Good call staying away from the insta shade tent!
Three sides with the EZ-up? How odd! OK you are right, the velcro
won’t stay on in any wind at all but if you need to be frugal right
now here are a few tips.
I had to seam seal my EZ-up…made it all yellow where it was applied
but otherwise it leaked the second time it was rained on.
Buy a tarp or something that you can clamp on as a fourth side just in
case it rains sideways.
Buy clamps, the plastic kind are more expensive…the metal with the
orange rubber coating can rust but are much cheaper. Clamp the walls
to the legs in a couple of places if you leave it overnight with just
those velcro ties, they will not hold! Clamp the tent top to the frame
in eight places if expecting ANY rain. Do this about 2 1/2 feet in
from each corner. You create little rain runoffs this way. Otherwise
the top will sag and collect rain in four areas between the corner pole
and the peak. This will cause your top to pop off or collapse the tent
completely if there is enough water weight. I have seen some EX-up
crumpled that way.
Weight the legs…with the water filled jugs, or sandbags or cement
filled PVC tubes or cement blocks for that matter but otherwise you
have a great big kite.
I used the EZ Up for 2 1/2 years before it completely fell apart and I
upgraded. It wasn’t a horrible way to start, you just have to be