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.
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.
Purchase to block the sun over our hot tub. Works great. Neighbors asked where we purchased it. Told them and they got one.
Great product, sturdy and I like that it locks in so it does not turn continuously.
The umbrella is of good quality and construction. The first time opening it was a little sticky but that is nothing that some white lithium grease will not resolve. The canopy itself is a little thin but time will tell how it holds up. I found on the Internet A method of installing this umbrella to the outside of your decking to save space on the deck. The base that is included is rather large and will take up approximately 9 square feet.
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This is a very attractive umbrella. We saw it set up in the store and thought it would look great on our deck. The plastic base uses sand as ballast. 220 lbs. is the recommended amount. The sand must be poured into two bags which are then placed in the base. This is very difficult to do. After filling and completing assembly, we were ready to enjoy our new umbrella. The first breeze toppled it over. Anyone in the path of this thing would have been injured. We then placed another 50 lb bag of sand on top of the base for a total of 270 lbs. Another breeze and it would have gone over again if we had not caught it. This umbrella is attractive, but not functional.
Although we still need to put sand in the base and we were trying to get one that didn't require this, we are in love with this umbrella. for the price they made this using very good quality materials. Would recommend this to all my friends. It really looks amazing and makes our backyard look amazing.
We have afternoon winds that make you worry about any traditional umbrellas. This one has stood up to 25 mph winds and barely rocks.
The design and construction is rugged and was easy to set up.
You need 220# of sand for the base so make sure you have this before you try and set up! Plus, position the base empty and put the umbrella up to make sure it is where you want it. After filling with sand in the early steps, it will not move without cracking.