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Umbrella Gets Its First Re-Design In Years [Pic]

In Japan, wet umbrellas are a problem taken a little more seriously than in the rest of the world. Many of the country's stores offer disposable bags for you to pack your dripping umbrella into, and now some of its creative types have taken on the task of improving the basic design as well. Hiroshi Kajimoto's H Concept studio has come up with the Unbrella, whose design inverts the standard opening mechanism of the umbrella. The metallic frame is now on the outside when the canopy is open, allowing it to enclose the wet part of your brolly when closed.

The Unbrella's design is helpful in gathering all the moisture into one spot, making it easier to commute on those packed Tokyo trains without becoming a nuisance to the people around you. It does pose challenges of its own, however, mostly to do with how much time a collapsed wet umbrella would take to dry out. Still, it's a rather ingenious take on an object that's undergone little change in centuries of history. Because of its upside-down orientation, the Unbrella can actually stand upright, plus its reverse opening makes it easier to extend in windy conditions. Pre-orders are being taken now at a price of roughly $95 with availability slated for mid-February.

Could this un-brella catch on?

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Male, 40-49, Europe
 12294 Posts
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:52:36 PM
I'd be more interested in one that can handle 30-40mph winds. Mine inverts in a mild breeze.

I bought a cheap "windproof" umbrella. £10, 3 or 4 times the price of a cheap conventional umbrella, but still cheap. It lasted several years and handled any wind I was out in, some of them gusting strong enough to push me off balance. Some of the more expensive ones are guaranteed not to invert in winds up to 60mph.

They key thing is venting in the canopy - it allows air to move through the canopy (which greatly reduces the force on the canopy) while still being waterproof.

I had a quick look for USA brands for you. Gustbuster rates their standard model to 55 mph and it sells for ~US$35.

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2681 Posts
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:13:45 PM
Um, am I the only one that shakes the umbrella off just before coming in the door?

I'd be more interested in one that can handle 30-40mph winds. Mine inverts in a mild breeze.

Female, 30-39, Western US
 1462 Posts
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:18:32 AM
I just scotch guard a hoodie. I use a umbrella so infrequently that when I go to use it again it's broken in some way. Woo living in SoCal.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1945 Posts
Monday, December 9, 2013 11:48:03 PM
Um..... that's what umbrella stands are for.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 1033 Posts
Monday, December 9, 2013 5:06:49 PM
The extra few inches isn't going to change lightning susceptibility. If it actually is a few inches taller.

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