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Do not buy this umbrella!
on December 2, 2010
I bought this thinking the brand and whatever is supposed to be titanium in this umbrella would mean it would last me for years. My previous umbrella (different brand) lasted me for 7 years before it finally gave out. That's how I justify paying $35 for an umbrella as I figure I can buy 1 good one that will last a long time, rather than one of those cheap $5 ones that barely survive a year. Basically the higher price makes up for getting a new umbrella every year. And the auto open/close system is a really great feature (especially the close).
Anyway, I bought one of these umbrellas and it only lasted a few months. I actually spent another $5 to mail it in to get it replaced under warranty. I am currently using the replacement they sent to me, and already it's starting to break again (after just a few uses). There appears to be a design flaw in the way the spines attach to the top spoke of the umbrella, as those are what break easily (they snap off the top spoke). 2 of mine have already detached so that when I close the umbrella, sometimes it doesn't close properly and it looks like the umbrella has a broken wing as another reviewer pointed out. This is how the umbrella breaks easily - it will start with 1 spine detaching, and then the rest quickly follow.