We bought this to use at the beach to keep out of the hot Florida sun. It is wonderful. Easy to set up and take down, very light and easy to carry. We use our for the beach and easily fit myself and my husband under this. Even with the two of us under-my kids still fit in the shade. It really does give a good amount of room. We got caught in a bad storm at the beach and were able to quickly collapse and leave. After our first experience we decided to purchase another so we can have two side by side.
Easy to store, use, and works great.
We may purchase another set of anchors for additional security. While it was storming at the beach we saw several traditional umbrellas blow away but ours stayed in place and we want to make sure it stays that way.
My husband plays in a soccer league so we are outdoors a lot during the summer. We have been using a canopy tent for years, but the tent is too heavy and requires too much assembling. Now that we have the sportbrella, it's goodbye to the tent.
I bought this to protect us from the sun and rain at my son's soccer games... I live in an area that is just plain windy almost all the time and have yet to have issue with it going anywhere. I extend the pole and tighten it and make sure it's stuck in the ground at least 5 inches. I've never had it go anywhere.... I can see if it got free that it would be dangerous, but luckily we've never had it happen. Our whole family of 5 plus some can fit under here....
This umbrella is great for making nice shade at the beach. It is light and portable and when the wings are spread is even good for a fully shaded nap.One thing that is needed are better spikes. Keep in mind a large, and light(read portable) umbrella is going to be effected by wind [...]. So I recommend buying 4 long and sturdy plastic anchors [...]. do not face so the wind catches the underside.Me and my wife and several of our friends use these and all love them. It can be used vertically as well as laying on its edge and provides excellent 50+ shade either way. There is even an XL size available which we have and that is even better but you have to look around for it.