maryanimal wrote:has anyone here used the EZ Up type of canopies? what were your experiences with them? Or can you guide me to a thread about these types of canopies?
Last year was probably the only one, weather wise, where an Ez up was ok.
Think very very strong wind gusts. If it is staked down properly it can still fail. I have had a couple die in winds 1/3 of what I have seen on the playa. When they fail, it is usually dramatic. Think posts snapping in half and the sharp edges flailing in the wind. It really hurts to be in one when it fails!
a eplaya discussion on EZ-UPs: http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?t=35469
I much prefer the Car Port style shade structures (like the "Costco Car Ports"), Sturdy 1 1/4 inch poles. As long as these beasts are tied down correctly they will withstand almost anything. Unfortunately these things also weigh a fair bit. Solid design = decent weight...