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While beach days might look a little different nowadays, one thing stays the same: You need to protect yourself from the sun.
Sunscreen aside, one of the best ways to minimize the most harmful sun exposure is by staying in the shade. Umbrellas are great for this — they’re portable, easy to plant in the sand and, depending on the size you get, can keep several people out of the sun. They also exude a tropical vibe — a sweet perk, considering beach vacations might not exactly be on your social calendar right now.
Luckily for your summer dreams, Amazon just slashed 25 percent off Sports-Brella sun shelters, the No. 1 best-seller in ‘camping sun shelters.’ These oversized umbrellas are perfect for poolside, picnics, and of course, the beach.
Available in two sizes and a rainbow’s worth of colors, the Sports-Brella boasts sun protection (the smaller features SPF 50, the larger UPF 50) and is made with a rugged canopy cover that can withstand rain and sun alike. The smaller of the two, the Versa-Brella, has a four-way 360-degree swivel so it’s easily adjustable, and folds to a compact carrying case at the end of the day. It’s large enough for one person, and is designed to clamp to the back of a beach chair, stroller, golf bag and bleachers. A heavy-duty umbrella doesn’t have to weigh you down, either: The folded-down umbrella weighs under two pounds.
The larger of the two, the Sports-Brella Premiere, is large enough for two people and comes with a tilt mechanism that you can easily adjust. Unlike the Versa-Bella, which clips to your seat, this umbrella can be placed directly on the sand, grass and dirt. This roomy umbrella even has interior pockets for safely stashing snacks, electronics and wallets as you take a dip. It weighs just eight pounds, so you don’t have to deal with schlepping a heavy umbrella to and from the car.
Shoppers love these versatile umbrellas, too.
“So far, this umbrella has been a lifesaver,” a shopper shared. “It attached to the camp chair easily, provided plenty of shade and stood up to a light breeze. It was noticeably cooler under the umbrella.”
“Perfect for watching your kids’ sporting events,” says another fan. “Finding this was like a gift from above…it is bigger, blocks more sun and most importantly, can be adjusted into all kinds of crazy angles to block the sun from whatever direction it comes from. It is also more durable than previous sport umbrellas I’ve used in the past.”
One shopper even bought one for their pooch!
“Bought this for my dog who needed some shade for his chaise,” a reviewer noted. “He loves it. Lays under it every day.”
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