Rated 4 out of 5 by NYBeanieBaby Umbrella made well, but holes not in right spot
The market umbrella with wood post itself is really nice. This one seems to be constructed nearly as well as the one that we purchased a couple of years ago. That umbrella still functions very well, but we just added another table to our patio and needed a second umbrella. Our one complaint is related to what seems like a manufacturing error. The holes that are drilled through the post that allow you to raise the umbrella and keep it open using the set-pin are not drilled in the correct locations. You have to really put a lot of tension on the fabric of the umbrella to get it to open enough to expose even the lowest hole. Two more holes are drilled above that, but you'd have to shred the fabric of the umbrella to be able to use those. It is as though one company makes the posts, and another makes the canvas umbrella, and they were not tested before putting the umbrella on the market. I know that this is not as they are intended to be made, since my umbrella from a few years back has the holes in appropriate locations that allow the umbrella to be opened at incremental amounts. I hope that this manufacturing issue doesn't put unnecessary strain on my umbrella fabric as we're hoping to get a good lifetime of use from this product.
June 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mtnrunner Mixed review
I have owned this umbrella for several years, and although I leave it up year round, I do cover it during the winter. It has not done well in our dry Colorado climate. Although the fabric still looks as good as the day I bought it, the cord pulley has really frayed, the chain for the pin has broken, and the wood itself is grey in sections. Unless I can figure out how to replace the pulley cord, it will be useless to me by the end of this summer :(
June 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by davesnavy Strong frame with great fabric
Okay, I'm lazy.
I want to put the umbrella in the table in springtime and not touch it again until winter. This item's sturdy wood frame with famous Sunbrella fabric fits the bill. It's been up for several months now and is holding up well, still shedding rain water and drying quickly (yes, I do close it when the wind picks up - I'm not that lazy).
Based on what I've seen so far this umbrella should provide years of service. It costs more than the cheaper one's at the local big-box store, but the higher grade fabric and LL Bean warranty make it worth the extra dollars.
November 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by LLBeanfansouth Excellent product.
I've owned 2 of these since about 1996 - used on my extremely sunny patio from early spring to late fall. I live in Georgia and you can imagine the heat/sun we have here. I do take them down in late fall, put them back in original plastic sleeves and store. There is absolutely no rot involved in any part of the fabric. My husband did put a pulley thing with rope on it to raise & lower it. I bought a cheap local patio umbrella about late 1990s for outdoor dining table and it's shot - fabric rotted, etc. These LLBean umbrellas have been an excellent buy. I did mistakenly leave them up once during high wind and one was blown over, broke some spokes but I got in touch with manufacturer, bought new spokes, had them installed and all is still good as new.
A good LLBean product again.
May 8, 2012