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Is there a household object more cursed than the umbrella? It never rains when you have one on you, always rains when you left it at home, and you’re more likely to panic-buy a cheap one at the drug store when caught in a storm than give the purchase careful consideration. But if you have never shopped for an umbrella with actual intention, you may be unaware that it is actually possible to find one that doesn’t fly open in the wind, or get stuck when you try to open it, or continue dripping for hours after you’ve come out of the rain. It’s true.
What to Look For When Buying an Umbrella
If you want a really good umbrella, as in one that actually keeps you dry and will last for longer than three months, there are a few things to look out for. In addition to the obvious factors like the opening mechanism, size, and appearance, certain other features make a really good umbrella stand out.
Waterproofing Canopy: Waterproof materials or Teflon coating can not only help ensure water doesn’t soak through, but can ensure your umbrella dries right away. That means no more wandering indoors with a soaking umbrella getting your legs wet.
Material of Ribs: Instead of the usual aluminum, we recommend looking for ribs made of sturdier material like fortified fiberglass. Durable umbrella ribs are less likely to bend and warp and are better able to withstand strong winds.
Closing Mechanism and Size: You can find a collapsible travel umbrella that is large enough to keep you (and a friend) fully dry, while still small enough to fit easily in your bag. We are especially taken with inverting umbrellas, which collapse inwards when closed, keeping the wet side on the interior.
1. Repel Windproof Double-Vented Umbrella
We’re impressed by this umbrella’s superior materials, including a waterproof Teflon coating on the canopy that you can simply shake water droplets from to instantly dry. Resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs are strong enough to withstand powerful blasts of wind, while the vented, double canopy also helps keep the umbrella from flipping inside out.
2. LANBRELLA Windproof Travel Umbrella
The only problem with inverted umbrellas is that they tend to malfunction. This one, however, effectively flips inward when closed, keeping the umbrella (and you) perfectly dry. Users also note that while it provides more cover than average when opened, it also contracts into a smaller than average size when closed, making it a great portable pick.
3. ACEIken Golf Umbrella
Even though we love a travel umbrella, there are times that call for something larger. We like this oversized, 62-inch golf umbrella which is expansive enough to protect you and at least two other humans at once. It is also just as sturdy as it looks, living up to golf umbrellas’ reputations for sound durability in rough winds, thanks to the vented canopy and strong but flexible fiberglass ribs.