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GustBuster Doorman 62" Umbrella (Black)
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- 100% Nylon
- Expansive black umbrella with pinchless open and close release
- Double-reinforced, lightning-resistant fiberglass shaft
- Classic, burn-embossed, hardwood J-handle
- Wind-tested to 55 miles per hour
- Measures 62 inches in diameter; lifetime warranty
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Don't spend all this extra money on a GustBuster because you think it'll work better. It won't. Go out and buy a normal umbrella for 1/3 or 1/4 the price of a GustBuster -- you'll probably get the same amount of use out of the normal umbrella, and you won't be paying an outrageous price for something that doesn't work the way their marketing claims.
The first problem I had was with the packaging. The first umbrella came in a standard fedex triangular "tube" that you would use for sending posters and such. These tubes are collapsible in the middle offering no protection to each end, and at those ends the shipper only included a couple of pieces of news paper as padding. When the umbrella arrived, the tip had been shattered to many pieces. Amazon replaced it with hardly a question asked and I had the replacement the next day before I could send the old one back. The replacement umbrella was packaged the same way, but was luckier during its trip.
My big issue is the the quality of the umbrella. The tip is made of very brittle plastic. The same part that broke during shipping on the last umbrella arrived ok, but split near the rivet part that holds it on within one week of arrival (it was used twice that week). 6 months later, the tip is still holding together but I'm fearing the day I might tap it against something the wrong way. For the price and reputation, I would have expected a nice metal tip like I see on peoples older umbrellas, or at least a screw on plastic of higher quality. Next is the way the fabric is secured to the canopy. They used just string wrapped a few times around the arm at the center. The tips seem good though, which is where you see most connections fail. The shaft seems week and as I hold it I wonder if the handle will come off the shaft. The material keeps the rain out as expected, but does not repel water. After market sprays would be required for this.
The design of the wind defeating system is sound and its implementations attractive. The holes in the nylon(?Read more ›
It's been a number of months (3-6) since I purchased four different gustbuster umbrellas: the doorman, the classic, the metro manual, and the metro automatic.
I'm sorry to say that with the exception of the classic, the other three umbrellas have far underperformed with respect to my expectations.
I don't doubt that the aerodynamics of the umbrellas might be superior, but the operability and construction design of those three models is inferior to other umbrellas I've owned, and definitely less than what I expected.
1. The hard plastic tip of the doorman cracked when it hit the hard ground from a distance of only a few inches. I had read the warning that it's not good for the umbrella to continually tap it on the ground, and I assure you that I avoided that behavior because I know it to be true. The umbrella slipped from my grasp, the tip hit the ground, and it cracked. End of story, and evidence of a design with low factors of safety on highly-likely failure modes, i.e., poor design.
2. The metro-automatic can be opened by pushing a single button, but closing the umbrella is not as easy. In fact, it's quite difficult to the point of being aggravating. I'd rather have an easier-to-use umbrella that can't withstand 60 mph winds.
3. The metro-manual is not only a pain to open and close, but when it is in the closed configuration, the handle continually slides to the extended position, even after repeated attempts to put it in the stowed position. This makes the unit unwieldy and problematic. The only reason we bought it was because it was physically shorter than the metro-automatic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This sucker is big! Bought the Classic originally, but felt it was too small. Not much middle ground between 48" and 62". Still, I'm happy with it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Justis
I didn't know it didn't have an automatic open button. I would think for the price, it would. One of the best features of an umbrella in the first place is the automatic button. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellen
I was recommending a Gustbuster bumbershoot to a friend and I wondered how long I've had mine. I can't believe it's been 9 years. In that time, it has always kept me dry in style. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joshua Abell
I gave my father one for a birthday 20 years ago and he still raves about it so I finally got myself one. Love itPublished 7 months ago by Meg Kay Stacey