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3.0 out of 5 stars My initial good impression has been slipping, July 31, 2013
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This review is from: Totes Blue Line Golf-Size Vented Canopy Compact Umbrella (Apparel)
It's a pretty large umbrella that still can fit (just barely) inside my backpack, and it appeared to be pretty sturdy. I've had it for about two months now. I've mostly used it in light rain, and it would keep me dry for the most part. However, I began having issues with the water seeping through it on extended walks, or when I would use it, go inside, and use it again in short succession. I suspect that when I shake it off upon entering a building that, because it is vented, the water shakes down into the interior. Then when I use it a few hours later, this trapped water might get stuck in creases and form a sort of water tension bridge that allows water to wick through the material. This theory is giving the benefit of the doubt to the manufacturer, because the alternative is that it is just of inferior quality and soaks through after 20 minutes or so. I've also just noticed significant amounts of rust forming at the joints that are causing rust stains to appear on the fabric and creaking at the joints. I may try to oil the dozens of joints to reduce this problem, but of course then I'll have oil on the inside of an umbrella that also has a dripping problem.

I'd be wary of buying this again. I'd suggest giving the outside some additional water proofing if you get it, and be careful not to invert the umbrella to shake excess water off like you might with a non-vented type.
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