We have tried almost all of the beach shade products out there and it is really hard to find a product that can be used safely and wont frustrate you. Our best product so far is the Sportbrella beach umbrella. Used just like a regular umbrella, just lift the inner ring to open. There is an extension rod from the handle that can be used to help anchor it along with two sides with spikes to stake it down. it has two zippered windows to help wind flow. The entire umbrella comes in a easy to carry bag with handle to take to any location.