Core Alloy Steel Pop Up Shade

Last updated date: December 14, 2020

DWYM Score

8.7

Core Alloy Steel Pop Up Shade

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We looked at the top Pop Up Shades and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pop Up Shade you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the Core Alloy Steel Pop Up Shade placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Polyester. Imported. Instant 2 minute setup; 100 sq ft of shade; 50+ UV protection. CORE H2O Block technology with fully-taped seams for weather protection; Dual canopy vents for additional circulation; Meets CPAI-84 requirements. Large oversized pinch-free buttons; Heavy-duty 150D polyester canopy and durable steel frame; Perfect for camping, festivals, tailgating, and backyard events. Includes wheeled carry bag for easy travel; Ground stakes and tie downs included. Straight Leg Canopy measures: 10 ft x 10 ft with a Center Height of 112"; 1 Year Limited Warranty.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.6
2 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
1,430 user reviews

What experts liked

CORE has taken the Coleman design and polished it up to bring it back to us at a great price.
- Outside Pursuits
It also takes only two minutes to set up and take-down, as it has scissor joints making raising this canopy easy.
- Wilderness Today

What experts didn't like

While I would have liked to see the canopy material being made from something more robust, the 150 denier polyester should be robust enough for most situations.
- Outside Pursuits

An Overview On Pop Up Shades

From barbecues and tailgates to camping trips and beach days, pop-up shade tents are essential protection from inclement weather. And luckily, cumbersome canopy shelters that require a mess of heavy parts and a complex assembly process are a thing of the past.  Because modern models are equipped with single-unit, collapsible frames and folding roofs, they can be set up and taken down in a flash (in some instances, just a minute). Most even come with convenient carrying cases for easy storage.

Pop-up shades are available in an assortment of shapes and sizes, from a 6-by-6-foot shelter for two or a 12-by-12-foot tent for 10. The majority of pop-up canopies are either square or rectangle, but you can find some in hexagon and octagon shapes. Lightweight frames are often constructed from aluminum, while stronger canopy frames are made from powder-coated steel. When choosing a frame, consider what you plan to use the shade for; aluminum varieties may work for general uses (e.g. a day at the lake), but the heavier steel frames are more suitable for all-weather protection.

Polyethylene, polyurethane, polyester and vinyl are the most common materials used to produce canopies, and what yours is made of will affect how well it performs and the product’s price. For example, pop-up shade tents constructed with weather-resistant polyurethane (a type of plastic found in bags and bottles) — which is lightweight yet offers stellar protection from UV rays and moisture — are ideal for camping and other outdoor activities. While polyester is water-resistant and offers mild UV protection, it offers less defense from the elements than the other materials. But the material works well for smaller tents since the lightweight material makes them easier to tote around in a bag.

The Pop Up Shade Buying Guide

Features to look for when shopping for a pop-up tent include carrying bags with straps or handles that allow you to transport the shade, adjustable legs that offer three to five height options, weighted bags or sandbags to provide extra stability, and sidewalls or bug netting.

If you plan on using your pop-up shade in inclement weather, make sure it has proper ropes and stakes for stability. For extreme conditions, weights or sandbags are a must.

Do not machine wash the roof of your pop-up shade. To clean the canopy fabric, clear off any debris and rinse it with warm water; avoid using a pressure washer or high-powered hose. If needed, use a mild detergent for spray cleaner to wash off any residual dirt. Allow the canopy to dry completely before storing it away.