I didn't participate in the crawl, hope you all had a good tour. I must say that I am extremely happy with the performance of this structure on the playa. It is super in the wind. While my tent was flapping from stress in the wind, the party shade shelter just flexed a little as the wind blew right through, no flapping noise, no strain. The bottom edge between stakes lifts a little in the wind, but that is a good thing. I was careful to get the edges as taught as I could before I put up the center pole. The fabric tension is not super taut: you can see it compressed somewhat against the wind, but the combination of the tension, the round shape and the open mesh absorbs the wind and spills it before it can get any real purchase on the structure. Zippers stayed functional, although a little fussy as zippers get. The zipper pulls are a good size for grasping. I kept one door open most of the time as entrance/exit. After running to check on it a couple of times, I stopped worrying. Granted we didn't get a 70mph blow this year, but I think it would be o.k. or o.k. enough. I was more concerned about the stuff inside getting blown around, then I was worried about the shelter itself. For peace of mind, it was better than my kelty tripod which stayed in one piece the last two years, but I was always checking to see how it was folding down in the wind. There are guy out loops on top of the three doors. I only put one rope out from the windward side door. I was worried about the metal pigtails on the spreaders, but the fabric is tensioned enough and the pigtails screw through a couple of rotations, no movement there.
NPPSS Good shade and beautiful headroom. Very spacious feeling. I moved the portable panel from sunrise side to sunset side in the afternoon, and kept all my coolers near the center. I hung my speakers, lights, and even the solar shower when in use from the top spreaders (near the center.) I saw several of these shelters out there. For the price, finished size, functionality, and the packability of this unit, I think it's a real BRC winner.
I set it up by myself, and it took maybe a half hour or less. Two or more people would get this done in 15 minutes. I put a big nail with a 15 ft. rope in the estimated center. I staked out with rebar two opposite points using the 15 ft. measure. Then I pulled the two other stake points tight from each side of the two measured stakes. I used the nails provided, in case I needed to make adjustments. When I had the center pole up, I put in rebar all around and capped them with solar garden lights. I angled the center pole up and kicked it into place., I put 3/4" pvc sleeves on the spreaders, and put them in place last. It would help to have a small ladder or step stool, my cooler worked o.k., but I don't think it likes being stood upon. I needed to angle the center pole a bit on this last step for slack to get the spreaders into the holes in the tent. I have tried raising the center with the top spreaders already in place, but I'm not strong enough on my own to do it, since it has to be lifted vertically against all the tensioned fabric. a few people might have success this way. I nailed the center pole in place with two of the long nails provided.
When I took it down, I tied the guy rope that was still staked, around the top of the tent, so it wouldn't blow away. then I pulled the whole thing out straight like a folded up umbrella, folded it to get it bag size in width, and rolled it up with the poles in the middle.