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Texsport Spinnaker Shade

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One of the guys in my radio group introduced me to this canopy that attaches to a roof rack and provides shade, and some light protection from water and leaves dropping from trees in a campground. It’s useful for covering the door when getting in or out when camping out of the vehicle, or to provide a bit of protection when making stops along the way.

It won’t replace a full canopy for warding off the elements in a good rain, but it’s portability, ease of setup, and light weight make this handy for less-demanding applications, and it can be assembled easily enough to be useful for lunch breaks or rest stops while on the move. It’s small rolled-up size takes up little space.

The canopy is constructed of a heavy-duty taffeta fabric with a silver coating for UV protection. Two segments of shock-corded fiberglass poles provide support, and the shade ties off to the vehicle’s rack at the top and can be staked at the bottom. It has a large mesh window with a zippered flap that can be closed up or opened up to provide ventilation. The shade measures 10′ 6″ x 7′ 8″ when fully deployed.

For vehicle-based camping, the canopy provides protection from rain while retrieving items from the vehicle.

While useful for vehicle use, it can also be attached to a camper, tent, or tree to provide a spot of shade or to provide some portable privacy for changing clothes.

$42 delivered, through Amazon.

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