Top Umbrellas

If you carry an umbrella, it won't rain, and if you don't have an umbrella, it will rain. You want an umbrella that won't collapse or invert in the wind. The grip must be comfortable in your hand throughout your walk.

Stick umbrellas are harder to carry rolled up but usually have bigger canopies and better grips. Compact umbrellas store well but often have a tiny, uncomfortable grips and small, shallow canopies.

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ShedRain Windpro Auto Open/Close Umbrella

ShedRain WindPro Umbrella
ShedRain WindPro Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Windpro umbrella is wind-tested to 33 mph, and is able to resist inversion and breakage due to wind. There are a couple of different sizes available with different arc widths and different lengths when closed. The auto/open close function allows you to both open and close the umbrella with a push of a button. Buy from Amazon »

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Gustbuster Metro Style Umbrella

Gustbuster Metro Style Umbrella
Gustbuster Metro Style Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This umbrella comes in several colors. It is waterproof and wind-tested to 55 miles per hour. It has a 43-inch canopy and a larger handle for comfort. I also like the "pinchless" open-and-close release system (I've gotten bitten by many other umbrellas!) Buy from Amazon »

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ShedRain Windjammer Jumbo Umbrella

ShedRain Windjammer Jumbo Umbrella
ShedRain Windjammer Jumbo Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The big 58" arc canopy of the Windjammer Jumbo umbrella will keep you dry, but it also compacts to 22 inches. Look for the comfortable 3-fingered wood grip with leather strap. The vented cover is designed to resist inversion in the wind. That eliminates the biggest frustration of walking with an umbrella. Buy from Amazon »

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Totes Isotoner Micro Umbrella

Totes Isotoner Micro Umbrella
Totes Isotoner Micro Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

If you want to take an umbrella along as a lucky charm to keep the rain away, a tiny umbrella is the most convenient to keep in your pack. These models are very packable, between six and eight inches long folded. The drawback is the tiny knob for a hand grip when you unfurl them, which can be uncomfortable after any time. That said, these are my favorites as they are easy to stow away or carry easily like a baton once the shower is over. Buy from Amazon »

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Swiss Army Victorinox Automatic Open/Close Umbrella

Victorinox Umbrella
Victorinox Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Sorry, it doesn't have a scissors, toothpick, or even a pocket knife. But Victorinox makes high-quality items, and this umbrella is no exception. It's a compact 13 inches until it automatically unfurls in 3 stages. It has a wind-reflex frame to prevent inversion and made with a titanium alloy for strength. The grip is a comfortable TPR-molded handle. It has both open and close with the push of a button. Buy from Amazon »

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Totes Isotoner Auto-Open Stick Umbrella

Totes Isotoner Stick Umbrella
Totes Isotoner Stick Umbrella. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The classic crook handle design is still preferred by many people. It certainly makes it easier to hang up to dry or stash while you're on the bus or train.This umbrella has a 43-inch canopy and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It has an auto-opening design. Buy from Amazon »

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GRIP2 Umbrella

GRIP2 Umbrella
GRIP2 Umbrella. GRIP2 LLC

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My biggest deterrent from using an umbrella is controlling it in the wind. The GRIP2 umbrella has a unique design -- a second, adjustable grip so you can put two hands on the umbrella shaft comfortably and keep it under control. You can place the second grip anywhere you wish, so if you want to choke up your grip near the canopy, you can.The debuted with just one large-size umbrella with a 62-inch arc. It's vented and waterproof. As a bonus, it is long enough to double as a walking stick with a comfortable grip if it isn't raining!

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