MasterCanopy is a company revered in the outdoor categories of canopy tents, gazebos, pergolas, and umbrellas. And their 12x12 instant shelter is a good example of why. It boasts a completely redesigned all-metal heavy-duty steel frame that during our testing proved to be one of the sturdiest of the bunch.
Upgraded Design for Reliable Performance
The upgraded frame is made of reinforced steel, and the thickness of the legs has been increased from 0.6" in previous models to 1.0", which is a great improvement. The truss bars have been re-engineered in such a way that helps to distribute weight more evenly to prevent the frame from bowing under heavy winds or downward pressure. The trusses are the most important infrastructure component on any canopy tent, but even more so on 12x12 tents due to the size that is needed to support the roof structure. We love the quality and thoughtful design MasterCanopy has delivered in this product.
The telescoping legs offer three height settings: 6'1", 6'6", and 6'9" which are measured from the ground to the bottom of the valances. The highest setting at 6'9" makes this one of the tallest 12x12 pop up canopies that we reviewed. The more clearance, the better.
We found the pinch-free adjustment buttons comparable to most competitors, and a much more pleasant experience over the old tents with metal thumb locks. The straight-leg design provides up to 144 square feet of shade and we comfortably fit an 8' table and chairs underneath, and we had more than enough room to accommodate everyone. Our team even nicknamed this tent 'Pinnochio' because each time we set it up, it seemed to only get bigger.
Improved Canvas and Colors
Another feature we love is the canvas material, which has been improved from their previous models. MasterCanopy designed a 3-layer solution complete with waterproof, fade-resistant, and UV-blocking properties. The polyester material is coated with a polyurethane spray to provide 100% waterproofing, and the UV protection provides 50+ UPF to keep anyone underneath protected from sun, wind, and rain. A vented peak canopy gives a modern yet practical design that is different from the plain one-piece top and is also conducive to ventilation and cooling as it allows rising heat to escape.
While most canopy tent brands offer multiple colors of 10x10 tents, very few support those same color options in 12x12 tents. With options of blue, khaki, white, dark gray, navy blue, red, sky blue, burgundy, and light gray you can find just about any sports team color or match to your existing backyard decor. This is the only tent that includes a matching sidewall with the canopy, adding a great backdrop for vendors or privacy from neighbors.
Industry Leading Portability
The wheeled carrying case measures 52"x9"x9" which is about 6" smaller than ABCCanopy, giving it an edge in the versatility category. These dimensions are reflective of how portable a tent is, and with a large 12x12 footprint, it’s very important to minimize the measurements as trunk space is often limited.
The wheeled carry bag is made from high-quality 600D coated PVC fabric which is industry standard for top-tier brands. We typically see cases as the first thing to break down as they are usually exposed to the most wear and tear. Having one that is made of durable materials making it less likely to dry rot in storage is critical to the longevity of your tent investment. The roller bag helps to easily transport this unit which weighs about 50 lbs, making it about the same weight as the ABCCanopy.
This MasterCanopy is one of our favorite 12x12 canopy tents and is perfect for anyone that needs a large heavy-duty model that can withstand some abuse. We especially love the waterproof canvas and the included sidewall. It is great for those that have smaller vehicles and smaller storage.