Tommy Bahama Groundbreaker Beach Umbrella

7 Foot Tilting UV Resistant Sun Shade

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Posted: Nov 7 | 6 Comments | Buyer Ratings: 0.0/10 |

Tommy Bahama UmbrellaTommy Bahama gives us a cheap and cheerful umbrella with a few more features than the average with this Groundbreaker sun shade.

It gets its name from the patented hammer action, which allows you to drive the pole deep into the sand without needing to dig a hole or use sand screws. If there's a bit of wind in the air I'd suggest using the screws anyway for added security, but if you're hitting the beach on a perfect summer's day the pole should hold.

The tiltable pole is made from aluminum, so it won't rust while it's packed away during winter. The material also makes it fairly lightweight and easy to transport, especially when you pack it away in the carrying case. Of course, that lightweight design also makes it less sturdy than comparable models so it's a bit of a double-edged sword.

The canopy measures 7 foot, so it should provide enough shade for the whole family. It has wind vents added for stability, but they probably won't be useful in anything more than a gentle breeze. Customers have reported their umbrellas turning inside out, and even being ripped from the sand altogether once the wind gets up. In extreme cases some umbrellas have torn, so this probably isn't the shade to use in gnarly weather.

This Tommy Bahama umbrella has its disadvantages, but at a little more than $40 it's also got more features than many sun shades at this price point.

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