My Verdict: Based on my analysis of these two beach shades, I would choose the Solbello over the Shibumi if 8×8′ shade was all I needed. The Solbello is easier to set up, it adjusts to the wind direction, and has optional no-wind tie downs in addition to being significantly less expensive. If I needed the large 150 sq ft shade provided by the Shubimi shade, I would choose it and give up the easier set up and deal with the manual wind direction changes.
What distinguishes Solbello from Shibumi?
The key distinction between Solbello and Shibumi lies in their size and the number of people they can comfortably accommodate. Solbello is designed with the idea of providing an ideal shade spot for two individuals and their belongings. On the other hand, Shibumi offers a significantly larger shade, perfect for groups of approximately 6. But it doesn’t end there; Solbellos are relatively affordable with their price point floating around $180, making them a cheaper alternative to the larger Shibumi shades. I’ve found that these differences in size and cost make the decision between Solbello and Shibumi highly dependent on one’s specific beach-going needs and budget.
Is the upgraded Shibumi quieter?
Yes, indeed! Shibumi Shade® has certainly upped its game over the years through constant advancements and innovations. The result is a product that not only provides stronger, quieter, and more extensive sun protection than ever before, but also carries the brand’s commitment to maintaining the beach’s pristine conditions. They have implemented this promise by constructing the Shibumi Shade canopy from 40% ocean-bound recycled plastic. My personal experience with the upgraded Shibumi has been nothing short of pleasurable thanks to the significant reduction in noise, amplified performance, and its eco-friendly design.
Are there any beaches that disallow Shibumi?
Not many, in fact! When it comes to permitting the use of Shibumi beach shades, nearly all beaches across the U.S. are quite accommodating. There are rare exceptions, such as some beaches on the Grand Strand and a singular beach in Delaware. Shibumi takes pride in their design, stating clearly on their website: the lack of a rigid structure in the canopy ensures it will not pose hazards like flying away in a high wind or rolling uncontrollably down the beach. I have found this incredibly reassuring during my beach excursions with a Shibumi shade.
Can Shibumi function without wind?
A critical point to note about Shibumi® beach shades is that they do rely on wind to function optimally. So, yes, they need some wind to provide the best shade possible. I’ve discovered this firsthand during calm, windless days at the beach and have come to appreciate this little quirk in the Shibumi’s innovative design.