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.