I cannot be in the sun and hats hurt my head. My daughter saw these amazing umbrellas and bought me one to use on outings to the park, amusement park, shopping, etc. I was really surprised by how well it worked! The umbrella has a little weight to it, but I got used to that after the first use. I found that I did not hold the umbrella by the "C" handle, as I felt the weight might snap the "C" handle off from the pole. (I had also read reviews that said the "C" handle broke off and for this reason took away a star). It felt most comfortable holding the umbrella pole just above the "C" handle. When in the ladies room, I could be hands free by putting my hand thru the "C" and carrying the umbrella on my wrist. This feature is great when shopping, looking at items, paying, etc. The velcro strap keeps the umbrella closed and easy to carry or store. I love the leaves on the interior - outside it makes me feel like I am under the trees. The opposite way the umbrella closes takes a little getting used to from a standard umbrella. But, after several openings and closings, you get the hang of it. Love this umbrella - rain or shine!