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Coachella Offers a More Shade Options

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

In the past, music festivals like Coachella usually meant spending hours walking around or standing outdoors in the desert heat to see your favorite musicians perform.  It could be uncomfortable and exhausting but for diehard music fans it was worth it just to see so many bands in one place. 

As the audience for this type of festival has started to become an older crowd, Coachella is now offering shade canopy areas like the Yuma tent with air conditioning and comfortable chairs and sofas while people watch underground acts perform.  It is very different from the crowded and grassy portable shade tents of the past which offered little comfort to concert goers forced to deal with the heat and stand throughout the entire show. 

As Coachella grows more popular and the ticket prices continue to go up it is only fair that they would offer more for the kind of money people are paying for these shows.  Anyone paying 300 bucks should have the opportunity to sit down and relax in this new type of club environment they are bringing in to the festival instead of something really basic like an instant canopy. People are expecting more from a festival this big and it is great that Coachella is evolving to meet people needs. 

How To Repair A Canopy

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Quik Shade 2 Comments

If you have been using a shade canopy for all kinds of outdoor activities over the years then it has probably seen a lot of wear and tear.  Being exposed to the elements is what a canopy is built for but eventually there can be some issues with it after enough use.  There is no need to rush into buying a new canopy though when there are simple repair and replacements you can do to make it like new again. 

If you are having trouble setting up your canopy and think it might be broken, first check and see if there are any important pieces missing.  Give it a thorough check and see if you can figure out if you might need just a couple canopy repair parts that will get it working again.  Sometimes it is really just a small thing that is keeping it from working properly and it won’t take long to simple swap out broken parts or replace missing pieces.  You can even do this last minute before a camping trip even though you might be tempted to just buy a new one.  Save some money by being resourceful and you can still make it to where you want to go.

The biggest part of a canopy that most people don’t realize is replaceable is the canopy top.   The top is what receives the most exposure to the sun which can wear it down as well as wind and rain in different climates.  If you bought an inexpensive canopy then it could get ripped and torn eventually after a lot of use.  The top is easily switched out for a newer one if that is the only issue you are having.  You can experiment with a different type of top to hopefully get more use out of the canopy in the future. 

Charging Your Cellphone Outdoors

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

We’ve all run into issues of a lack of battery life on the go with our smart phones but there haven’t been many options until now.  Now companies are beginning to introduce ways to charge your cell phone anywhere with things like shade canopies and umbrellas that provide power to your devices.  These work because of solar panels on the top of the canopy that convert sunlight into electricity to power tablets and phones. 

While the use of solar panels is a good effort towards going green my main concern with this type of system is what the cost might be.  Solar panels tend to be an expensive item that you have to lease if it were for your house for example.  It is a useful concept that could be very convenient but I think maybe only affordable to certain people who are willing to spend more for this type of unique shade product

Aside from the cost I’ve always thought that being outside on a camping trip or at the beach is a good chance to disconnect from our technological addictions.   The idea behind this canopy charging device seems to be for a situation in which you would be outdoors and away from any electricity.  I would think of it more as a chance to forget about your phone and enjoy nature instead of worrying about your battery life.