Work hacks: Weatherproof umbrellas
Designed specifically for blustery days, Totes claims its new range of X-Tra Strong umbrellas can protect from even the fiercest gales - up to 60pc stronger, as proved in wind-tunnel testing. The umbrella has an open and close button and a large canopy, treated with silicone water repellent, to keep you nice and dry. Meanwhile, the reinforced frame makes it incredibly durable.
Senz is the maker of the original storm umbrella and this pocket number easily fits into bags - but that doesn't mean it compromises on strength. The company's promise is that the Automatic Deluxe won't blow inside out, thanks to its reinforced ribs. The fabric is fast drying, has UV protection of 50+ and - importantly for your fellow walkers - comes with eye- saver protection.
Reassuringly strong, the Davek Elite has a wind-tension frame system and a 50in diameter canopy that is made of 190 thread-count fabric - the tightest weave for umbrellas. While not inexpensive, if you do manage to forget where you put it down, it comes with a loss-protection serial number that can be used to get another umbrella at up to 50pc off the regular price.
Invented by a New Zealand design engineer, Blunt claims to make the best umbrellas in the world. Its radial tensioning system is capable of resisting high winds and though it will blow inside-out in extreme circumstances, the reinforced frame geometry can be easily flipped back. The classic Blunt 47in-diameter umbrella also has canopy tips, to make it safer, and enjoys a two-year warranty.
€ 82; Debenhams.ie
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