So far, so good.
It's been great. Great size, simple to erect, fairly sturdy once it's up. No issues yet, with the shade or poles, but I can see why others may not have been so lucky. I don't expect it to last forever, which is a shame. Should be a bit better quality for the price, but functionality is great. Also got a couple of walls which are really easy to put on and take off which means you can move them around as the sun and breeze changes direction.
Purchased in January 2018 at Anaconda Online store for $199.00.
Good Shelter. Make sure you don't use original ropes.
I have been using the Event 14 for all around living in my holiday land. I ended up buying another one. Now I have two. Unfortunately the ropes that hold the gazebo down do not handle sun conditions very well. All of them bro in the list wind we had and the gazebo got completely damaged. I tested the ropes, sure enough they are all disintegrated in my hand. I hope I will be able to get canopy replacement cheap. :-(
Never had a problem
We have had 2 event 14s. I don't expect them to last forever. When I say "had" I mean still have but the first one was used so many times, for so long that the fabric had stretched too much to be usable in all conditions - no tears, just stretch. I've had them up in some fairly strong winds and no problems WHEN PROPERLY SECURED. This thing really is a tension structure - you need the frame located correctly as others have said, and the guys secured, the pull down straps in each corner done up etc. for it to be robust.
Only criticism I have is ...
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I think the people complaining about it tearing at the seams are not erecting it properly. YOU MUST use the cloth measuring tape that comes with it to line up the shelter feet so the actual shelter is correctly mounted and supported equally. Otherwise it will be out of shape and undue stress is places on certain points. We have had ours for 5 years now. Used as a camping shelter over approximately 35 - 40 nights during that time. Most of this was camping next to the beach in salty air. We have had to put it up when returning home to hose the ...salt off after each trip and it is still going strong. We have had it in some fairly brisk winds and some torrential downpours as well (where admittedly it did start to leak along the seams but this was serious non stop rain over 3 days). i would certainly recommend this to anyone not wanting to bother with tarps on camping trips. For the price it is fantastic as you often see it for around AUD $200 on sale.
Wonderful shelter but no replacement poles in Australia
This shelter is solid, large, well designed and nearly resilient to our Australian coastal winds. I bought the deluxe version with stronger poles and fabric. I really loved it .... But...One of the main poles broke in the wind after two weeks up over the summer but the deluxe cover remained intact. I thought it would be no difficulty replacing the pole but Australian Coleman informed me there were no replacement poles available! I emailed US Coleman - same response - they will provide replacement poles to people in the US but not Australia! I was advised I would need to buy an entire new shelter - certainly not good customer service. How bad is that?
Concept - brilliant. Execution/contruction - average.
Only used mine only once so far. I bought the green/silver deluxe version - heavier poles and fabric. Massive coverage (very roomy for a tribe of 20 underneath) and low sides / corners so not needing to shift chairs as much to follow the shade as the sun moves - a side shade came with it but I bought a extra one, to cover from midday and late afternoon sun on the beach. The 4 long legged gazebo style offer a lot less shade. Putting it up is a 20 minute affair after a little practice. I bought extra long pegs (for sand and soft soil) and heavier...guy ropes, done that for every tent/shade I have ever had and arranged it to tie it down from the arches and only use the loops on the cover to give the fabric the right tension over the frame. When packed away it is heavy but fits perfectly in the Falcons boot up against the back seats between the rear wheel arches. The Deluxe is about 24kg packed, about 7 kg heavier than the standard model - but most of the extra weight is from the heavier gage frame tubing and a little extra for the double weight polyester cover. This is an all day shade - not something to use for only a couple of hours - but great to have up for days for kids parties and of course weekend special events, fishing trip or casual camping - hence the name Event 14. (14 foot square base) It has it's limitations but still very practical and versatile. Massive coverage and lots of shade Go easy on the fabric tie down tension on the loops.
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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