the hardest job – the poles have corners and need to be pushed through straight sleeves, all the while the poles are coming apart in several places – it took three of us to finally get the shelter into shape.
Once the poles are in, it was quite an easy job to position the shelter using the straps to ensure the shape is square, and it is anchored in all 4 corners. Once we had secured the corners and guy ropes, the shelter withstood winds of around 15mph easily.
We then managed to repair one of the rips while it was up, the other was right on the top and so couldn’t be reached.
Once the shelter was up, we had windbreaks around it and it made a nice sitting out area, which protected us from the sun and from prying eyes. We also felt that we were sheltered from the wind a little too. We used the area to cook in, and we also felt that we had a little more privacy when using the toilet tent – it never felt like we were “outside” and in full view of everyone (so to speak).
However, getting the party shelter up is not a one man job, nor a job for breezy weather. I am not sure that I would recommend this for camping, it would be better for use at home in the garden.