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Message posted by jasie on 22/9/2017 at 4:26pm
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it all depends on what you want from your awning
we have a very large porch awning - an outdoor revolution speed 2, and we love it. We don't want a full size awning as we would exceed our weight limits with either a poled or inflatable version and would take up far to much space when transporting.
(if i want a tent, then i take a tent!)
The revolution is really easy to pitch has a single inflatable beam, and it does have a single metal pole also. In extreme conditions i can get this down and in the bag in 20 minutes. The great thing is, is that it has a means of laying it out so that it is all lined up with a jig system built in via tapes that you peg out first, so it makes for an accurate first time pitch without need to adjust, even on a really uneven pitch. Plus i only need a little help with feeding it on to the rail....the rest is a one man job.
we had 2 suncamp ultimates before this and both got beaten by storms that the outdoor revolution just laughs at. These were a full 2 man job to get up in any wind.
when packed-up it is only slightly bigger than a poled alternative, but its all in one bag and really easy to fold up and fit back into its own bag.
it takes me about 20 minutes to pitch and peg all the guys (with an electric pump), about the same as the previous suncamp flexipoles things, so there isn't much time saving, but it is still much easier to peg out and do the inflating.
If you are comparing it with a full size, then tyhe inflatable option is more likely to be quicker.
we also have an inflatable tent that we use for scout camps (a campa breen 3) for when we cant use the tin tent.
I can get this up in 10 mins on my own (with e-pump) and faster than anyone else can on our camps, whcih does make for a lot of jealous scout leaders! plus i seem to be able to strike it in half the time as there are no poles to pack away! So this does have a lot of time saving opportunity
on both occasions of purchase we have had the salespeeps open it out, and then repack it to see what it is like. This gives you chance to check it and see what the weight etc is like.
Do bear in mind that they are odd shapes with the beams taking up more space, so you need to know tent folding techniques as they aren't quite so easy to just to ram in a bag like you might do with a normal canvas.
overall i would buy inflatable again for what we use it for, but would mirror what has already been said about seasonal as an inflatable wont take a full season as it will lose air in the same way that car tyres do.