I cannot say enough good things about this umbrella! First off I love at the umbrellas part of it is offset from the base. This is great because it allows you to get the full benefit of the umbrella and shade without having to gather around the pole in the middle like almost all other umbrellas out there. It sucks when you have to crowd around and be all crunch up in the middle. The other great part is that because it is offset on the pool there are extra joints, and it maneuvers around into way more positions than any other standard umbrella. This is awesome for when you are outside all day like we are but don't necessarily want to be in the sun all day. As the sun moves across the sky this umbrella will continue to block it as you move it. So far it has held up incredibly well on back patio which is saying a ton! I live on the water, and having salt water as your back yard means nothing is going to last, ever. Everything corrodes faster here. Things like this that are designed to move usually freeze up and that's that. The canvas usually fades and grows weak and tears. This umbrellas hasn't done any of these things yet! So here's hoping it continues to impress!