Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Check out the REI Alcove Shelter

The REI Alcove is a freestanding rain and sun shelter.

We love our REI Alcove for shade when camping or at the beach. It is so easy and quick to set up (Watch the video first). We keep it in our vehicle to set up for shade whenever we stop for a quick picnic. We also use it for camping.

We have two of the shade walls (each one covers two walls) and have used them frequently. In the photo, we were at Lee's Ferry Campground near Page, AZ. Our tent was so hot that we used the Alcove for a shelter from the sun when we were outside. We didn't need the shade walls on the Alcove this time out, so we used them as tarps to try to shade our sleeping tent. Not perfect, but we were glad we had them. They also work well on the Alcove to provide shade when the sun changes or to block an annoying wind. Since this trip, we have purchased more suitable tarps to shade our sleeping tent and protect it from the rain.

REI Alcove (right) and its Shade Walls used as tarps over our sleeping tent (not their intended use)

View from the back of the tent

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