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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
... its weight and the way it opens that it's good when it comes to wind
By Meagan Mae Walczak
I can tell by its weight and the way it opens that it's good when it comes to wind, and while using it I could tell that it did its job well. My chief issue is that when it's folded up, it is BULKY. It obviously has its bigger bulk for the wind-fighting features, I totally get that. But if you want an automatic umbrella that will fit into your purse or briefcase, this is not it. When open, it's diameter is just as large as a Vera Bradley umbrella. When closed, it's twice as thick and nearly twice as long as Vera Bradley (pictures provided). Not a good umbrella for travel unless its bulky compacted size doesn't bother you (I will say that it's compacted size is fine for a large backpack that isn't completely stuffed, you don't want to damage the umbrella). GustBuster has really good quality umbrellas (check out their classy 68" doorman's), but the bulk of this umbrella hinders my needs rather than helps them.
I've also read some complaints about how this umbrella is hard to close. If you just wanted to press a button and the umbrella would snap shut, then this umbrella isn't for you. Its purpose is to fight wind, not really to be 100% user friendly. It needs to be pulled down from the inside and wrapped TIGHT. I don't personally have a problem with this issue, but other people could. The pictures provided have the GustBuster on the left and Vera Bradley on the right.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Sorry that I purchased it unseen
I purchased this sight-unseen, due to rave reviews I'd noticed recently in several usually reliable places. If I had tried this in person before purchasing, I never would have bought it. Now I'm trying to decide whether to go through the hassle of returning it, or give it as an Xmas gift.
I find it unusable because it is surprisingly heavy and the tiny handle makes it quite difficult to carry and control. I can't begin to imagine dealing with it in a windy rainstorm. I've been using a series of ShedRain Umbrellas Windjammer Vented Auto Open Auto Close Folding Umbrellas, which are lighter and have an ergonomic handle, and it looks like I'll be sticking to them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 1228 customer reviews...
that's how bad my experience was
I took a cab so I just would not have to carry this umbrella, that's how bad my experience was.
Originally I bought this umbrella for my husband but he never used it, not much rain this year. Today I took it for the first time for a 20 minutes walk to the post office.
First of all, it's just way too small or there's something wring with the shape, not sure which. My elbows got wet, my bag got wet, my legs got wet. Note that the rain was mild and there was no wind. If there were strong wind this umbrella probably not break but be compeletely useless protecting you from the rain. Maybe I should have bought bigger umbrella so I take it as my fault.
But the worst part is not the size. This thing is HEAVY. I am not a lightweight but my wrist git tired after 5 minutes. I kept changing hands but it did not help much.
Also, the umbrella is too short, if I hold it on the height of my shoulder the umbrella top almost touches my head.
So on the way back there was no way I am carrying this thing for another 20 minutes. Tried putting it in the bag, managed to sqeeze it in but now he bag felt like carrying the brick in it.
Anyway, I like the idea of sturdy umbrella but it should not come at the price of functionality. Giving 2 stars for creativity and will keep buying cheap lightweight Chinese umbrellas.
I guess if you live in a really windy place it might be worth it but only if you get bigger size