Bring Your Own Shade

The shade is sun protection that many of us are naturally drawn to. On a sunny day, we instinctively look for the shelter of a shady spot.

Finding a suitable patch of shade can be a challenge. There are places, like the beach, where you’ve got to bring your own shade if you want any.

Supplying your own shade is really easy with the compact and lightweight portable shade products on the market. There are so many options in various shapes and sizes, the hardest thing is choosing the right product for your needs.

There are many factors to consider when buying a sun shelter. Where and how you plan to use it will determine what design is best for you.

The biggest factor to consider when deciding which product to buy is size. How many people do you need to shade at once? Start by picking the size, then choose features from there.

Here are some highly reviewed sunshade products to accommodate groups of different sizes.

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Sharpty Inverted Umbrella

Sharpty Inverted Umbrella

Over 5,700 reviews don’t lie, this umbrella is well-liked. With 27 designs to choose from, there is a look for everyone.

Available on Amazon

Sun Tek 68″ Wind Cheater Umbrella

Sun Tek 68″ Wind Cheater Umbrella

With a diameter of nearly 5 feet, this umbrella throws a lot of shade.

Available on Amazon

Add the Clicgear Umbrella Holder to your golf hand cart to mount this umbrella to your golf bag.

Sport-Brella Versa-Brella 

The Versa-Brella makes your favorite folding chair even better by adding a shade canopy.

Available on Amazon

2-3 People

Alpine Mountain Gear Sun Shelter

Alpine Mountain Gear Sun Shelter

This 9 ft. by 6 ft. three-sided tent is UPF 50+ certified and weighs just 5 pounds.

Available from REI

Noah’s Tarp 9 By Kelty

Noah’s Tarp 9 By Kelty

The beauty of this product is in its simplicity. It’s just a tarp, 2 poles, and rope. Best of all, it weighs less than 3 pounds.

Available from Kelty

Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy

Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy

The 5 foot height and 3 open sides give this sun canopy its roomy feeling.

Available on Amazon

4+ People

E-Z Up Instant Shelter

 

E-Z Up Instant Shelter

This list would not be complete without the popup canopy found at every soccer game and farmers market in America. While there are countless manufacturers of popups, no one beats the quality of the original E-Z Up.

Available from E-Z Up

Neso Grande Sunshade

Post up the poles and fill the corners with natural materials, like sand or rocks, to weight it down. Shade up to 7 people with this product weighing in under 6 lbs.

Available at REI

Still not sure which sun shelter to buy? Think about getting more than one. It’s not uncommon to own several sunshades. This allows you to have the perfect sun protection for every situation.

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