I recently purchased this to use in a pinup photo shoot, and also to keep the LA sun off of me during Dapper Day at Disneyland. It looks great, is really well made, and works like a charm to block out the sun! It's light weight and I had no problem carrying it around all day. If you're worried about how it will make it to you in one piece, PUG packages it in a sturdy cardboard tube, which I continue to use to store it in. :-) Word of advice, open the parasol carefully. I was a little forceful, and accidentally split the seam where the paper was sealed. Luckily, it's a very narrow gap, so no big deal.