True, I would be reluctant to use an ugly umbrella based on utility when a more attractive and perfectly serviceable option is available. But for me, utility/comfort is just as important as the looks. It's why I wear rubber soled shoes in bad conditions even though leather soled shoes look better and why I prefer wearing my lesser-quality C&J boots that fit well to sublime yet unbearable EGs. Sports umbrellas are probably better (though still don't feel as solid to me), but I've used my SAB in conditions that have turned out a few umbrellas of mine over the years and it has been fine. I had one umbrella from Loewe that looks at least as good, if not better (different aesthetic), than the SAB, but being somewhat flimsy, was given away.