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What Should I Look for in a Pop-Up Canopy?

What Should I Look for in a Pop-Up Canopy?
What Should I Look for in a Pop-Up Canopy?


You've probably seen pop-up canopies for sale online or in big box stores. Maybe in shopping for a canopy, you've considered purchasing one as an option for your outdoor hosting activities, or perhaps you've looked at these low-cost canopies as a possible solution for an event set up for your business. 

Is there really a difference in pop-up canopy quality from one brand to another? One thing all those cheap pop-up canopies have in common is a familiar refrain after a dozen or so uses: "Oh great, it's another broken pop-up canopy. I guess I got what I paid for."

The fact is, only a premium grade brand provides premium grade quality. If you're looking to buy the best pop-up canopy, you only want to buy it once. 

When you're setting up your outdoor celebration or trade show booth, the last thing you need is a broken pop-up canopy that's clinging to life with duct tape and wishful thinking, even though it's brand-new.

Why Shop For A Pop-Up Canopy With E-Z UP?

For starters, here are just a few of E-Z UP's qualities that your next pop-up canopy ought to feature:

  • High-strength carbon steel or an aluminum frame with reinforced end caps
  • Professional-grade fabric top
  • Patented one-piece "instant frame" with no assembly required
  • Reinforced fabric top corners
  • High-fidelity, fade-resistant custom printing options
  • Auto slider® pull-pin for finger-friendly release
  • Double-braced, oval-shaped trusses
  • Heavy-duty footpad 


If it's the ultimate strength you require, E-Z UP® can go even further than our heavy-duty Eclipse canopy. 

The ultimate example of what a pop-up canopy ought to be is the E-Z UP® Freedom83. From its eight-sided leg design to its monofilament yarn that provides high tear and tensile strength, this pop-up canopy is the final answer on durability. It is 100% USA-made, and its frame is aircraft-grade aluminum and features a heavy-duty foot pad for increased stability. 

As you're shopping for a pop-up canopy, if you don't see specifications like these, you're not buying for strength. Strength is probably your prime requirement, especially if you plan on using your pop-up canopy outdoors. Freak storms happen, and they can make pretzels out of a lesser canopy than the E-Z UP® Freedom83. 

Ease of Use

It could be that, besides strength, the best pop-up should also include features that make it easy to use. Our auto-slider pull pins aren't just easy to use; they save your fingers, too. 

E-Z-UP's auto peak tensioner takes the fuss out of canopy tension, ensuring a crisp, clean look. And our toggle leg adjustment gives you not just a few but five settings for leg length and canopy height. 

Custom Options 

If it's a question of how you can make it your own, E-Z UP® has popup canopy options for days. Our Custom Dezign Center makes it a cinch to prominently place your brand on whatever we manufacture, from pop-up canopies to banners, flags, and more. Even better, we can get your custom order out the door in as little as 24 hours.

What Is the Most Durable Pop-Up Canopy?

Pop-up canopy quality is a significant concern, especially when your pop-up canopy is often the first thing your guests or prospects see as they approach your zone. It will not make a good impression if it's leaning or sagging because of a failing frame or ripped material. E-Z UP is the best in the business for a reason.

Which Pop-up Canopy Material Is Best?

There are a few options, from welded-seam vinyl to durable polyester fabric, but you'll always want to ensure that your pop-up canopy top is made from fire-resistant material that's been properly treated to meet fire codes. 

It would also be great if the fabric were professional-grade and coated to resist water, ultraviolet rays, and mildew. At E-Z UP, this is the case with all of our canopies.

That's why E-Z UP® is the first and last place to look for your next pop-up canopy.

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