As climate change continues to wreak havoc on the weather, things are getting wetter. Warmer air holds more moisture, so as the planet warms, the rain falls, the earthquakes and hurricanes rage, and we need to be taking major steps to alleviate this issue. On a much smaller scale, being prepared for changing weather patterns is important for your immediate future, which is why you need an umbrella that can withstand not only heavy rains but gusting winds.
A windproof umbrella can do just that, providing protection through violent weather conditions by avoiding the dreaded ‘umbrella-flip,’ which often happens when gusts of winds flip an umbrella’s canopy inside-out. We’ve rounded up seven umbrellas that protect against this thanks to their smart construction that includes double-layered canopies and fiberglass ribs.
With options that are ideal for large groups, hands-free umbrella holding, and travel, these umbrellas will keep you dry on your day to day travels and commutes.
1. LifeTek Windproof Travel Umbrella
If you’re looking for a sturdy option you can depend on for a long time, then LifeTek’s durable and compact umbrella is a solid investment. The canopy integrates Teflon, making it tear-resistant and ensuring water won’t get through. The fiberglass ribs are designed to resist wind. LifeTek’s collapsible umbrella is easy to take on the go and pack when not in use, and the button automatically extends the umbrella.
Pros: Durable materials like a Teflon canopy and fiberglass ribs. Less than a foot in length when collapsed. Automatic open/close.
Cons: Handle can be a little wobbly.
2. Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella
The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is one of the most lightweight and travel-friendly umbrellas on our list, measuring 11.5 inches and weighing less than one pound. The Repel features an above-average count of nine resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs that provide just enough flex to handle powerful wind gusts without the umbrella ripping or flipping inside out.
Pros: The Repel has an automatic open and close function that makes it easy to use the umbrella with one hand.
Cons: The Repel has a 42-inch diameter when opened, while some other options offer more coverage.
3. EEZ-Y Reverse Inverted Windproof Umbrella
Lots of umbrellas can keep you dry while in use only to soak you when they’re closed. With the EEZ-Y Reverse Inverted Windproof Umbrella, the umbrella has an inverted closing method that traps the water and keeps the user and their surroundings (i.e., your car and front hallway) dry. The double-layered canopy blocks wind, with the durable umbrella made with a premium electroplated steel shaft and high-quality fiberglass ribs. The EEZ-Y has a double layer water repellent 210 T pongee canopy that protects against UV and water.
Pros: The EEZ-Y has a smart C-shaped handle that allows users to hook their arm through the handle and hold close to the body, leaving their hands free to carry bags, coffee cups and open doors.
Cons: The EEZ-Y does not include an automatic open button and has to be manually opened with two hands.
4. Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella
Samsonite is well-regarded for making sturdy but reasonably priced luggage. If you trust their bags on international flights, then consider adding the brand’s Windguard umbrella to your travel rotation. The compact umbrella has an auto-open feature for convenience. The unique umbrella sort of looks like it has a smaller umbrella on top of it — that’s the wind guard canopy that helps prevent the umbrella from flipping.
Pros: Teflon-coated canopy to protect the umbrella. Auto-open button.
Cons: The umbrella is 17 inches when collapsed, making it somewhat long compared with other foldable umbrellas.
5. totes Clear Bubble Umbrella
This clever umbrella has a clear canopy, eliminating the problem many umbrellas have of limited visibility when walking forward into rain that’s falling diagonally. It has a large, domed canopy, rather than the wider and flatter canopies of many umbrellas. The domed shape gives it structure, making it more wind resistant. It’s a full-length umbrella, rather than a collapsible one.
Pros: Clear canopy makes it easier to see and lets in natural light. Large domed shape prevents wind from sweeping it up.
Cons: Canopy doesn’t collapse all the way and the non-retractable handle means it takes up a lot of space when not in use.
6. RECHAR Windproof Large Travel Umbrella
For a big umbrella with a small price, look to the RECHAR Windproof Large Travel Umbrella. The RECHAR boasts an impressive 52-inch diameter, making it the widest umbrella on our list and the best option for those who need extra coverage or want to share one umbrella between two people. The RECHAR is made with water repellent 210T fabric to keep users dry.
Pros: The RECHAR can withstand winds of up to 58 mph without flipping inside out, with the double canopy construction allowing wind to pass through the umbrella without inverting it.
Cons: While it opens automatically, it has to be closed manually.
7. Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella
This compact umbrella from Rainmate is all business when it comes to rain and wind resistance, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t also have fun. The canopy on this one has a black top and a print of a blue sky on the inside to remind you of sunnier days. If that feels more cruel than comforting, choose from one of the other vibrant colors, including the rainbow option. As for functionality, it has fiberglass ribs that resist flipping, and it’s folding design makes it easy to take on the go. It also opens and closes automatically with one button.
Pros: Playful colors and prints available. Fiberglass ribs resist flipping. Auto open and close.
Cons: Somewhat heavy in the hand.