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. 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 rainy weather. Don’t let spontaneous showers rain on your parade this year – it’s time to ditch that free umbrella you got when you moved into your freshman dorm and upgrade to something that’ll stand up against the elements.
So, without further ado, here are the absolute best umbrellas of the season.
Best Umbrellas to Buy Now
Blunt is a company that takes umbrellas very seriously. The team tests every design to measure its breaking point (the Metro can withstand winds up to 55 mph) and the canopies are constructed with extra tension to make them more aerodynamic. This particular model is perfect for city-dwellers and travelers alike as it’s designed with round edges for safe crowd navigation.
We like this umbrella from Totes because it’s got a super classy look at an affordable price. The traditional J-handle aesthetic is complemented by an auto-open design, which makes for easy use whether exiting a car or the subway. Plus, the exterior is fully rain- and windproof, so it should definitely keep you nice and dry.
Weighing less than a pound, this umbrella may be incredibly compact, but it’s also fortified with nine fiberglass interior ribs for optimized durability. Add to that a lifetime replacement guarantee, and you should be set for many rainy seasons to come.
So, a golf umbrella may not always be the most appropriate choice for a rainy day (especially if you’re in a crowded area), but they do provide insanely good coverage. As far as the big boys are concerned, we like this one from G4Free, which comes with a whopping 54-inch canopy built with microweave technology for maximum weather resistance.
For something a bit more stylin’, you may want to check out the original bubble umbrella from Hunter. A clear shell (and fun “mustache” rim detail) makes for a playful look that’s a welcome departure from the sea of dark-colored umbrellas typical of a rainy day. Though the price is a little steep for an umbrella, we think it’s well worth it.
This umbrella’s Teflon-coated, double-canopy opens to a 36-inch diameter, offering a remarkably sturdy, waterproof shell to save you from springtime showers. It also has a curved handle for comfort and an auto-open and close button that can be easily used with just one hand. All-in-all, an uber-functional pick for the commuter on the go.
The Gramercy Large Umbrella from Certain Standard is an eye-popping beauty sure to stand out in a drizzly crowd. While the silhouette evokes the umbrellas of yore, this baby’s outfitted with all the modern tech you could possibly want: A durable frame, fiberglass reinforcements, an all-natural cork handle, and premium canopy fabric that’s UV rated to 40 UPF.
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