CONNECT the pole segments to form one long pole and lay the assembled pole on the sand perpendicular to wind direction.
Tip: Think tent poles; they're held together with a bungee.
THREAD the canopy onto the pole (gently) through the loop in the fabric. The fabric is extremely lightweight, and too much force from the pole end could cause the fabric to snag and create a small tear. In really windy conditions, threading on a little bit of fabric at a time is best.
Tip: Take extra care when sliding the canopy on to the pole to avoid accidental nicks and tears in the fabric!
INSERT each end of the pole securely in the sand at an angle (NOT straight up-and-down), to a depth of about 6 inches.
The pole should form a long, gentle curve, and reach about 6.5 feet tall, and the opening of the canopy should face the wind, leaning just slightly forward in to the breeze.
Tip: **This step is important! To avoid accidentally over-flexing your poles, and to maximize shade coverage, you want the pole to have a long, gentle curve.
Check out the photo below for a good example:
Shibumi Shade arch with a long, gentle curve.
FILL the carry-bag with a few handfuls of sand to use as a counter-weight. The cord tying the bag to the canopy should remain permanently tied; no need to adjust. Place the bag a few steps in front of the canopy so that the rope is taut and the arch leans forward just slightly.
Tip: You can make the sand anchor by pulling the carry bag halfway inside-out, so that you form a half-bag. Any orientation of the bag will be just fine, and using about half of the total volume of the full bag should always be plenty of sand for the anchor.
WRAP each elastic strap around the pole 2-3 times, with the grippy, rubber side facing down, and snap the button to secure. These straps are only used to prevent the canopy from sliding side-to-side along the pole; the ripstop material slides easily against the aluminum poles.
When you’re done for the day, start by un-snapping the elastic straps, and slide the entire canopy to one side of the arch.
Empty out your sand/carry bag (shake it all out, the sand doesn’t stick to this fabric). Get your bag right-side out again so that the carrying strap is on the outside, and the sleeve for the poles is on the inside.
Remove the ends of the poles from the sand, and slide the canopy completely off the poles. You don’t need to fold your canopy to fit it back in the bag, just stuff the canopy back in to the bag a bit at a time, and try to brush off sand as you go.
Now it’s time to collapse the poles. Collapse one segment at a time, brushing off the sand as you go. With the canopy already stuffed in to the bag, gently insert the poles in to the special inner-sleeve designed for the poles inside of the carry-bag.