We had a minor tragedy at our place last weekend: the pop-up canopy we bought a while back for backyard parties and other activities was thoroughly wrecked by a wind storm. Fortunately, no one was hurt (our guests had not arrived yet), but now we’re in the market for a new one.
As we’ve been poking around online to see what’s available, we’re starting to think that an upgrade to a screened tent canopy might be a good move. Bugs have sometimes been a problem at our get-togethers, and since we often used the old shelter to protect the food, the additional investment seems to make sense to us.
Our initial search led us to this site, listing 21 products of various shapes and sizes. Most of them don’t have any walls or screens at all, and others are so big that they might not even fit in our yard, but we did find a couple worth considering.
We also found an article on Wirecutter recommending a specific Coleman model that, quite frankly, looks like it would meet all of our needs. But it runs over $200, and while we’re not afraid of spending that much money for quality, a little more shopping around seems to be in order.
Finally, we came across a comparison of screened tents by Coleman and Clam that was very detailed, and helped us better understand which specifications we need to consider. Besides overall size, the number of doors is something for us to keep in mind, since as I mentioned above, we often use the canopy for the food buffet. There is also info provided on their construction (fabric, etc.), as well as how quickly each can be assembled.
At this point, we’re still a little overwhelmed by the choices, but we’re not in a big rush to make a decision. Colder weather is just around the corner in our part of the country, so we probably won’t be entertaining outside much more before spring. We have time.