This is not my first 12x12 from Coleman. For a consumer type canopy I have not seen anything better. a commercial grade canopy will probably cost double. It is much more spacious than the 10x10, and should also be distinguished from the other "eve" type canopies, where the legs are 10' square and the top overhangs the legs, or the slant leg jobs.
I got three long (9 month?) seasons out of my last one on Long Island, and it would have been longer but for stormy weather damage. The material on this one seems ever so slightly thinner and more reflective than the last one. There has also been a redesign of the ceiling area which seems sturdier than before and maybe a foot or 2 taller than they were. The screened vent panels in the ceiling have been eliminated. I think this is an improvement because it keeps the rain out better than before. This is a little funny because the product is now marked "Instant Sun Shelter" on the sides.
The stakes that come with the canopy are only for the absolute "windless" days. Mine is set up on a concrete patio, so I installed it first with lag bolts through the feet into lead anchors drilled into the concrete. The wind would progressively loosen these, so I then tied the unit down using bungee cords from the loops at the top corners of the canopy to nearby anchor points like fencing or railings. This way the thing can move around a little without loosening. On soft ground, I think those corkscrew type anchors (often used to tie out dogs) would be the minimum necessary. Enjoy the dry shade this canopy will provide, but remember it is a very large parachute kind of shaped object which will catch the wind, and can easily go flying/tumbling away, harming persons and property in its path.
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