Best Overall Beach Canopy
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter
Ease of setup
Handy removable sidewall
Easy to trip over webbing on frame
We chose the Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter
as our Editors' Choice Award winner because it is lightweight, easy to transport, and easy to set-up, even in the wind. The Three Forks has a very usable amount of space (though not quite as much as the REI Alcove) and comes with a removable sidewall that you can move to any side of the shelter quickly and easily as the sun moves around you. We also liked that the sidewall offered protection from the wind and added increased privacy.
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Best Bang for the Buck
REI Alcove Shelter
Ease of assembly
Solid and sturdy
If not set up securely, it can hold rain puddles
Update - June 2017
The REI Alcove has been discontinued. We checked in with the folks at REI, and for now, it's not slated to be updated or replaced.
The REI Alcove Shelter
is a stellar shelter at an even better price. In fact, it was about half the price of most other products we tested and still earned top scores! This canopy has a 100 square feet of usable, comfortable space provided, and it is remarkably durable and well-constructed. This is a great canopy if you are seeking shelter for longer periods of time where you will be closer to your vehicle. We recommend this shelter for overnight or weekend camp outs or for day outings that require shelter for five or six people.
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