So far it seems to be just what I wanted. The 10 by 10 is perfect, and putting it up was simple. Be prepared to eight it more than it is because it will fall over if you don't. I put the base next to a rod iron fence so the legs go under the bottom railing. It can't move. Haven't had rain yet but I hope it will be ok. Sure gives out shade.
The umbrella is very sturdy and large, provides a great amount of shade. You can adjust the angle of the shade and swing the shade around on the pivot arm. It is very heavy and you must heavily weight it down. It will topple in the wind, so you must fold it up if windy weather is expected. After a year of use the string that is used to wind up the canopy snapped and pulled out of the umbrella. I was able to restring it myself but it took NINE HOURS over the course of two days. You have to completely disassemble 75% of the umbrella to restring it. It was a brutal experience.
Just like the other reviews, if you crank it all the way it gets stuck or on occasion the crank unwinds. It is not balanced so the actual top part is a little slanted. The umbrella itself stays in place with weights as described. Even with an umbrella cover, the canopy ripped at the top part. I have it now sitting in the side of the house with no use for it. I tried looking for a replacement canopy but have not located one as of yet. I bought it on sale so it was not as painful as those who paid the $***.
After 3rd use the locking ratchet type gear no longer holds so the canopy can not be opened....great no shade!!! Very aggravated with such a weak locking system for this large of an umbrella. Putting my Handy Woman skills to work, I drilled a couple of holes in the upright pole and use a metal cotter pin to lock umbrella in place. Works, but doesn't give you the same number of height adjustments grrr..... Footing must be anchored, either to the lawn with hooks or the use of sand bag weights...unit will tip over if not secured. Just ask my dog!! She still runs and hides when I open up the umbrella...drama queen! Really nice full canopy, and being able to adjust the angle to project a wider area of shade as the sun changes overhead is a real plus, so I keep using it. In my price range I just haven't found any other off-set to replace it for canopy size.
We had it 3 weeks and the slide mechanism slipped all the time cutting my sons hand. Then after just using it a couple times the umbrella part would not stay up. You wound up the handle and it would not latch and came spinning back dropping the umbrella. Poor design!
It was very nice to look at and all friends loved it when we 1st used it. 2nd time the top came off when the wind blow at it. We were able to put it back together but it came off again. Glad Overstock allow us to return it. So disappoint it didn't last long.
This canopy has a great quality fabric. It was way larger than expected,but, the quality for the price paid, makes up for it. In time we will be able to tell how it withstands the heat, humidity,etc. (The zipper's durability may be an issue. They probably should have used a more heavy duty zipper to measure up to the fabric they used.) Still, over all, we are very happy with this purchase.