Over the years I’ve been taking notice of the different types of umbrellas people use and I’ve made a list of some of the best I’ve seen. I actually have multiple shade options and own a few of these myself.
I love this ezShade umbrella because it also comes with an additional sunshield for the umbrella that you can add for when the sun is coming in at an angle. You can even buy extra sunshields (sold separately) to add on to make a nice canopy. The EZShade is a super popular sports event umbrella and I see a lot of families with this one.
This Sport-Brella umbrella is also a very nice choice, especially if you have low beach chairs. It has flaps on the side to protect you from those side sun angles, and a pointed shaft so you can set it in the ground. This is one of my favorite portable sun shade umbrellas. Tip: buy some small bungee cords and you can make this work almost anywhere…even on bleachers.
For those who like to sit out in the grass, this shade tent is an awesome option. It sets up in seconds, has stakes for great wind stability, and doubles as a portable changing room. The little ones can take a nap in there too!
This chair umbrella is a nice, lightweight option for a single-user. It has a universal clamp which connects to most surfaces and, and swivels on two push-button hinges for easy adjustment. Folds up nicely into its own carry bag. A clamp-on chair sun umbrella is a really convenient way for a single person to stay shaded.
Do yourself a huge favor and get one of these heavy-duty umbrella anchors. This is one of the best things I ever bought for my sports supplies. This anchor for a shade umbrella is super easy to twist down into grass or dirt and it holds your umbrella like a champ even in the wind. Get one!
If you are frequently at fields that have a hard surface and you need an umbrella stand for concrete or tar, you may need to get one of these tripod stand umbrellas. This one is high-quality, has a tilting elbow for adjusting the angle, and comes with a carry bag & stakes. Some of the reviewers say that this one even holds up pretty well in wind. This is a very popular concrete umbrella stand at baseball games.
When I first saw this I had to ask, “Is that an umbrella bleacher stand? Why didn’t they think of this before?” This Bench Buddy clamps right onto the bleachers and holds your umbrella so you don’t have to. Awesome!
I just found this shade tent and I have to say that I kinda love it, especially when I don’t feel like socializing and there is a good place to set it up. Two chairs can fit in it comfortably and all sides are in the shade. It’s now on my Christmas list!
No matter what option or options you decide to go with, make sure you always bring SOMETHING with you because it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.