Buy the last umbrella you’ll ever need

Use your rainy day fund for a rainy day.

A corner-store umbrella might save cash in the short term, but you’ll pay later when it fails catastrophically during a downpour. So invest in a canopy tough enough to deserve a lifetime warranty. High-tensile-strength materials, frames engineered to withstand gales, and fabric that won’t get sopping wet add up to rain blockers that you can replace for free—instead of angrily stuff in a trash can.

1. Totes Titan Mini

Just over half a pound and under 7 inches long when closed, the Titan Mini hides neatly in the bottom of your everyday carry or in a jacket pocket. The 41-inch canopy keeps you—and itself—dry thanks to a hydrophobic coating that repels rain. That means less drippage once you step back inside or shove it into your bag. $19 on Amazon

2. Davek Solo

Carbon ligaments in the Solo’s frame keep it flexible, so while it might invert when gusts hit, it won’t snap. Its 43-inch canopy has a tight weave (190 thread count, to be precise) to stop leaks and snags, and it folds down to a tidy 11.75-inch package. A button on the handle triggers opening and closing, and it works as a repair switch when things go inside out. $99 from Davek

3. Gustbuster Pro Series Golf

It’s not impossible to flip or break the Gustbuster umbrella, but your grip will almost certainly fail before its frame does. Teardrop-shaped vents in the underlayer allow wind to whoosh out the top, withstanding gusts up to 55 miles per hour. In such harsh conditions, you’ll be glad the massive 5-foot canopy has enough room for a friend to help you cling on to the handle. $45 on Amazon

This article originally appeared in the Extreme Weather issue of Popular Science.

Sara Chodosh

Sara Chodoshis an associate editor at PopSci where she writes about everything from vaccine hesitancy to extreme animal sex. She got her master's degree in science journalism at NYU's Science Health and Environmental Reporting Program, and is getting a second master's in data visualization from the University of Girona. Contact the author here.