Rarely anymore are products so hyped up that you have to see them first hand to believe it. When you see the Kinsmen Hardware 270 Awning first hand, it will exceed your already lofty expectations.
We had the chance to meet Matthew Simmons, the brain behind Kinsmen Hardware at Overland Expo East and all we can say are good things. An extremely bright, and pleasant person, it’s clear when he looks at something mechanical that he is breaking it down and how putting it back together again. It’s that thinking that brought about the durable Kinsmen Hardware 270 Awning.
Unsatisfied with the awnings available on the overland market, Simmons set out to make his own—better than the ones available. The goals were simple: quick to deploy, insanely robust, and made right here in the USA. Using a unique and custom triple hinge setup, the Kinsmen Hardware 270 Awning can be opened with one hand its entire 270º span and locked into place. That same hinge also serves as the load point for the backbone, which distributes its entire weight across the rack it is attached to. Tubular trellis arms give the awning super-human strength, being able to stay open in 35mph winds without any ground posts. This strength was demonstrated to us by Simmons grabbing the end of one of the open trellis arms and proceeding to do pull-ups on it, while the suspension of his 60 series Land Cruiser wobbled. The Sunbrella fabric for the awning is lovingly hand stitched by the boys and girls down at Blue Ridge Overland Gear and will provide years of reliable use.
Check out this video and see for yourself: