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meh... expectations not met.
on July 10, 2014
I REALLY wanted to be impressed and love this thing.
IF this umbrella is SPF 50 then good, but I can hardly tell. What I *expected* (keep in mind I am writing the review after just receiving the umbrella and without going back to re-read the product info to see what I missed) was a very opaque silver fabric, very reflective (not shiny, but *solid*ly reflective..) and green underneath as described. It came well-ish packaged and complete. Opened it up outside (I work in Saudi Arabia so took one of the girls with me to check it out) and we stood under.
No noticeable temperature difference aside from less direct sun (with a short test use) but what surprised me hugely was that I could SEE the sun through the fabric. Yes, yes I know, it's only "SPF 50", it doesn't say solid or impermeable, but the expectation I had from descriptions (and what I wanted) etc was not only SPF protection, but literally a sun reflecting/deflecting SCREEN from the sun. I wanted it to be dark/strong shade under the canopy. It's not. The canopy fabric is thin, translucent - the sun still shines super bright through the fabric, so even if it's SPF 50, it's really not blocked/shady and therefore less cool than advertised (whether that's literal or psychological, doesn't matter).
Surely it's highly rated on the market, but my expectations weren't met (nobodies fault, maybe I just need to make my own shade) so not happy to have spend such a ridiculous amount of money on this.
I rated 2 (don't like) instead of 3 (it's okay) because it's NOT okay to spend this much money on something and have it be so technically/clinically underwhelming. I could have bought equal SUN-light protection at Walmart, and had more shade from the sun *and been cooler*.
If I use it more the next week or two and realize it performs better than I noticed initially, I'll be sure to come back and revise my review. If not, I'd rather get $30 of my money back, and keep it for rain.