I live in the VERY HOT desert Southwest -- for example, expected highs this week of 110+ degrees -- so the metal handrail is often too hot to touch. I have tried other types and styles of handrail covers in the past, some of which barely lasted one summer in our scorching weather, but so far this one beats anything I've used before. The installation was a breeze -- a single zipper that moved smoothly with no catches or snags. The inside is made of a rubber-like material, so it adheres to the rail and prevents the cover from slipping when you grab on. The outside is fabric and does not get too hot to touch, even after hours in the baking heat. The cover is attractive and can be removed easily to be hand-washed, which will come in handy after our monsoon dust storms. It appears to be very well made, so I may be able to use it for more than one season.<br /><br />Update: Well the season is over, and the royal blue color has faded to gray -- not surprising in our extreme heat and scorching sunlight. Still, the cover held up very well and serves its purpose of helping to keep the handrail cool to the touch plus providing better traction for wet hands than the metal rail alone. I highly recommend this product. Still a 5-star in my opinion.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]