Originally Posted by Lostdog
You caught my interest with this product. But I have a couple of questions: Does the bottom of the bottom panel have grommets so you can tie it down? and is there a solid piece sewn into the very bottom to make it "stiffer"?
It's still in the box, but yes it has grommets on the bottom, and the bottom has a "hem" that makes it a little more solid than the rest of the fabric (not sure if that's what you meant or not). It doesn't have something "in" the bottom, just the fabric doubled up into a neat hem.
It also has a storage bag (looks like a big open top shopping bag with handles). Also has some plastic stakes and black clips that appear to clip onto both stake and grommet to secure it to the ground.
The fabric is not overly thick and the whole thing is very manageable, weight-wise. In a pinch (like if a sudden storm comes up), the vendor said you could leave the top section rolled up. I want to see what it looks like that way to see if we'd keep it there permanently, or if it just looks too thick for our comfort level. Jury's still out on that one. I got the 10' drop because I want the shade drop to go to the ground from our awning. All the bottom pieces are a standard 6', so with my 10' drop, my top piece will be 4'. (So, that 4' piece would be the only part that rolls up after we'd unzip the bottom half). The idea is that you leave the top piece in and can easily reach it to zip and unzip the bottom without needing a ladder. Again, I want to see this in person. Worse case, we only use the whole thing when we need some extra shade.
You can get different colors, but we again chose the black, which I really like.
We haven't taken delivery of our new rig yet (it's getting some interior upgrades), but we will definitely be using the shade drop later this month on our maiden voyage since our camping spot faces directly into the afternoon sun.
Hope this helps!