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Looks good but some real drawbacks in use - though not sure anyone has the answers.
on 27 August 2016
The quality of the fabric and the construction seems good and is attractive. However the lack of choice in the size and shape means it does not fit my table exactly and therefore may not fit yours (I could not find anything that was a closer fit so eventually settled for this). Thus it creases and drapes all wrong (though that should not affect its primary function it does not look as good as it should). Even if it is a perfect size fit for your table, once you secure it to the legs (with the fiddly bungee cords it won't ever look like it does on the picture. One result of this is that in high winds in winter I suspect too much air will get under the skirt and may pull it off the table.
The bungee cords are not particularly easy to use and more of them need to be supplied for winter use I would say. When you take the cover off the table the heavy toggle ends on the cords immediately cause them all to pull out of the eyelets on the cover so you have to store them separately and re-thread them through the eyelets when you next put the cover on the table.
Finally, I notice that because the cover lies flat on the flat table top, when it rains water pools on the table. So far, after just a few weeks of ownership, I don't see the water penetrating through to the table but, unless this is some seriously water proof fabric that does not rot or degrade with time, then I suspect that after several months the sitting water will start to leak though to the table top below (pretty much defeating the whole purpose of the cover. To try to counter this I have placed a plastic ball on top of the table before putting the cover on so that a "hillock" is created and the rainwater flows off the cover and down the sides. Have to say though this looks pretty naff and the ball does not stay in place in high winds and creates more of an air pocket under the cover that I suspect will again mean winter winds will severly stress the cover and bungee straps. If you tie the straps around an upright table leg (which lets fact it is mostly the only option you will have) then they will "slide-up" the leg once the wind blows and this loosens the cover allowing more air/wind/water underneath and defeating the primary purpose of the cover which is to fully protect your table.
Not sure what the answer is to these design flaws but some kind of strong elasticated skirt would allow the cover to better fit a range of table sizes and unless the manufacturer can guarantee that water sitting on the flat top surface won't start to penetrate then some kind of shape is needed to the top side of the cover to allow water to run-off.