I finally got a chance to use my new umbrella today! It started lightly then began to pour. IThis was a great challenge for this item. t was evening so I tried the light too! Cars can see this light so you can be safe. I was walking my dog & used the light to see where she did her business so it was easy to clean up using the light feature. Now for how the actual umbrella works. I stayed completely dry, it's a perfect size & opens & closes easy peasy! One of the best I have ever had! I will def give this a thumbs up! You'll love it too!