A sun shelter that’s as simple to set up and take down as the name implies
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TripSavvy / Kimberly Holland
From folded to upright in 10 seconds
Wraps back up easily
Fits into compact carrying bag for easy travel
Two large windows for ventilation
Internal pockets store items off the ground
UPF 50+, water-resistant material
Shallow depth lets sunshine in
Clips slip from hub bars during setup
PE floor gets hot in sun
The Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent really does go from folded to fully framed in a matter of seconds. It’s a great solution for getting out of the sun and wind if an umbrella isn’t allowed or is too expensive to rent or too cumbersome to carry.
We purchased the Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent so our reviewer could thoroughly test and assess it at the beach. Keep reading for our full product review.
Pacific Breeze offers a variety of outdoor tents, each specially designed for families and groups of various sizes and with different occasions in mind. The designers of the Easy Setup Beach Tent, also sometimes called the EasyUp Tent, know many folks want to get onto the sand and enjoy the seas in a matter of minutes, without fussing over a complicated construction project. The median price point of this beach tent (around $70) is a bit of an investment, but for families with a lot of beach and lakeside time in their summer plans, it could be worth the price if the promises really do pay off.
To see if it worked in a windy beach environment, we tested the sun shelter on a shore day when the wind was steady and the sun was strong. We set up and sat in the tent for over an hour and evaluated it for factors like portability, ease of setup, and cooling capabilities Is this tent worth the extra dollars? Read on to find out.
Like most tents, this one arrives in a compact carrying bag that’s great for traveling, but unlike others we’ve tried, this one was incredibly easy to set up. We started by removing the tent from the carrying bag and snipping off any tags. The tent will naturally unfold around the center hub system, but you can help the process by fanning out the material away from the fiberglass poles in the center.
To set up, we forcefully tugged on two ropes that are intertwined with the tent’s hub-and-spoke framing system. One tug was enough to get the frame fully erect. To quickly secure the tent, as we were setting up on a windy day, we filled the bags attached to the three sides with sand from around the tent. This provided enough stability to be able to anchor the tent with the stakes that are provided with the tent.
The steps to take down the tent were equally simple. After emptying the sand from the attached sacks and pulling up the anchors, we pressed down on two clearly marked pieces of the hub frame system. This quickly released the lock, and the tent collapsed in on itself. We tightly wrapped the fanned material back around the center poles and tucked the entire tent back into the drawstring carrying bag.
The designers of this tent clearly put a lot of effort into considering what a family might need. For example, the two mesh windows on either side can be secured in place with hook-and-loop fastener strips in the event of strong winds or even a light shower. If you want to enjoy the breeze, you can roll the windows up and secure with the elastic ties. At the top of the center section, there are two mesh pockets for storing cell phones or anything you want to keep out of the way of sand and water.
The tent comfortably fits two adults, even with low-sitting beach chairs. Without chairs, you have room for two adults and a small child or two. When folded and stored, the tent measures 40 inches long, 5 inches wide and 5 inches high. A strap on the carrying bag makes toting this tent easy.
The tent comfortably fits two adults, even with low-sitting beach chairs.
The tent’s UPF 50+, water-resistant polyester fabric is supposed to provide sun protection, but the fiberglass frame is a bit shallow, which lets the sun stream in when it gets directly overhead. If you’re using the tent to avoid the sun’s rays entirely, you may have to hide at the back of the tent.
The PE floor of the Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent does get hot when the sun is bearing down on it.
There, it is shaded, and the mesh windows let the breeze through, keeping the temperature comfortable. You could also look for an umbrella to cover the front part of the tent during the high sun peaks, but we felt that sort of defeated the purpose of having a sun shelter in the first place.
Note that the PE floor of the Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent does get hot when the sun is bearing down on it. We had to use a beach blanket to make it feel cool enough to touch.
The specially designed hub system is built with a fiberglass frame that feels sturdy and never faltered, even in strong wind gusts. At the top of the tent, plastic clips have been sewn into the material so they can be attached to the frame for maximum overhead clearance.
The specially designed hub system is built with a fiberglass frame that feels sturdy and never faltered, even in strong wind gusts.
We found one clip that would not stay on the frame, but others did. The clip may have been stressed in packaging and weakened the plastic. However, this impacts the overall experience very little as the tent fabric remains high above, even without all clips secured.
The day we tested this tent, a steady wind of 15 miles per hour was blowing with gusts up to 25 miles per hour. The tent stood strong once anchored in place with sandbags and stakes, and the frame bore the wind well.
The only concern we had with the safety of this tent was in the takedown. The hub frame closes in on itself by pressing against two wires that collapse the whole system. The action is swift, and the mechanisms fold quickly, so little hands might get caught if they’re assisting. However, the top of the tent sits nearly four feet off the ground, so young ones likely can’t reach it.
If you need a tent that really is set up for use in seconds, this delivers on that promise. Similar tents may be available for less, but if they take more than three to five minutes to set up and secure, you’ve not saved much in terms of time and money.
We tested these two tents, which have very similar hub systems that can go from folded to framed in seconds. But we found that the Easthills Outdoors tent, perhaps because it is quite a bit larger than the Pacific Breeze tent, took a bit more time and almost certainly requires two people.
The Easthills Outdoors tent is deeper, so fully escaping the sun is no problem. The key difference between these two is size and cost. Two adults and a small kid or two could use the Pacific Breeze tent, while a family of four would certainly be comfortable in the Easthills Outdoors tent. A dog and a cooler would fit in there as well.
If you’re looking for an easy, pop-up style beach tent that won’t require a great deal of work on your part, the Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent is the solution you’re looking for. You can use this tent at the beach or lake or even at outdoor concerts and festivals. You don’t have to keep track of frame pieces or anchors; everything is easily carried inside the drawstring bag. Just keep in mind that it’s not very deep, so it only provides protection for a couple of people.
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