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I read all the good/bad reviews before purchasing... and purchased
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
Purchased one for myself and one for my wife. The starry night and the purple flower.
I JUST got them about an hour ago, took them out and opened/closed them about 10 times each... took them outside (sunny day), stood them on end on the floor, held them in various poses, repacked them into their sleeves twice each. I'll update this review again when they've been properly used for a while, but this is my initial take.
Size when Closed: You can see the inches in the Q&A etc, but for me the size when closed is about average for a stick style umbrella. Will fit in the car by your seat without too much issue I think. Will not fit in a purse or backpack (maybe a backpack if you left it sticking way out the pack). Pretty much what I'd expect in a stick style, maybe a bit more compact than the average.
Size when Open: Should keep you dry in most rains. It's not big or small, somewhere in the middle. I'd say larger than you'd expect for a collapsible/packable umbrella but also smaller than what I'm used to for a stick. For one person will work, for two people would be challenging to keep you both dry. That said, I think it's a good trade-off between having a huge canopy and having an unwieldy eye poker on legs.
Sun Shade: I did test this today. Does a great job of providing a shade from the sun with the 2 layers. Time will tell how much UV rays dry rot it or not. My old non-two layer umbrellas are not even in the same league as far as this goes.
Opening/Closing: Both of mine did fine for the 10 repeating open/closes I did. Time will tell if it stays true to quality. When opening, there's a moment of tension as the ribs have to double back on themselves due to the inverted design that is a little more intense than on a normal umbrella, but it works fine so far. They are easy to open and close though.
Color/prints: The prints are probably not quite as vivid as you see in the photos unless you've got the umbrella upside down so the sunlight shines on it. But it looks purty! :D
Packing/Repacking: Putting the umbrella back in the sleeve is easy if you do the technique correctly. Takes about 10-15 seconds. Just spiral/twist your hands around the umbrella starting at the bottom and working your way to the top (twist from left to right), keep your hand gripping the top while latching the velcro and slipping the sleeve over the end with your other hand. Any reviewers saying this is difficult just don't know how to do it. The sleeve has a little should strap by the way. I can slip it over my back and neck just fine, or over my shoulder for carry.
For now, 5 stars. I'll update again once these umbrellas have been used and abused a bit.