Customer Reviews Of:
ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Awning

Closeouts. Think of ALPS Mountaineering's Tri awning as shade insurance -- no matter how hot the day is, you'll always have a cool retreat to escape under. Easy-to-assemble three-pole design includes a Sunshield side fabric panel for added protection from the sun.

  • Includes stuff sack, stakes and guy ropes
  • Size: Adjustable from 13½x13½' to 15x15', 75-95 sq.ft.
  • Height: 6-6½'
  • Stuff size: 25x5"
  • Weight: 11 lb.
  • Material: UV-resistant polyester fabric and fiberglass poles
  • Made in China.
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Monkey Boy from Arlington, VA on Thursday, June 10, 2010
    I have spent hundreds of nights camping, in various conditions, climates and purposes. I am familiar with tents and outdoor equipment so feel reasonably qualified in my assessment. First, this is not mountaineering quality stuff- nor would anyone doing that activity want this sort of tool. But, for recreational outdoors activities, this is a great shelter. setup is awkward, but with any tent, gets easier with time. the end-pockets that seat the poles could be tougher, and will probably modify with additional cordura. poles are not very strong, but then again this product is not going to see any rough and tumble exposure- set it up and leave it alone. its very versatile, and provides excellent protection from the sun at the beach. bring longer stakes, as everyone else says. i like it. it works. and the value provided at Sierra make it almost a no-brainer. Car camping is another great use, tho I have not used it for that, yet. would be terrific to set this up over the picnic table or eating area. its free standing and sturdy. recommend sealing all the seams, as one should do with any tent to protect against leaks.the shock corded fiberglass poles are probably the weakest point of the structure, but should hold up just fine so long as you treat them with respect and dont try to cowboy this together during setup. but once its up, its sturdy, reliable, odd-looking and very fit for purpose.
    • Best Uses: Backyard, Beach, Car Camping
    • Cons: Difficult To Setup
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Fly Works Well, Windproof
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Wisconsin Beach Bum from La Crosse, Wisconsin on Tuesday, June 8, 2010
    We bought the Tri-Awning for use at the beach. Read other recommendations about using longer tent stakes in the sand. That is good advice. I also bought 3 small stuff sacks and filled them with beach sand to make sure the awning stayed in place. I set the bags between the pole and the stake on the stake strap. The awning sets up easily, if its windy set up is just a bit more time consuming. The awning is GREAT, especially becuase they include a side panel for added shade. ALPS makes a great product!
    • Best Uses: Backpacking, Backyard, Beach
    • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Set Up, Lightweight
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by big sky hiker from MT on Monday, May 24, 2010
    this is a purchase we'll use for shade at festivals/campouts. got this awning vs the ABO which my friend has due to the added fabric panel feature. i nearly sent it back and got the ABO after setting it up. its a fair shade so long as you supplement with heavy duty stakes and add some weight to the corners. the ABO model is cheaper and has built in pockets in each corner to hold a gallon milk jug. i ended up making some quikcrete anchors to attach to the corners because in winds over 10mph the shade will blow away or buckle. the ABO does the same just has the pockets already there and has beefier stakes. fiberglass poles are heavy and weak, but all fiberglass poles are. on the flip side, its a bit bigger than the ABO and the color is good. its not symmetrical like the ABO, it has a large opening for the door then 2 equal sized openings on each side that will accommodate the fabric curtain. i actually like this better than the symmetrical and its a bit bigger. just be sure to set up the shade with the tail (opposite the door) facing the wind so that it acts like a wedge to cut the wind. as with any structure this size, takes 2 persons to erect to make it simple. don't expect to get all the pieces back in the bag after you take them out, it was chore just getting the shade and curtain back in, i left the poles out (which have their own stuff sack).
    • Best Uses: Beach, Car Camping
    • Cons: Collapses in Wind, Flimsy Construction, Heavy
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Duck Dodgers from Fayetteville, NC on Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    We use the Tri-Awning for long outdoor events in North Carolina during the summer. Its hot, and with many active kids... we are always outside. One thing I would recommend is replacing the stakes immediately after purchase, but the rest of the awning is solid. Overall, a great buy.
    • Best Uses: Backyard, Beach, Track Meet Shade
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Lightweight, Sturdy
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by ArtyGirl from Destin, Florida on Sunday, April 18, 2010
    I use this to supply shade and rain protection, when I go camping. I use it over the entrance to my tent, as this provides a mud free zone for my stuff, and a place for a table and chairs. Awesome design, takes two seconds to figure it out. I waterproofed mine for added protection, and love it.
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