by Robert Prince
Date Added: Tuesday 23 August, 2011
Don't even bother with those cheap, sucker-shades from Mothercare, Halfords etc. These are excellent quality shades. The fit within the window is perfect. The rear doors allow the windows to be wound down, whilst maintaining the screening properties - ideal for protecting kids from squinting in the sunlight. Importantly the kit includes the rear windows in the load area, which closes a significant gap in the car. if youb have previously bought sucker shades you'll know you need four per side just to cover the door and luggage glass to keep the sun off your babies. We even have the factory sun protection glass, and I was suprised that the sun comes through so brightly. These screens are exactly what you need to stop your kids from suffering in the sun. I don't know what we did when we were little, but I guess we didn't have seatbelts and car seats so we could move around the back seat. Nowadays our babies are rigidly bolted and isofixed in position, so they can't keep out of the sun, and these shades keep the sunlight from their eyes.
The quality is excellent and well worth the money. The door shades have pen-holder type fixings which allow quick removal - especially important at passport control and foreign toll booths if your wife is in the back. However, I have found the fit of these clips is very difficult to get right, and at least one of the clips failed for no apparent reason. Vanstyle customer service have been quick and helpful in replacing these clips though. Similarly the fit of the rear tailgate shades is difficult. The supplied instructions were a very poor quality print, which made it virtually impossible to determine how and where to glue the clips onto the glass. The fit of the panels is unique, so can't be mistaken, but the fit of the clips is very challenging and more help needs to be included along with better quality photos in the fitting guide. I still haven't got this right myself as yet, though again the customer service team were helpful in sending additional clips.
In summary I give these 4 out of 5 stars. Pros are excellent quality, excellent design, brilliant and possibly unique product. Cons are just the weakness of the actual fittings and associuated fitting guide. Perhaps this could be improved with clearer instructions and possibly even a paper template to hold up to show what to fit where. Overall please buy with confidence I can't believe you would be disappointed.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]