Top positive review
3 people found this helpful
on October 31, 2015
I gave it four stars instead of five because of the small, thin, & "cheap" plastic catch that holds the umbrella open. I can only imagine that it will fail over time and render the entire umbrella unusable. Such a small piece to be so important. I would have gladly paid a nickle more to have a metal piece in there that would outlast the life of the umbrella. Such a shame to build a very good umbrella and then cut a corner on such an important part and put in a substandard plastic part that when broken will make the entire umbrella useless.
What I am doing to help prolong the life of this cheaply made but very important part is, before I close the umbrella I push the umbrella further open/up about a quarter of an inch to take the pressure off of this cheap plastic substandard part. After that I press in the spring loaded poorly made part in with my thumb, bring the slide down past the cheap part, and then allow the umbrella to continue closing.
I am being pro active and already trying to come up with ideas on how to still use the umbrella once that small, cheap, plastic part fails, cause I am just sure it's only a matter of time before it does.