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You will want to rinse and wipe the umbrella down before use as it arrives coated in a powder a bit like talc, as stated in other reviews. The umbrella's actual material is just like an inflatable pool toy or raft: Thick, glossy vinyl, rather than the sort of nylon that covers most umbrellas. This actual material wasn't as tight as I thought it would be, and I worry about it stretching to slacken with time. Still, it seems very sturdy and well made. It is a full 37" closed. The handle is clear acrylic. The shaft is metal, as are the tines. The sliding center sprocket from which the tines spread is also clear acrylic. That piece might break if mistreated. The tip/point is fully 4" long, frosted silver metal, and capped with chromed metal. Opened with my head inside, it encloses my body well past my shoulders. Good.
1 YR UPDATE: I've had this umbrella more than 1 year, and it isn't broken. I don't use it so often, now, because I switched to a folding golf umbrella. Also, there is a reason why it comes coated with talc. If it has been sitting folded for a time, you have to peel it away from itself. Anyone who has unfolded a stored vinyl pool toy knows this sort of peeling. The plastic isn't degraded or weakened, it just adheres like a band-aid to itself, especially if it's been in the back of a hot car. I think if you tried to force it open without first peeling the folds apart, the tines might break. So, it is fairly solid, but the clear bubble effect was achieved by using pool toy material.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2013 5:46:00 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
The negative reviews all talk about rust. Did you notice this with yours? What made you choose to switch to another umbrella if you liked this one so much? I'm considering purchasing one :-)
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