Umbrellas are one of those pieces of kit that, when you need it, you really need it. Unfortunately, they also take up a considerable amount of space as against most other items of everyday carry. National Umbrella Day, in the United States, is February 10 — so you still have a fair amount of time to get your’s.
On the surface the umbrella hasn’t changed much since the debut of the pocket umbrella in 1928. However, designs tweaks and small modifications are continually being developed and tested. In fact, in the United States so many umbrella-related patents are filed that the United States Patent and Trademark Office employs four full time staff just to go through the submissions.
But here is the good news: you don’t have to go through thousands of submissions for patents — you can just reap the benefits on the consumer end. As a second stroke of luck today, several of the best portable umbrellas are deeply discounted. Here are your three best bets.
The EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella is a recipient of one of the aforementioned developments. Twin vents on the top of the canopy allow air to pass through preventing your umbrella from being flipped inside out in a wind storm. The frame is constructed of fiberglass, rather than aluminum, which bends and moves with the wind but does not break. It folds to 11″ and can easily fit in a medium sized backpack or tote bag and weighs 15 ounces.
The Repel Easy Touch umbrella is windproof and has a teflon coating to wick moisture away and prevent pooling. Like the EEZ-Y above it is constructed with fiberglass ribs which permits the umbrella to bend and deform without snapping. Additionally, the Repel Easy Touch has an extra rib for added structural integrity. This additional component does impact its weight, however, and the Repel Easy Touch measures 11.5″ in length and weighs a little more than a pound.
You can twirl it, you can use it as a cane. Some people just prefer the look of a stick umbrella. If you are one of those people, you’re in luck! Totes makes a fantastic wooden stick umbrella which opens to 48″ in diameter and closes to a … slim … 36″. Whats more is, backed by the Totes guarantee, the umbrella can be returned at any point should it become damaged or malfunction.