I was bought this as an xmas present. The first time I used it. . The wind caught it as I was opening it, and turned it inside out. But, it didn't break, like a normal umbrella would have done. However, I don't think the umbrella is suitable for city streets. Because of it's strange shape, and the fact that it turns in the wind, it's very difficult to walk around without hitting other people with it as it turns! Also it's designed for wind only coming in one direction. Which doesn't help if you're walking round buildings and the wind suddenly changes direction as you turn a corner. The umbrella has turned inside out a couple of times as a result and now one of the metal spokes is broken, just 6 months after I got it :(
Susan, London - 29th July 2009
Firebox says: Sorry to hear that Susan! If you could send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) we should be able to sort out a replacement for you.