SKU: EC270GEN2

Eclipse 270 Gen 2 Awning

$1,299.00

Available on backorder

Darche’s Eclipse 270 Awning brings next-level shade to your 4WD camping setup. Offering a huge 120sq-ft of instant cover, it spans the full length of your vehicle then wraps fully around to the rear. High quality construction means that imitators can’t even compare – Darche awnings come with a 3-year warranty

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    On Backorder: Estimated arrival August 2024

    Darche’s Eclipse 270 Gen 2 Awning brings next-level shade to your 4WD camping setup. Offering a huge 120 sq-ft of instant cover, it spans the full length of your vehicle then wraps around to fully cover the rear, giving you greater cover than most other 270-degree awnings – all backed by an industry-leading 3-Year Warranty.

    Designed for an easy one-person setup, the unit is freestanding during setup and pack down. The heavy-duty swivel hinge system holds the entire kit up while you extend and tension the awning arms and release the three pivoting alloy telescopic leg poles stowed along the rafters. Attach the final leg poles and you’ll be under cover in a matter of minutes.

    The awning is made from premium 320gsm ripstop polycotton canvas and has an impressive PU 1500mm water rating, plus seam sealing that will keep you dry in extended rainy conditions. Gutter pulls also allow you to fasten additional lines that prevent water from pooling on the awning.

    Gen 2 awnings feature a redesigned 600gsm PVC transit cover with drain holes for moisture, and is spacious enough to allow for easy packing.

    The three included heavy-duty mounting brackets suit most commercially available flat roof rack or steel basket set ups and provide ample support for the awning – they even feature a small hump to clear the edge of your roof rack. You can also mount the Eclipse using the built-in 13mm nut channels on the back of the awning body itself, making it compatible with a wide range of third-party awning attachment systems.

    There’s a host of accessories available for the Eclipse series. You can maximize coverage with wall kits, or expand with bug-free shelter provided by the Eclipse Retreat Annex. Imitators come close but never exceed the shelter provided by a Darche Eclipse 270, thanks to an extra rafter arm providing total coverage of your tailgate area – giving you protection from rain and sun where you need it most.

    Make sure to check the weight rating and suitability of your roof rack and vehicle with appropriate manufacturers prior to purchase. Most OEM roof racks are not compatible with the mounting system. We recommend professional installation through one of our approved installation partners.

    Vehicles with a hatch that rises above the level of your roof rack may interfere with the rear section of the awning – for this setup we recommend a Darche Eclipse 180-degree awning. Pickup trucks with an appropriate rack can use either model, depending on the mounting points available.

    All EC270 awnings ship in two packages – the awning itself, and the standard brackets. The bracket box also contains your pegs, guy lines, and tension straps. All awnings come with standard brackets, so if you need the extended brackets instead, please contact us.

    LEFT HAND VERSION: Suitable for mounting on the left-hand side (eg. driver’s side on LHD vehicles) and is ideal for rigs with a swinging door that opens from left to right, such as a Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco, Lexus GX460, and Land Rover Defender & Discovery I/II.

    RIGHT HAND VERSION: This awning is meant for mounting on the right-hand side (eg. passenger side on LHD vehicles) and is ideally suited for rigs with a swinging door that opens from right to left such as the Mercedes G-Class or FJ Cruiser

    SAFETY NOTE: Ensure that your awning is anchored with all legs, straps, guy ropes and pegs at all times when in use. Damage to the awning or your vehicle may occur if the awning is not fully supported. We also do not recommend using the awning in heavy snow conditions due to the weight build-up that snow can cause. Weather damage is not covered under the standard warranty, but we do stock various replacement parts that are available for purchase.

    Please also ensure that when you are tensioning the awning that you use the black tabs attached directly to the rafter arms. The small slide-in fabric piece at the front of the vehicle is not designed to hold the tension straps.

    Shown here with optional Walls
    KEY FEATURES
    • Gen 2 design with spacious transit cover that doesn’t leak
    • Class leading durability and coverage
    • Provides 120 sq-ft of cover in all weather conditions (250 sq-ft with optional walls)
    • Suits vehicles or mounting locations 1.6-2.1m (63-83″) high
    • Available in Left or Right hand versions to suit various vehicles
    • Freestanding set up mode allows for quick and easy one person set up/packdown
    • Lightweight and strong construction with high-quality precision made hinges that include bronze bushings, steel pins, and replaceable cast aluminum rafter arm ends
    • Includes 3 x pivoting telescopic leg poles stowed in the arms plus 3 x additional leg poles in a separate carry bag (can be stowed inside the awning transit cover)
    • Includes 3 x mounting brackets, 2 x steel-buckled tension straps, transit cover, guy ropes and pegs
    • Wall kits available (sold separately) in either solid or PVC window versions
    • Annex room available (sold separately) to provide bug-free shelter
    • 3 Year Warranty

    *Product configuration may vary from photos. Shown with walls and other optional extras, available separately. Please verify exact specifications and contents before purchase.

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  • Specs

    Shipping Weight 55 lbs
    Shipping Dimensions 93 × 9 × 9 in
    Mounting Configuration

    Left Side, Right Side

    Coverage

    120 sq-ft

    Dimensions (Packed)

    2230 x 190 x 180 mm (88.0 x 7.5 x 7.0")

    Dimensions (Unpacked)

    6000 X 4000 x 2100 mm (236 x 157 x 83")

    Headroom

    2100 mm (83.0")

    Weight

    23.0kg (51.0lbs)

    Frame Material

    Lightweight Box Tube Alloy Rafters; Stainless Steel and Alloy Hinge

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DARCHE® PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN SINCE 1991.

 

“We didn’t set out to change the world, or even the landscape of camping in Australia, we just needed some camping gear that suited our lifestyle, so we designed it ourselves… as it turns out – it suited the Australian lifestyle too!” – 

Darren O’Dwyer
Darche Founder and designer of the original dome swag.

Established in 1991, DARCHE® has become one of the best-known – and loved – Australian camping and outdoor adventure brands. Today DARCHE® enjoys an iconic Australian status in the camping and 4×4 touring market, but it was from humble beginnings that this brand was conceived.

Born of necessity – as many great things are – Darren O’Dwyer saw a hole in the Australian outdoor market. While he loved nothing more than hitting the road with an old fashioned rollout swag, he found his sleeping arrangements were not all that appealing to others, namely his wife, Cheryl.

While planning a road trip along the east coast, Cheryl declared there was no way she was sleeping in one of those things – the bugs will get in!

Avid campers, the O’Dwyers knew a thing or two about the conditions their swag design would have to endure on their adventure, so with help from his brother Dave, Darren set out to design a shelter that suited the rugged, Australian landscape… and the wildlife that inhabits it.

It had to be tough but comfortable, waterproof yet breathable, quick, practical and easy to stow. It had to provide a fully enclosed shelter with enough space around the skin to protect from bugs and mozzies, and it had to be completely zip sealed to keep the critters and creepy crawlies out – no easy task. Together, the O’Dwyer’s created a canvas shell with zippered doors and windows, and of course – a flexible fibreglass pole, designing Australia’s first dome swag. It was a talking point at many camping spots throughout their journey along the east coast, and remains an icon of the Australian camping scene today.

With a passion for outdoor adventure, It was a natural progression from the original dome swag to an impressive range of roof top tents and awnings. Superior canvas quality being the foundation of long lasting, rugged outdoor gear.

“It was about quality. We built them to last! And they did. 30 years on and we still see a few original DARCHE swags out in the wild – it’s a great feeling to know you’ve changed the way people camp today”

Three decades on and DARCHE® continues to lead the outdoor space with innovative designs, superior quality materials and commitment to our heritage. We offer a full range of products for serious tourers and campers alike. Still firmly committed to the swag market, our range extends to awnings and roof top tents, furniture, sleeping gear and a range of accessories to suit the 4×4 touring and camping environment, tried and tested by people who live and breathe everything outdoors.

To ensure that DARCHE® remains one of the most respected outdoor brands globally, we live by the philosophy of innovation and quality, refining and developing new materials, designs and technologies that will service the next generation of outdoor adventurers and protect the environment that they love to explore.

In 2013 DARCHE® introduced the Air-Volution™ range of swags and tents with patented technology that drastically reduces setup and packdown time without compromising on quality and comfort.

Today, DARCHE® is proudly owned by the Charles Parsons Group who bring over 100 years of textile experience, product development and strategy to compliment DARCHE®’s extensive outdoor expertise.

DARCHE®. OUTDOOR GEAR – FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE. SINCE 1991.