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I almost died but my GustBuster survived!
on November 1, 2015
I currently own a 48" and a 62" Gust buster and the other week a massive storm rolled through my friends home in Mohnton, PA outside Reading. Wind gust easily exceeded 50mph with torrential down pours. The trees were going sideways slamming on to the ground and one tree was uprooted and took out the utilities in the area. My issue was he lived on a main road and his trash and recycling cans and glass were in the road at this point. Even the hot tub cover was about to escape the county with these winds. Me watching the storm with my friend for fun decides its a good idea to remove the trashcan hazard in the road. So i pull out the GustBuster 62". Not my smartest of moments but half way there it got intense and folded the canopy in half. As this happened like 20 feet away is when that tree came crashing down onto the power lines throwing a huge flash of sparks. Nope trash cans can wait, so I ran inside. Took me like 2 min but I was able to flip back the undamaged folded umbrella. Not a scratch on it despite it looking completely mangled. You cant beat the price and reliability of this umbrella. I keep this umbrella in the car for when I'm in Philadelphia with the girlfriend during rain. it fits two people comfortably. I had the 68" not realizing it was more of a second home and excessively tall at this point my old 48" I gave to mother witch is fine for just her and durable. I hope to pick up a GustBuster Metro that's a bit more compact for traveling solo that can fit in my backpack or over my shoulder on the train. All that said I highly recommend products from GustBuster, and yes there are worthy competitors however none of these would have stood up to this test.