Yeah, it's hard to imagine a less interesting post, I know. But I swear I have not owned a good umbrella for years, and as the rain comes down and down and down, figured I'd look for advice. Every one I've had in recent years either breaks at the tips or else the spring action isn't strong enough when closed, so it pops open when I get on the train or enter a room and haven't had a chance to snap or velcro it closed. Anyway, looking for a reliable umbrella that, basically, will stay open when it's opened and closed when it's closed. I see the super high end ones for a couple hundred dollars, which are definitely not in the cards for me. But I'd be willing to spend, say, $70 or $80 for one that I knew would work well and last me for years. So, if you've got a suggestion, do tell.. Cheers.