As climate change continues to wreak havoc on the weather, things are getting wetter. According to ClimateCentral.org, 685 weather stations across the US saw yearly rainfall totals that were among the top 10 in history in 2018, which was overall the fifth wettest year in the country’s history. 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 three 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 so you can focus on making the world a greener and therefore dryer place.
1. 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.
2. Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella
Featured on Good Morning America, the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is the most lightweight and travel-friendly umbrella on our list, measuring 11.5” and weighing less than 1 lb. 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” diameter when opened, offering the least amount of coverage of all the umbrellas on our list.
3. RECHAR Windproof Large Travel Umbrella
For the biggest umbrella with the lowest price, look to the RECHAR Windproof Large Travel Umbrella. The RECHAR boasts an impressive 52” 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: Like the Repel, the RECHAR has an automatic open, but must be closed manually. Also considered a compact umbrella when folded (although its open size is the same as a golf umbrella), it’s slightly larger when folded and heavier than the Repel, measuring 14” long and weight 1.2 pounds.