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This review is from: Totes Signature SuperDome Auto Open/Close Umbrella (Apparel)One of the spars (spines?) bent sideways the first time I opened it, or it was broken from the factory. And thus the auto-close feature didn't work.
Given the number of people who have left a review saying that theirs was broken on arrival, or broke very soon, I probably should have expected this.
The spines are U-shaped in cross section. Perhaps this is stronger than the traditional hollow tubes, but I don't think so. It probably just helps with folding. I suspect it makes these more susceptible to breaking like this.