5 Stars By Sidehop on 1969-12-31
Excellent canopy tent including in the rain!
4/9/15 Update: It's holding up just fine! We've used it multiple times, had friends use it at the beach, other events and is as good as new. One thing I will note is this. If your climate consists of very strong sunlight and high heat, this "may not" block a lot of light and you will likely feel the heat coming from the top. We noticed this one day when the temperature soared to 90+ and it was almost unbearable and still ended up with a good amount of sunburn especially for my family. We live in New England so it's not often it reaches 100+ but down south I would highly consider solid color canopy if you'll be using this in a hot summer weather.
We shopped around, called around and decided to get the Wenzel's canopy tent at the very last minute. One thing we were worried about with these tents are some of the reviews with other brands concerning the durability and being able to take the weather not-so-well.
When we receive the item it came in a 4' box; weighed a bit but an adult can easily carry the box. It comes in a very sturdy bag that's similar to a backpack material with a nice handle, two straps that clips together and rolling wheels to safely transport the tent.
- When folded and placed in the heavy duty bag I measured 48" tall and 8" around for width and height
- The tent measures 10'x10' and can easily have someone 6' walk underneath without a problem while providing plenty of head room
What's in the transporting bag:
- Aluminum frame in one piece ready to be deployed (I'm assuming powder coated with clear coat)
- Opaque white canvas with velcro's in four corners and also each on the middle (explained further later)
- Four 10" aluminum stakes with a diameter of 1/4" and can be hammered down
- Four pin stakes to hold the guy ropes in place
- Small mesh bag to be installed inside the canopy to hold few small items
- Spread the aluminum frame about half way but don't raise the legs just yet
- Throw the white canvas over and use the velcros on each corner to secure it to the aluminum frame
- Then expand the frame fully before the locking mechanism on top snaps into place
- Then raise the leg height by simply putting you foot on the area where the stakes will go in, push the plastic button near the base and pull it up until it snaps into place (it does have few settings you can adjust to)
- You can then use the velcro's attached in the middle of the canvas on all four sides to secure the canvas
- If you on a grass/dirt or at the beach, insert the stakes in each corner into the pre-drilled holes
- Each corner of the canvas also has a rope to secure the tent further with the other four stakes
How it looks:
We didn't use the stakes as we were using this on a parking lot and didn't have a way to secure but it was very sturdy and didn't have to worry at all about it blowing away or bending/breaking. Also it rained on us the same day we got it but the canvas had kept us nice and dry. This is where the middle strap will also be effective as if the velcro's weren't secured all the way you'll have some water collecting near the edge of the sides and can dump on you (found it the hard way!).
During mid-day with the sun pounding us, it did give us a nice shade with plenty of light coming in. Though some may want to consider darker colored canvas for better shade, we didn't feel it was all that hot at 85°F or so outside. The tent is plenty high where I'm about 5'10" and didn't need to bend or tilt my head to get underneath the tent. 10'x10' may seem big but in an event using a table it does take up the room pretty quickly.
Putting it away:
Just as easy if not easier! We left the canvas on, released the height adjusting mechanism then the ones on upper corners and folded the tent in one snap. Disassembling can be easily done with one person. (It's the initial stretching out the tent that two people will definitely come in handy but still do-able by yourself) Once it's folded, put it in the canvas bag, pull up the zipper and two straps that snap together and haul it away! It was a two-minute job.
We are very pleased; similar models were selling for $200+ locally and got an amazing deal on AlumiGogo. We'll be using this in our backyard and any time we have an event if not when we go camping. Transporting this makes it so much easier with the wheels and large padded handle one adult can easily drag around. It should fit most vehicles comfortably.
5 Stars By Sam Thomsen on 2012-07-15
Great for the Beach
Bought this for a recent trip to the beach. What a delight! Went up easy and held up great even in a stiff breeze. The white cloth might not have blocked as much of the sun as some of the darker products, but it seemed to work fine. No sunburns even after staying out all day.
I was very impressed with the quality. Solid steel, very few rivets, mostly hex bolts with airplane nuts. One person can put it up and take it down, but it's much easier if you have two or more to expand and contract the frame - especially if there's any wind.
5 Stars By The Svengali Kid on 2012-09-15
Wentzel Smartshade 10 x 10
This is an extremely good canopy for the price. It goes up very easily as advertised. Where other canopies (that just aren't as smooth operating in the first place) will have "pinchy" little release buttons (that will break your thumb or draw blood), this canopy has very user-friendly release buttons that won't pinch. So, it's easy to put up AND easy to take down.
The tote bag with wheels is also very nice. It's very easy to grab the handle and wheel it around.
The "canvas" material is very lightweight, which I personally like (hey, it's portable --- which means you have to lug it around -- duh), but some may not like it because it doesn't block 100% of the sun. Works plenty well for me, but just so you know ;-)
I'm sure that high storm winds would turn it into a pretzel, but that's a risk with any lightweight canopy. At least you don't have $2-300 invested in it. Heck, if it gets destroyed, just buy another one.
Bottom line: While this thing is lightweight (a plus in my mind), it is very well engineered. If you've ever had one of those "EZ-2-Spend-All-Day-UP" contraptions, you'll be in canopy nirvana with this little gem.
5 Stars By Andrew and Michelle on 2016-08-03
Easy to put up and stood up to a storm!
Let me start by saying that this canopy stood up to a really bad thunderstorm.
We bought it to use at farmers' markets and at art shows to provide us with some shade since we are standing out in the open for hours at a time. It has worked great for that purpose. We are very thankful for the extra shade that it supplies.
It is very easy to transport as it does not weigh all that much, and it is easy to setup. It is a bit harder to set up on grass than on pavement as the legs get caught in the grass, but with two people it is no problem (it would be difficult with just one, though).
Even though it is light, it still feels very sturdy even after many weeks of frequent use.
Now, for the thunderstorm story. We set up at an art show on a nice sunny day. Then, in what seemed like an instant, the whole show was hit by a huge storm. It left the whole show flooded. However, during that time, we were kept most safe under our canopy. It did have an occasional drip on the inside of the tent, but for the amount of rain that was coming down, I don't blame it.
It we were to set up for an art show again, we would use the screw-in anchors (instead of the ones that are supplied with the canopy which are hammered in) to keep this securely anchored to the ground. Surprisingly, the storm did not upend our tent, but I would still like the extra security from the beefier anchor system.
Needless to say, we would buy this exact same canopy again without reservation. If you are looking for a good white canopy, get this one!
3 Stars By Curmudgeon on 2015-09-18
They recommended that we purchase a specific UV blocking product ($14
This was our second experience with Wenzel products. The first was a 10' x 15' market canopy that performed admirably under weekly use and demanding outdoor commercial conditions for over two years, and to my knowledge is still going strong for a new owner. This one is another story. We ordered two of these to cover our 10' x 20' market space, and after 4 weekends x 6 hours per weekend the white nylon fabric started turning an ugly yellow. Within two months they were the color of urine (see photos). To Wenzel's credit their customer service is first class. After informing them of the problem we had two brand new ones within a few days, not just the fabric but the entire assemblies, with their apologies and at no charge. All they wanted in return were photos documenting the problem. They didn't even ask for the old ones back. They recommended that we purchase a specific UV blocking product ($14.00 a bottle times two) and coat the new fabric with it, which we didn't get around to right away.
So here we go again. After just 24 hours of New Mexico sun the new tops are starting to turn the same shade of urine-yellow. In an effort to arrest it before it gets any worse I just got finished coating all 250 sq ft of fabric with the UV goop (no easy task). Clearly Wenzel has a quality control problem here! Aside from the fabric problems the framework and other features perform perfectly. I will update this review after a few more weeks of use with the UV goop.
1 Stars By Melissa Gilliam on 2015-07-26
Don't buy if you plan on using it.
This canopy had such positive reviews, I decided to purchase to use at a once monthly outdoor craft fair. After one day in the sun, the top went from white to yellow (gross). Alright, no big deal, it doesn't look great but I can live with that. After the second use one leg came all the way out of the other piece and the spring broke so it wouldn't stay up. Literally had to duct tape it and prop up a table against it for the whole show. Later in the day, one of the top bars popped at the "socket" and I had to duct tape that and hope it didn't get windy! I am so sad about this, because I'm super broke right now, and I had to save up for this. Of course, it's now a few weeks past the date where I can return it, so now I'm stuck with a broken canopy that I can't use. Trying to find one on craigslist.com as we speak.. worst purchase ever, wish I would have bought a different one. =****( AlumiGogo or Wenzel: PLEASE PLEASE LET ME RETURN THIS HUNK OF JUNK SO I'LL HAVE MONEY TO GET A NEW ONE OR EXCHANGE IT FOR A DIFFERENT BRAND!
4 Stars By Zac Imboden on 2017-11-15
No longer Wenzel and no longer able to order replacement parts
I have a Smartshade Canopy that has been out on my back deck for over two years. In that time it has withstood rain and wind and sun. However, the tie-down cords for each corner rotted away from sun exposure after one year and now the canopy fabric has begun to fall to pieces. Wenzel no longer exists, except for the name. Exxel or some such company now owns the brand. I just got off the phone about ordering a replacement canopy and was told there was no way for them to do that. In other words, they've outsourced their manufacturing and no longer have enough granular control to take orders for replacement parts. The frame still stands and is well-made, for what it is worth, so I give would give them four stars, but they get 3 because a) they are no longer really Wenzel and b) you cannot order a replacement canopy.
3 Stars By earthmama on 2017-08-20
great for light duty usage, but not suited for heavy rain
We've owned this canopy now for 5 years. We use it for a full week each year as our kitchen space when camping. It has also been used a handful of times for one-day events. It has served us pretty well, and has not lost its waterproofing. (Condensation sometimes forms on the underside and drips down, but that has been minimal.) However rainwater does have a tendency to pool in the center of each side, as it's not possible to get adequate tension on the fabric there. When this has happened we just periodically dump the pooled water over the side. But this year heavy rain at night built up to the point that the metal frame on one side buckled in two places, and one of the center supports would no longer lock into place. We managed to get through the remainder of our week with extra guy wires in strategic locations and a splint on the support, but I think this canopy will now have to be retired. If we are able to get replacement parts, we will repair it, but from now on will only use it for light duty situations.
5 Stars By CJ on 2017-05-28
Withstands winds with easy set-up and simpler tear down
The wheels on the case are big enough to roll the canopy kit through tall grass without getting stuck. The canopy easily opens with two people pulling outward from opposite corners. It does, however, take some strength to lock the corners in place. The posts can then be staked in before adding the canopy to avoid wind issues. The large velcro corners on the canopy are easily attached to the frame. It takes a little finagling to raise the posts up, as it must be done in stages to keep all sides even. However, the lowering of the posts takes a simple click of the button. If set-up takes 5-10 minutes, the tear down takes 3-5 minutes. The little net for holding objects in one of the upper corners of the canopy is a bit silly due to its small size. The great news is that it withstood 20 mph winds at the park.