Kicking off our summer reviews, here's a solution to sun and wind protection on the beach or at the soccer field. Coleman's DayTripper beach shade is a thoughtfully designed shelter for families with small children or really anyone who might need something that provides better access than a tent.
The DayTripper features a UPF of 50+ for sun protection, and a the 180 degree walls provide great windblocking as well. One person can set it up in about five minutes with a little practice; just slip the three poles into the sleeves and pop it up. You can guy it out or use the included nylon sandbags on the beach for great stability.
Once you've got it up you'll really appreciate how big it is. The center height is close to five feet, and two adults and two small children can easily fit inside. The back window can be unzipped for a view and a breeze, and should wind shift suddenly you can zip the front as well. With the front down you've got a great platform for towels or blankets to lay down, and again the large opening just makes it effortless for multiple people to get in and out without disturbing each other. This is priceless with high-energy little ones running back and forth.
There are even storage pockets and a clothesline built in. The DayTripper is perfect for car camping and packs up small enough to fit in a large suitcase for air travel, or just check it by itself. It does take a little practice to fold it up tight enough to get back in the included case, but after a few tries you'll have it down. For the price it's really impossible to beat the utility of the DayTripper, especially for family time.