I bought this as a replacement to my previous lightweight UV brolly which my Mum pinched as she liked it so much.
My first impressions when it arrived - it's so heavy! Too heavy to keep in my handbag. The handle is so thick and bulky, so unladylike like. It looks like a man's brolly.
I don't like the opening/ closing mechanism either. You press the button and the brolly jolts in your hand as the spring is released to open up the brolly. It is a strong motion and I fear that it will break so I hold onto the brolly with my other hand (like you would a normal umbrella without the mechanism) as I press the release button.
You press the same button and once again the brolly jolts in your hand as closes very quickly, but it doesn't close completely - you still have to retract it back into the handle and as the spring is quite firm, you have to give it a hard push. The springs squeak as you do this. It's not easy and you have to hold the brolly very firm and push from both ends.
I don't like this brolly - not very user friendly and I doubt it will last long. The spring I the mechanism squeak like it's rusty and if I were to get it wet, I think it would get rusty.