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Old 11-29-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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Smittybilt Trail Shade

Wheelers, campers, tailgaters, and general outdoorsmen alike........this thread is to give an overview of the Smittybilt "Trail Shade".

My problem
I usually carry a 10''x10'' easy up canopy on wheeling trips. It provides shade from the sin, and shelter from the rain, but is heavy, and even when collapsed, takes u a large amount of space.

What i was looking for
my criteria for a replacement for the bulky easy up was something that was small, compact, light weight, and versitile. The obvious solution was a rollout awning, like what ARB and other RTT manufacturers make like this
I liked all of those awnings, however it would have taken up more space on my bed rack than i am able to give up. I will be mounting an ARB (or similar) awning on my off road trailer down the road for some larger scale shade.

What i went with
After looking into the different options, both for purchase, and making something myself from scratch, I wend with the Smittybilt Trail Shade.

It is a trapazoidal shade, measuring 3' wide at one end, 6' wide at the other, and 10' long. It is designed to mount to a spare tire, but is easily attached tojust about anything. You could even attach it to some trees in the woods for some shade on a hike.

It comes with what is a surprisingly nice little pack. it functions as both a backpack, and a unit that can strap onto your spare tire.
the canopy itsself, the two collapsable poles, two stakes, and the adjustable cords all fite comfortably in the pack. it's not like a tent, where you break your wrists trying to roll everything up tight enough to fit.

Overall I am very happy with the purchase. The only downside that i can see so far is that the plastic clips don't have the greatest holding strength. I'm going to try notching the teeth to see if i can get them a little more bite. In all reality, they will probably be just fine though.

and finally, the price.......you can pick these up for about $65. I actually think that is very good price for all you get.


Now for the pictures

The backpack/truck mounted carrying case




pack mounted on the spare tire as specified by Smittybilt







Canopy in action (attached to the spare tire as recomended by Smittybilt)









I tried attaching the outer straps to the bed rack instead of the spare tire to spread the canopy a little......maybe it made a difference. who knows.



wooden blocks to tension the tie downs



for more efieient deployment, what i will probably do on the trails is roll up the canopy without putting it completely away. turns out the straps double a great method of securing the canopy without detatching it from the truck to put back in the pack. you could di the same thing with a bungee as well.




for those of you withough spare tires mounted in the proper position to use one of these, you could also use it off of a bed or roof rack. It will work just fine with a factory rack as well.






I don't have a picture of it, but this would also be nice to hang off the front of a roof rack to give you some shelter/shade while working under the hood.

Once i packed it all back up, I tried one last thing. turns out the pack will strap perfectly around the tailgate as well



and that's all i've got for now. I'll update this thread as a use the canopy.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #3
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deffinately gives you more height off the roof rack. tailgate would be nice with a cooler in the bed and some chairs though
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:01 PM   #5
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I've been using the same, works pretty well for the price.

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:06 PM   #7
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yea I submitted the picture lol. I reviewed it too.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:17 AM   #9
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That's pretty slick.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:31 AM   #11
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Colin, your truck is ridiculous (in a good way)

Nice review
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Originally Posted by Madjik_Man View Post
That's pretty slick.
definately a cool little system. i'm looking forward to using it on the trail in a few weeks.

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Op your rear bumper is sick and truck aswell
thanks man, just finished the bumper a couple months ago.

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Colin, your truck is ridiculous (in a good way)

Nice review
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