Although I haven't used it a lot, the umbrella seems to be well-made. I was disappointed to see "Made in China" on the tag. The whole reason I purchased from ShedRain was to support products made in the USA. I guess I missed that part in the product description.
July 7 2021
As you can see the hinge mechanism is very close to the border of the vent opening. The flaw is that the shiny metal J hook (boxed in green) can catch the edge of the vent and prevent a full closure. If that happens the band/strap with velcro then doesn't quite wrap around the closed umbrella far enough to allow one to fasten the velcro to its other half. Being unable to use the band/strap is not a huge issue, though it's good to be able to fasten the velcro if putting the umbrella in a bag. Of much greater importance: The metal can catch on the fabric—no, opening the umbrella does NOT necessarily free the fabric from the hinge--meaning that there's a risk of tearing the fabric.
I've checked 2 other Shedrain compact vented umbrella models, and in neither case does the same hinge come anywhere near the border of the vent.
No, I don't see a read fix that an owner could apply to this mechanism.
I’ve had plenty of Shed-Rain windproof umbrellas. And this one certainly works, including the now advertised with this model system by which a high wind will collapse the umbrella.
However unlike the other Shed-Rain umbrellas I’ve owned, this one has an uncomfortable handle. It’s especially bad if trying to walk along the street for more than 5 minutes. It’s like the company forgot that people walk for miles in cities with umbrellas open. They’re not just used from the car to the door.
Modified handle with kneadable epoxy.