I own the golf, the compact and the fashion umbrellas. The golf umbrella has its own special purpose so I'll discuss the other two. I like that the compact umbrella fits in my bag if I will be taking it inside somewhere. While the compact is great for occasional use, I wanted something more durable for frequent daily use where I would be opening and closing it frequently. The fashion umbrella stands up a bit better to the wind and frequent opening and closing, which is necessary on daily walks with my dog. For example, I need to close it in order to pick up after the dog, and the shoulder carrying case allows me to have both hands free to take care of business. The Fashion Umbrella closes more quickly and easily than the compact, but both have their purpose and are appropriate in different situations. I would not do without either one. I never go anywhere without one or the other. The sun protection is the best available from an umbrella and the customer service and communication is excellent. I live in Hawaii and feel less anxious about sun exposure just knowing I have them ready to go anywhere.