Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Made in the Shade with Sport-Brella

On our first trip to the Jersey Shore with BOTH wee ones in tow, we decided we'd need to bring along some serious shade.

After some research, we ordered the Sport-Brella, an 8-ft-wide UPF 50+ shelter.

Before we hit the sand, we conducted a trial run on our deck so that beach set up would be smooth. Anyone can handle this shelter. Set up is no problem!

You just pop open the umbrella in the usual fashion and unlatch the flaps if you wish to have them down for extra shade/protection.
Unlatching the flaps to bring them down.
The inside is roomy enough to comfortably shelter four people with bags. There are also great side pockets to protect any loose items. You can also utilize zipper vents on each side to let fresh air circulate and prevent parachuting.

We left the zipper vents open while we were on the beach to prevent any parachuting effect. Our daughter enjoyed opening and closing the tent-like zipper window vents, as you can see below.

The side pockets are great for storing toys and gear. On the beach, we kept hats and sunscreen on one side and snacks on the other to prevent sand from getting all over our goodies.

You can also keep the flaps raised if you want to use this umbrella in the standard way. You can prop it into the ground vertically or lay it against the ground.

My biggest concern was the portability of whatever umbrella we chose, but this Sport-Brella was no sweat! I had no trouble toting it on my shoulder and the bag it comes with makes transporting everything very easy.
Entire contents of Sport-Brella purchase- umbrella with telescoping pole, stakes and tie-down cords,  and carry-all bag with strap
Carrying this umbrella is no problem.
The Sport-Brella really lived up to our standards on the beach. It provided ample shade for all of us, when needed. For the most part, we simply set up a blanket for the kids and created a great shaded area for play in the sand!

Even on a windy beach day, we stayed shaded and well sheltered!
View of our little site from the edge of the ocean
There was plenty of room for EVERYTHING we brought to the beach...and we weren't skimpy.

The Sport-Brella was a great investment for our trip to the shore. We will definitely use it, with confidence, for upcoming beach, camping and outdoor adventures. I have a feeling this Sport-Brella will be toted along to many children's soccer games and picnics in the future as well. Worth every penny!

Here's to being outdoors and having a blast!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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