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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.
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on August 3, 2015
I was recommending a Gustbuster bumbershoot to a friend and I wondered how long I've had mine. I can't believe it's been 9 years. In that time, it has always kept me dry in style. The webbing is starting to fray at the top, but so far it's still keeping the rain off. When I replace it, it'll be with another Gustbuster.

Note that this has seen relatively tame weather in Arizona and Minnesota. YMMV.
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on December 24, 2014
After few uses, the material start deteriorating. I'm attaching pictures. It looks awful and the umbrella will be unusable soon. Not worth the money.
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on April 21, 2017
I love gustbuster umbrellas! They are so good at resisting wind. I used to live in New England, and I would have an umbrella break every year. Not only was that inconvenient, but also expensive. With gustbusters I never broke a single one, and I've been using them for years.
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on June 27, 2013
It's extroardinary in the wind, does a great job of keeping the rain off my husband (and one other person), and dries extremely quick (seriously). Wood handle is very nicely fashioned, easy to hold, and just the right size to hang on the office coat hanger. Release mechanism is not automatic, but easy enough to use and doesn't leave you searching in the rain. Canopy is held down (when closed) with 2 velcro straps that are plenty long and do a great job of holding in one place. it's also a nice fashion accessory as there are no huge labels on the umbrella and it looks very business-like. My husband uses this walking into a large office building in the middle of an open field in the midwest - so there is lots of wind and it has not yet flipped inside-out. Will be buying another one - terrific.
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on May 23, 2016
There is nothing like a large sturdy umbrella in a downpour. I don't know how I lived without this thing. Regular umbrellas basically just keep the top half of you dry which your legs still get wet. This umbrella is big enough to provide a fair amount of protection from the rain even while walking and with some wind. It's very sturdy and holds up to the wind well without collapsing.
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on March 31, 2017
Recently encountered a wind gust over 40 miles per hour during a thunderstorm, and the umbrella did not invert or suffer any damage. Other umbrellas that I have owned would have been ruined under those conditions.GustBuster Doorman 62" Umbrella (Black)
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on November 9, 2006
With the model name Doorman, you would expect it to be a workhorse, but you would be wrong.

The first problem I had was with the packaging. The first umbrella came in a standard fedex triangular "tube" that you would use for sending posters and such. These tubes are collapsible in the middle offering no protection to each end, and at those ends the shipper only included a couple of pieces of news paper as padding. When the umbrella arrived, the tip had been shattered to many pieces. Amazon replaced it with hardly a question asked and I had the replacement the next day before I could send the old one back. The replacement umbrella was packaged the same way, but was luckier during its trip.

My big issue is the the quality of the umbrella. The tip is made of very brittle plastic. The same part that broke during shipping on the last umbrella arrived ok, but split near the rivet part that holds it on within one week of arrival (it was used twice that week). 6 months later, the tip is still holding together but I'm fearing the day I might tap it against something the wrong way. For the price and reputation, I would have expected a nice metal tip like I see on peoples older umbrellas, or at least a screw on plastic of higher quality. Next is the way the fabric is secured to the canopy. They used just string wrapped a few times around the arm at the center. The tips seem good though, which is where you see most connections fail. The shaft seems week and as I hold it I wonder if the handle will come off the shaft. The material keeps the rain out as expected, but does not repel water. After market sprays would be required for this.

The design of the wind defeating system is sound and its implementations attractive. The holes in the nylon(?) are nicely shaped but surprisingly not hemmed making me hope that the fabric is rip-stop, though I don't see any veins indicating so.

Its an OK umbrella, but it seems to be made cheaply and I expected more from the most expensive model of such a high reputation umbrella company.
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on May 10, 2014
You can tell that this umbrella is solid. It has some serious weight and heft to it and the handle is the most solid I have seen on an umbrella. If you've never had a large umbrella this may seem gigantic to you - but if you are looking for an umbrella that can cover you and someone else without any worry, then this is your thing.

I write this review today, 5/20/2014, because one I just received the order and have to report that it was damaged on delivery. I will take one more chance, and submitted a replacement request.
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on July 24, 2012
I live in Mobile, AL. Thus, I needed an umbrella after losing my cheap one last year. The GustBuster Doorman is a very handsome umbrella. The 62" model completely covers myself and potentially a backpack, (unlike most other umbrellas.) The locking mechanism keeping the umbrella open is its only downside. It works, but I just don't have the confidence that it'll last.. but that's my own unfounded neurotic thought. It's a very good product and I'd suggest it to anyone who wants to look awesome/pretentious.
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