The Quik Shade instant canopy is available in several models. Some models are appropriate for use as craft tents, and others are best used when you want some shade in your backyard or while camping.
The higher end Commercial - Summit model can serve you well as your craft show canopy, and, some people may want to consider the less expensive Weekender 100 model.
Commercial - Summit Quick Shade canopies are the sturdiest outdoor canopy tents offered by Quik Shade. These outdoor canopy tents are designed specifically for use in an outdoor craft show type of setting.
These Quik Shade canopies have heavy duty frames and the canopies have a vented canopy call the "SuperVent" for airflow that improves stability in wind and can make your tent cooler.
I have not personally assembled a Quik Shade canopy with a vented apex, but some people who own this tent say the three piece vent can be tricky to figure out.
As with any new portable canopy, if you purchase this tent, be sure to read and follow the assembly instructions very carefully, and assemble the tent once or twice before you take it to a craft show to ensure you don't have any trouble assembling the tent at the show.
The weekender is designed for more casual use, but some professional craft artists do start out with the less expensive Weekender Quick Shade Canopy model.
If you are thinking about purchasing the Weekender model to save a bit of money consider the following:
The Weekender comes in three models: The Weekender 100, the Weekender 64, and the Weekender 144.
Of all the Weekender models, the Weekender 100 is most appropriate for craft shows. It is a 10 x 10 canopy with straight, not splayed legs. The straight legs and 10 x 10 canopy size allow you to make full use of the 10x10 booth size that is standard at most craft shows.
The Weekender 64 is less appropriate for craft shows. It has splayed legs, so the base of the tent measures 10 x 10, but because the legs angle inward, the canopy top only measures 8 x 8.
The Weekender 144 is not appropriate for craft shows. This model is a 12 x 12 craft tent, which is too big to fit into the standard 10 x 10 space you will be given at most craft shows.
The Weekender is commonly found in many colors, and often you will find the darker colored Quik Shade Weekender canopies on sale. Colored canopies are not ideal for use as craft tents. If you buy a Weekender canopy, look for a white canopy.
The Weekender is more light weight than many other portable canopy brands, and it is not specifically designed for commercial use. It is also on the less expensive end of the price spectrum.
If you are not certain whether you want to do a lot of outdoor craft shows, and you just want an inexpensive craft tent to get you through a few shows, this tent is one to consider. If you are looking for a tent that will last through many, many shows, I'd suggest looking at the craft tent models that are designed for commercial use.
There are a couple of other Quik Shade instant canopy models on the market, including the Go Hybrid Backback Canopy and the Tiki Canopy. Neither of these models is designed for use as craft show tents.
Quik Shade sells replacement parts on the company's website, so if you ever have a problem with this brand of tent, you may be able to simply replace a part instead of replacing the entire tent.