Tested: Alu-Cab Shadow Awning
One of my favorite accessories i've added to my FJ Cruiser is the Alu-Cab Shadow Awning, it provides 270° of shade and is self supporting. When I got my Alu-Cab Expedition III tent I decided to add the shadow awning onto the order, I saw the awning in person at the 2016 Overland Expo west and I instantly knew I needed to have it.
The Alu-Cab awning can be mounted onto any vehicle, but you will need to build your own mounting system for it. The only systems that support the Alu-Cab awning without creating your own brackets are Frontrunner racks, and the Alu-Cab Expedition III tent. Due to the awning pivoting off of one end, the attachment points need to be extremely stout, mine is attached to the tent with 8 bolts in the rear corner. I’ve seen several custom mounts for the awning on Expedition Portal, and on Instagram, so with a bit of creativity you can mount it to anything.
Each of the three arms are made out of boxed aluminum, making for an extremely strong and lightweight awning. The Fabric for the Shadow-Awn 270° awning is imported from Europe. It’s a Tencate Aluminized Acrylic Fabric with the strength of 270 grams per square meter. The fabric is reflective, which helps keep the temperatures below the awning down, while still being tough and providing years of use.
Deploying the awning is extremely simple. Just unzip the bag, undo the velcro straps, walk the awning out 270°, clip it into the rear, pop up the center post and your done. Putting it away is just the opposite, and Alu-Cab made the bag it stores in the perfect size, there's just the right amount of room inside for the rolled up awning, no need to struggle stuffing it into an undersized bag.
I’ve had the awning in up to 30 mph winds, and that's without the pole. In the end of the main arm there is a pole that can help support the awning in bad weather. They also included tie down straps in the ends of each arm, so that in very windy conditions you can still be covered.
The Shadow Awning is worth every penny and at $1,500 it costs lot of pennies. If your looking to outfit your overland vehicle with the top products available, id take a serious look at the Alu-Cab Shadow Awning. Head on over to OK4WD to pickup the awning, they have them in stock ready to ship.