Broadstone Privacy Shelter
The picture looks great, awesome idea. My wife and her friend were trying to set it up, ya trying cause the instructions showed colour code, not letters.They got part of it together , then one of the plastic connectors snapped and that was the end of that, they never got to use it. we dont recommend it at all, to fragile.
September 21, 2012
Economical - assemble with great care
Other reviews have indicated care in first time assembly - this is definitely the case.There are elastic strings attached to brass hooks that can be adjusted - recommend loosen until all fully assembled and then tighten this should prevent tearing of the fabric. Once assembled it works very well. Need to tie down as it is easily blown over. Weighting down the floor only leads to bent poles. The floor has draining mess on the sides but waste water pools easily so place on a slight grade with good drainage - we use a large plastic storage bin to catch waste water. Other products like this are 50 - 100% more cost and this is the only one we found in the price range that has 2 separate rooms - not pratical for large people.
March 4, 2012
No Regrets on My Purchase
Waited for this product to go on sale and it was worth it. I would recommend putting it up at home first to practice. It will make it so much easier when you actually go camping. It is important to follow the directions that are included. It didn't take long to put up either. I am short but my teenage sons helped me with the Fly. Nothing broke off and it was sturdy. It had rained one night and everything stayed dry inside.
August 21, 2011
Nice concept but be careful putting it up
I really liked the concept but we had difficulty with putting it up when we first used it. When we put it up we had problems getting the top rods into the corner pockets and it was a strain to do it. During the process we had one of the roof hubs break and we realized later that the other one had cracked.
While it is possible we may have oriented them incorrectly (another family member was doing it so I'm not totally sure) the instructions don't cover getting the hubs oriented correctly and the hubs lack colour-coded dots that are used on some of the other rods.
If you are buying this product I recommend putting it up in advance of your actual camping trip, and being very careful with the orientation of the corner hubs.
Below is the text of an email that I wrote to the Customer Service department of the vendor
Four weeks ago I bought a Kinbrook Utility Shelter at Canadian Tire for a camping trip last weekend.
When we arrived we put up our sleeping and dining tents and the utility shelter.
In putting up the utility shelter we pulled the brass hooks to hook onto the triangles on the arms. In doing so, part of the corner roof hub at the top of one end of the tent partially broke off. We discovered later that the one at the other end also suffered a crack.
This appears to have happened because we had the corner roof hub rotated so that the socket of the corner roof hub for the rod on the top of the tent was rotated round and used for the vertical rod at the side of the tent (and the socket of the corner roof hub for the vertical rod at the end of the tent was used for the rod on the top of the tent). Therefore the arms going down from the top of the tent, at each corner of the tent, were angled and that made it more difficult to attach the hooks (and placed much more stress on the corner roof hubs).
The instructions do not cover orienting the corner roof hubs correctly, and there are no visual clues to guide you as to which rod goes in which socket of the corner roof hub.
I would recommend that you colour code the corner roof hub so that the socket for the rod at the top of the tent has a red dot on it, and the socket for the vertical rod at the end of the tent has a blue dot on it, so that the user would be guided to match them up (and avoid the situation we encountered).
July 23, 2011
I was hesitant of buying this tent and I wish I hadn't. As soon as I pulled out the aluminum poles I was disappointed. I am 6'6" and an avid camper and had a hard time assembling this tent.
The top 6 "truss" poles that hold the roof on are poorly designed. I had to untied the cords that held the hooks for the tension on the corners of the tent because it was too tight to attach them at the same time on opposite sides.
As I was trying to attach the fly I had to force the poles into the cradles at each corner and the fly felt as if it was going to rip.
Overall, big waste of money. It was the only one there that is why I tried to purchase it and see.
June 5, 2011
If you camp in a tent - buy this now!!!
We bought this this year as wife was getting tired of walking herself and 5 y/o daughter to the washroom in the campsite in the middle of the night. We paired it with a hassock style chemical toilet and a solar heated shower (soon to buy the Coleman hot water on demand)
This unit is very very sturdy with the steel shock-corded poles. When our 5 gallon - 50 pound solar shower is hanging in it, it barely complains. There is a mesh strip in the floor running entirely between the shower and changing area, the water never gets where it isnt supposed to. Lots of cargo nets to store toiletries etc. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to shower while camping and/or avoid pit toilets in the middle of the night.
July 11, 2009