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As brands like Outdoor Research and Patagonia are trusted in the recreation world, Carhartt is an essential name when it comes to no nonsense workwear.

Everything they make is built to last, and there’s a certain prestige that comes with managing to work any visible wear into anything bearing the Carhartt logo.

Their Base Force Heavyweight Bottoms are designed to keep you warm and dry during stop-and-go style jobs like pounding T-posts, stretching wire, and splitting wood.

While these leggings are certainly designed with warmth in mind, they’re also built under the assumption that you’ll be working pretty hard while using them.

As such, if you want a pair of long johns for the tree stand or the bleachers, consider wearing additional layers. These are a great way to kick off your insulation system, but are by no means a one stop shop for winter warmth.

Our Overall Review

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

3.9

Reasons to buy:

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    Hard working, moisture wicking base layer
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    Doesn’t restrict movement under a pair of work pants
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    Among the most durable long underwear we’ve reviewed
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    Surprisingly affordable
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    Reliable on cold, work days

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThere are certainly other options that are more breathable
  • check-markOnly marginally warm if you’re not exerting yourself occasionally

Where to buy:

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Carhartt Base Force Heavyweight Bottom

Evaluation

  • DiveIn Score: 4.9/5
  • Quality: 5/5
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Performance: 4.8/5
  • Price/Quality: 4.8/5

After testing dozens of beach umbrellas, we’re glad to report that BeachBUB’s All-in-One beach umbrella is our favorite. It checks all of our boxes and makes the 92% of 5-star reviews on Amazon seem trustworthy.

What is it about this umbrella in particular that made us want to give it the DiveIn favorite award? It’s as sunproof as it is windproof. Apart from having the UPF 50+ rating, it’s also wind tested to 35 MPH and, in our personal experience, has lived up to these expectations. No sunburn or a blown away umbrella was recorded during our time spent testing this umbrella in windy and cloud-free conditions.

Having been included by the Consumer Reports Magazine in the category of the best “beach umbrellas that won’t blow away”, it’s only normal that it still remains one of the most sought-after beach umbrellas on the market.

The Ocean Blue color is traditional and appealing, but the base unit’s color comes in either yellow, green, or sky blue.

See the complete list of the best Beach Umbrellas here!

Specs & Features

  • Loose fit, mid rise crotch
  • Polyester and spandex blend
  • Rugged Flex mobility technology
  • Flatlock seams to prevent chafing
  • 8oz
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Quality

If there’s one reason why the BeachBUB beach umbrella is worth the investment, it’s that it’s made from high-quality materials that stand the test of time.

The commercial-grade 2-piece aluminum pole with the 1.5mm wall thickness paired with the 6 durable 10mm fiberglass frame ribs and triple-layered independently-sewn rib pockets indicate just how well-built this beach umbrella is.

It also boasts 220G woven polyester fabric (thread count), reinforcement stitching on the canopy, and a stainless steel hitch pin with a riveted pole tip that adds extra reliability to the construction of the umbrella.

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Features

On the shaft, which is pretty robust, a towel hook attachment can be set. This is actually really handy for shirts or bags of cold beverages that can hang out of the sun. BeachBUB also has extra attachments, like the tray system with cup holders that grapple to the shaft using a smart pole collar.

Ease of use

When it comes to beach umbrellas, a common dealbreaker can be the difficulty of using one. That is, if a beach umbrella lacks a comfortable shoulder strap or a carry-on bag for transportation, it’s most likely not worth considering.

Fortunately, the beach umbrella from BeachBUB has both. It comes with a large carry-on bag that features a padded strap and a comfortable handle. Together with the umbrella, they weigh 9 pounds and take up a relatively small amount of space in your car. Oh, and the base of the beach umbrella folds up to the size of the paperback book for even more convenience.

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Performance

Perhaps the most important characteristic of a beach umbrella is how well it can do the job of protecting you from harmful UV rays. With the UPF 50+ that BeachBUB’s All-in-One beach umbrella is equipped with, you’ve got nothing to worry about. This is the highest rating available that, along with the rich blue color of the accessory, makes it almost sunburn-proof.

But this isn’t where its perks end. The setup and the takedown don’t take long either. Once you fill the base of the umbrella with sand and set it nice and tall on the ground, it’ll stay put up until you decide to take it down and head back home.

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Price/Quality

You might be wondering now — what’s the caveat? And while technically there are none except for the fact that the umbrella’s height can’t be adjusted and it can’t be tilted, you’ll have to pay a premium for it.

The good news is that the price tag is justified. Not only is the quality of the umbrella great, but the manufacturer also offers a 3-year protection plan and a 3-year frame warranty on it. The base unit itself is covered by a lifetime warranty. This means that rain or shine, you can feel free to exploit it for several years before having to make an upgrade.

For beach umbrellas, this is a pretty solid feature.

If you’re looking to make a long-term investment that will pay off sooner than later, purchasing the BeachBUB All-in-One beach umbrella is a smart decision. It’s made from good-quality materials, it doesn’t lack essential features, and it’ll sure to last you a long time. There’s not much else to wish for.

See the complete list of the best Beach Umbrellas here!

Our Overall Review

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

3.9

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Hard working, moisture wicking base layer
  • check-mark
    Doesn’t restrict movement under a pair of work pants
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    Among the most durable long underwear we’ve reviewed
  • check-mark
    Surprisingly affordable
  • check-mark
    Reliable on cold, work days

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThere are certainly other options that are more breathable
  • check-markOnly marginally warm if you’re not exerting yourself occasionally

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