A good awning
Review by Farkle Posted on September 29, 2019I've had this awning mounted to my E250 van for a while and have used it quite a few times. Overall I've been psyched on the performance. Pretty easy set up and tear down, and it's stood the test of time. In the beginning when I first got it, one of the poles that drop down from it and go to the gro...read moreund broke. The internal plastic tightening/loosening mechanism broke after only the 2nd use. We were up in the back of South Mineral Creek near Silverton CO camping and it was raining pretty good. A little duct tape and we made it through no worries. When I called Yakima for a warranty they immediately shipped out a replacement part at no cost and it arrived in 2 days. What service!!! Since then I've used it many times and it's doing great.
Cheers for a good product.
Review by Tomas Posted on July 17, 2019over all it does the job as far as the shading goes..., but it is more like a cheap awning and definitely not 300 worth!!!
- It does provide a shade
- The mounting brackets have a key lock. Nice? Well.... Some one can come with a wrench and take ...read morethe awning from the mounting brackets. So what the point to the have the locks???!!! Did no one really saw that in the design group?
- The mounting brackets are made out of cheap plastic and bend.
- The extensions poles have a locking mechanism inside which already broke on mine after 6 uses. I took it apart and almost wanted to cry because how cheaply it was made. My extendable broom has a more robust locking mechanism!!!! Basically there are these hollow tube like plastics that are stamped into place and are supposed to create enough pressure with aluminium to lock the pole. Well guess what, if you put pressure on hollow tube it will crack and break. Ridiculous....
- Ground stakes are dull. So if the ground is hard, good luck... I have a hammer and still it is so hard to drive them in to solid UTAH soil.
Works great with Skyrise.
Review by Brandon Posted on July 16, 2019The reviews that say this awning is not compatible with the Skyrise tent are completely wrong. I use my awning along with my tent all the time. You simply have to mount the awning a few inches away from the tent so that there is room for the rain fly poles to mount to the tent. It is a complete n...read moreon issue if you understand how to use Yakima rack systems at all. The awning is built well, works very simply, and can easily be set up with one person in just a couple of minutes (I usually camp solo, and set up everything myself with ease). The awning is great for providing some shade and for providing some protection from the rain (if you expect any awning to block all of the sun and all of the rain, then you should just stay inside). Personally, I love the awning and would highly recommend it to almost anyone - especially for the price (you will not find a comparable awning for the same price). It’s a great product, and it makes being outside more fun!! Get one!
Not compatible with Skyrise Tent
Review by Natalie Posted on August 6, 2018We bought this to use on a week long trip to WV, coupled with the Yakima SkyRise tent. I'm sure glad we picked this up, as it rained the entire week we were there. The awning did a great job of providing cover from light rain (as opposed to heavy, coming down sideways rain... which probably would ...read morehave gotten us wet). The major complaint is that this does not work well, if at all, with Yakima's SkyRise tent. The awning blocks the tent's rainfly poles - which means we couldn't pitch the rainfly on one side, and our tent got DRENCHED as a result. It was also very difficult, and extremely frustrating, trying to mount both the tent and the awning... as the awning got in the way and we couldn't reach the knobs to tighten down the tent. It was a really frustrating setup, and really disappointing as they are both Yakima products.
If you're just looking for an awning, this did a good job. I'd like to see a larger size option in the future, though. It was just large enough for our two chairs and the dog bed, without getting so close to the car we risked scratching it.
This was tricky to set up or take down solo. It's easy to have a pole come loose during setup which can then smack into your car. Also the tie down strings tend to swing out and hit my car during setup. So I'd recommend two people - and with two its a very easy process. The zipper on the bag gets snug around the corner... and I worry that will rip eventually.
I think with a better mount (that doesn't interfere with tent mounting and deployment), and some sort of safeguard to keep the poles from swinging down, this would be a very solid awning! I hope they come out with an attachment to extend the length or attach to the sides in the future, as other awnings have.
The aluminum mount rail came bent.
Review by Savage.Outback Posted on November 20, 2017The awning is great for precipitation cover, but It's not the most efficient awning for blocking the sun. You would have the angle it away from the sun to get shade, but the sun is consistently moving.
Installation was pretty simple and easy, but since my awning came damaged, I had t...read moreo bend out the pinched aluminum rails where the nuts slide into. Other than that, i'm happy with it for now. I'll be adding the Yakima SkyRise3 on my rack next to this soon.
Review by Tyler Posted on August 16, 2017The mounting system alone makes this product a game changer in the awning world. I have a van, so I will probably end up switching to a gutter mount bracket, but for most vehicles without a gutter, the universal rack attachment is brilliant. Super easy to install, and secure with SKS locks.
<...read morebr /> Awning itself is a little smaller than most, but for the majority of cars out there I think it is a great size.
Build quality is on par with some of the big names out there, but for a fraction of the price.
Super easy to setup and take down.
Very happy with this product!
sweet slim shady!
Review by jwwt75 Posted on May 23, 2017We just got our long waited Slim Shady! easy to install, easy to deploy. everything is well built and very operator friendly. My wife was able to set up the shade by herself with no instruction in 5 minutes first try.
we cannot wait to start camping this year.