5 Stars By Traski on 2016-06-21
Great product for pool and beach goers!
I wanted an umbrella that was big enough to fit a few people under with a cooler, yet not too large that it would be a nuisance to carry. This umbrella is perfect for all my needs. The fabric is thick with 100% UV protection, which was important to us. The pole comes with the grounding ancor and handles to help screw the pole into the ground/sand with ease. I live in south Florida, and the beaches can get rather windy at times. One of my concerns was that I would have a broken umbrella after the first couple of times visiting the beach, but I haven't had an issue yet. We almost were caught in a bit of a thunderstorm as high winds started gusting. The umbrella would bend a bit here and there, but was able to withstand the wind. Obviously, it's not meant to withstand heavy heavy winds, so we took it down before the wind started gusting too much. This particular umbrella has a slight opening at the top to allow the wind to blow through without lifting the umbrella out of the ground which helped maintain it's structure in the gusting winds.
Another great feature of this umbrella is the tilt option. It's not a 360 tilt, but it can tilt one direction or the opposite, so you do have to do some twisting of the umbrella to get a decent amount of coverage. It allowed us to maintain shade as the sun changed position. I've had other umbrellas in the past that didn't have the tilt feature that had to be completely angled to maintain shade, but it would lose it's integrity to stay up properly.
I was able to fit 3 beach chairs under it, side-by-side with the cooler either in front or behind the chairs and all be shaded. Depending on the angle of the sun, those sitting on the ends may have had part of their arm in the sun or top of their head, but you can easily adjust your seating if you feel so compelled.
The umbrealla comes apart into two pieces and easily stores in the shoulder bag each time. It's light weight and small enough that it is stored easily at home or in the vehicle.
I have also used this umbrella at my community pool. We have cement umbrella stands around that the top of the umbrella will easily fit into. I've also weaved the pole into the back of a pool lounger chair if an umbrella stand wasn't available...and it was secured tightly that I didn't have to fight with it to keep it standing.
Overall, I don't have anything negative to say about this product. I see many Tommy Bahama umbrellas at the beach as I think others have realized what a great product it is as well. I highly recommend this to all fellow beach and pool goers!
2 Stars By jayeffpee on 2016-08-25
Not like they used to be
I've used a Tommy Bahama beach umbrella for the last 3 years without any problems. The built in sand anchor always screws into the sand nicely and holds really well. In late June I noticed a slight bend in one of the umbrella supports and tried to straighten it. It broke almost immediately. No worries, I splinted it and ordered a new replacement. The new model of this umbrella barely lasted a month before the sand screw which is now hollow or much weaker plastic than before twisted into an unusable shape rather than dig into the sand. The umbrella arms are now thin wire rods instead of aluminum bars. The old model head leather pockets for the bars to seat into. The new one does not. The handles for turning the lower pole into the sand are so low now that you need to get on your knees to get it done. All in all I'm not happy with the changes made to what was once a fine product.
1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-08-02
I would not recommend this umbrella for beach use. It is not made of high enough quality to withstand the wind you typically encounter on the beach. We had a bad experience from the get go as the stitching holding the strap to the carrying case came loose before we even had a chance to take the umbrella out. Upon using the umbrella on the beach it would consistently fold in on itself as the fiberglass rods aren't sturdy enough to withstand the wind. Also, there are only a few stitches holding the rods in place along the seems of the umbrella, several of which broke after only a couple days of use. At this point the umbrella was completely useless and would not stay up. To top it all off, midway through our week long beach stay, the auger tip broke off in the sand and the umbrella flew down the beach. We were forced to by an umbrella anchor to use for the remainder of the trip. We were highly disappointed in the quality of this umbrella. You can find one that is better made with stronger support rods at a beach shop for around the same price.
5 Stars By Milagros Crespo on 2017-05-28
Tommy Bahama umbrella
The best out door simple umbrella! Love it!
5 Stars By Devin on 2017-03-22
Really Happy With It
This is a really good umbrella. It stays secure in the sand, adjusts easily, has a quality build and looks nice. It's made me think about getting some Tommy Bahama chairs.
4 Stars By Eric on 2017-07-10
Not great with medium wind.
Not great with medium wind. The arms are too flexible and bend easily with a medium wind. Ended up buying another umbrella because of this as I need something reliable for shade on the beach because I burn easily even with spf 50 sunscreen. Otherwise, it is very large, anchors in pretty well and easy to use.
5 Stars By PS on 2017-08-05
We Miss Tommy
My wife and I were going to Hawaii for our honeymoon and heard the umbrellas there are expensive. So we ordered this and had it shipped to the hotel (thanks AlumiGogo).
Tommy, as he affectionately came to be known, was on the beach with is everyday for 12 hours a day for 10 days. When other umbrellas gave into the wind, Tommy did not. He was very easy to anchor down and was key to us enjoying our time in the beach during our honeymoon.
Our only regret is that Tommy couldn't come home with us and we gave him to another family at the beach when we left.
Awesome purchase and great umbrella.
5 Stars By Deb B on 2017-04-07
LOVE this umbrella
LOVE this umbrella. sturdy and easy to put up, take down, and bag. Love the new design to twist it into the sand.
5 Stars By ChattyTree on 2017-07-31
To the beach and beyond!
Yes, I took this umbrella to the beach, and yes, it worked like it should, but there's more... I loved this umbrella during my son's spring and summer rugby seasons. It was great for the cold, wet rain of the spring matches as well as for the beating sun of the summer. I threw a couple of small bungee cords in the bag and have secured it to the chain link fence around a hs football field, as well as the arm rail on the aluminum bleachers.
5 Stars By Eileen Lynch on 2016-06-19
AlumiGogo & Tommy to the rescue!
What do you do when you are at the beach & your umbrella breaks? AlumiGogo Prime delivered a new one to the campground within 48 hours. This umbrella is beautiful & I love how low it anchors in the sand.