I was doubtful, but now I am SOLD on this umbrella. The way it closes up, you can get in the car, bring the umbrella in with you and you do NOT get a lap full of water. I can bring the umbrella in and across me to the passenger seat floorboard and get NO water on me. When I tip it down to put it on the floor, the water runs out on the floor, and NOT on me. Smooth operating, and I love that the design is on the inside, so I can enjoy it. My coworkers are all amazed at the umbrella, and I will be buying a couple for gifts for Christmas. It really works. My only complaint is the handle, it supposed to fit on your arm so you can use it without using your hands, but my arms are apparently bigger than it was designed for. But that is my only complaint.