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MoonShade Portable Awning

A durable, lightweight, packable awning that attaches to virtually anything.

MoonShade Portable Awning

A durable, lightweight, packable awning that attaches to virtually anything.

$28,837
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
97
backers
27days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 16 2019 8:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Better Shade

 After buying a van in early 2018, we immediately recognized we needed shade. As we hunted for the perfect awning we found that most vehicle awning options were expensive, cumbersome, or both. We thought we could do better.

After a few rounds of design and testing, we’re excited to introduce you to the MoonShade, a packable, intuitive, and well-designed vehicle awning that works great, not only on our van, but just about any other vehicle.


The Reviews Are In!

Uncrate - "it provides just the right amount of protection and shade without being unwieldy"

Engearment - MoonShade Portable Awning – Great Minimalist Lightweight Protection

TrendHunter - "The 'MoonShade' Portable Awning weighs just eight pounds in total to allow users to easily collapse it down and store it anywhere without having to worry that it's too cumbersome or heavy for continuous use." 

What #Vanlifers Are Saying

"It's really ingenious."Trent & Allie - Van Life In Colombia (MoonShade Feature 1:09 - 3:48) 

"This MoonShade is epic!"The Matneys - SURVIVING THE DESERT IN A VAN (MoonShade Feature 3:48 - 5:30)

"They've done an amazing job" - Eamon & Bec -   ISLAND VAN LIFE WAS PERFECT UNTIL...(MoonShade Feature 8:34 - 11:18)

"It's excellent for when it rains!" - Mr. & Mrs. Adventure - Our van life EUROPE HONEYMOON (MoonShade Feature 3:42 - 5:51) 

Unlike most vehicle awnings and easy-ups on the market, the strength of MoonShade is in the design itself.

  • We use high-strength aluminum 12mm-diameter poles that securely slot into pockets in each corner of the shade fabric before being secured by six clips along the arc of the poles to create a strong self-supporting structure.
  • The shade fabric is made out of heavy-duty 420D ripstop polyester, far thicker than most tent fabric, so it’s durable and provides maximum sun protection. 
  • MoonShade also provides protection from light rain, though while designed to be strong and durable, it was not engineered for extreme weather events or environments (i.e., thunderstorms or gusty winds). The fabric is quick-drying and sheds rainwater, but like an umbrella, it is not coated with any special waterproofing treatments. We chose to avoid waterproofing treatment because uncoated fabric lasts longer and has a smaller environmental impact than fabrics with chemical waterproofing coatings. Though there is no waterproofing treatment, because the shade is polyester, it will absorb less water and dry faster than nylon fabrics. Further, the domed shape of the MoonShade allows water to more easily roll off the sides of the shade, unlike many of the flat awnings on the market whose design can cause the awning to sag as rainwater puddles on the surface.
  • The top of the shade fabric is UV-coated to extend the life of the shade.
  • The bottom of the shade fabric is reflective-coated to block the sun during the day and evenly reflect the light from your LED lantern (not included) at night. A plastic clip is attached in the center to suspend a lantern for optimal reflection. 

Versatile

We’ve designed MoonShade to work with just about any vehicle, right out of the box. That means you can set up your MoonShade anywhere it’s most convenient - you’re not stuck with a permanent mounting that only allows it to be deployed in one place like most vehicle awnings.

 In fact, you can deploy your MoonShade on any side of your vehicle, on a friend’s car, or even to a fixed structure like a tree, fence, door frame, or porch railing. At 9 ft x 7 ft, MoonShade can be deployed on the long or short side, depending on the size of the vehicle or structure it’s anchored to. 

 While you can anchor MoonShade to nearly anything that the included carabiners can clip to, we include four heavy-duty suction cups, as well as a strut pole that can be connected across the short side to make it easier to anchor the MoonShade to narrower structures and smaller vehicles.

 Easy Setup and Storage

What’s the point of an awning if you never use it because it’s too much of a hassle to set up, or too bulky to fit in the trunk? MoonShade weighs less than 8 pounds* and packs down into the included carrying bag with shoulder strap.  

All packed up, MoonShade is about the size of a rolled yoga mat. *Based on pre-production samples. Specs are subject to change slightly.

We also designed MoonShade to be easily set up by one person in less than 5 minutes. If you anchor your MoonShade out of reach (like the roof of a tall van), you don’t have to climb up or get out a ladder - the MoonShade can be anchored from the ground using a simple cord pull, allowing you to connect and disconnect your MoonShade with ease, without your feet ever leaving the ground.

MoonShade Specs

  •  Shade Fabric: 420D ripstop polyester, made of 100% solution-dyed recycled yarn
                       - Top side is UV 50+-coated for durability
                       - Bottom side is reflective-coated for sun protection by day and lantern reflection at night
                       - Polypropylene webbing trim
                       - Pole pockets are reinforced PVC-coated polyester
     
  •  Shade Tension Poles (2): sectional, 12mm-diameter, 7001 aluminum alloy
     
  •  Shade Upright Support Poles (2): sectional/adjustable, 19mm-diameter, 7001 aluminum alloy
     
  •  Strut Pole (1): sectional, 19mm-diameter, 7001 aluminum alloy
     

 Other Hardware: 

  • Suction cups (4): For anchoring corners of shade or strut pole. Can also be mounted to the bottom of upright support poles for angled connection to the side of a van or other vehicle (for use with fixed anchor mounting only).
  • Velcro Straps (2): Attach to two suction cups for connecting to strut pole. For narrow-structure mounting applications.
  • Guylines (4x4m): 5mm-diameter reflective polypropylene
  • Carabiners (4): wiregate aluminum mini-carabiner
  • Nylon cord (4x2m): 2mm nylon utility cord, for remote-release of overhead attachment.
  • Stakes (4): heavy-duty Y-profile, 7001 aluminum alloy
     

Carrying bag: 420D ripstop polyester (same as shade fabric), with full zip closure, shoulder strap, and two grab handles. Also includes an accessory bag for hardware storage and velcro strap for bundling all poles.

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About Moon Fabrications, Inc.

Moon Fabrications was born with a mission to make outdoor experiences more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone. Founded in San Francisco in 2018 by Matthew Pearson and Henry Proegler, Moon is committed to creating designs that are simple, elegant, and versatile. By simplifying the “stuff” we bring outdoors, we create space for what is actually important: genuine experiences and authentic connection with others, ourselves, and nature. Our thoughtfully-designed products enable you to spend less time preparing and more time enjoying the outdoor experiences you love most. Follow us on Instagram @moonfab.co.

Thank for taking the time to learn more about MoonShade. We hope you'll help us spread some shade (the good kind)!  

-The MoonFab Team

Risks and challenges

We've gone through multiple design iterations to get this product right. We're working with some of the best people in the Outdoor Industry to manufacture the MoonShade in the most sustainable way and our factory is waiting on us to place our first order.

Like any Outdoor Retail product we anticipate encountering production challenges at scale but we know we're ready for whatever comes our way.

We feel confident we'll be able to deliver our product in the hands of our backers in March of 2020 and will update our backers in the event of any unexpected challenges as soon as they come up.

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