Reel Shade Umbrella
Bought two of these for my Carolina Skiff. The first time I used, the wing nut loosened up and the umbrella fell and ripped the stitching around the tip of the rib. Hardware rusts with only high humidity exposure. The main quality issue I have is the stability of the colors. These were stored on the covered deck of my boat. The blue color faded to a buff color. They were not exposed to UV, just heat. The handles are painted wood. Over time the paint peels off . Nor good for only a one time use.
October 16, 2013
Keeps me cool when it's blazing hot
I need to have some shade when I am fishing in the summer heat --- this product does the trick for me --- great for the price!
July 23, 2013
NOT "wind proof"!
During my first visit to BPS a couple of weeks ago, I was pleased to see that you had this umbrella in stock. Starting in June, I will be fishing in a local monthly bass tournament with my boyfriend and desparately need some protection from the sun. It was very easy to install the mounting bracket and the umbrella seemed to be of good construction. I used it last weekend for the very first time. It started to get a bit breezy, but I was not all that concerned because the umbrella is advertised as being "windproof" and is designed to invert so it will not break. Imagine my disgust and frustration when a small gust of wind (more like a strong breeze) caught the umbrella and inverted it.....only to break a pin midway on one of the ribs. I continued to use it that day simply because I needed the protection, but had to be very careful as to not get poked in the eye by the swinging broken rib. It is not worth it to me to drive all the way back to Orlando to return it, so I am going to try to rig it somehow and hopefully be able to use it.
May 19, 2013
The umbrellas are great--but there is not too much good i can say about the mounts. Out of three mounts, two of them broke when I installed them. It is hard to get them tight enough to hold the umbrellas in place without them breaking. They are very fragile in that respect. I had to order two more mounts and I haven't installed them yet--i just wonder if they will break too.
April 8, 2013