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The Best Beach Umbrellas of 2018

The Strategist Logo By Lauren Schwartzberg of The Strategist | Slide 1 of 6: The problem with most beach umbrellas is that they don’t last. You might remember to buy one for, say, $30 as you pass a boardwalk store on your way to the beach, but it’ll blow away and impale your neighbor or the cheap flimsy pole will snap in half or it’ll rust. Actually, you’ll probably be annoyed enough that you’ll just throw it out on your way home, before it even gets to that point. “If an umbrella lasts more than two summers, you’re getting the most out of it,” says Eytan Benzeno, who founded one of the first online beach outlets back in 1999, beachstore.com. “It usually doesn’t.”But there is one unusual case. It’s called the Frankford and it has become the go-to umbrella for shade-loving beachgoers. Let’s take a look at its bona fides: It’s the official umbrella for the entire city of North Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach and Chicago. They use a version of the Frankford when you rent an umbrella at the Ritz Carlton in Miami as well as the Delano, the Fontainebleau, and the Eden Roc. The umbrella was first made for beach concessionaires after World War II and then redesigned a few years ago for public use. Its 8-foot pole is fashioned out of flexible long-grain ashwood, the same wood used for making baseball bats, so it won’t snap or rust; the skeleton is a bendable fiberglass, so it won’t break off in the wind; and the 9-ounce marine-grade fabric, which comes in solid bright colors or in soothing stripes, is the same material used in most awnings, so it won’t fade. Plus, it blocks both UV and UB rays.You can buy it with a carry bag, and you definitely should, because all that durability makes it a hefty 12-ish pounds (about the weight of your average pug). And while the price might scare you away, it really shouldn’t. If you’re looking for the best in long-lasting beach umbrellas, this is the only one, and you won’t have to think about buying another for the next 10 years.BUY – Frankford Umbrella$193, Amazon

Frankford Umbrella

The problem with most beach umbrellas is that they don’t last. You might remember to buy one for, say, $30 as you pass a boardwalk store on your way to the beach, but it’ll blow away and impale your neighbor or the cheap flimsy pole will snap in half or it’ll rust. Actually, you’ll probably be annoyed enough that you’ll just throw it out on your way home, before it even gets to that point. “If an umbrella lasts more than two summers, you’re getting the most out of it,” says Eytan Benzeno, who founded one of the first online beach outlets back in 1999, beachstore.com. “It usually doesn’t.”

But there is one unusual case. It’s called the Frankford and it has become the go-to umbrella for shade-loving beachgoers. Let’s take a look at its bona fides: It’s the official umbrella for the entire city of North Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach and Chicago. They use a version of the Frankford when you rent an umbrella at the Ritz Carlton in Miami as well as the Delano, the Fontainebleau, and the Eden Roc. The umbrella was first made for beach concessionaires after World War II and then redesigned a few years ago for public use. Its 8-foot pole is fashioned out of flexible long-grain ashwood, the same wood used for making baseball bats, so it won’t snap or rust; the skeleton is a bendable fiberglass, so it won’t break off in the wind; and the 9-ounce marine-grade fabric, which comes in solid bright colors or in soothing stripes, is the same material used in most awnings, so it won’t fade. Plus, it blocks both UV and UB rays.

You can buy it with a carry bag, and you definitely should, because all that durability makes it a hefty 12-ish pounds (about the weight of your average pug). And while the price might scare you away, it really shouldn’t. If you’re looking for the best in long-lasting beach umbrellas, this is the only one, and you won’t have to think about buying another for the next 10 years.

BUY – Frankford Umbrella
$193, Amazon
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