The action to open this umbrella is smooth. There’s no button to close the umbrella but that’s okay, that’s just another mechanism of failure. The carrying case is a nice touch. I’ve used the umbrella in a few storms and stayed dry while underneath the canopy and did not observe any points of water saturation. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in a windy situation to test out it’s strength.
This umbrella isn’t cheap, but I have high confidence that if I take care of it, it will take care of me, for many years to come.
If I could change anything, I’d suggest alternative end caps for extra flare for style, maybe even one that has a small storage space for something like extra cash or a light for visibility when walking in dark areas. Blunt, if you use these ideas all I ask is that you send me some complimentary, LoL.