Dodge the Drizzle: Top Ten Best Umbrellas
As a kid, it was easy to get excited about the first April showers, knowing they’d be bringing sunny weather and Spring Break along with their payload of May flowers. As an adult, however, nothing is worse than leaving home in a tidy three-piece only to arrive at your destination looking like Gene Kelly after a song in the rain.
If you want to keep those surprise showers from throwing you out of step this season, it’s time to ditch that free umbrella you got when you moved into your freshman dorm and upgrade to something a little more up to snuff. Here are The Manual’s picks for the best umbrellas this season:
Blunt XS Metro Umbrella, $60
Blunt is a company that takes their umbrellas very seriously. They test every design to measure its breaking point (the Metro can withstand winds up to 55mph), and their canopies are constructed with extra tension to make them more aerodynamic. The Metro is the perfect model for city-dwellers and frequent travelers: it’s designed with rounded edges to make it safer to open in crowded spaces, and it folds up into a slim 14” for easy carrying.
Better Brella Wind-Proof Reverse Open Umbrella, $30
This umbrella has been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason: it boasts a truly innovative design that lets the umbrella fold upwards after use, making it easier to navigate doorways and keeping the wet umbrella from dripping on the floor or in your car. It has a double canopy for extra strength against strong wind, opens with one button, and has a gripped handle to make it more comfortable to hold.
Lewis N. Clark Compact & Lightweight Travel Umbrella, $10
This little beauty proves that good things really do come in small packages. You might not expect it from it’s tiny 11” storage size, but this umbrella is built like Optimus Prime. The ribs are made of metal and steel, and the umbrella opens and closes with the touch of a single button. Throw in the quick-drying, water-resistant canopy and this umbrella is sturdy enough for spring storms and small enough for the bottom of your bag.
Crown Coast Windproof Travel Umbrella, $23
If you’ve ever spent time as a pedestrian in The Windy City, you know that trying to control an umbrella in a strong wind is usually futile. While watching some rube across the street desperately struggle to fold up a mangled umbrella before his Uber drives away might be hilarious, it’s no fun when it happens to you. Luckily, Crown Coast’s Travel Umbrella isn’t just boasting when it says it’s “windproof”: it’s built with a semi-flexible frame that allows it to withstand winds over 60mph. Don’t let the flexibility of the frame fool you, though – it’s made of stainless steel and coated with an anti-corrosion layer that keeps it from rusting.
StormProof Unbreakable Travel Umbrella, $18
With a name like “Unbreakable,” this StormProof umbrella has a lot to live up to, but get caught in one rough downpour and you’ll see exactly how this little fella got its title. It may fold up to a tiny 11.4”, 13oz size, but its fiberglass ribs open up into a powerhouse of an umbrella: the StormProof has been tested to withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour. The canopy is made of a woven waterproof cloth, and it has a single button for auto-opening and closing.
Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella, $24
This umbrella’s Teflon-coated double-canopy opens to a 36” diameter, offering you a remarkably sturdy, waterproof shell of solace from spring showers or storms. It has a curved handle for a comfortable grip, with an auto-open and close button that is easy to use with one hand so you don’t have to struggle when you’re carrying other things. It folds down to 12” in length so you can tuck it neatly in your favorite bag for storage.
GustBuster Metro Automatic Umbrella, $40
There’s just something great about the big, enveloping canopies of traditional wood-handled umbrellas, but hauling around a 3 foot umbrella all day typically isn’t realistic for the modern man. With a compact travel size and a deep, 43” double-canopy, the GustBuster gives you the best of both worlds. The temper-hardened steel frame holds up to strong winds, and the travel sleeve has an attached handle that makes it easy to sling over your shoulder when you’re not using it.
Senz Automatic Umbrella, $60
Senz was truly thinking outside of the box (or the circle, as it were) when they created their line of umbrellas. The striking design is not just a fashion statement – the asymmetrical shape prevents the umbrella from flipping inside out and allows the canopy to “float” on the wind so you don’t have to struggle against strong gusts while carrying it. The eye-catching fabric is also coated with a special UV protection layer to shield you from the spring sunshine.
EuroSchirm Light Trek Automatic Umbrella, $50
It’s a big, beautiful world out there, and spring is the perfect season to explore it. If you’re planning to spend some real QT in the great outdoors this year, prep for unpredictable precipitation by bringing this lightweight umbrella along. The Light Trek is designed specifically with hikers in mind, with breathable fabric to keep you from overheating, an incredibly lightweight frame, and automatic controls for easy handling. You can customize it to suit your needs, too – there is a model with a built-in LED flashlight in the handle, and you can choose to add reflective safety patches or UV protection to the canopy.
The Davek Solo Umbrella, $99
If you’ve got a long line of bent, broken, and torn umbrellas in your past, then it might be time to think about a major upgrade: the Davek Solo. This beast is engineered to be incredibly long-lasting, and with a frame made of solid steel, fiberglass ribs, and a tightly-woven micro weave canopy, it’s damn near indestructible. Davek’s flexible frame is incredibly wind resistant, and the automatic closure button on the handle is also designed to pull the ribs safely back into place if the umbrella inverts.
Whether you’re a city commuter, an avid hiker, or somewhere in between, having a reliable umbrella is a must if you plan to be out and about during the rainy season. Don’t let spontaneous showers rain on your parade this year – get happy again by being prepared with an umbrella that can really stand up against spring weather.