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SlimShady 8'

Lightweight Roof Mounted Awning

SKU: #8007446

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Don’t let its low-profile fool you: this awning packs small and delivers big. From sideline cheers to ridge line views, the SlimShady offers excellent protection from searing sun and sudden showers. It mounts quickly and easily (no tools needed!) to your roof rack crossbars, and only takes up six inches of bar space leaving plenty of room for cargo boxes, bikes, or boats. Super easy to use—just roll it out and set-up the poles—its light, strong polyester canopy has a waterproof PU coating to shed rain and serve up plenty of shady coverage on summer days. Available in three sizes, so you’re covered no matter how far, or near, your adventures take you. 

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SlimShady 8'

Product Details
  • ​Universal tool-free mounting hardware fits most roof racks
  • Provides 64 square feet of sun and weather protection (8' x 8')
  • Rolls into a 8 foot long case when not in use, leaving tons of room on your roof rack for other gear
  • 420D polyester fabric with PU coating is light, durable and waterproof
  • Easy to pitch – just pull it out, prop it up and settle in
  • Super-simple attachment – no tools required
  • Locks to roof rack with included SKS Lock Cores for added security
  • Also available in 4.5' and 6.5' deployment options
Product Specs
  • Weight: 33.90 lbs.
  • Dimensions: L 96.00 in x W 96.00 in x H 0.50 in
  • Minimum Crossbar Spread 27.00in
  • Limited One Year Warranty

SlimShady 8'

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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 5 reviews
      Todd VanLeuven
      NPS score:
      0 (Not at all likely)
      10 (Extremely likely)
      Likes: Low cost and quality materials
      Improvements: Figure out a way for one person to set it up.
      Setup not easy

      The quality of the materials used is good. However, it’s virtually impossible for one person to setup. And even with two, it takes practice. I bought it because it is affordable but I have since taken it down and replaced it with a more expensive and larger awning system one person can easily setup.

      Pretty good

      It’s a good awning but it’s harder to set up than it needs to be and is difficult to set up with one person.
      I believe these small changes in its design would greatly simplify its set up, especially for one person.
      1. Have the arms lock into place when fully extended. One of the most difficult parts of setting it up is getting the arms extended to the correct length. There should be two lengths for the arms, retracted and fully extended because you need to have the arms fully extended, if they aren’t the awning won’t be tight and will collect water if it rains.
      Even if you have two people, it can be hard to get the length of the arms correct.
      Maybe have a retractable pin at the end of the arms to attach to the metal side support.
      2. The arms should not be able to swing past 90 degrees. If you are setting up the awning on your own, it’s a real pain when they swing away from you. Even with two people this can be a problem. Again this no need for them to swing past 90 degrees so don’t let them.
      3. I like that the legs have adjustable height but it is a pain getting them equal. Put the inch/cm count on the legs so you can easily match the height of both legs.

      Great product!

      This is an absolutely great product but it would be super cool to have a compatible bug net accessory that could be purchased separately!

      Adarsh Kuruvilla
      New Yakima Slim Shady 8' awning

      Got this product last week from Rack attack Portland Oregon. Its on my roof now. Will update as I use it.
      I have couple of Yakima products and Rack attack team asked me to come by to sync all the keys. will do that this week.

      Burke Plyer
      Great awning . . . But. . .

      I love my Slim Shady 8’ awning. Super easy to install and easy to setup. I do have some issues that I tried to address and receive support for. The three external straps are cinched with buckles that are very soft plastic. Right out of the box they were cinched so tight I had to really wrestle to get them to release. Because of this, they were deformed and already highly stressed. The center buckle snapped off after the second time using the awning and the remaining two are ready to break any time. I have since purchased replacement buckles from Amazon since I can’t get any help from Yakima. I also had one leg that was bent and couldn’t adjust to a height that was really usable. It cost me $60 plus shipping to PURCHASE a replacement because if I relied on trying to get a warranty replacement, I’d be waiting forever. Customer support is almost non-existent.

      I love Yakima products but I’m extremely disappointed in the support.