I am still on my first KD canopy, which is now 8 years old. The KD is
basically a cheaper version of the EZup; they are both “Pop-up” canopies.
Advantages: Price, easy one person set-up. Disadvantages: not as sturdy as
the barrel type canopies, can pocket water if you don’t have “canopy
stretchers”, often leak at the seams. It’s basically a trade-off between
ease of use and sturdiness. I never have enough time to set up, so am
willing to accept risk for convenience. The other types all have to be
assembled; it can be time consuming. If you opt for a pop-up, assume that
you will occasionally have to replace bent parts. This is no problem if
you are close to a local dealer. My creaky antique is about 50% original.
Most of those replacements were made in the first few years when I was
still learning. I now carry about 300 lbs. of weight; about 175 at the
feet and the rest from the top framework. If you have very delicate work,
like watercolors or glass, I’d say it’s too risky. Opt for the sturdy
kind… If you go the quick and easy route, do get the canopy stretchers.
You WILL need them. One warning: if you got an EZ-UP “Express” from Sam’s
Club, be forewarned! This is a “picnic” canopy. The top will not stay on
in windy conditions. You must clamp it on; even then I wouldn’t trust it .
I bought one as a “back-up” canopy, and it failed on its first use. It’s
not made as strong as a standard “professional” canopy. This may be wordy,
but I hope it’s useful.