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Kelty - Shade Maker 2

Kelty Shade Maker 2

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Tech Specs

68D polyester (800mm)
Poles Included:
yes, 3 aluminum hybrids
fully taped
Interior Height:
86 in
120 x 120 x 86 in
Floor Space:
100 sq ft
Packed Size:
10 x 24 in
Packed Weight:
9 lb 11 oz
Trail Weight:
8 lb 9 oz
Recommended Use:
camping, casual
Manufacturer Warranty:

Shade Maker 2

Kelty's Shade Maker 2 is perfect for rainy picnics as well as sunny summer camping trips. PU-coated polyester protects you and your fellow outdoorsy crew from the sun's harsh rays and the clouds' cold showers, and three aluminum hybrid poles offer a quick-and-easy setup.

  • Sun shelter for picnics, camping, and more
  • PU-coated polyester sheds moisture
  • Aluminum hybrid poles are lightweight
  • Packbag included for easy transport

Something must have changed...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

We live at the beach and needed something for low wind high heat days for shade. We have a sail that we use for wind over 5knts. Cursory reviews indicated that this shade rocked and giveb the sale on it since Kelty is discontinuing it made it a great deal.

We are experienced outdoors people spending, on average, 30 to 40 nights a year in a tent or other outdoor shelter. So, background aside...the canopy itself is well constructed. Fabric and seams in solid condition. Setup is straightforward. Hub system of the poles seems like an unnecessary complication that makes a second person to support setup almost mandatory. Even with the two of us the last pole insert bent them on the very first trial run in our driveway. For the diameter of the pole they are unusually weak and flimsy. As you know, you can't really bend an aluminum pole back without weakening it. Return process was fast and easy. Would not recommend the product even at the lower cost. For $50-100 more which is not inconsequential there are sturdier products that will last for years of hard use.

Works, could be better designed

    I just received the ShadeMaker 2 and set it up in my back yard. It took me 25 minutes, working solo. I'm fairly experienced with tents and such, and doubt that repetition will cut that time by much. I also doubt that my time was unusually sluggish.

    The two main poles are permanently tied together with a hub. It's one integrated assembly. You can't assemble one pole, then the other, and lay them across the fabric separately. I found this design very awkward to work with. Because the poles can't move separately during set-up and take-down, they can be subjected to some major torque. I bent a pole segment taking the canopy down. This is one area where having a person on each corner would have worked much better. It's very difficult to take the canopy down smoothly working alone.

    Overall it's a decent canopy. The asymmetric design means there is plenty of room for a 6' tall person to walk under the canopy, but there's still a low side to provide better shade. There's a lot of usable space under the canopy, as the walls are almost vertical. I haven't tried it in wind yet, but it seems like it should be pretty stable, if the guy lines are staked out properly.

    Practical and Packable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This provided amazing shade in the desert. It is the size of a backpack so I definitely plan on bringing it to any sunny event in the future where I have a 'home base'.

    In the sun, life evolves around the shade.

    do yourself a favor

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had the shade maker 1 and I loved it. this ones even better.

    Ive put this thing through every element of weather and its the best on the market!

    A trip saver

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought the Shade Maker as a last second "just in case" thing. A 5 day trip on the Smith River in Montana during the spring will give you rain, sun, rain, some snow, more rain and sun.....

    I bought the large size and it was plenty big enough for two tables and a number of chairs. When it was raining hard all eight us us were sitting under it comfortably. We even put it above our tent as an extra rain fly.

    The Shade Maker held up great in the elements and was a piece of cake to put up. It also has a good carrying case with back straps that while they don't serve much purpose other than giving yourself an extra free hand to grab another drybag, they're still handy.

    The only thing I wish it had was a wall to block the rain when the wind is blowing hard. Kelty might make some sort of attachment but since it would be an add on that's why I give the Shade Maker a 5 out of 5.

    A trip saver