Outdoors

Sport-Brella — outdoor gear item for June 6

Portable canopy

THE SITUATION: When you’re looking for protection from both the sun and the rain outdoors, nothing beats a portable canopy like the Sport-Brella.

AN ANSWER: Made from 210D polyester that provides maximum sun protection (UPF 50-plus) and water resistance, it opens to 8 feet wide and has protective side flaps for full coverage.

The frame is solid, too, with a steel stretcher and ribs, so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart when you need it most. Wind gust relief vents help keep it from blowing away like flimsier umbrellas, and zippered side windows allow a little light in when you want it. There are even internal zippered pockets to store small items like keys and phones.

THE DETAILS: The Sport-Brella packs up to a compact 54-by-4-by-4-inches and fits into an included storage bag with handle, so you can take it with you virtually anywhere — from the beach to a child’s soccer game. The unit also includes eight steel ground stakes and three tie-down cords. It is available in two colors: red and blue.

PRICE: $60.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase or find a list of retailers, visit sport-brella.com.

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