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

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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:52:37 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.

Runemang
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 2096 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.

Magentab0b
Female, 30-39, Western US
 1458 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.

Sleepyhallow
Male, 50-59, Western US
 1403 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:48:04 PM
Um..... that's what umbrella stands are for.

uatme
Male, 18-29, Canada
 987 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 5:06:49 PM
@abby0315
The extra few inches isn't going to change lightning susceptibility. If it actually is a few inches taller.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 5091 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 2:35:51 PM
all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you.

I believe the point is, when closed, the inner dry part is on the outside so that if you do brush up against anyone, you are not soaking them as you would with a normal umbrella.

abby0315
Female, 30-39, Southern US
 828 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 2:03:45 PM
I would think with the metal frame being on the outside, it would be even more susceptible to being hit by lightning.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13145 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 1:46:27 PM
Umbrellas LOL!! AAHHH THE WATER IT BURNS IT BURNS!!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 12:49:18 PM
thats a great idea... until you go to close up your umbrella and are stuck holding it up indefinitely so all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you


As well as that, sooner or later it would spring a leak. So instead of some splattered drops you'd have maybe as much as a mugful of water sploshing out in one go.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 12:46:13 PM
the most common problem with umbrellas is them blowing inside out....this looks like it would perform very badly at this!!


It does, but that could be addressed. It's possible to make an umbrella with some degree of venting in the canopy without stopping it from blocking rain. The wind can then blow through the umbrella, which makes it much less likely to blow inside out. They're not windproof (as they're usually claimed to be when selling them), but they are wind resistant. They're more expensive to buy, but cheaper in the long run because they last longer.

ultimakewl
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 769 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 12:31:42 PM
thats a great idea... until you go to close up your umbrella and are stuck holding it up indefinitely so all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you

Swaywithme
Female, 18-29, Canada
 3677 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:50:42 AM
Neat concept, would the metal wiring rust though, exposed to the rain like that all the time? That's what happened to my last one.

madduck
Female, 50-59, Europe
 5180 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:44:54 AM
the most common problem with umbrellas is them blowing inside out....this looks like it would perform very badly at this!!

robthelurker
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2096 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:41:59 AM
i think the british are too proper to carry around an umbrella that looks like its been flipped inside out.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 5091 Posts
Monday, December 09, 2013 11:13:15 AM
Link: Umbrella Gets Its First Re-Design In Years [Pic] [Rate Link] - Could this un-brella catch on?


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