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It goes without saying that they are not the most portable option. But if you don’t mind carrying one, you plan to keep it in the boot of your car for emergencies, or you require it for use on an actual golf course, then it may well be worth it for the refuge it offers.
Lengthwise, windproof golf and walking umbrellas fall in the 1-metre range, and will have a canopy diameter of 120cm to 160cm, and sometimes more. Stick to the lesser end of the scale if you like the idea of a big umbrella without too much bulk, or go for the largest canopy you can if you want to guarantee a dry journey for more than one person.
It is worth mentioning that they aren’t as strong as windproof golf umbrellas due to the fact they’re telescopic. Or in simple terms, the central pole consists of several pieces hinged together rather than one solid structure, so there’s a greater margin for breakage.
To achieve a good balance between an easy to carry brolly and one that does its job, we’d recommend looking for compacts with around a 1 metre canopy diameter, and really no lower than 90cm. They’ll fold up to about 30cm, a number you could make a note of for each product if you have a specific bag you’d like to stow it in.
Because these fabrics are woven, by nature there will be tiny pores in the weave that have a chance of letting water in if a coating isn’t applied. So, for the best umbrella material, look for those coated in PU or better still, Teflon. Teflon is water repellant and very quick drying, both desirable qualities in a brolly.
Some umbrellas may forego the Teflon for a higher thread count, and therefore a tighter weave, so if Teflon is out look for those with a 190-210T count to be safe.
Despite what one may assume, these vents or gaps between canopies will not let any water in! They will however give the wind somewhere to pass through, thus releasing pressure and stopping the umbrella from turning inside out.
There are plenty of single canopy windproof umbrellas too, that do actually invert at very high wind speeds. Don’t worry though, they are designed to do this to release pressure, and the difference is that they will return to their normal position immediately and will not become damaged in the process.
Experts advise the minimum number of ribs to go for is 8 for the best wind resistance. Any more will only add to the overall strength, so you could go anywhere between 8-16. If you’re concerned about the weight creeping up with too many ribs, remain on the lower end of the scale, which you’ll find is common in compacts.
Whether the windproof umbrella you want to go for is a larger walking or golf variety or a small but perfectly formed compact, you’ll need to decide if you want a soft-grip handle or a classic wooden or plastic version.
Either could be a hooked J-handle (better for hanging up) or straight (usually more comfortable for the wrists), but in general, those with an additional foam or soft-grip handle are less likely to slip when wet.
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Sometimes, we don't get the best luck with our weather here in old Blighty. But that doesn't mean we need to be caught short in a sudden downpour. So take a look at some of our other waterproof products to keep you dry all-year-round.
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