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Z-Shade Sport Canopy, 8x8 $38 + $14 points @ Sears and Kmart

oishi 431 792 June 29, 2016 at 07:10 PM in Sporting Goods (3)
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Last Edited by widgit July 25, 2016 at 08:44 PM
Sears [sears.com] and Kmart [kmart.com] have Z-Shade Sport Canopy, 8x8 on sale for $38 + earn $14 in Shop Your Way Rewards Points to use on a future purchase.

Instant Set Up, 49 Sq. Ft. of Shade and UV protection, Carry Bag & Stakes Included.
No Roller Bag With Wheels
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only seeing 10 back at kmart & sears
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Appears to be slant leg, which break in no time. Spend a bit extra, and get straight leg, which are sturdier and last longer.
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Quote from Kraft_Lawrence View Post :
only seeing 10 back at kmart & sears
Are you trying to use some of your points for the purchase? then maybe it might be less..
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The points do appear to roll.....I bought 2 and used $75 in points ( paid $1.04 OOP) and confirmation page says I earned $20.01 in points....Good way to use up those pesky accumulating points...;o)
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Appears to be slant leg, which break in no time. Spend a bit extra, and get straight leg, which are sturdier and last longer.
Why is that? I keep seeing people say slant legged break more readily, but I would think they would cause it to be sturdier
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Wow, that thing is tiny at the top. Must be 7x7 at the top with 49 square feet of shade.

Hard to believe it has such high ratings.

Only thing I can think of based on the reviews is that the PLUS of having this tiny thing is that it easily fits in the trunk of a small car (like Honda Civic or something).

If you want something more permanent for your back yard, get a 10x10 or 12x12 straight leg. I have a 12x12 straight leg that is great, and I'll use it for 4th of July at the pool in the back yard. But the thing is a monster to deal with and is almost a 2 person job to set it up and take it down, and that sucker is heavy. I wouldn't think of lugging that thing over to the park, beach, or tailgate party. So I guess this small slant leg canopy has it's place, easily throw it in your trunk and haul it over to the beach for quick and easy setup.

Also, probably the reason it doesn't have a roller bag is that you don't need one. It is light enough to just haul around by hand held carrying case.
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Why is that? I keep seeing people say slant legged break more readily, but I would think they would cause it to be sturdier

No, they are in no way sturdier... especially if there are external forces like water or wind. The straight legs will still crumble, but not as quick. These things are very cheaply made and all of the supports are basically rolled thin sheet metal. The legs, as well as the cross supports bend very easily why subjected to any force beyond sitting still on a calm dry day. Slant leg is really just a way for manufactures to manipulate you into thinking you are getting something bigger. The 10' slant only has a 8x8 roof, so that works out to 33% less area. This one is a little better at around 24% less area. If you need something cheap to use a couple of times, then this will work... but if you want to keep it up, or use on a regular basis, at least spend a little more for a straight leg.
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No, they are in no way sturdier... especially if there are external forces like water or wind. The straight legs will still crumble, but not as quick. These things are very cheaply made and all of the supports are basically rolled thin sheet metal. The legs, as well as the cross supports bend very easily why subjected to any force beyond sitting still on a calm dry day. Slant leg is really just a way for manufactures to manipulate you into thinking you are getting something bigger. The 10' slant only has a 8x8 roof, so that works out to 33% less area. This one is a little better at around 24% less area. If you need something cheap to use a couple of times, then this will work... but if you want to keep it up, or use on a regular basis, at least spend a little more for a straight leg.
yes i am familiar with how cheap so many of these units are
yes i am also familiar with needing to understand the actual shade area.

however, none of that addresses my question as to why the design of a slant leg actually creates more risk in stability than straight leg.

For example, if I stand up straight and you push on me, I am more prone to fall over than if i were standing at an angle against you. Simply put there would require more force to push me up straight and then the equivalent force from straight to push me down.

thus in my opinion, i would think that slant legs provide more stability if all other things are equal.

granted, some mfg may use slant legged to give a smaller product, but if all other things are equal, i would think slant provides more stability, not less

can someone please provide a more objective and scientific take on this?
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I've drawn a picture to make my point clearer:
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I've drawn a picture to make my point clearer:
But what about collapsing inward? Standing straight up would require the same force to push outward/inward. The slanted one of course would require more force to push outward from in, but considerably less to push inward from out.
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I'm seeing 42.99 and 10.43 back?..
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Quote from PhillyEagles View Post :
But what about collapsing inward? Standing straight up would require the same force to push outward/inward. The slanted one of course would require more force to push outward from in, but considerably less to push inward from out.
presumably the force of the canopy itself and the many <><><><> brackets like that in between each leg would make that seemingly the most difficult route to go.
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