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GustBuster Classic 48-Inch Automatic Golf Umbrella
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- 100% Nylon
- Golf umbrella with pinchless open and close release system
- Double-reinforced, lightning-resistant fiberglass shaft
- High-impact end cap protects and preserves beauty
- Curved hardwood J-handle; attractive fitted sheath
- Measures 48 inches in diameter and 36 inches long
- Lifetime limited warranty
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The GustBuster 48 Inch classic stick style umbrella is probably the last umbrella you may need to buy. Granted you take good care of it and do not leave it on a bus or train.
The umbrella (automatic version) is easy to open, is light weight, and above all lives up to its "gust-busting" claims of very high winds.
Although I do wish it was just a wee bit larger, perhaps 52 inches, it is still large enough to shield most of your upper body in moderate downpours with light winds without having to play umbrella chicken with other folks passing by.
It is a nice one person umbrella...but not for two.
However, for a taller man, the lower legs may still catch some of the rain run off. But not too bad.
While I found the quality of the fabric just average, the handle, stick, and ribs of the product feel strong and stable; ready to tackle high winds. Each outer spoke attaches the upper canopy using elastic bands. The lower canopy seems to be more rigid and attached to the main frame.
When the wind does get under it, both canopies separate allowing the wind to just flow through the large holes, all while keeping you dry. The elastics let the upper canopy stretch upwards which seems to work the magic preventing the umbrella to invert.
The reason I am writing this review is because it passed its real test just yesterday when here on Staten Island, New York, we had heavy rain with wind gusts of up to 50 MPH. (the GustBuster claims it handles 55+ winds).
I figured this was a good opportunity to give it a try.
In between the Supreme Court building and 130 Stuyvesant Pl is like a wind tunnel on days like this.Read more ›
I am pleased to say the GustBuster has worked perfectly and I am very pleased with my purchase. I would say I would buy another one, but I don't foresee this umbrella ever failing. This is an excellent umbrella.
It's not so bulky that you can't take it everywhere and the canopy is the perfect size for him or her, or in a pinch, him AND her. The real wood crook-shaped handle gives it a touch of class. The opening mechanism relies on the proven coil-spring system, but that's where the similarity to other solid-shaft automatics ends.
Fiberglas takes the place of metal in the parts that might attract lightning, making the GustBuster light for its size but just as sturdy. Unzip the two Velcro straps, push the button and two canopies pop open to shield you from the rain. The raindrop-shaped openings allow the wind to pass between the canopies. Then aerodynamics take over, forcing the canopies to retain their shape instead of turning inside out. Elastic straps hold down the upper canopy, eliminating a gap where the rain might sneak in. A video of GustBuster's wind-cannon testing confirms their claims. You can see it at GustBuster's website (just tack on the ".com"). Combine this high level of engineering and thoughtful design with GustBuster's affordable pricing on all their umbrellas and it adds up to possibly the best umbrella value.
I've had the umbrella for less than a year and the hook to trap the umbrella closed no longer works. Now, to keep the umbrella closed I need to manually hold it with my hands. This makes it extremely inconvenient and difficult to use. Reading through other reviews, it's clear that many other have had this same issue with the hook. BIG red flag in my book.
When I called to address the issue, similar to others, I've had a poor experience with their "lifetime warranty." I'd have to ship it back to them (which is perfectly fine), but I'd also have to pay them $10 for their trouble. With a total cost of ~$20 to me, what kind of lifetime guarantee is that? I can easily buy another umbrella for that price. The policy makes NO sense on manufacturer issues like this. On top of it, customer service was not very friendly nor accomodating in dealing with this issue.
When I contacted the company for a solution, they offered to fix it if I 1) sent the umbrella back at my expense which, being an odd shape is nearly half the cost of the umbrella itself AND 2) enclose a check for $10 to get it fixed. That does not strike me as stellar customer-centric service.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As advertised. Great product. Guaranteed too. Be a longer-term investor this will give you good returns.Published 1 day ago by dWintersWins
This is only a 39" umbrella. It is however solidly built. You lose 2 stars for the false advertising.Published 4 days ago by Solomon S.
My first umbrella ever, I love it. This is very sturdy and well built. You will definitely get your money's worth.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this umbrella while it lasted. The two-layered canopy worked as advertised to let wind pass through, and it never inverted on me even in the howling gales we sometimes get... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Edward Tremel
Unlike the Gustbuster compact folding unbrella -- a piece of junk that leaked and disintegrated -- this one's been going strong for a few years. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mr. Gelek
I live in Portland, Oregon, a very windy city. I have taken this out in strong winds and it holds up. The one problem, you may get taken away by the wind. Read morePublished 16 days ago by yourmothersir