I haven't used it yet, but I have taken it out and tested durability and this thing is HUGE, and seems just as durable as any other umbrella I've owned, which is good. But again, I gotta stress, this is HUGE! Measured length is 68" across at its widest side. The 88" is of the full length of fabric covering the umbrella. The outer cover is on their tight but comes off easy to use the shoot through portion of the umbrella.