I purchased this from a friend who lives in a very high wind area here in So. Cal., where we get the famous Santa Ana winds. He used the sand base but, as I have a wood deck, I didn't take the base. You MUST secure the base with suitable fasteners, such as lag screws on a wood base. At 11.5 feet, this umbrella creates a LARGE amount of force in even a light breeze and will tip over because of the leverage. Here, we use the umbrella for shade, not rain protection; the So. Cal. sun is UV10+ and it hurts. The vertical operation is smooth and sturdy, and the rotational operation works well, but after some years of use, it requires lubrication. Also, I secure the rib closest to the support arm to that arm with velcro tape; I insert the tape between the rib and the fabric, then wrap it around the support arm. That keeps the umbrella from flapping in the breeze which, because of its size, it does quite readily. AND, I just ordered a new canopy. I'm amazed to find I can get spare parts after owning this for six years. Nice job, Sears!!! Oh, and ALWAYS put this product in storage for the winter. You'll be glad you did.
I have waited a long time to post this. A year actually. Initially, this umbrella seemed like a decent product. I was 50% right. The umbrella casts a decent amount of shade and is adjustable. While it is a bit expensive it did the job. However, the base is a very poor design. I live in southern Pennsylvania and strangely there is typically always a low steady wind blowing. Nothing crazy. On more than one occasion the unit blew over, base and all. It was properly assembled and weighted. I even went so far as to add an additional 100 lbs to the base with concrete blocks. It still blew over. The last time was the final straw. The base was destroyed. One of the sandbags was already held together with duct tape as it ripped almost immediately. The base could not be salvaged but the umbrella survived. I ended up sinking a 2.25" galvanized steel fence post 3 feet into the ground with two bags of concrete. I notched the top. It is the perfect size for the umbrella to slide into. I drilled through the post and the umbrella and pinned it in place with a 3" hitch pin. Some bronze paint and the post looks like factory. Best part is, the umbrella isn't going anywhere. A lot of work to salvage something that cost that much in the first place. My final thought. If you live in a land devoid of wind, then take a gamble. If not, find something else or be prepared to get creative with the base.
This provides fantastic shade. It is a great size and provides shade on all of my patio set. It was easy to set up we added sand to keep it stable.
I got one season out of this umbrella. Like many other reviewers I see, the cable on this umbrella broke leaving me unable to open the umbrella, and who wants an umbrella that won't open? Do yourself a favor and look for something else.
We assembled the umbrella and it was relatively easy; however, the base was a bit clunky. The function of the umbrell is great. It rotates and adjusts nicely.
Great quality and size for this offset umbrella. Assembly was easy!
I gave this umbrella 1 star because there was nothing LOWER. Good design, functional, provides good shade. Problem? The cable inside the adjustable arm broke during the third year of use. I called the company. They DO NOT sell replacement cable NOR provide instructions on how to replace it. The 3 people I talked to at the company all seemed to think that replacing the entire arm and umbrella for about $140 plus shipping, taxes, etc. was a reasonable alternative – to replace a broken $2 piece of cable! One “technician” even implied that since I live in the south I probably had it out in the heat and sun longer than most. When I sought clarification, he said that heat, sun, and rain all cause the cord to deteriorate faster. So apparently they design the umbrellas to be used in some of the arid regions of Antarctica – where there is little heat, sun, or rain. I will NEVER purchase ANYTHING made by Garden Oasis again. Their design of this item and corporate policies are sufficient to drive me away. I refused to take the company’s hair-brained explanation and decided to tackle the repair myself. I can see why they don’t sell the replacement cable nor provide instructions. It was quite an ordeal, but I finally succeeded. I used parachute cord and it all seems to be operating OK again. Unless you just want a season or two of use and/or you have multiple mechanical engineering degrees to repair it, STAY AWAY! You’ve been duly warned!
Great umbrella sustains wind and looks great!
We haven't been able to sit out on our deck since we built our house. The afternoon sun is so intense. We really didn't want a covered porch so we looked into an offset umbrella. We needed one that was quite big to cover the seating area. We've only had it a couple of weeks but I can say we really like it. It's easy to put together, and once it's up it's easy to open and close.
The umbrella is great. So easy to install. Putting sand in the bag was a little challenge but it required to keep the umbrella stable. This is quite a big side umbrella, it can turn 360 degree and up and down as well. Great product & a great price. Thanks Sears.
Great quality. Great price. Gift for Son and his fam for their new pool. They love it and appreciate it
this umbrella gets the gob done better than the smaller 9ft ones, the only issue i noticed is that it moves a lot with slight wind,nice for sunny day, make sure to close it in windy day to avoid breakage
we really liked this product when we first got it. Used it for about 4 months and stored it for the winter...our second season it still pivots 360 degrees but does not lock in place...just one week after in went out of it's one year warranty...very disappointing...
This umbrella is not worth the cost. I've had it 14 months and just went to open it again, and it won't crank. The cable is completely gone. Don't waste your money.
This umbrella is just perfect, it rotates really easy, open and close is just so simple anybody can do it.
It’s someone heavy and you need to add weight, it includes two bags to fill with sand, make sure you pick a good spot for the umbrella before filling the sand bags, if you want to move it after that, make sure to open an remove the sand bags first.
The quality of the material feel really good, it will stand the sun without problem, and the versatility of having anything on the bottom of the umbrella with a middle stick is simple perfect, I have it over a hammock and it works wonderful, I’ll highly recommend this umbrella, is a little more expensive than the regular one, but it’s the quality and the easy use that makes this one somehow superior.
Having to put a minimum of 110 pounds of sand each in the two bags for the base to keep the unit secure in high winds was tough. The big plus is that we had high winds while the umbrella was up and this lovely Oasis stayed put and had no damage!
Fairly straightforward to put together, hardest part was filling sand bags LOL. Operates really smoothly and as advertised. Very versatile in providing shade in all directions. Good value and size.
Easy to assemble. Seems secure. (We have set up per instructions with 220 pounds of sand weights). Easy to open and adjust. Umbrella is a nice light weight material. Able to position and adjust this umbrella to block the hot late afternoon/ early evening sun. First time we are able to sit on our patio in the summer during these sunny hours. Looks nice. Gave 4 stars only because I have used this item for a short period and do not know how it will hold up.
Set up with tools provided in half an hour. The stability comes from inserting sand in the base. I put in four bags of sand leaving it in the bags for easy removal when I want to move the umbrella. The umbrella swivels when latch is depressed so you can shade one part of your deck and easily switch to another with minimum effort. Other umbrellas I have had were blown right off the deck or broke easily.
Keeps my view open. When using multi-tilt angles controls for low sun, love how huge swath of the patio is in shade! The light becomes a caramel-colored soothing hew. Set up was straight forward. Find where the base will stay, checking the massive coverage area when pivoting the umbrella. At the recommended sand weight, I could use the umbrella until 12 mph winds. Largest size at best price and you get Rewards points !
This umbrella looks absolutely awesome in my patio, is sturdy and well balanced, the neutral color is just great for any patio furniture and the curved stand makes this umbrella look very different than the rest. Totally recommended. I purchased one of this on Memorial Day for a great price! BTW get it online with pickup in store! for some reason it is cheaper online than in the store!
It is very sturdy. If there is wind more than 10mph it can move but nothing to worried. If you have winds with more that 12 mph so don't open it.