Rated 4 out of 5 by Retrograde Good value for your money
This piece is a good alternative for way more expensive "Malacca" wood handle umbrellas.
It is just the right length for me, I am 5'8", and wide enough when unfolded to protect from the rain.
The appearance and finish are great and suggest much higher price.
The materials look good: the wooden pole, handle, the canopy, and the opening/closing mechanism appears good quality and appropriately strong.
I would like to point out that, in my opinion, the tip of the cap should be made of metal instead of plastic. That is why I gave it four stars.
Otherwise, I like my new umbrella from BB and looking forward to using it as intended.
March 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by jcubbal Would not recommend; works well, lacks finish
This umbrella is large enough for an adult male, and can accommodate a second smaller person in a pinch. I like the appearance of this umbrella when it is brand new. However, the handle has no lacquer or shellac on it, and any bump, scuff, or drop, will cause the handle to chip, which is unsightly. I'm VERY disappointed in this feature. Brooks Brothers used to put a lacquer on the handles which caused them to hold up much better. I have owned two of those, and I'm not sure why BB stopped doing it.
Additionally, the fabric does not dry well. Other Brooks Brothers umbrellas, like the Golden Fleece Logo Mini Umbrella (which I also own), dry very quickly. I simply have to close the Mini and leave it unfastened and it will dry. This umbrella must be left completely open in order for it to dry.
Finally, the beaded raindrops just sit on this umbrella when you walk; they do not fall off the umbrella. When you get to your destination, your umbrella is dripping like a faucet for about 10-15 seconds, and as you tap the ferrule on the ground, another steady stream of water comes off.
In summary, I would not recommend this umbrella. I do like the Mini that I mentioned earlier, although the current Mini that I own has the same laquer problem. The Mini is also too small to share with someone unless they are a close friend who doesn't mind having your arm around them.
October 27, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by WstfieldNJ Great Size with Decent Quality
Used to umbrella for the first time today and was pleasantly surprised at the size of the umbrella. It's larger than my previous one but it didn't feel so large enough to feel that I was intruding into other people's personal space. The umbrella does not have metal supports so I think this will ensure it doesn't rush or break down like others do though i'm anxious to see how the plastic supports hold up. The only disappointment is that there is no sleeve to put the umbrella in when not in use.
May 12, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stebus Large and Sturdy
Like other reviewers have stated, this umbrella is large without being overly so. The other week I had to walk through quite a severe storm and even though the bottom of my pants got wet, the rest of my body remained dry. Also there was no threat of it buckling like with the cheaper, metal bracketed umbrellas.
Overall a very worthwhile purchase.
June 2, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Schuyler A very good value for the price
A high quality, good looking umbrella at a reasonalble price.
May 19, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Psychologist Great Quality
Great quality for the price. Nice looking. Can take a beating from wind and rain and retains its shape and quality.
August 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Westside4 Survived 3 years
I have had this umbrella for 3 years and it survived. The large golf umbrella, I got from my son, the investment bankers, were too bulky and did not survive
March 5, 2010