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For portable shade, look no further than the Paha Que Cottonwood Shade.

Sunshine is great and all, but at times it can be too much of a good thing. The Paha Que Cottonwood 12x12 Shade is made for just such an occasion. The Cottonwood 12x12 Sunshade throws a tremendous amount of shade, and weighs only 16lbs, so it's easy to carry to a picnic in its duffle-style bag. The Cottonwood Shade can be set up in a few minutes, and it's freestanding (though in wind it turns into a giant sail, so we highly recommend you stake it down.) Next time your family has an outdoor function to attend, don't bake in the sun, bring the Cottonwood.

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5 5

A seriously nice piece of equipment

It's light, big, and sturdy. One person, with only half of a brain can set it up. But that half brain will need two arms. It can be easily moved, and it throws some serious shade. Anyone who would own a 50lb EZ-UP needs to have their head examined. One of the coolest things about this shade is the size: This thing will easily cover a picnic table and then some. Do stake it down. It will blow away. The sleeves on the canopy easily accommodate the poles: That makes a solo set-up a breeze. Paha Que knows how to make family camping equipment. They are the experts. Of course this site had the best price and very best service: They are my go to guys for outdoor equipment.

5 5

Review Update

We used the Paha Que Shade Shelter at the beach recently on the Texas coast. It handled constant wind without a problem. I bought additional screw-type stakes (Home Depot) to secure it in the sand, but the "stock" tent pegs would have sufficed. The stuff sack is roomy enough to accomodate the additional 16" screw-stakes as well as a handy mallet. The time necessary for set-up/take down also improved with experience.

5 5

Shade Shelter

This is a great product. Easy to set up with 2 people, although it takes a bit longer than 5 minutes. Maybe that will improve with experience. Will try it at the beach and see how it handles constant wind. I chose this Paha Que over the similar Kelty because of the larger diameter poles, hoping they'll be better with wind.

3 5


This is a wonderful tent that provides an enormous amount of shade. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to setup and really requires two people. It also does not stand well in any kind of wind. It's great if you have multiple hands to set it up and it is a fairly windless day.

4 5

mostly decent product, pretty easy setup

While this is a wonderful product not only for sun cover but also for rainy weather, I kept running into the sides of the roof, which hang right at my chin level, and I'm only about 5'6". This height of the shade might be part of the design, I don't know. Also the greenish color of this shade seemed a bit annoying at first, however it actually turned out to be a good choice on the designers' part (even looks good in the photos). Overall, a good product... if you're not 6'3", and aren't looking for something with covered sides to keep the bugs out - otherwise get the Screen Room version of this (which has a higher roof) - or better, if price is not an issue.