Pros: Use in calm conditions after pouring cement over the stakes.
Cons: Heavy. Cords tangle. Doesn't work in wind. Generally hateful product.
My husband and I have owned the large Kelty sunshade for two years. We use it when we go to the beach to protect our delicate skin from the sun. On the rare occasion that it isn't windy, it works fine. Even then, it is extremely heavy to carry and the long cords take forever to get untangled despite all our efforts to pack them away intelligently. Oh, how we have tried.
Usually, the beach is windy and we find ourselves chasing the tent around, constantly readjusting the wires, re-staking them, pouring water into the sand trying to create harder sand for the stakes to anchor into. On windy days, it also creates a sort of wind tunnel so that sand can swirl around for a while before stinging you in the eyes. The sides of the tent bow flat in the winds, no matter what you do. Trust me on this one! I can't imagine how anyone who has used this more than once could give it a good rating. The last time we used it, we just gave up and let it blow wherever it wanted. Honestly, I was so fed up I wanted to set it on fire. I hate the bloody thing and rue the money I wasted. I gave it two years, but it just never worked out between us.
I won't go into the psychological damage caused by the repeated forgiveness I gave the Kelty over two years time. Clearly the Kelty wasn't interested in changing or cooperating. It also ruined part of our time at the beach, causing some marital discord over tangled cords and heartbreak about broken Kelty promises. Vacations are for relaxing, not fighting over a bothersome, badly designed product.