The first small gust of wind that caught the umbrella broke it. Also, the type of material that is used doesn't allow the umbrella to dry in an acceptable amount of time. It will still be wet 24 hours later. It is hard to dry by hand because it's awkward to hold it and try to dry it at the same time. What it has going for it is its beauty. When I close the umbrella to get into the car, it still gets wet on the inside because it's exposed to the rain when folded. So you have both the umbrella wet. My car/house is no less dry with this umbrella than with a cheapie. If I had not received it as a Christmas gift, I would have sent it back for a refund. I do want to add that I may have received a lemon. That does happen. Manufacturing is not perfect. I hope others have had great results.