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We are ready to retire the umbrella and our big purchase this year will be a sunshade. But I'm torn on going full board and getting high-priced Coyote ($500-600); the river sombrero ($390 and more in my budget) or what I've read from others a bimini off of amazon for under $200.
We have a July Deso Grey permit which I know we will need it on, but also doing the San Juan next month and often do Colorado River sections and slower Western Slope (Colorado) sections so need to purchase soon. What are everyone's recommendations?
 

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We are ready to retire the umbrella and our big purchase this year will be a sunshade. But I'm torn on going full board and getting high-priced Coyote ($500-600); the river sombrero ($390 and more in my budget) or what I've read from others a bimini off of amazon for under $200.
We have a July Deso Grey permit which I know we will need it on, but also doing the San Juan next month and often do Colorado River sections and slower Western Slope (Colorado) sections so need to purchase soon. What are everyone's recommendations?
I got an amazon cheapo last year and it has been great. Seems to be holding up well for the money. I made the mount out of a 1/2" thick plastic cutting board, two ubolts and some stretch tubing. I havent seen any sun fading on it yet either. At about $120, I think it will last quite a while and can buy another years down the road without the sting of the price, or my wife's long scary scare at seeing a $400-600 bill all at once.
 

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We are ready to retire the umbrella and our big purchase this year will be a sunshade. But I'm torn on going full board and getting high-priced Coyote ($500-600); the river sombrero ($390 and more in my budget) or what I've read from others a bimini off of amazon for under $200.
We have a July Deso Grey permit which I know we will need it on, but also doing the San Juan next month and often do Colorado River sections and slower Western Slope (Colorado) sections so need to purchase soon. What are everyone's recommendations?
I just got my Amazon Bimini last week that was $170 here: Amazon link, I also ordered the stainless replacement hardware here and and here. I'm still in the process of fine tuning it and building new mounting brackets (using hose clamps for the time being) but I'm very pleased with the quality for the price, and I'm usually a brand name snob. My wife would have beat me to death if I bought a Sombrero so for me it was Amazon bimini or no bimini. She still wasn't very impressed with my purchase, however. I'm thinking her opinion may change by July.

Although I haven't had it on the water yet, I would definitely recommend the Amazon setup.

P.s. I have a 66" frame and I ordered the 67"-72" and it fits well, I'm glad I didn't go any narrower.

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Two other bimini threads from late last week.

No complaints with my eBay bimini. Were $119 in 2019, now up to $139. Do get the 4-bow 8' long bimini.
IMHO if you flip a boat you're going to destroy the bimini, so may as well go cheap.

The 54" high ones are easier to walk under, the 48"h ones keep the shade better over the middle of the boat.
Like OMGitsCasey said, get the bimini width that matches your frame width. Easier to mount, and easier to stow. The bows flex a little, so there's some wiggle room if you're in between sizes.

You will LOVE the shade on a hot July trip.
 

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I also got the Amazon cheapo, and it works great. But the bows are aluminum, the fittings are cheap plastic, and I’m sure it would disappear entirely if I ever flipped the boat, even lowered and strapped. Would the stainless bows hold up, under the same conditions? Dunno.
 

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Love the vote option! Some helpful info on this topic can be found in a previous post, including various methods to attach the frame to the bimini.

 

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Go cheap and go tall. The slightly less shade of the tall one is made up for big time by a better view of the river. If you have not rafted with one before, the amount shade will blow you away even with the tall one.
 

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The one thing nobody has mentioned and is important, is being able to get out of a rain or snow is a really big plus also while floating.
 
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I also got the Amazon cheapo, and it works great. But the bows are aluminum, the fittings are cheap plastic, and I’m sure it would disappear entirely if I ever flipped the boat, even lowered and strapped. Would the stainless bows hold up, under the same conditions? Dunno.
If it is up it is toast for sure. But if down secured to your boat by a strap it should be fine, at least mine was. the Seat did not survive(n) but bimini(y). I drop mine for any 4 or 5's. I have one cheapo I'm still using I bought in 2010.
 

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You buy cheap... you get cheap. I've had my 350 dollar Sombrero for 12 years with 2 kids growing up around it with no issues. I've had friends keep their Amazon Bimini's for a few years and had to replace them. Plus you're supporting people in the boating industry, not cheap Amazon manufacturers that don't know boating, that means a lot to me. With Sombrero you're supporting a company that has put the effort into creating a mount for rafting at least.
 

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We are ready to retire the umbrella and our big purchase this year will be a sunshade. But I'm torn on going full board and getting high-priced Coyote ($500-600); the river sombrero ($390 and more in my budget) or what I've read from others a bimini off of amazon for under $200.
We have a July Deso Grey permit which I know we will need it on, but also doing the San Juan next month and often do Colorado River sections and slower Western Slope (Colorado) sections so need to purchase soon. What are everyone's recommendations?
I got a Bimini from EmpireCovers.com and they have some great deals on a good product. Have not had for long but it is made well and I expect it to last for years as long as I don’t flip with it up or run it through the trees that is. These make all the difference on those scorching hot days.
 

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EASY decision!! Get the down river frame attachments ($80 or so) and a cheap Amazon Bimini, you can always get a new one when it breaks as EVERYTHING does.
Enjoy the shade

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We are ready to retire the umbrella and our big purchase this year will be a sunshade. But I'm torn on going full board and getting high-priced Coyote ($500-600); the river sombrero ($390 and more in my budget) or what I've read from others a bimini off of amazon for under $200.
We have a July Deso Grey permit which I know we will need it on, but also doing the San Juan next month and often do Colorado River sections and slower Western Slope (Colorado) sections so need to purchase soon. What are everyone's recommendations?
 

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Plus you're supporting people in the boating industry, not cheap Amazon manufacturers that don't know boating, that means a lot to me. With Sombrero you're supporting a company that has put the effort into creating a mount for rafting at least.
My order of support:
Support local
Support a specialist in the craft
Support American made
Not Amazon
Amazon

Yes, Amazon does have a place but it is generally toward the end. Also near the top when possible is Craigslist type pages, although it seems EBay is probably below Amazon. Just haven’t had good luck there. But yes, Amazon does have its place.
 
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