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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
My wife had wanted a quality umbrella for a while, and until now, we had the cheap ones that fold under any kind of wind (you know, those semi-compact ones).

She loves this one. I got her the beige/yellow one in plaid and it looks good - not too yellow. She raves about it so much, I feel like I should have saved it for a birthday present or something. Oh well!

The wood handle is very nice, and I like the metal tip over the wood tip it won't get scuffed on the end. It is a nice, durable, quality umbrella, that should do a nice job at keeping you dry, and showing you have a little style.

I just ordered the black one for myself. They aren't the cheapest umbrella, but you get what you pay for.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2011
After trying many kinds of "travel" types of umbrella, I decided to go ahead and get a stick type. Boy, am I happy. This not only looks good, but the fabric,metal and wood are substantial. I say go ahead and spend the money. You won't regret it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
These London Fog umbrellas remind me of the durable, classic-styled European umbrellas I grew up with. They withstood bad weather, and these do too.

I bought two in different colors, urban safari and signature black. Both are subdued plaids. Anyone interested in signature black should look at the third picture (closed umbrella) carefully; otherwise they may think it is simply a black/tan plaid. The umbrella has subtle shades of blue, tan and varying colors of black.

The same goes for Urban safari. The Amazon pictures don't show the subtle peach/green colors very well. The second picture (of the stick handle) provides a glimpse of those colors. I have submitted my own pictures as well to help clarify colors.

The price for these umbrellas seems to fluctuate. I bought mine for $24, and thought that was reasonable. Men might appreciate London Fog's solid black umbrella, which is made in the same stick style, but is not offered through Amazon. It can be found elsewhere online. While not exactly compact (35 1/2" long), the umbrella will easily fit into any car, office space or umbrella stand.

UPDATE: For some reason, there is no longer a "customer image" button for this umbrella. Anyone interested in seeing the two pictures I submitted of color details will have to open up my personal profile page, click on customer images, and then scroll through until the two plaid umbrellas are displayed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2012
I was looking for an umbrella that was a little more sophisticated than a golf umbrella, but which also offered good coverage. The auto stick umbrella from London Fog precisely fits the bill. Unlike the thin handles on a lot of "cane handle" umbrellas I have had over the years, this handle is very comfortable and easy to hold; it's nearly as thick as the handle on my grandfather's old cane. The wood shaft is lightweight but sturdy. And the brass tip on the end means it doubles as a (non-orthopedic) walking stick on days when there is a threat of rain. Plus it hangs nicely on the arm when one must procure things from the market and needs both hands.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
We recently had a very rainy, very windy day all rolled into one. Made it awful. But this umbrella made it much better. It shielded me from the wind, did not flip out on me while I was struggling to get back into my vehicle, and it kept me as dry as it could. I was really impressed when the wind blew my car door but I held onto the umbrella and it did not flinch. I just wish it had an automatic close.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
Loved this umbrella at first. However, after about 5 uses the trigger lock stopped popping up on its own. In other words, I could not close the umbrella with one hand. I had to pull the umbrella closed and pull up the lock with my other hand. Clearly the internal spring is broken.

By the time the umbrella started acting up I was past Amazon's return period. Even though I had only used the umbrella a handful of times, I was over 30 days. I contacted the seller e-bags and was told I was past their return date also. Again, to be clear, it rarely rains where I live, so, although the umbrella was over 30 days old it was barely used and practically brand new. E-bags told me to contact the manufacturer and gave me London Fog's contact info.

Well, it turns out that even though this is marketed as a "London Fog" umbrella, and that "London Fog" is stamped on the handle, it is actually made by another company. I was told to contact the actual manufacturer. After waiting a week for an email response (because of course they don't answer the phone), I was told to box the umbrella up, ship it to them, and include $6 for return postage for a new or fixed umbrella. Oh, and that it would take 6 weeks to get my umbrella back.

So, to get a replacement for this $28 umbrella I had to pay for a box, pay for shipping 2 ways, and wait 6 weeks. I threw it out. What a joke. Buy at your own risk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2013
Returned this item bc it seemed a bit flimsy. Also the open button/latch is poorly made. You have to twist the shaft of the umbrella to align the lock and latch sometimes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
Looks good with a nice wooden handle, but poorly made. The closing mechanism stopped working properly after just a fewm months, so it popped open all the time. The small plastic button came off of the closing mechanism. It became more trouble than it was worth, so I threw it away. Very disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
This umbrella works perfect and looks great. Not only did we receive it two days after it was shipped but it works great. The color is more a khaki not yellow and look really expensive. The auto open is so easy my two year old an do it with ease. I was concerned that the wood would be heavy but the umbrella seems lighter than my plastic handled ones. Great choice and worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
The only downside so far is the lack of Auto-Close feature which makes it easier for one-handed operation stepping inside your car for example. Other than that, this is close to my ideal umbrella...stylish, strong, and functional. As far as the perfect rating, I do love this umbrella and I don't miss the Auto-Close feature that much. Its much easier to close the umbrella compared to my other compact umbrellas (hardly any friction between the main shaft and supporting rib hub). I'd rather have the performance and durability versus compact and convenience. Just a few observations to help make your decision...

+ Nice pronounced arc shape of the umbrella, more so than compact umbrellas, which provides both wind resistance and better coverage from sideways approaching rain.
+ Lightweight for its size, due to the main shaft and handle made of wood instead of aluminum.
+ Fully closed fiberglass tubes for supporting ribs, not like some cheap, open-channel (cross-section) aluminum ribs.
+ Umbrella's length is roughly 3 ft fully closed and the diameter of the canopy when fully open is roughly 40 inches across.
+ Fabric of the canopy is both stylish and functional. Seems more pliable than typical nylon.

- No Auto-Close feature, but its fairly easy to pull the umbrella to the closed position.
- Wooden shaft is not entirely rigid, does bend under slight pressure. It's less stiff than bamboo for example.
- Its not totally wind-proof, as it did invert when I jumped in the air and yanked down really fast, but it took a couple tries though.
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