Quick shade, sturdy awning

Verified Buyer Reviewed by OKIE from Arlington, TX on Friday, July 18, 2008
We saw this on the beach at South Padre Island. A man was testing this one and a similar awning by Kelty. About three days into the week the Kelty disappeared. We talked to the owners about the awnings and looked at them ourselves. The owner told us that the Alps Mountaineering was of better quality, except for the stakes. He had to use the Kelty stakes to keep the Alps Mountaineering awning from blowing away.

You can expand or contract the legs to shade more or less area. However, the more that you expand, the shorter the awning gets. This could be a problem for tall people. At normal height, the awning will shade a couple of lawn chairs and a cooler with no problem. The breeze easily passes through, so you are not suffocating.

We bought the awning because we were tired of messing with a beach umbrella, but we did not want to go through the hassle of carrying and setting up an E-Z Up type canopy on the beach every day. Whereas it takes two people to set up the E-Z Up canopy, one person can set up the awning in about 15 minutes. (However, Alps Mountaineering advises you to practice setting up the awning before taking it out in the field. Take heed of this advice!) It also weighs only 11 pounds and takes up a minimal amount of space when packed. Two positives for us.

I took a star off the rating because the rods slip into sleeves of the awning in a similar manner to a tent. The pockets where the rod ends seat do not appear to be reinforced. It makes me wonder how long it will take the material to wear out, especially on the sand.

Oh, and the owner of the Alps Mountaineering awning bought another one online from Sierra Trading Post before he left the island.
  • Best Uses: Anyplace with no shade, Beach, Car Camping, Mountaineering
  • Cons: Cheap stakes, No reinforcement for rods
  • Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
  • Pros: Lightweight, Sturdy
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
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