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rlandis
02-02-2013, 03:21 PM
What is your favorite packing umbrella? I'm fed up with the cheap drug store models that turn inside out with a gust of wind, and wind up in the garbage. I do want to either strap it to a backpack, or fit it inside an EDC.

Proctor
02-02-2013, 05:13 PM
Davek Traveller Umbrellas. Pricey (US$ 90) but pack up to about 9" and are extremely durable.

GuyB
02-02-2013, 05:33 PM
I was just given a Blunt XS Metro umbrella. My friend swears by his and I'm looking forward to testing mine out. It's very hi tech and appears to be very well made. Time will tell.

Check out bluntumbrellas.com

blackfungi
02-03-2013, 05:41 AM
senz° / the original storm umbrella (http://www.senzumbrellas.com/collection/home.php?sl=en)

senz umbrellas can withstand 80 mph winds.

Darcy
02-03-2013, 09:46 AM
I have the REI Flyweight Umbrella (http://www.rei.com/product/792725/rei-flyweight-siliconized-nylon-manual-umbrella) -- no complaints. And Snowpeak makes a nice ultralight umbrella (http://www.snowpeak.com/accessories/umbrellas/ultra-light-gray-umbrella-ug-135.html). Not sure how either of these would do in strong winds, though.

gochicken
02-03-2013, 10:16 AM
When I saw the title "Umbrella", I thought TB was going to make Dyneema umbrellas! Oh well!

Kichen$ink
02-03-2013, 04:42 PM
When I saw the title "Umbrella", I thought TB was going to make Dyneema umbrellas! Oh well!

Me too gochicken!

bltkmt
02-04-2013, 10:06 AM
I have had this one for quite awhile - it has held up so far: Amazon.com: RST Premium Wind-Proof Umbrella Black 39" Diameter (3026 US): Clothing (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004I8NO3U/ref=wms_ohs_product)

Still trying to determine best place to carry an umbrella in my new Smart Alec.

Rory
02-04-2013, 12:50 PM
I've been pretty happy with this one:
Amazon.com: Totes Golf Size Auto-Open/Close Umbrella, Black and Tan: Clothing (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W4XMLI/ref=wms_ohs_product)
Key features:
-Auto open and close
-55" diameter
-Folds to 13"

It just barely fits into the water bottle pocket of my Smart Alec. I've thought about the Davek Traveler but I don't think 40" is really a big enough coverage area for me.

bltkmt
02-04-2013, 12:55 PM
I was just given a Blunt XS Metro umbrella. My friend swears by his and I'm looking forward to testing mine out. It's very hi tech and appears to be very well made. Time will tell.

Check out bluntumbrellas.com

These look pretty cool...let us know how it works out for you.

Frank II
02-04-2013, 01:01 PM
I use either of the following:

Wedgy™ "Fits Anywhere" Mini (http://www.shedrain.com/shop/wedgytm-fits-anywhere-mini-901)

Super Slim Mini (http://www.shedrain.com/shop/super-slim-mini)

I have a few of each in black. They fit anywhere so I can carry them just about anwhere and in just about anything.

No, they won't withstand gale force winds but then neither will I.

JLE
02-04-2013, 06:14 PM
Has anyone had trouble taking an umbrella in carry on luggage through airport security?

julawils
02-04-2013, 06:34 PM
Not yet! In fact, I sometimes forget I have one with me until I need one and I search around my bag for it. (And I never check my luggage and make about 3 roundtrips a month.)

tdivcr
03-22-2013, 11:52 AM
Several years ago, probably 7 or so, I brought a Shedrain umbrella (www3.shedrain.com, of course) while racing through a US airport enroute to somewhere overseas. Didn't think much about the purchase at the time. It has held up marvelously, and I live near San Jose, Costa Rica, where we get 2000+mm (78 inches) of rain annually crammed mostly into May through November. This umbrella has outlasted Totes and another brands, by far.

My only complaint is that over time the fabric may have stretched a bit, so the overlapping flap on the top vent that keeps if from turning inside out in a gust may let in the occasional drops if turned horizontal. The water just runs back throught the vent. No big deal, just keep the umbrella upright. The spokes, or whatever the metal framework is called, have held up well, and have not bent from leaving wet umbrellas open on the floor, a common mistake we all make.

lotuseater
03-22-2013, 12:56 PM
My favourite brolly is a little unconventional. I don't use them in cities at all. But this one I use when I'm out hiking, both for rain protection and to hide from the fierce sun we get at higher elevation. It's the GoLite Chrome Dome (http://www.golite.com/Chrome-Dome-Trekking-Umbrella-P928.aspx). It weighs in at 8oz, but is non-collapsible. When I'm hiking in the backcountry I slip it down the side of my pack for easy access. GoLite do offer a collapsible version, but all the moving parts add 3oz to the weight of the not-so-memorably named GoLite Collapsible Chrome Trekking Umbrella (http://www.golite.com/Collapsible-Chrome-Trekking-Umbrella-w-Case-P47004.aspx)

Here's a shot of my son sheltering from midsummer rays last year:

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sokoban
03-23-2013, 12:40 PM
I like the totes collapsible vented superdome umbrella. It is very sturdy for a compact umbrella.

JasonLee
05-20-2013, 03:49 PM
Received the Blunt Classic about a week ago and have been itching to test it out! Will post pics if requested. Quote me so that I can be notified of a reply!

nsh
05-20-2013, 04:30 PM
I just got an extra small Blunt umbrella and it is fantastic! It held up great in recent rains! I can't wait to try it out in Hong Kong this summer...By the way, it fits well in the Synapse (19).

bnett
05-21-2013, 08:17 PM
My family uses Blunt umbrellas. Totally awesome. Can't say enough good things.

JasonLee
05-23-2013, 11:24 PM
Can anyone compare/contrast the Blunt Golf G2 vs Blunt Classic?

Also, any coupon codes for Blunt Umbrellas would be great. Haven't even used my Blunt classic yet, and am itching to buy another umbrella, lol

notmensa
05-24-2013, 06:25 AM
Has anyone had trouble taking an umbrella in carry on luggage through airport security?

I carry the Sea to Summit umbrella Sea to Summit - Outdoor, Travel and Backpacking Gear (http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/43). It's been with me through probably 20 different airports across the USA, Europe and Australia. I've been pulled up a few times because it's showed up on the xray, but each time it's been inspected and passed with no problems.

-n

Fat Crip
05-28-2013, 03:14 AM
I used to carry a full sized black umbrella with a full length malacca cane shaft/handle and a gal marked silver address plate everywhere I went. It went everywhere from the high street to the top of mountains. When it wasn't being used as a brolly or a walking stick, it was strapped to the side of my Karrimor rucksack. Now I use a stick with a Fischer handle the brolly is redundant.

yohopee
06-13-2013, 05:30 PM
I carry a basic black automatic Fulton umbrella with a wooden handle. Unfortunately it gets pretty windy in Toronto and it frequently ends up inside out. I've yet to find an umbrella that can withstand wind attacks. I will be checking out some of this thread's recommendations. I may just have to go back to wearing a poncho. :)

JasonLee
06-13-2013, 10:59 PM
I carry a basic black automatic Fulton umbrella with a wooden handle. Unfortunately it gets pretty windy in Toronto and it frequently ends up inside out. I've yet to find an umbrella that can withstand wind attacks. I will be checking out some of this thread's recommendations. I may just have to go back to wearing a poncho. :)

Definitely check out Blunt first! I would suggest either the Blunt Classic ("Blunt") or any of their Golf line (though the design is meh).
I have the "Blunt" (classic) in black and I love it! I baby it too much, just like my TB bags though...

Here are some pics of my umbrella (couldn't help myself!)40994100410141024103


That umbrella holder ("Blunt sleeve" - "blunt" version) does not come with the umbrella. It's $12 extra, but considering the umbrella is almost $100, I said why not.

JasonLee
06-13-2013, 11:16 PM
One more!4105

A word of caution, Blunt umbrellas are almost as addicting as TB bags. Once you get one, you will want more! I started planning my second blunt umbrella purchase the day I got my umbrella (maybe I'm just the problem).

I'm planning on getting a Blunt XS Metro next so I can keep it in my black/black brain bag for college!

yohopee
06-14-2013, 05:21 AM
Oh, dear. I am starting to feel the need. :eek:

FunNut
07-27-2013, 05:27 PM
Go-Lite Half Dome with case for about $15 at the local Go-Lite outlet. It's the lightest (6 oz.) and smallest umbrella I've ever owned. It fits anywhere, I frequently throw it in a small purse when the weather is iffy.

I like the look of the Go-Lite Chrome Dome, mentioned with photo above. A light-colored umbrella makes sense when used for sun protection.

monkeylady
07-30-2013, 06:39 PM
Here in the Seattle area, we have one rainstorm a year. It begins sometime in October is over by early July. The rain is frequently accompanied by gusty winds. What umbrella would folks recommend for these conditions. I have given up on umbrellas. They meet their deaths early in the season and I'm tired of sinking money into them when the outcome is so predictable.
Monkeylady

tCook
07-30-2013, 08:55 PM
I live in Seattle too. The umbrella you need is called a parka. ;)

Badger
07-31-2013, 08:14 AM
This thread has taken an amusing turn. Having grown up in the PNW, I experience wonderment and delight here in IC when it starts sprinkling outside and people start shrieking, running for cover, and trembling under their umbrellas (though we do have flash flooding here the likes I've never seen in Oregon). I've never owned an umbrella because, like tCook, I have this thing called a GoreTex jacket. However, I am considering buying one, because Titus, His Majesty the Dwarf King, does not like getting rained on while he is toileting on his daily walks.

autolycus
07-31-2013, 08:30 AM
This thread has taken an amusing turn. Having grown up in the PNW, I experience wonderment and delight here in IC when it starts sprinkling outside and people start shrieking, running for cover, and trembling under their umbrellas (though we do have flash flooding here the likes I've never seen in Oregon). I've never owned an umbrella because, like tCook, I have this thing called a GoreTex jacket. However, I am considering buying one, because Titus, His Majesty the Dwarf King, does not like getting rained on while he is toileting on his daily walks.

For somewhere like the PNW, it seems like a good raincoat/parka/whatever is a necessity. I, however, grew up on the Gulf Coast in what is regularly the wettest city in the continguous 48, Mobile, AL. The Gulf Coast gets real rainstorms, not month-long clouds. It makes for tough decisions between raincoats and umbrellas. A raincoat still allows for pants, shoes and socks to get soaked. An umbrella provides some protection for the lower body, but involves a delay when getting into or out of a car. That delay can be very costly in dryness. Of course the solution most preferred is to stay indoors during the typically short-lived storms.

In the summer, I tend to prefer shorts--sometimes even a bathing suit--sandals, and a raincoat when I have to walk the dog in the rain. In the winter, it's a much tougher choice. For travel, I have almost always packed a raincoat but not an umbrella for vacation but the opposite for work travel--gotta keep my briefcase and documents dry too! Thanks to this thread, I am going to have to try very hard to avoid getting a Blunt umbrella. Thankfully, I still have several Totes and TravelSmith ones that have held up wonderfully, so I do not have any immediate needs.

monkeylady
07-31-2013, 11:32 AM
I was hoping against hope. Of particular consideration is maintaining the "dryness" of whatever one carries....and the lack of windshield wipers on glasses means walking underwater even though one wears a gortex hood....and wearing my gortex to a fancy schmancy event doesn't cut it.....Monkeylady

Ms. Ferret
07-31-2013, 06:21 PM
Heh, I live in Seattle and I love umbrellas. If it's not windy I carry the loudest umbrella I can find, which is currently:
https://ecommerce.mfah.org/images/big/1007553.jpg


I was hoping against hope. Of particular consideration is maintaining the "dryness" of whatever one carries....and the lack of windshield wipers on glasses means walking underwater even though one wears a gortex hood....and wearing my gortex to a fancy schmancy event doesn't cut it.....Monkeylady

One of my friends has had good luck with a double-canopy umbrella. I think one of these:
Windjammer® Vented Auto Open & Close Compact - Umbrellas (http://www.shedrain.com/shop/umbrellas/windjammerr-auto-open-close-compact-958)

I'm probably the only person in Seattle who never wears Gore-Tex. Personally I just wear more/heavier wool if it's raining AND windy out. If it's cold I add a water-repellent down vest with a big hood. I am going to have to shop for a raincoat for Iceland though.

monkeylady
07-31-2013, 06:45 PM
Ms. Ferret, Dear. You are TOO much! I love your style. I'll check out your umbrella recommendation. I also rarely wear gortex because it is so Eddie Bauer (from the old days) or so REI. OK for some things but not for many other events/activities. Have a great trip in Iceland!
Monkeylady

backpack
08-01-2013, 08:33 PM
Heh, I live in Seattle and I love umbrellas. If it's not windy I carry the loudest umbrella I can find, which is currently:
https://ecommerce.mfah.org/images/big/1007553.jpg



One of my friends has had good luck with a double-canopy umbrella. I think one of these:
Windjammer® Vented Auto Open & Close Compact - Umbrellas (http://www.shedrain.com/shop/umbrellas/windjammerr-auto-open-close-compact-958)

I'm probably the only person in Seattle who never wears Gore-Tex. Personally I just wear more/heavier wool if it's raining AND windy out. If it's cold I add a water-repellent down vest with a big hood. I am going to have to shop for a raincoat for Iceland though.


Ms Ferret, your umbrella is gorgeous!

I want one I can use against the sun, for protecting my hands.


As far as a trench coat is concerned, I want one in Dyneema with a matching hat, designed by Tom Bihn, and expertly crafted by the Crew!


Most of the very nice ones are very expensive and the ones I can afford are cheaply made in low wages countries but marked up significantly.

I also grew up in north west France where rain is the norm rather than the exception, I know that the fashionable short trench coats do not cut it against real rain.

Furthermore, as a Plus Size woman, I don't want a sack, I want a designed trench.


A Dyneema trench would be great in early autumn and late spring by itself and late autumn and early spring with a fleece or wool layer.

I always layer in colder months and can do that with no problem with my old cold season vest, but it is too casual for places where dress up is required.

tpnl
08-31-2013, 10:55 PM
For compact umbrellas, I recommend 2 umbrellas because of their quality, size and functional wind resistance/water-repellency.

1) Knirps X1 - Knirps® - X1 (http://www.knirps.com/en/folded/x1/34#panel-1)
- Manual - 37" canopy
- 6.5" closed (close to if not the smallest umbrella out there)
- 8 ribs (the more ribs, the better for resisting wind - most others have only 6 ribs)
- wind tunnel tested to > 90km/hr - Knirps® X1 - www.knirps-store.de - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-xR9h-xfNE)
- pill shaped semi hard EVA case with loop giving the umbrella a fashionably clean design

2) Davek Traveller - THE DAVEK TRAVELER - Small for easy portability | Davek Accessories (http://davekny.com/products/the-davek-traveler)
- Fully Automatic open and close - 40" canopy
- 9" closed (one of the smallest fully automatic umbrellas)
- 7 ribs made of flexible fiberglass to make sure the umbrella does not get damaged if the canopy flips over
- thick steel pole for strength
- 190 thread-count microweave fabric (highest thread-count possible)
- lifetime guarantee + 1/2 price replacement cost if you lose the umbrella
- leather handle and both leather strap and metal clip
- well engineered and known for being solidly designed and lasting forever

Both fit nicely on the outside of the Brain Bag (middle part or one of the side compartments), Smart Alec (side compartments), Ego (one of the side pockets or zippered pockets), Checkpoint Flyer main compartment or Co-Pilot (middle compartment). I even hook it to one of the Annex Clip loops on my vertical Brain Cell if I am going light.

I like the Knirps for its size, 8 rib durability and the sleek case. It really looks nice and neat in the middle outside section of the Brain Bag.
I like the Davek Traveller as it is very well made (steel/fibreglass and 190 thread-count fabric) and very elegant (leather handle, strap and solid metal clip)
Both are easy to operate and do not have any sharp points in the ribs (will not pinch the fabric or your fingers!)

Shedrain Windpro (vented) or Ecoverse lines seem good and get good reviews in Good Housekeeping and Wirecutter as well but none are as small as the above umbrellas (smallest about 12")
Blunt is also a good high end name in umbrellas but the smallest if 14" long.

In summary, for compact umbrellas, I recommend the Knirps X1 if ok with fully manual and the Davek Traveller if you want a fully automatic open and close umbrella.
Now, both are not inexpensive but you get what you pay for and both are very elegant designs that last a lifetime.
If you want more inexpensive but good quality and can live with less compact umbrellas, Shedrain and Blunt are good too from what I read. However, they may not fit as easily in the small pockets of your Tom Bihn bag!

Cheers

binje
11-12-2015, 11:04 AM
Reviving this old thread...

Does anyone have experience with EuroSCHIRM umbrellas? Campmor carries them and they get good reviews. It's been raining a lot where I am lately and I've been considering paying a premium to get a decent umbrella. My ShedRain has collapsed on one side so it still works but I don't think it will last another windy day (fortunately we don't get many of these).

I like that the EuroSCHIRMs have fiberglass ribs and come in bright colors, but they ain't cheap. Buying an $8 umbrella almost every year adds up, though, and having to throw them away grates against my psyche.

adalangdon
11-12-2015, 05:04 PM
Wow, I'd never thought of getting a posh umbrella up to now. But I'll be taking public transport daily for the first time when I start work in mid-December, with a ~600m walk to the train station. It's really rainy now, so maybe I should get an umbrella that won't die on me. The best one I have is from a career fair and one of the threads is broken :|

What a timely revival of this thread!

NWhikergal
11-12-2015, 06:56 PM
If you are looking for an umbrella that works well in strong winds, I highly recommend the GustBuster umbrellas. I have an 8 year old model that is still going strong after time in Belgium and the Northwest. I purchased it after one too many umbrella failures, and I have never had a problem with it. While it is not the lightest, it is reliable.

jhnmason
11-14-2015, 05:55 AM
Whenever The Wirecutter (http://thewirecutter.com) or The Sweet Home (http://thesweethome.com) has a review, guide, and pick for an item I've never been disappointed. For those who don't know about these sites they're goal is to basically pick the best stuff, inclusive of price, for the most people with some caveats. They do extensive testing of all sorts of things, The Wirecutter focusing on technology, while The Sweet Home focuses on home goods, including umbrellas. Check out their extensive review of Umbrellas in which they recommend the Euroschirm Light Trek (http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-umbrella/) as some others have here. They suggest the Davek Solo as a step up, in quality and performance, the Blunt for extreme wind, and the Davek Mini for an ultraportable one. Definitely check them out, see if that helps your decision.

binje
11-15-2015, 12:50 PM
The Wirecutter review was what piqued my interest, especially since these are less expensive than either Davek or Blunt.

I never thought I'd consider a posh umbrella either, but the cheap end of everything is getting so very, well, cheap. I didn't much bother with umbrellas until recently - I used to be able to see well enough without my glasses to just take them off in a rainstorm but no more.