Easy to open & close. Love that the design is inside so the user gerts to see it. It's a large umbrella and opens in a unique way. The C-handle is really too big to be effective in making the umbrella hands-free like the picture shows. The umbrella just topples over, but I still like the umbrella and can't wait to use it. Now if only the meteorologists could accurately predict the weather, I might be able to review its durability & effectiveness, but we've yet to actually get any of the rain that they've predicted since I received the umbrella.