Easy to put up but doesn't last!
We have had 3 of these now as they are normally priced well over summer but every one has last 2 at best 3 camping trips and that's it. They seem like they should hold up to a decent breeze but they don't. Ours is used for max 2 weeks per year for our annual camping trip and they just blow to bits. The seems start to rip in the second year and by the end of the third they go straight in the bin. They are super easy to put up (and take down when the wind gets up) but just aren't designed for NZ sun and conditions.
Purchased for $249.00.
Good design but the fly is weak.
Relatively easy to assemble. Work well when up. However we have owned two of them and both flys have gone brittle and torn after very little use. Poor quality. Won't buy a third!
Purchased in November 2017 at Anaconda for $199.00.
Ripped 3rd day up. It has 3 different patches on it now. Can't handle a little bit of a breeze. Tears at the velcro then down the seam. The poles are good just the velcro and cheap cover. Have to take it down as soon as a breeze comes up or it will RIP somewhere else. Sad state of affairs Expected more for the price. Was purchased for a shelter for the kids tent and table in back yard. Not buy again.
I purchased this as a shade for my pool and I had no illusions. For $148 (Annapurna club member discount) I didn't did not expect it to last very long but given that I have spent significantly longer periods camping, I did expect it to last longer than it has. I bought this on 23/10/2018. Today is 7/12/2018 and it now stands in shreds in my backyard.
It took a lot of work for two people to put up. If you're used to the time it takes for a standard gazebo, this will come as a bit of a shock. The poles are steel with very poor quality paint. ...By the end of putting them together, I had pain on my hands and they were easily scratched simply laying them out on the grass. I have put up every type of tent, from 2 person hiking tents to circus marquees. For me it was fairly strait forward, but the printed instructions are completely worthless. Working out what went where and how took a little time. For someone with little experience, the unlabeled different sized poles will definitely provide a challenge. The fabric is not UV stable. You get your first hint from the cheap guy ropes provided. Within a couple of weeks of being put up, there was noticeable fading of the fabric. within the first month, there were numerous small tears forming. Now, with some light breezes the entire fabric is in shreds. This is obviously not designed for long term use and it says so right on the box. What you have to ask yourself though, is whether you're happy to get less than 60 days of total use over the months or years you may own this. As I said, I bought it, knowing it wouldn't last long. If I were to purchase it for camping, I'd get 5-6 week long camping trips out of it. If you pay $148 as I did, it's probably an OK investment. If you were to pay the $400ish RRP, you might want to consider looking for something of higher quality.
Good bad and costly
I have purchased 2 of these shelters in the last 2 years and placed them over the pool so the family can swim throughout the day. The only problem is that they have only lasted 2/3 months as they have torn near the velcro tie downs on each occasion. The product idea is great but the quality of the shade is very poor. $200 for 2/3months - not very good. Improve the quality Coleman and I will try it again.
Dont waste your hard earned money
Have had the shelter for 1 month and it has disintegrated at the seams and is torn with touch from fingers. It has been up permanantly for that time. When coleman was contacted they stated it isnt meant as a permanant fixture. Do they not realise people camp for that period of time.
Always thought coleman where a reputable camping name!!!!!!!.
Torn shade within 6 months
Looks great, set up is simple enough. But the canopy tore apart within the first 6 months when a little bit of wind got to it. Bitterly disappointed as I really liked the look of his.
Shade Tore After 3 Days Use
Bought the event 14 at Easter 2015 never used till last week for kids party in backyard to come home to find still pegged to the ground but shade torn to crap. No trees or anything near it. Rang Colemans got told not their problem something must of happened to it. Hmm wind is all and they state on bag good in wind. Yet my China made 6 man tent not a mark and still standing.
Colemans products are expensive so I expected them to be good.
I'll never buy a Colemans product again. Thanks for backing your product Coleman!
Canopy doesn't last and Coleman know it
Like the other reviews the canopy is just not up to it and they ( Coleman) know it and they give you the cold shoulder and have quiet obviously told there suppliers to sell the same story My unit was less than a year old and the canopy started to look like an orange peel left in the sun and started to tear. My enquires to both BCF and Coleman direct were word for word identical ?? And claimed the unit had excessive use!!!, and said it was never ment to be a permanent structure , which it never was 6 to 7 weeks in Western Australia use ??? On...enquiring about replacement Canopies I was informed that they will become available soon BUT guess what ,they are exactly the same !! Are they taking the mickey or what?? I've been camping for more than 30 years and have had many Coleman products but I now think that if this is how they act I can't see myself purchasing any of their products in the future
I think an unreasonably short usable life
Model Number 2000001476.
Bought it in January 2014. At first, it actually was pretty good. Assembly was pretty much as expected (if you follow the instructions), and the shade area is really quite large across the day, particularly if you orientate the corners to the sun's path.
HOWEVER: After about 14 days of actual use over the year (which would be about 6 assembled occasions) the material ripped in several places where the velcro ties it to the frame. At first the rips were quite mild, but they deteriorated quite quickly. This was in w...ind but not an *unusual* amount of wind. The kind you'd expect at some point across any average day which is mostly a breeze with occasional gusts. It was also in a quite well protected backyard (i.e. not on a ocean cliff!!). To me this signals either a design failure or a choice of material faliure - the "wear and tear" was not of the kind that any reasonable person would expect during normal use under typical conditions. Coleman: Feel free to contact me about this - I feel it has fallen short of its expected practical life due to the cover. You can even send me a new cover (or two) if you like because I have found it quite good apart from this. Better still - make a cover that's got a bit more strength to it, i.e. change the material and/or add velcro attachment points and send me one of those!
Questions & Answers
Can anyone tell me where I get an event 14 insert so that I can join two gazebos together? Thanks Donna
Hi did you get answer on this?
I have an event 14 and I love it. Not had any problems until last weekend camping under trees and I think a sharp twig or branch from above pierced the canopy. Not happy Jan, I can tell you. Does anyone know if you can patch them and if so what is the best thing to use.? Or how much does a replacement canopy cost? Cheers Robyn
Nor Coleman or BCF would confirm a replacement cost you can purchase a sail amount of Sail Tape from either yacht supplies or wind surfing kite surfing repair businesses But Robyn it sounds to me your cover is on its way out so don't spend to much and you are up against the same problem as all of us , the replacement cover is exactly the same , you would think Coleman would cop it on the chin and admit they era and supply proper uv protected covers but no they continue to deceive the public
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