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An Oregon Umbrella
on November 2, 2012
I just purchased two more Shedrain Windjammers, and that will bring my total to five -- including the one that I sent back under the lifetime warranty (and received a replacement). I live in Oregon, and it rains here -- a lot. I spend a lot of time walking from building to building on campus, and I need a serious umbrella that can handle LOTS of rain and wind. These can do just that.
On the plus side, they have a large canopy which you can share with someone else if needed, a manageable size when closed, and they really do handle wind gusts fairly well.
On the negative side, they are not windproof, but in fairness, there's really no such thing. I've had two of them blow out in serious wind gusts, and when that happens it snaps the nylon threads that attach the canopy to the ribs. The umbrella will still work fine after you revert it, but that's when you need to send it back to Shedrain. I've done it, and they are great about replacing it.
Also, because it's larger even when closed, it's easy to get the upper canopy ribs (there are two canopies) caught in your computer bag or whatever if you put it in a tote or bag (without its sheath) and pull it out -- you can pull one of the canopy suports and break it, etc. This can cause it to sag when open or to fail to close properly for stowing (and if you put it in the sheath, that loose rib can get hung up when you're trying to take it out, making things worse). Anyway, just send it back and get it fixed/replaced.
None of those possibilities should prevent you from buying this umbrella. Take it from an Oregonian. Believe me, we know rain!