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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
The umbrella seems to stand up to the wind quite well once it is open. Closing it again is where you begin to run into problems. The latch mechanism on mine wasn't actually attached to anything, causing it to fall out frequently and making stowing the umbrella quite difficult. I spoke to the manufacturer, who agreed that the product was defective, and agreed to replace it provided I paid ~$20 ($10 of which was a processing fee). It seems like poor business practice to ask a customer to pay ~50% of the original item's cost to replace defective merchandise.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2008
Purchased three of these umbrellas (one was the smaller "metro" umbrella.) All have been sturdy and have held up through all kinds of storms and wind. But they all have one major defect -- they will not stay closed! The clasp does not jut out far enough and when I close the umbrellas they pop back open within a few seconds. My other (cheaper) umbrellas have never had this problem. This forces me to give these only two stars instead of five. Definitely would not purchase again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
Look up diameter in the dictionary, it says the _straight line_ distance across a circular object. This umbrella is only 48" if you measure along the rounded outer edge while open. Look at reviews for other GB umbrellas and you'll see people reporting them as smaller than described. This one is only around 37" diameter. I called the company about this and spoke to a man who identified himself as the company president (1-888-(487-8287)) - he was rude, interrupted me constantly, and wouldn't let me even finish a sentence. First he said that that was the standard definition and then he told me that he didn't believe me when I quoted his own website. He did say he would get the website description changed, but that doesn't make selling me an umbrella smaller than described OK

at this point, I'm not going to buy another GB umbrella just because I don't want to give money to a company who thinks it's OK to treat a customer the way I was treated on the phone
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2010
Poorly made umbrella. The handle is some type of composite that is painted to make it look like it's wood. With any little nick or scratch the paint comes off, leaving the white composite underneath the paint exposed, making for a very ugly look. Aside from this cosmetic defect, the umbrella broke in less than a year. I would never buy one again.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2007
Arrived well-packed and promptly. Appeared initially to be an attractive, sturdy product. However, the release button soon fell off. Then the closer clasp went into terminal failure, meaning it tends to pop back open unless it is closed really carefully with both hands. Frankly, these are attributes I would expect of cheap box store merchandise. In constrast, I found a few old (30-40 years) umbrellas, when I was emptying my in-law's home that were apparently received as gifts and left there for me to pillage. They have not failed to function. Unless you have the personal allowance of my congressman, I would suggest you search auctions and even antique shops for similar older quality made in American products which can still provide you years of service.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2008
Positives: Four months of use in the wind and rain and this umbrella has worked perfectly. Easy to open and close. Sturdy design - it's held up in 40+ mph wind gusts. Good classic look (my umbrella does not have the large logo that some others apparently to contain).

Negatives: The umbrella's wood handle is satisfactory. From an aesthetics standpoint, a higher grade of wood would really improve this umbrella's looks and would result in a five star rating from me.

Summary: This is a good looking and very functional umbrella. On a personal note, I'm a big guy and this size umbrella works well for me. However, it's a little small for me and a second person. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
I bought this umbrella over a year ago from Amazon. I live in Chicago and needed an umbrella that won't break in the strong winds we get in this city, and this umbrella has done well as far as that's concerned. The canopy is strong and provides plenty of cover for one person, decent amount of cover for two. It holds up well in stiff winds.

However, the handle has started cracking on the surface. The handle is advertised as "hardwood", but it looks like it is made of a wooden core with some kind of cheap plaster layer on the outside, stained and lacquered to look like wood. On my umbrella the handle has started chipping and coming off in powdery chunks, and it looks like it's only going to get worse. I've put up a picture in the product photos. I really want to like this umbrella but this poor worksmanship in the handle is awful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 14, 2009
This is a simple umbrella with a classic look. It has a quality build that's likely to last a long time. However, it's also a little bulky, with a wooden, non-collapsible handle, and it's difficult to stand it, even in a corner. I would prefer an umbrella that retained the classic look while being more compact and easy to put down when there's no umbrella stand in sight.

You might wonder how big an umbrella you need. 48" is probably a little more than you need as an individual, and a little too small to cover two people.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2006
The Gustbuster umbrella is great. It performs as advertised in high wind conditions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
I walk from the train station to my office every day and don't like getting my trousers wet when it rains. Last week it rained hard, and my small Totes umbrella left me soaked from my knees to my shoes. I ordered my GustBuster that very day from Amazon. I selected the 48-inch Golf umbrella - which is clearly described in the advert blurb as 48 inches in **diameter**. I considered purchasing the larger umbrella, but negotiating crowded city side-walks with a 60-inch umbrella seemed too dangerous. The umbrella arrived promptly and it appears sturdy in construction and attractive in appearance. However, it seemed much smaller than the advertised 48 inches in diameter and smaller than my needs. I measured the diameter and found it was 40 inches, not 48 inches. It appears that the 48 inches refers to a measurement over the dome, which is not a useful metric and is very misleading. Now I wish I purchased the 60-inch umbrella.

Update on 10/1/2010: I just walked to my office through the first really hard rain and wind storm since I purchased the Gustbuster. It did not invert even though the gusts were reportedly hitting 40 mph. As I feared, however, the umbrella dumped the runoff directly onto my legs and shoes due to the insufficient 40 inch diameter. I am soaked from my knees to my socks. Good enough for a shower, perhaps, but not for a downpour.

Update on 8/25/2015: In the intervening years, I had my original GustBuster taken from a communal umbrella stand, so I purchased another. I am sorry to say that this one completely inverted in a windy rain storm. The fabric was torn off two of the supports. I don't know what the wind speed was that day, but I was very disappointed.
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