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The Rapid Hut Is a Lightweight Alternative to Traditional Canopies


Irvine, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/03/2014 -- If you want protection from the sun at the beach, campsite, sports field or anywhere outdoors, there are basically two options:

- An expensive canopy, that is heavy, bulky and difficult to assemble


- The Shadowcaster Rapid Hut, a new item that provides the same protection but is lightweight and assembles in just a few minutes

James Hempe of Irvine, Calif., developed the Rapid Hut ( ), which includes only three pieces and is made of recyclable materials. There are no tools required for assembly and it provides shade for two folding chairs.

The Rapid Hut’s unique fluted plastic design helps block ultraviolet rays and features drop-down windows on each side that allow air to flow through and also double as handy drink holders. Each Rapid Hut kit comes with tent stakes to keep it in place on windy days.

For places where stakes cannot be used, such as asphalt surfaces and artificial turf, the Rapid Hut includes tie-downs that attach to folding chairs.

“The Shadowcaster Rapid Hut is great for just about any type of outdoor activity,” said Hempe. “It weighs less than 20 pounds and folds up into a compact size that makes it very easy to transport or store. Because the set-up is so quick, the Rapid Hut can also be used as a fishing shelter, or a temporary deer or bird watching stand.”

With the unique Rapid Hut design, multiple huts can be set up next to each other, creating a "home base" area to help keep track of children and pets.

Hempe needs to raise $73,000 to purchase materials and facilitate production on a large scale. In order to generate this capital, he has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which can be viewed at

Donations of any amount are welcome. For a $10 contribution, backers will receive a Shadowcaster coffee mug. A $30 pledge gets a Shadowcaster T-shirt.

For donations of $275 and more, contributors receive the above promotional items plus the

Shadowcaster Rapid Hut unit itself (shipping included).

“If you want to be comfortable and safe from sunlight on a hot day, there’s really no need to buy an expensive canopy,” Hempe said. “The Rapid Hut does the same thing at a fraction of the cost. And everything is made of recyclable materials so you’re helping protect the environment.”

For additional information, visit or the Rapid Hut website,

Hempe can be reached directly at

Contact Name: James Hempe
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City: Irvine
State: CA
Zip Code: 92620
Country: USA
Phone Number: 714-788-2258