Does What Wind Really Work?

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Does What Wind work?What Wind is a way to stabilize your umbrella so you can enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about chasing your umbrella on a windy day. It uses a series of tie downs so that your umbrella is secured from all angles. So how well does it actually work, and practical is it for most situations?

Overview
If you’ve ever been injured by a runaway umbrella, you’ll no doubt see the value in having it tied down securely. It can really detract from an otherwise pleasant day if your umbrella just won’t stay in place. It doesn’t take much wind to get an umbrella to start to dance, and a good gust can get it airborne. After that it’s a menace to the safety of anyone standing in its way, and at the lease an inconvenience to you to retrieve it and put it back in place.

The Claim
What Wind claims that with their system your umbrella will be protected from high winds, no matter what size or shape it is. They say that it’s universal, fitting any umbrella and working perfectly in any situation. They say it’s easy to use, so if it turns windy all of a sudden you can install it in seconds and be back to what you were doing. They also say it’s light and portable, so you can easily take it with you on all of your trips and outings.

They claim that it’s durable, and able to withstand wind but also repels mold and water so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. They’ve even UV treated the ties so that you will get a lot of use out of this before it becomes faded and can’t do its job any more.

The Hype
There’s really only a few minutes out of the year that you find yourself outdoors under an umbrella and thinking to yourself that you wish it was less rainy. So the hype for this is will you get enough use out of it to justify a purchase. Yes, it may solve a problem that you sometimes have, but you’ve managed to make it this far without a solution for it, and you’re doing OK.

The Cost
What Wind says it’s affordable when you compare it to losing or damaging your umbrella. It’s $36 for two, which includes shipping.

The Commitment
They say it installs in seconds, even though it looks a bit complicated. You have to find something heavy to weigh down the supports. If you’re at the beach this is no problem, you can just fill them with sand, but it might be a tricky task in some situations.

Evaluation
What Wind came up with their list of potential places you could use this, including pop-up canopies and camping tents. It would be a good way to secure the rain cover of your tent, but these usually come with tie downs and stakes. They also say you could use them on gazebos, but we’re not quite sure what that means. It would be good to secure inflatable decorations like balloon so they don’t fly away. They say it would be good to tie down patio furniture with, just make sure you have a very heavy anchor.

Truck beds are another thing they say you can use this for. You can also tie down tarps and they mention landscaping, according to them. We think that they were just trying to come up with as many uses as possible, and there’s really only a few scenarios where you’d actually have a need for this. Even in those situations, you have to wonder if the benefit of having your umbrella secured is worth the annoyance of having to move around all of the ties.

Final What Wind Review

What Wind has a pretty simple design, and we’re quite sure that it would hold your umbrella in place. The only problem is that it’s a bit cumbersome. Your umbrella might not be going anywhere, but you might have trouble maneuvering under it without running into the bungee cords. This might not cause the umbrella to fall down, but it would become a nuisance, and you might not be able to enjoy yourself under the umbrella. A better idea might be to just call it a day and not be under an umbrella when it’s really windy.

Our Recommendation
This is a product that no doubt does what it’s supposed to, so if you were thinking it would be useful to have, go for it. We’re just concerned that it might detract from the under the umbrella experience if you’re constantly trying to avoid taught bungee cables. If this spoke to you when you first saw it, you should get it, because you’ll probably get a lot of use out of it. If you were on the fence you can probably just leave it alone, unless you really feel you need it.

What do you think? Does What Wind work or not?

Customer Review on “Does What Wind Really Work?

  1. What Win actually looks pretty promising. I go to the beach all the time and even though slightly breezy days can be pleasant, the occasional strong gusts make a havoc of your parasols and sometimes it can be downright dangerous if it takes flight. There are so many children around on the beach that I think this one will definitely be a good investment.

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