Lightspeed Quick Canopy Review
Cons: Not durable, bulky packed size, catches wind
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Lightspeed Canopy Shelter is unique in that it opens quite similar to an umbrella. It takes only a few minutes for one person to unpack and set this shade shelter up in good weather. You simply pull down the drawstring and push up a tightening toggle towards the top of the canopy and, voila - that's it, it's up! It does take a little bit of extra time to set guylines and/or anchors in bad weather.
At 4'7" the Lightspeed is the shortest shade shelter tested. It is not possible for tall people to stand under. There is room underneath for two adults and two small children to fit fairly comfortably. It comes with a back wall that is not removable. We found that in extremely hot conditions with no wind, this wall can impede airflow and make the temperature inside the shelter a degree or two warmer. This is also the only canopy that we tested that comes with a permanent floor (that can also get very hot) and sandbags attached.
Ease of Set-Up
The Lightspeed takes less than five minutes for one person to unpack and set-up. While we loved this, it takes a tiny bit of practice to fold it back up to a size that will fit back into its bag, but after a couple of times, it's pretty easy.
This product will blow away in the wind without the guy lines being staked in. The permanently attached sidewall acts as a bit of a wind catch. The Lightspeed does come with built-in anchor pockets on each corner and eight plastic stakes to secure the corners of the shelter and the guy lines.
This shelter is not very durable. After just a few uses, one of the permanently attached fiberglass poles became damaged and bent. Even more disappointing was the fact that the pull drawstring hub system didn't stay as tight as desired. After a few uses, the toggle at the top of the tent that holds the whole canopy together started loosening by itself as soon as you took your hands off of it. Fortunately, this shelter does come with a warranty.
The Quick Canopy is the lightest beach canopy we tested, yet it has the largest carrying bag. Its packed size measures 50" x 5" x 5" which takes up a lot of room in your vehicle. The carrying bag does come with a large shoulder strap that makes slinging it over your shoulder a breeze and it is also nice because that leaves your arms free to carry other stuff.
This is a good product for those looking to quickly set-up a small shade spot just about anywhere.
We think this canopy would be a good value for the price if it was more durable. It was disappointing to have the fiberglass pole bend after so few uses and it was also frustrating that the pull drawstring hub didn't stay as tight as we would have liked.
The Lightspeed Canopy Shelter is a free-standing sunshade constructed of breathable polyester with water-resistant coating rated at 50+ SPF. It comes with permanently attached fiberglass poles and built-in corner anchors that you can fill with sand or rocks for added stability. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty from the date of purchase that protects against defects in materials and workmanship.
— Chris McNamara and Valentine Cullen