For the 50+ Traveler

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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella With Teflon Coating

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Repel’s Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating is an incredible choice because of its classic, sleek design and awesome ability to withstand even the most frustrating weather conditions.

Teflon coating on the canopy of the umbrella helps to repel water, keeping you and yours dry regardless of how long you’re stuck in the rain. It also dries quickly, so once you duck into a cute café or shop, you can easily stash it back in your bag.
While we love the Teflon coating, the nine fiberglass ribs of the umbrella are what really sold us on this product. Many compact umbrellas have six to eight ribs, whereas Rebel's umbrella has a nine-rib double canopy that is designed to withstand high winds without flipping inside out and getting you wet.

This umbrella protects you from rain, wind and also losing the darn thing! Featuring an ergonomic rubber handle with a grip ensures you can get a good hold, regardless of the conditions.

Key Features

  • Nine reinforced fiberglass ribs
  • Teflon, double vented canopy
  • Automatic open and close
  • Ergonomic rubber handle
  • Travel sleeve
  • Lifetime warranty

Specifications

  • Brand: Repel Umbrella
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 2 x 2 inches; 11.2 ounces

Pros

  • Teflon coating reflects water for quick drying
  • Double vented canopy helps direct wind flow to prevent flipping
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Only comes in black
  • It’s not as short as other compact umbrellas

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EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella

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The EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella is both functional and cute. With a variety of colors to choose from, including an adorable polka dot umbrella and a classic yellow one, you can choose a travel umbrella that suits your personality and will add a pop of color wherever you are!

This umbrella also has nine fiberglass ribs and stainless steel shaft that resists breakage or rusting and can withstand wind speeds as high as 55 MPH. Another feature we love about EEZ-Y’s umbrella is the double canopy design that blocks wind. An umbrella with a double canopy has vents that give wind space to pass through, while the top canopy prevents water from saturating the fabric.

The nine-rib design paired with the double canopy creates a well-rounded umbrella that blocks wind and rain from putting a damper on your day.

Key Features

  • Double canopy design
  • 210T specially-coated water repellent fabric
  • Automatic open and close
  • Nine fiberglass ribs
  • Stainless steel shaft
  • Assortment of colors and designs
  • No questions asked replacement guaranteed

Specifications

  • Brand: EEZ-Y
  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.2 x 2.4 inches; 12.8 ounces

Pros

  • You can choose a color that suits you
  • It’s lightweight
  • Easy replacement if damaged

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with a sleeve
  • Doesn’t have an ergonomic handle

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Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella

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Rain-Mate’s umbrella is unique because Rain-Mate understands the weather can be unpredictable. Fierce. A little frustrating to deal with. We’ve all experienced being out in the rain with wind so strong the umbrella flipped inside out.

In order to anticipate this event, Rain-Mate uses a fail-safe flip technology. Instead of having to worry about your umbrella flipping and breaking, if the wind gets strong, the fiberglass ribs are equipped to flip the canopy without causing any damage to the umbrella.

So rain or shine, wind or not, this umbrella will survive even the harshest weather right there with you. And, you’ll look stylish. Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella has a variety of funky options like a blue sky with puffy clouds' to remind you that clear skies are in your future.

Key Features

  • Automatic open and close
  • Nine reinforced fiberglass ribs
  • Ergonomic rubberized handle
  • Fail-safe flip technology
  • Seven colors/designs
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee

Specifications

  • Brand: Rain-Mate
  • Dimensions: 12 x 2.5 x 1.8 inches; 14.4 ounces

Pros

  • Durable design
  • Customizable with fun colors and patterns
  • Easy open and close

Cons

  • The umbrella is a bit heavier
  • More difficult to stow away due to size
  • No travel sleeve

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JUKSTG Windproof And Waterproof Umbrella

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JUKSTG has an incredibly unique travel umbrella design due to its 12 reinforced metal ribs, proven to withstand 65+ MPH winds. Manufactures claim that the more ribs, the less chance of dealing with an inverted umbrella, so there you go! And the off chance it does invert, don’t worry -- JUKSTG has you covered. With a simple press of a button, the frame will revert to its normal shape, completely unbroken, so you can always rest assured that you’ll be covered from harm’s way.

The single canopy design is made of 210D NC fabric, which is both lightweight and waterproof, keeping you and yours dry while out in the elements, and drying quickly for easy stashing. The 48" diameter comfortably accommodates two, lessening the need to pack more when traveling with a friend or significant other.

Key Features

  • 12 reinforced metal ribs
  • Ergonomic handle for a comfortable grip
  • 210D NC high-density fabric
  • Automatic open and close
  • Single canopy design
  • Travel sleeve

Specifications

  • Brand: JUKSTG
  • Dimensions: 11.8 inches; 15.2 ounces

Pros

  • Made to withstand 65+ MPH winds
  • Is designed to bounce back if winds invert the canopy
  • 48" diameter can accommodate 2-3 people

Cons

  • It only comes in black
  • Not the most compact option
  • Single canopy

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Magictec Compact Umbrella

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Magictec's compact umbrella has eight ribs and Teflon canopy to ensure it will resist Mother Nature. Despite having fewer ribs than the other brands, the resin reinforced design has been tested to not bend or break, withstanding 50+ MPH winds. If the umbrella does happen to flip, it’ll easily return to its natural shape with no harm done. Plus the stainless steel frame will not rust with time and use.

A rubberized ergonomic handle makes holding the umbrella a breeze. After all, when you’re stepping out in a torrential downpour, the last thing you want to deal with is dropping your most important tool for braving the elements. For added peace of mind, if something were to happen to your umbrella, Magictec offers a lifetime replacement program with no return required.

Key Features

  • 210T polyester and coated
  • Resin-reinforced eight rib design
  • Stainless steel frame
  • Single canopy
  • Rubberized grip for comfort
  • Automatic open and close
  • Lifetime replacement program

Specifications

  • Brand: Magictec
  • Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 2 inches; 20 ounces

Pros

  • No returns needed for replacement
  • UV Protection
  • Good value

Cons

  • Fewer ribs than other brands
  • The longest of the list so it’s harder to store
  • No sleeve

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YUI Galleria Compact Travel Umbrella

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While all the umbrellas we reviewed were picked with their compact size in mind, this little guy takes the cake. Not much larger than a smart phone, the YUI Galleria compact travel umbrella measures 6.7” high, 1.6” wide, and weights only 6.3 oz. With the right outfit, this could fit in your pocket!

The smaller frame only consists of 6 fiberglass ribs, but with an aluminum alloy steel shaft, it still holds up to strong winds on those extra rainy days. Also, no need to worry about pinching fingers or dealing with stuck buttons as this travel umbrella features a simple push/pull design.

With only a 34” arc, the YUI Galleria compact travel umbrella is best suited for one person, but with the extra compact design, everyone in your travel party can enjoy their own personal protection from the elements.

Key Features

  • Six fiberglass ribs
  • Aluminum alloy steel shaft
  • 190T waterproof polyester fabric
  • UV Protection Factor >50
  • Travel case
  • Variety of colors
  • Lifetime Warranty with no return necessary

Specifications

  • Brand: YUI Galleria
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.6 inches; 6.3 ounces

Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • The smallest umbrella on the list
  • Bright color options

Cons

  • Only good for one person
  • No open/close button
  • Thinner fabric than other options

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Lanbrella Windproof Reverse Folding Umbrella

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Unlike the other umbrellas listed, Lanbrella takes a different approach to dealing with heavy rain.

Similar to other travel umbrellas, Lanbrella's design features eight ribs and a single canopy to fight off the rain, but instead of folding down after use, it folds up, capturing rain and preventing you from getting soaked when you’re just trying to close your umbrella.

This simple change in design makes it easier for you to dry off after stepping into the rain, and the high-density fabric protects you from rain leaking through the canopy.

Another interesting feature Lanbrella products have is that the ribs can bend 180 degrees and not break. Pretty impressive, right?

This umbrella also comes in a variety of colors and patterns!

Key Features

  • Eight rib design
  • Can bend 180 and stay intact
  • Single canopy
  • 210T Pongee fabric
  • Automatic open and close
  • Comes with a sleeve
  • Variety of colors and patterns
  • 100-day Risk-free money back warranty

Specifications

  • Brand: Lanbrella
  • Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.5 x 2 inches; 13.6 ounces

Pros

  • 46'' arc
  • Unique, reverse folding design
  • Lovely colors to match every personality and mood

Cons

  • Larger size, making it heavier than other compact umbrellas
  • Single canopy
  • Only has eight ribs
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In the midst of all the hustle and bustle required to plan a trip, prepping for an unexpected storm might not cross your mind, but a sturdy, reliable umbrella is one item that should always be with you in your car, purse, backpack, or suitcase!

If you feel overwhelmed by all the choices, read below for our tips on how to scout out the best umbrella on the market to suit your needs.

Canopy

Most umbrellas either have a single or double canopy. A single canopy is just that--a single layer of fabric, while a double canopy features two layers that act as a wind funnel, helping to prevent the umbrella from inverting. A double canopy design will add a little more bulk, and potentially a few more dollars to the total, but might be worth it in high-wind conditions.

The fabric of the canopy is another component to consider. While pretty colors and designs are always a plus, at the end of the day you want a fabric that is lightweight, durable, and of course, waterproof! Most manufacturers use a Teflon coating to provide the latter, helping water to quickly bead and roll right down the canopy. This also helps the fabric to quickly dry, because there is nothing worse than having to shove a wet umbrella into your bag when there is no other options.

Those number/letter combos listed, such as 210T, simply refers to the thread count and density of the fabric. In general, higher thread count/higher density will provide better protection against the elements.

Size

Packing is never fun, let’s admit it. We get that you might not have a ton of extra space in your suitcase for seemingly trivial items like an umbrella. Thankfully, there are so many umbrellas on the market that are small enough to go with you wherever you are without being a hassle. Before you purchase an umbrella, make sure to take note of the length. Size it up in comparison to your belongings. Can you fit in a purse or a backpack? Or will you have to carry it in hand? Taking note of the weight is another factor to build in the equation, but most travel umbrellas will weigh under a pound.

Solo travelers most likely don’t need to worry about acquiring an umbrella with more coverage. If you’re traveling with family, friends, or a partner, you might want to be able to fit the whole family under one umbrella. If that’s the case, you might want to consider a larger umbrella with a wider arch that will fit you and yours beneath without anyone involved getting wet.

Design

Each umbrella is made differently. One common thread between all umbrellas is that the canopy is ribbed with reinforced beams that give the umbrella structure and flexibility. Though most compact umbrellas come with 6 to 8, in many cases, the more ribs there are, the more durable the umbrella is to high winds and breakage.

How to open and close your umbrella is another design feature to be mindful of. Most compact umbrellas can open and close with the press of a button on the handle. This feature makes operating your umbrella fuss-free, and your fingers won’t get pinched dealing with those tiny metal buttons on older designs. Simple push/pull designs have their own unique charm, as even though they require two hands to open and close, you never have to worry about a button malfunctioning.

Once open, you'll want a comfortable, secure grip on your umbrella, especially in high winds. Look for handles that have an anti-slip rubberized, ergonomic grip that molds to your hand.

As a bonus, a travel sleeve protects your travel umbrella from unnecessary damage like random objects ripping at the canopy or messing with the rib tips. A travel sleeve is also convenient when you need to tuck away your umbrella while still wet. Of course, sometimes it can seem like a battle to fit your umbrella back into its sleeve, but it can be nice to have options.

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