It is a great shield against the rain. However, it is only effective if a single person is under. Fitting two people under is rather difficult. But! Your hair doesn't get wet! It's always very cute and fashionable!
Great umbrella but I didn't read the description carefully enough, this thing is HUGE. Perhaps that's my[.....] talking where we don't buy anything big, but this is more like a golf umbrella...even comes with its own shoulder strap carrying case.