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At the beach, campsite, park, or in the backyard, the Sunshade has you covered.

A Kelty Sunshade is an easy-to-set-up shelter that protects you, friends, and family from the sun when you're partying outdoors. The Sunshade has continuous pole sleeves for smooth setup, guy-out points for security, and taped seams for waterproof protection. It also features variable height and width adjustment for custom sun protection.

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4 5

Great, but a little hard for 1-person setup.

Given the size I suppose you wouldn't be setting it up. It looks like its going to last though. It comes with poles, stakes, a fairly durable bag with plenty of room and all the guylines for windy conditions. I've used it 3 times and suspect it will take a lot of car camping trips with me!

5 5

Love this

This shelter is great for all outdoor activities to having shade in the backcountry snow, drinking beers at Telluride Blues and Brews or camping under the stars.

4 5

Just a little roof

The sun shade gets tossed in the truck when I'm headed out to anywhere that will have a basecamp (not one near anywhere called Namche Bazaar of course). Mountian bike races, caver conventions, river camp, kitesurf beach camp. I've learned it to use the guy lines in windy conditions (make a deadman from a log or bag of sand). While not totally a waterproof roof (use some tent coating at home) it does get you out of rain.

2 5

Fantastic looks... poor function

I have used this now for three full seasons. It just looks cool on the beach. You can get it up to a good height by buying a $5.00 12 ft PVC pipe, cut it into 3 pieces, pound into beach near the ends and Viola it's a perfect height.

It is difficult if not impossible to set up on your own. One of the fiberglass poles fractured during a gusty day on the lake. Now you have to be EXTRA careful when setting it up or your digging glass out of your fingers. This last week one of the lines ripped away.

This sunshade is like a hot chick..... nice to look at but way too much work to live with.

1 5

Design nightmare

I've had this product for three years now and I have yet to come away with a single positive experience. Let's get to the point. It's hard to set up. I can set up three tents in less time than the Sunshade. It's too low. Unless you crawl around on all fours you won' t enjoy constantly ducking and twisting and bending to get in and around this product. If the sun is out and it's hot...oh' right that's exactly when I need shade...it's even hotter under the Sunshade. Who created this product? Obviously someone with a good sense of visual design' because it looks darn cool, but it needs some real engineering behind it...remember: form follows function...a lesson forgotten with the sunshade. Don't waste your money.

3 5

No sunburn, but...

We used the sunshade to provide shade for our picnic table while camping in the Sierra at about 5500 ft. The sunshade provides a good amount of shade, but that doesn't mean it is cool underneath. It seems to transmit a great deal of the sun's heat. A shady campsite is preferred.

On the plus side, for its size it is quite compact, easy to put up, and when properly staked it is good in a breeze.

3 5

shade yes

Works great on the beach on nonwindy days. I thought is was fairly easy to set up, but having a helper helps. It will sit over a picnic table pretty well too if you are car camping. Fairly compact when broken down.

1 5

Kelty Sunshade

Do not buy this if you expect it to last more than one season. It was great the first season--oh by the way, we used it for only two weeks during the season. One of the poles cracked during the second season and we sent it back for a replacement. Instead, Kelty 'fixed' the pole rather than replacing it. Imagine our surprise this year when we arrived at the beach and discovered that the pole was now about 6" longer than the others, making the tent unusable. We called Kelty to get a replacement pole and were told that they were out of stock and also, that they could not take my name and call me when the new poles arrive--they don't do back orders. Extremely poor customer service and product!

3 5

good shade but not easy to setup alone

found it hard to get setup alone - It works well after setup,but the poles can be difficult to get out of the hooks once up.

3 5

Kelty Sunshade

The sunshade is easy to set-up and does a great job of shielding its occupants from the sun without baking them via the hothouse effect that some shelters cause. Mine is very durable and has lasted years. Buy the large, the meduim is too small to stand under. Here are the downsides. 1. it is a bit short, i think it is designed for sitting under. 2. The poles are a little on the weak side. Other than those two issues, it works great. I like the irregular design because that allows you to but it up against trees or other fixed objects.

4 5

Kelty Sunshade

I used the Kelty Sunshade when camping in hot, sunny conditions in the desert. It was so nice to escape the sun! We had the medium size, and fit 6 people in chairs set right next to each other along the shady edges. Some sort of side wall or two would be nice, as when the sun is at certain angles it comes in from the sides it doesn't provide all that much shade. Most of us had to duck slightly to get under the medium, but we were very happy to have it. The sunshade sets up really easily, and has a nice simple design. Winds were pretty calm, and we had no problems with it blowing around, and we staked only the bottoms of the poles, not the extra lines coming off of it. This sunshade is nice and simple, and gets the job done. Much better than no shade at all!

2 5

Windy Conditions...

We bought this specifically for use at the beach after reading the reviews. We put it to the test at Hilton Head island and I was immediately disappointed. Now we did have a decent, steady wind coming across the beach, but my experience with past Kelty products told me that this sunshade should have been fine.

We set it up, and staked it out at all corners, including the guy lines. Within a few minutes of getting it set up, the wind was flexing the poles so bad they bent inwards, collapsing the canopy. Rotating the whole thing so it would face different directions did nothing. After reading other reviews here I'm surprised the poles didn't snap, that seems to happen frequently with this product.

What's sad is that a lot of other people were using those square canopies with the four aluminum legs that stand straight up like you buy at Dicks Sporting Goods or Wal-Mart for $50. They weren't having any issues with the wind, and there I was with my fancy Kelty sheepishly stuffing it back into the bag. It would have been nice if it had held up, temps were in the upper 90's all week.

I'm returning this product as I don't have much use for something that can't take a normal wind load.

2 5

Windy Conditions

We bought this specifically for use at the beach after reading the reviews. We put it to the test at Hilton Head island and I was immediately disappointed. Now we did have a decent, steady wind coming across the beach, but my experience with past Kelty products told me that this sunshade should have been fine.

We set it up, and staked it out at all corners, including the guy lines. Within a few minutes of getting it set up, the wind was flexing the poles so bad they bent inwards, collapsing the canopy. Rotating the whole thing so it would face different directions did nothing. After reading other reviews here I'm surprised the poles didn't snap, that seems to happen frequently with this product.

What's sad is that a lot of other people were using those square canopies with the four aluminum legs that stand straight up like you buy at Dicks Sporting Goods or Wal-Mart for $50. They weren't having any issues with the wind, and there I was with my fancy Kelty sheepishly stuffing it back into the bag. It would have been nice if it had held up, temps were in the upper 90's all week.

I'm returning this product as I don't have much use for something that can't take a normal wind load.

4 5

Nice. . .

This is great to keep in the car. I pulled it out after a bike race last week and we fit a bunch of sweaty cyclists under it. It is hard to stand under though and watch what is going on so I may need to make some extension poles for it. (I only have the medium.)

I find it very difficult to put the ends...

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I find it very difficult to put the ends of the poles in the grommets. Am I doing something wrong? I´ve used the shade only 5 times & after this last use all poles are now broken. Where can I buy replacement poles. I like the shade it provides.Meximom

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Contact Kelty. They are very good about their lifetime warranty. I'm sure they would send you replacement poles or a whole new sunshade.Check the sleeves for any obstructions & proper fit. This could be the cause of your problems.

5 5

Prefer over the car shade

Finally broke this out and love it. Had a big backyard party over the weekend and decided to provide some shade for the food. It unexpectedly began to rain. We moved the tables in a little closer and there was still room for a handful of guests to sit at one of the tables and eat. I got the large and am glad I did since it allowed all of the tall guys to walk right in and stand without hitting heads or ducking. I also got the extra wall that is sold separately, which provided shade when the afternoon sun finally reemerged. I debated between this and a car shade and am glad I got this since it is more versatile.

I'm deciding between the medium and large...

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I'm deciding between the medium and large size....it sounds like the medium is huge. As long as it can fit over one of the camping picnic areas that's great. What size should I get?

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I got the large and love it. I was able to fit two tables under it and it withstood a nasty wind storm.I agree with GearMom. You can always use the extra room!

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Agree with Jeff, go Large. The longest you'll hike this thing is from the car to the picnic table. When the rain comes folks will flock under and you'll appreciate the extra elbow room.