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I’m 4 floors up in a really windy location, what parasol should I use?

This is a difficult one. The most “windproof” parasol we currently have, just recently on the market, is the Tornado , from Tradewinds. It can withstand speeds of up to 95 kph and has an ultra contemporary look.

However, the Tornado will not suit you as it comes with an inground base only – it would need this kind of permenant fixing in order withstand such serious wind speeds.

As an alternative, I would recommend using 2 small Tradewind classic patio umbrellas which extra heavy bases, say double the recommended base weight for standard use. This should reduce the risk of the parasol being knocked sidesways and damaged.

Can I guarantee that this will definitely work? Hand on heart no, but it is your best bet. I cannot guarantee that a gust will not still take the umbrella and break a strut. On the good side, Tradewinds Classics all come with removable and replaceable parts if you do get a breakage.

I would also advise the following:

  • always close your parasol when you are not in or no one is around
  • keep a close eye at first until you get a good idea of when the parasol starts to move around too much or look uncomfortable in the wind. You should close it when this happens

Hope all this helps

Claire