"Just the Facts Ma'am'

Find the best beach shade!

We've researched & tested four of the most popular models in 2022. Just the facts are listed below to summarize the upsides & downsides for each choice model.

Tommy Bahama • Neso • Shibumi • Solbello

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Tommy Bahama 9" Umbrella

------- UPSIDES -------

1. Quick to setup and break down (<1 minute).

2. Shade coverage is ~60 sq. ft of UPF 50+ protection.

3. This umbrella should be a non-issue for city beaches that only permit single-pole beach umbrellas.

------- DOWNSIDES -------

1. As any umbrella, this won't hold up in the wind and will create a dangerous hazard to other beach-goers.

***Fact - Each year, approximately 4,000 people are hospitalized from beach umbrellas being uprooted. Some even get killed, so use with caution.

2. Prone to wind breakage.

***Fact - Each year, there are over 33 million umbrellas sold in the U.S. alone. Coincidentally, there are about that many disposed of, too.

3. Weighs 10Lbs.

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Neso Grande Tent

------- UPSIDES -------

1. Shade coverage is ~80 sq. ft of UPF 50+ protection.

2. Travel bag size is small & weighs 6.5Lbs.

------- DOWNSIDES -------

1. It takes 6-8 minutes to setup (and breakdown). This time is spent untangling cords and fabric, assembling poles, and filling bags with sand.

2. When there is wind (most of the time there will be wind), many people report it will require constant maintenance to keep up, and support poles sometime break.

3. It's mostly low to the ground, so you can't comfortably stand underneath it.

***Extra or replacement poles can be purchased seperately.

4. Not permitted on city beaches that only allow single-pole beach umbrellas.

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Shibumi

------- UPSIDES -------

1. Shade coverage is ~100 Sq. ft (UPF 30 protection).

3. The design works well in the wind.

4. You can stand comfortably under it.

5. Travel bag size is small & weighs 4Lbs.

------- DOWNSIDES -------

1. It takes 6-8 minutes to setup (and breakdown). This time is spent untangling cords and fabric, assembling poles, and filling the bag with sand.

2. It needs a breeze to work (but there's almost always a breeze at the beach).

3. Each time the wind shifts direction, it needs repositioning to fly right.

4. It flaps when it gets windy and many people say it's loud.

5. It requires a large footprint of space, so may take longer to find a spot on a crowded beach.

6. It can be visually impairing to lifeguards and neighbors watching children.

7. Not permitted on city beaches that only allow single-pole beach umbrellas.

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Solbello

------- UPSIDES -------

1. Quick to setup and break down (<1 minute).

2. Shade coverage is 60+ sq. ft with UPF 50+ protection.

**A second Solbello can be placed adjacent to double the shade-party area to ~120 sq. ft.

3. The design works well in the wind.

4. If there is no wind (or light switching wind), Solbello comes equipment with a no-wind-solution to keep you shaded.

5. The shade self-adjusts when the wind changes direction = low maintenance.

6. Compared to other aerially suspended shade canopy(s), it is quiet (about 25% the volume).

7. You can stand up under it comfortably.

8. This umbrella should be a non-issue for city beaches that only permit single-pole beach umbrellas.

***HOWEVER, despite it being safer, there is one beach (North Myrtle Beach, SC) that we've had reports of it not being allowed because it isn't "circular".

9. Weighs 4.5Lbs.

------- DOWNSIDES -------

1. In high winds it will flap (although as mentioned above: it's ~75% quieter than others).

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***Note

"Facts" are listed to avoid bias.

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