We use an umbrella to protect us from the sun, hail, rain, and anything else mother nature decides to throw at us. Of course, the elements sometimes get the better of these weather shields by blowing them inside out or tearing holes in them. The traditional umbrella shape also has a knack for dripping on those nearby you when it’s drizzling out, or poking a passersby.
The Rainshader Umbrella has some resemblance to the older version of a football helmet, but seems like it would keep you cozy and dry. It gives visibility in front, while making sure you don’t have water or wind coming at your shoulders or back. This will also eliminate the dreaded pokers on the sides that get stuck on people or objects you’re strolling past.
This will cost you around $36, and comes in a variety of colors. The grip is made of rubber, the shaft is aluminum, the ribs are fiberglass, and the canopy is polyester. They made a point to say this would give you an advantage in an electrical storm as it doesn’t have a steel frame. I suppose we all enjoy not being toasted by lightning.
Besides being nicely assured, (in the beginning of the video), that the guy in the control booth;”has all ten of his fingers”, I don’t see the value or validity of their “wind tunnel test”!?
I suppose, as they proved, if I’m outside with this umbrella, and the wind is blowing straight down on top of me from above,(which, oddly enough, I’ve never seen it do?), the umbrella did well, but what happens to it, if you’re out in realistic wind, that blows at us from all sides?