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PRODUCT REVIEW

Sport Brella XL Beach Umbrella

Designed to protect you from the sun, shelter from the wind, and keep you dry in the rain, Sport Brella Portable Sun&Rain Beach Umbrella is a XL tie down shelter.

It’s the retractable side-flaps, with windows, along with the height and canopy setting that sets this one apart and makes it useful for different activities.

We’re talking about sporting events, backyard parties, camping trips, and, you guessed it, beaches. But is this more-than-a-beach-umbrella product great in every setting, or does it compromise too much.

We looked at the Sport Brella beach umbrella to see the extent of its usefulness and quality–and to measure its value against other similar sunshade options.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.9

Reasons to buy

  • The water-repellent 50+ UPF canopy features wind vents and side flaps that allow for optimal airflow
  • It protects from 99.5% of UVA and UVB rays
  • The telescoping pole has a reinforced metal tip that stays put due to the steel screw locking mechanism
  • The built-in pockets for stakes and other gear are made to last
  • It comes with tethers, grounds stakes, and a carry bag that make the umbrella stable and portable
  • The beach umbrella can comfortably fit 3-4 people

Reasons NOT to buy

  • There’s no pole screw or sand anchor to go with the umbrella
  • It doesn’t tilt

Evaluation

  • DIVEIN.com Score: 4.88/5
  • Quality: 4.9/5
  • Ease of use: 4.8/5
  • Performance: 4.9/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.9/5

Spending all day outside watching your kids play football or chilling at the beach seems like a good idea in theory but there’s a lot that can go wrong. Does it stand well against winds and how sturdy is it, are questions we look at.

Here’s where having a portable beach umbrella like the Sport Brella XL Sun&Shine comes in handy.

We’re glad to report that it did meet our criteria of having all the features that a high-quality piece of beach gear should have. It’s proved to be UV-rays-resistant, water-repellent, and more spacious than most beach umbrellas. The carrying case was the cherry on top that most travelers will appreciate too.

And yet, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. If the weather is windy and you have minimum experience with anchoring beach umbrellas, it might take you some time to figure out how to install this one.

Depending on the terrain, the plugs that set the flaps in the ground may not hold as well, requiring a little extra effort with a rock or a bag full of sand. But it’s little compared to the enclosure that’s possible here.

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Sport Brella XL Beach Umbrella: Key Specifications

  • Material: 210D Polyester canopy, 4.5 mm Steel ribs, 5 mm Steel stretcher
  • UPF: 50+
  • Wind resistance: 16-20MPH
  • Height: 8 foot
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

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Quality

This is where the Sport Brella Sun&Rain beach umbrella shines; it’s built from durable materials that are made to last. We’re talking about the abrasion-resistant 210-Denier Polyester canopy with a 50+ UPF rating and steel ribs and stretchers. Further equipped with top wind vents and side flaps, the umbrella is constructed with longevity in mind.

The telescoping pole has a metal tip that’s held in place by the steel screw for additional stability. It might not be flawless from the design point of view, but it does the job of keeping you sheltered from the harsh sun rays well.

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Features

Sport Brella XL portable beach umbrella comes with everything you need to prop it up and forget it’s there. Apart from the stabilizing telescoping pole, side windows and side flaps with a pocket, there are four steel ground stakes, four hooked ground stakes, and three 8-foot tie-down cords for securing the umbrella to the ground.

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Ease of use

Even though it might be difficult to set it up in windy conditions, the tie downs on the Sport Brella can be easily done with two people. Just hold the bottom part of the pole and firmly push it into the moist part of the sand and you’re good to go (i.e. relax in the shade).

The setup won’t take you more than 5 minutes and nor will the process of taking it down. In the collapsed state, the umbrella is 54x4x4 inches which makes it a great candidate for travel adventures. Pack it in the carrying case it comes with, and rest assured that your entire family will be protected from the sun when chilling under this umbrella, rain or shine.

 

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Performance

As long as the stakes are properly attached to the ground, you can rely on your Sport Brella beach umbrella to keep you sunburn-free. It stays put no matter the weather and gives you the opportunity to read a book when camping during the weekend or sip a cocktail while watching your kids play in the sand.

Sure, it would’ve been nice if you could tilt your Sport Brella, but the 8-foot width makes up for this flaw well. If anything, it allows you to bring it to the environments where there’s lawn and dirt and be certain that the wind won’t blow your umbrella up.

Price/Quality

The value you’re getting when purchasing this beach umbrella is a good one. Given that you’re able to fit a small family and cooler, it does more than most models.

The quality combined with the functionality makes it a worthwhile purchase that’ll last you a long time with proper care. Take your time to learn how to install it, carry it in the case that comes with the purchase, and you’ll preserve the integrity of the umbrella just fine.

Summary

Do we recommend the Sport Brella XL Portable Sun&Rain Beach Umbrella?

If traveling to exotic destinations with beaches is on your agenda, buying Sport Brella’s XL Portable Sun&Rain beach umbrella is your safest bet. You would need to practice installing it at your local beach (if you’re not familiar with setting up beach umbrellas) so that you don’t face any challenges when using it on a remote island somewhere in the Pacific.

See the complete list of the best Beach Chairs here!

What We Like

  • The water-repellent 50+ UPF canopy features wind vents and side flaps that allow for optimal airflow
  • It protects from 99.5% of UVA and UVB rays
  • The telescoping pole has a reinforced metal tip that stays put due to the steel screw locking mechanism
  • The built-in pockets for stakes and other gear are made to last
  • It comes with tethers, grounds stakes, and a carry bag that make the umbrella stable and portable
  • The beach umbrella can comfortably fit 3-4 people

What We Don’t Like

  • There’s no pole screw or sand anchor to go with the umbrella
  • It doesn’t tilt

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions about Sport-Brella Portable Sun & Rain Beach Umbrella

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    What’s the difference between Sport Brella and Super Brella?

    Apart from the Sport Brella having a 210D Polyester canopy and Super Brella having a 190D Polyester canopy, a few more design disparities make them different from each other. One of them is the absence of top wind vents on the Super Brella beach umbrella.

    They are also differentiated by the telescoping pole that features a metal tip supported by the steel crew (Sport Brella) and the same pole but with a plastic tip supported by the nylon clip (Super Brella).

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    How tall is the Sport Brella?

    There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to beach umbrella sizes. Some are designed to be used by multiple people and are therefore taller while others are meant to protect just a single person from the UV rays.

    As for Sport Brella, it’s 8-foot tall when open which suits most families. And even though it doesn’t tilt as some other beach umbrellas do, you can still get enough shade when at the beach.

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    How do you secure a Sport Brella?

    To secure the Sport Brella beach umbrella, you need to use the stakes it comes with. But keep in mind that the pole’s locking mechanism isn’t stable enough to allow you to set up the umbrella without having to firmly hold onto the bottom part of the pole while pushing it into the sand. This might prove challenging if the weather is windy.

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    How do you use Sport Brella?

    The Sport Brella beach umbrella setup isn’t particularly difficult or time-consuming, but it does take some getting used to. Since the bottom of the telescoping pole doesn’t have a screw anchor, you’ll have to make use of the tip pockets that give the umbrella more weight and stability.

    The pro tip here is to reach the moist part of the sand when installing the umbrella that would help with holding the pole.

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    Does Sport Brella come with accessories?

    Unlike some other beach umbrellas on the market, the Sport Brella one comes with everything you need to use it. We’re talking about three 8-foot tie-down cords, four steel ground stakes, four steel hooked ground stakes to be used with side flaps, and a roomy carrying case to fit all of it and the umbrella, too.

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    What are the travel dimensions of Sport Brella?

    When folded, the Sport-Brella has the following dimensions: 54x4x4 inches. Combined with the carrying case the umbrella comes with, this makes it one of the most travel-friendly beach umbrellas on the market.

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