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Question about durability of high-end umbrellas

post #1 of 24
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I've been considering a Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella (probably the Prince of Wales, I love the malacca.. but I dunno) and I've been wondering if they say, flip as easily as cheap umbrellas, break easily, etc.?

Beauty aside, how reliable are these? If I take it outside in a 15 mph wind, is it screwed?
post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by kronik
I've been considering a Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella (probably the Prince of Wales, I love the malacca.. but I dunno) and I've been wondering if they say, flip as easily as cheap umbrellas, break easily, etc.?
God no. You're more likely to blow away like the mean lady in the beginning of the Wizard of Oz than to have the umbrella flip inside out.

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Beauty aside, how reliable are these? If I take it outside in a 15 mph wind, is it screwed?
No. See above.

That said, SAB is a hell of a lot of money for an umbrella the main problem with which is losing it or having it stolen.
post #3 of 24
I've had the same Brigg umbrella since 1990. It's never come close to flipping inside out. Occasionally, a good updraft will make me fear being carried up into the air like Mary Poppins. But I take for granted that it will never flip.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by RJman
the main problem is losing it or having it stolen.
I've had both events befall me.
post #5 of 24
I have had the same three of them without loss since sometime in the 80's. They show no wear, and have never threatened to turn inside out.
post #6 of 24
£475 for an umbrella ????

I'd rather get an slim fitted trench coat and a good rain hat...

i have lost too many umbrellas to count ...
post #7 of 24
I actually did have a SAB umbrella flip out, but we have some very windy intersections in Boston. 15 knots is nothing.
post #8 of 24
My last umbrella cost about $40 and lasted me a decade. It only broke when I picked it up one day not realizing the tip was slightly under a chair. The tip hit the ground, the shaft hit the underside of the chair, and it snapped in two. I fail to see the need for an unbrella that costs 100s of dollars when there are perfectly nice looking (this one was forest green, same as my new one), worked well (never popped inside-out) and only costs a fraction.

Just my two cents.


bob
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I fail to see the need for an unbrella that costs 100s of dollars when there are perfectly nice looking (this one was forest green, same as my new one), worked well (never popped inside-out) and only costs a fraction.
Vanity, tradition and fetishism, of course! Of course, being able to get a custom whangee handle with sterling monogrammed collar is nice too...
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I fail to see the need

Need? Who mentioned need?
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I fail to see the need for an unbrella that costs 100s of dollars when there are perfectly nice looking (this one was forest green, same as my new one), worked well (never popped inside-out) and only costs a fraction.

This is how my mom feels about clothes and shoes, too.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Tomasso
Need? Who mentioned need?


Okay okay, point taken. I forgot myself for a minute or two there.

bob
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yep, definitely on the wrong board if you think this is where "need" is required to justify purchases.
post #14 of 24
Has anyone had any problems with the finish on a Brigg umbrella? I have one with a cherry wood handle that has some very fine crazing in the finish, almost like old china. I've been meaning to call them about this, but haven't got around to it. It's one I bought from Classic Luggage in DC.
post #15 of 24
See my post on the other umbrella thread about the insanely durable, wind-resistant, monsoon-protective Nike WindSheer Golf Umbrella I have been carrying for a decade and a half. And which I bought for less than $50.00.
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