Gigatent The Dual Identity Screen Canopy
• Large amount of interior space
• Two large doors make entry simple
• Free standing and easy to assemble
• Large enough for several chairs or a picnic table
• Two shelters in one: Screen sides attach to the inside of the frame to convert from a screen house to a canopy
• Pack weight: 37 lbs
• Pack size: 32" x 11"
• Floor area: 100 sq ft
• Dimensions: 10' x 10'
• Pole material: Cable corded steel
• Roof material: 190T polyester taffeta 450mm coating
• Netting material: Polyester mosquito mesh
• Stakes: (8) 7" steel
• Interior height: 80"
• Eave height: 69"
• Poles: 14
It has all the features I was looking for like a canopy alone, canopy plus screen, and screen alone. It held up very well in high desert winds and came with small hole in canopy (puncture like) but should not affect overall use.
Awkward to set up, given that the instructions are unclear about how to stabilize it before staking it out and how to keep insects out. FYI it does NOT have a bottom, just flaps. Thought you might like to know, since the photo makes it appear that it DOES have a bottom, and there is no mention in the product description to suggest otherwise. In addition, we had to add an extra tarp with more elaborate staking to keep the rain out. Oh and btw, the stakes that come with it, are those crappy, yellow plastic ones--they are hard to get in the ground and they BREAK when you're trying to remove them. Another low quality point, the poles are raw metal on the bottom, no finished caps, so they cut into the grass and fill up with dirt and mud (in addition to leaving divets in your grass lawn.) We're really dissatisfied and would send the thing back if it wasn't such a hassle/shipping charges, etc. I definately would not call it the "Next Level in Camping Gear" as the slogan suggests. That's what we get for buying this sort of equipment online.
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Why should I buy a Gigatent?
We use materials that are heavier coated than most manufacturers. The coating on fabrics is measured in millimeters. This measurement refers to the height of a column of water that the fabric will support without it coming through. Most of our competitors use a 450mm to 600mm coating on their tents and rain flys. Our tents use a 1200mm to 800mm coating on our rain flys, because the force generated by a storm is greatest on the rain fly. We use an 800mm to 600mm coating on our tent bodies where the force is less direct and weaker. The thinner the coating the less pressure needed to push water through.
The door zipper design used most in our tents is known as a Twin Track zipper. This means that there are 2 zippers for the door, a horizontal zipper and a slightly curving vertical zipper. The Twin Track design minimizes the curve to the vertical zipper which can cause the zipper to fail sooner than a straight one, it also allows for a larger and easier to enter doorway. The zippers we use for our doors are larger in size than most other manufacturers. We use only nickel plated zipper sliders on our tents which slide easier and last longer.
Our family tents are specifically designed to give the user the most interior volume possible. By using a combination of steel and fiberglass poles we have combined the straight walls of the cabin tent with the free standing nature of the dome tent to give the camper the best of both tent designs. The free standing nature of most of out family tents makes them easier to position in a campsite and requires less staking which means less time during set up. Our Combo Room allows for more versatility in one tent. The camper can now own a screen house and a tent in one package. The Combo Room also allows the owner to store wet gear in the Combo Room without endangering the sleeping area. The Combo Room will also accept the extra campers that wonÂt fit in the rear room. Our backpacking tents are designed to provide the maximum amount of living space without weighting too much. We use pin and ring attachments for our poles which are easy to replace should one require it.
We use 19mm steel poles for most of our large family tents. The poles are cable corded together instead of chain corded to reduce the possibility of breakage. We use larger diameter poles and shockcord in most of our products than our competition uses. Our backpacking models use a 7000 series aircraft aluminum which resists cold and cracking unlike fiberglass. Aluminum poles are also lighter than fiberglass poles.
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