Made in the Shade with Pop-Up Shade Shacks

September 1, 2011    |    By +
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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (a.k.a “OR”) is the world’s largest outdoor sports industry gathering! This is THE place to find the hot products, the latest trends and see the “coming soon” goods from over 1000 outdoor lifestyle brands.

The trick for a Gift Guru is to find the fun, unique, helpful and ultimately “gift-able” products from the thousands on hand. Here’s one I love:

The Gift: Island Shade Shacks from Kelsyus (available early 2012 for between $79-$99)

The Scoop: Island Shade Shacks are quickly deployable sun shades that are perfect for long days at the beach with the family, picnics at the park or even at the kid’s soccer game. Island Shade Shacks can be put up in under 30 seconds.

In fact we had the legendary Bobby Friedman put one up in just about 13 seconds (see video). Breaking down and packing up doesn’t take too much longer than that either. You can’t beat the Island Shade Shack for ease of use and convenience. Too much sun can be tough to take, so don’t forget to take an Island Shade Shack.

A Great Gift For: People and families who love the outdoors but sometimes need a little time in the shade

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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