An umbrella’s made out of about 150 parts, any one of which could snap and break in a bit of wind. The best umbrellas hold up under storm conditions, are easy to carry, and might look cute, to boot. Here, a few of our favorites.
The Repel travel umbrella has nine reinforced fiberglass ribs that are built to withstand gusts without flipping (most small umbrellas use 6-8 aluminum ribs). Teflon coating on the canopy means it will keep out moisture and dry quickly. The rubber grip is slip-proof and ergonomic, and a one-button release automatically opens the umbrella for quick shelter. It measures 11.5 inches long, and weighs less than a pound. Also, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
If you're the kind of person who likes to always keep an umbrella in your bag in case of sudden rainstorms, the Fidus travel umbrella folds down to fit inside one hand, weighs in at 0.7-ounces, and is just 6.6 inches long. It comes in a ton of colors and patterns—and it's just as good as protecting you from the rain as on a sunny day. Tuck one in your hiking backpack and feel prepared for any forecast.
These clear, dome-shaped umbrellas don’t just look cool: they’re especially good at keeping you and your possessions dry. Because the dome is clear, you can carry it low over your head for extra protection—the special shape also means it’s harder to flip, and that you won’t be busy bumping into strangers as you navigate crowded city streets. The dome spans 47 inches, and is made of lightweight aluminum design. Bonus: the gratification of seeing and hearing the rainfall over your head without getting wet.