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What Umbrella is best for Stormy Weather? - Brave the storms with a windproof umbrella

Brave the Storms with an Umbrella from Brolliesgalore

Another weekend, another storm. Or at least that's how the weather is feeling just now in the UK. Last weekend we had the very treacherous Storm Ciara, and this weekend we are due to experience Storm Dennis. These two storms have book-ended a week of punctuated heavy snowfall and rainfall throughout the UK. So we hope that you are all staying safe this and not venturing out if at all possible.

It does however appear that this year's winter is going to be a very rainy and blustery one, with deep Atlantic lows reaching our shores thanks to the conveyor belt of the jet stream. So, if you do need to brave the weather this season, it is always worth keeping a trusty umbrella with you at all times.

We have a range of umbrellas that are ideal for windier conditions, so we thought we would add our suggested pick to this week's blog as some possible options for you to choose from.

What Umbrella is best for Stormy Weather?

First and foremost, we would suggest looking at the Blunt range of umbrellas. These continue to be favourites with our customers, and have sold well since we started selling them a few years ago. The Blunt Umbrella company was founded in 1999 as its founder, Grieg Brebner, spotted some of the undeniable flaws in the standard umbrella design. He then set out to revolutionise umbrella design to make them wind resistant, robust and aerodynamic, while also taking away the traditional spikes that can pose a poking hazard! Blunt umbrellas have been field-tested in winds up to force 12 (117 km/h) and have expanded their range to include Golf, Classic and Folding Designs in a range of colours. They are the perfect choice for stormy days! You can see the full Brolliesgalore range of Blunt Umbrellas here.

Blunt Umbrellas at Brolliesgalore

Side View of the Blunt Classic Navy Windproof Umbrella

Another choice is the Performance Range from German manufacturers, Fare. We recently started selling these in Autumn 2019, and the entire Fare range has been very popular with our customers, as they have all been designed with stormy weather in mind. No umbrella is perfect and infallible, but the Fare Windbeater Performance Umbrellas come close as they provide a robust and lightweight flexible fibreglass frame that withstands inversion, while also providing excellent waterproofing and canopy coverage thanks to its large walking-length Teflon coated canopy, keeping you well-sheltered from the rain. We have featured the classic black version of this umbrella, below, which is perfect for every day use, but we also have this model available in Grey too. Why not also visit our Fare Performance Umbrella category to see the full range available?

Inside Inverted-Canopy View of the Fare Windbeater Performance Umbrella

A final choice today comes from our vented range of umbrellas. These offer windproofing by means of a vent in the canopy, allowing the wind to pass through easily, lessening the chance of inversion, while still keeping you protected from the rain. Made by British Umbrella manufacturers, Fulton, the Stormshield Vented Umbrella is the perfect choice if you need a large canopied golf umbrella, that is also robust in windy conditions. It is the perfect choice on stormy days thanks to its lightweight extra-strong fibreglass & polypropylene frame featuring unique vents designed to make this umbrella wind resistant and reduce the risk of turning inside out. The rubberised handle provides a comfortable grip and the umbrella also features a pinch proof runner on a sturdy shaft for ease of use. The extra large golf sized canopy provides generous coverage, and the canopy is made from high performance polyester pongee. This is also available in a range of different colours. Why not visit our full range of Vented Umbrellas at Brolliesgalore today and browse our range?

If you liked these, please let us know in the comments below, or on our social media channels. Be sure to also visit our Windproof Umbrellas and Vented Umbrellas sections to browse our entire range.  Which umbrella would you prefer or recommend for stormy weather? 
Created On  14 Feb 2020 16:25  -  Permalink

New Fulton Parasoleil UVP Umbrellas for 2020

The days still may be short, gloomy and cold, but we are already starting to see new product lines arriving for Spring & Summer 2020. Even more exciting is that we now have some early arrivals from Fulton available, that we are sure you will love!

Fulton's popular Parasoleil parasol-umbrellas have three new beautiful contemporary designs available for Spring & Summer 2020 - choose from gorgeous pastel colours with polkadot & floral patterns. These fabulous umbrellas are not only fully waterproof, but they also offer full SPF50+ UV protection. So be sure to keep yourself protected from the sun and the rain with a new Parasoleil UVP umbrella. Get ready for the sunny summer weather by checking them out on our
Fulton Umbrellas page at Brolliesgalore!

New Parasoleil UVP50+ Umbrellas from Fulton

Fulton Parasoleil UVP SPF50+ Umbrellas & Parasols for 2020

Thee Parasoleil is a lightweight folding UV protective (SPF 50+) parasol designed and manufactured by Fulton. Although most of us love the sun, unprotected exposure can be harmful. Fulton's high performance waterproof fabric has been technically developed to block more than 99% of incident UV. This manual, folding umbrella's shake dry water repellency and acrylic waterproofing features coupled with it's UV protective layer offers high protection from sun and rain. These Fulton Parasoleils are available in three new designs, new for Summer 2020. These are (from left to right above):
The parasoleil is lightweight, convenient and benefits from a wind resistant design. It comes in its own slimline case with silver trim and cheerful sun emblem zip pull.

Please note: This umbrella is mainly a parasol, although it is waterproof it can be used in light rain and has a wind resistant frame (which means it can be blown inside out and reversed without damage to the frame) It is not a windproof umbrella and due to the size of the canopy will not give a lot of cover from the rain.

Product Details:
  • Manual opening
  • lightweight wind resistant frame
  • 6 panel canopy
  • scalloped edge
  • Specially developed high density acrylic waterproof canopy with reflective silver coating
  • Additional anti UV protective layer
  • Healthy, cool and comfortable
  • High protection from sun
  • Unique shading qualities
  • Keeps you cooler and more comfortable
  • Length including handle 25cm
  • Span when open approx 98cm
  • Weight 220g
Created On  22 Jan 2020 12:42  -  Permalink

The Christmas 2019 Pasotti Luxury Umbrella Collection

The Pasotti Collection

The gorgeous new Pasotti Collection has arrived at Brolliesgalore, just in time for Christmas, expanding our range of these delightful handmade Italian designer umbrellas.

Pasotti Umbrellas are the height of luxury, and make the perfect gift for those who deserve something extra-special. Founded in the mid-1950s by Ernesta Pasotti, the design team is now overseen by her daughter Eva Giacomini and Eva's husband Mauro Begotti. Over the past 60 years they have produced a stunning array of different styles of umbrellas, each a masterpiece in its own right. We are delighted to have a selection of umbrellas from Pasotti's new collection for Autumn/Winter 2019/20 that we know our customers will simply adore.

The Red Dahlia

The Red Dahlia is available in both double canopy and single canopy versions, the Red Dahlia Umbrella by Pasotti, features a gorgeous floral burst of vivid red over the entire canopy. Set against a golden beige background, the striking red colour is even more apparent. Combined with a quality frame and high-quality fabric, both of these umbrellas expand our already large range of floral Pasotti umbrellas available at Brolliesgalore.

Flamingo & Pink Dahlia

If you are looking for an umbrella that is not only stunning, but also full of character, look no further than the Floral Double Canopy Umbrella with Enamelled Flamingo Head handle. This sumptuous designer umbrella by Pasotti features a double canopy construction, with a black satin exterior canopy and an inner canopy that blooms with the pink hues of a Pink Dahlia flower. Add to this the charming handpainted enamelled Flamingo Head handle, this umbrella is the perfect choice for those who love quality that is also distinctive.

Why not take the time to browse the full range of Pasotti Luxury Designer Umbrellas at Brolliesgalore.

Created On  20 Nov 2019 16:26  -  Permalink

Fresh Designs from Blunt Umbrellas - The Perfect Gift Idea

The weather in the UK these past couple of weeks has been atrocious, November is certainly shaping up to be a month of weather that most people wish would disappear.

With these unpredictable showers, we can expect to see some very windy days too as we progress from Autumn into Winter, so we recommend choosing an umbrella that works well in both rain and wind. For these occasions, one umbrella in particular stands out. The Blunt Umbrella.

The Blunt Umbrella range at Brolliesgalore

The Blunt Umbrella has been one of our most popular umbrellas since we started stocking the brand. It is understandable too, as these umbrellas have been wind-tunnel tested to cope with extreme winds up to Force 12 (>117 km/h)! This makes the Blunt a reliable choice, that you know will cope with whatever the British weather throws at it.

We have just taken stock of some fabulous new designs from Blunt, which we outline below:

The Blunt XS_Metro Range - New Colours for 2019/20

New Blunt XS Metro Colours - Chilli Pepper & Guacamole

Introducing Chilli Pepper Red and Guacamole Green - the two stylish new colours that Blunt have released as part of the folding Blunt XS_Metro range. These superb unisex windproof umbrellas are now available to buy at Brolliesgalore!

The Blunt XS Metro Folding Umbrella features a 2 stage folding mechanism with the strength of Blunt RTS, Blunt's revolutionary Radial Tensioning System (RTS). RTS creates an unflappable, aerodynamic weather canopy. It has been proven in winds up to Force 12 (>117 km/h) - way beyond the capability of any conventional umbrella. And its uniquely hard-wearing design means it will be a pleasure to use, year after year.

  • By Blunt Umbrellas
  • Auto open
  • 6 ribs
  • Easy-to-grip rubberised handle
  • Stylish tube for extra protection and storage
  • Length including handle 36cm
  • Span when open approx 95cm
  • Weight 373g

Blunt Classic Range - New Colours for 2019/20

The Blunt Classic, as the name suggests, is the original Blunt - the walking length windproof umbrella that started it all! We have added two new sophisticated colours to our Blunt Classic lineup for the beginning of 2020 - the Navy Blunt Classic (top) and Charcoal Blunt Classic (bottom) - which we are sure are going to be a hit with people looking for gifts this Christmas time!

Revolutionary extra-strong windproof navy blue or charcoal coloured umbrella with Radial Tensioning System. 6 Double struts with telescopic floating ribs. This redirects, transfers and distributes tension right to the edge, where it is needed most, creating an unflappable, aerodynamic windproof canopy proven on winds up to force 12 (117km/h)! Way beyond the capability of any conventional umbrella. Very generous canopy.
  • By Blunt Umbrellas
  • Easy-to-grip rubberised handle
  • Stylish tube for extra protection and storage
  • Length including handle 84cm
  • Span when open approx 120cm
  • Weight 640g
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The Fulton Autumn/Winter Umbrella Collection 2018

The new Autumn/Winter 2018 Collections are now coming thick and fast at Brolliesgalore, so today we thought we would look at some of the new umbrellas available from Fulton.

Fulton Umbrellas are a well-known British fashion brand, based in London. They manufacture their own umbrella designs as well as making umbrellas for designers such as Cath Kidston, Lulu Guinness, Morris & Co and Orla Kiely, many of which we will look at more closely in future posts. Fulton are an established UK brand, founded in 1956 by engineer and inventor Arnold Fulton in a small factory in London, Fulton Umbrellas has grown to become the largest supplier of umbrellas and rainwear accessories in the UK today. The company also takes great pride in holding a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen, and previously Her Majesty The Queen Mother. In addition to this, our umbrellas are regularly used by the TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Fulton Autumn Winter range is sure to be a hit this season with some lovely new umbrella designs available in a range of colours. We have chosen a few of these designs to look at in our blog post today, but be sure to check out the full range on our Fulton Umbrellas page at Brolliesgalore!

Autumn/Winter 2018 Range of Umbrellas from Fulton

Fulton Birdcage Clear Dome Umbrella - Black Rose

The Fulton Birdcage Clear Dome Umbrella in Black Rose design is new for Autumn/Winter 2018. This is a domed PVC see through umbrella to cover head and shoulders by Fulton Umbrellas, with Black Rose pattern featuring black line drawings of roses over a clear canopy, with a black border to the canopy. Black shaft & frame with a black lacquered crook handle and ferrule. Patented extended runner for ease of opening and closing. Deep transparent PVC cover for ease of 

Manual frame, 8 ribsvision when walking. As used by the Queen!
  • New improved fibreglass frame and ribs for added strength and durability
  • As used by the Queen
  • Length including handle 94cm
  • Span when open approx 89cm
  • Weight 500g

Fulton Bloomsbury Double Canopy Umbrella - Lynx

The Fulton Bloomsbury Double Canopy Umbrella in Lynx design is another new design from Fulton for this Autumn/Winter season. The Bloomsbury Double Canopy Umbrella by Fulton features a plain black outer canopy, and an inner canopy with a stylish Lynx animal print. With an automatic opening mechanism, this umbrella also features a lightweight high performance black steel frame and matching black glossy crook handle. A beautiful quality double canopy umbrella at an excellent price!
  • Automatic opening, lightweight high performance steel frame
  • Black shaft & frame
  • Gloss black handle
  • Length including handle 84cm
  • Span when open approx 92cm
  • Weight 490g

Fulton Minilite Folding Umbrella - Sketched Bouquet

Floral patterns are very much in vogue this season. This gorgeous trend is reflected in the Sketched Bouquet Minilite Umbrella by Fulton. This is a compact, lightweight manual folding umbrella featuring a dark background with beautiful floral design in pinks, blues & greens on a high-performance polyester canopy. With a special aluminium and fibreglass frame construction, cleverly designed to withstand inversion in normal wind conditions this umbrella can revert easily to its normal shape by simply closing and then opening the umbrella. Wooden handle.
  • Manual lightweight aluminium and fibreglass frame, 8 ribs
  • Rustproof frame, reinforced for extra strength
  • High performance polyester fabric
  • Extra large cover when open
  • Length including handle 25cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 240g

Fulton Bloomsbury Double Canopy Umbrella - Midnight Bloom

Our floral trend continues with this beautiful brolly. Another new Bloomsbury Double Canopy Umbrella by Fulton stars in the Autumn/Winter range for 2018. The Midnight Bloom Fulton Bloomsbury Umbrella features gorgeous floral inner canopy on a midnight navy background, and a plain black outer canopy. As with all Bloomsbury umbrellas, this has an automatic opening mechanism, a lightweight high performance black steel frame and matching black glossy crook handle.
  • Automatic opening, lightweight high performance steel frame
  • Black shaft & frame
  • Gloss black handle
  • Length including handle 84cm
  • Span when open approx 92cm
  • Weight 490g
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Ideal Umbrella Gifts for Father's Day on 17th of June

It's Father's Day again on the 17th of June and for many of us it can be notoriously difficult to figure out what to buy our dads this time of year. With the weather in the UK being so unpredictable, why not give them a gift that can be used all year round?

At Brolliesgalore we have a wide range of umbrellas to suit all tastes and needs.  Whether your Dad needs an umbrella for the daily commute to work, for use on the golf course at weekends, or perhaps he simply needs a more stylish designer umbrella for special occasions, we are sure to have the ideal umbrella for you this Father's Day.

The choice of umbrellas in this blog post covers a wide range of styles to suit every budget. However, if none of these meet your gift-buying needs, you can see our full catalogue of umbrellas via the menu bar at the top of this page.

We hope these suggestions help you in choosing your Father's Day gift, but if you do have any further questions, please let us know at the bottom of this page, or you can always contact us directly.

Luxury Gents Umbrella with Chrome Greyhound Handle by Pasotti

This Luxury Gents Umbrella with Chrome Greyhound Handle is an elegant gentlemen's black umbrella, made by Italian designers Pasotti, would make a wonderful Father's Day gift for Dads who enjoy a day at the greyhound track. This exquisite designer umbrella has a canopy made from the finest Italian polyester. Also features a silver coloured automatic opening metal frame, and is topped by a beautifully made greyhound headed

chrome handle. Features tie band with popper fastener.
  • Automatic opening, silver coloured metal frame
  • Italian leather crook handle
  • Popper fastener
  • Made in Italy
  • Length including handle 96cm
  • Span when open approx 100cm
  • Weight 642g

Senz Original Walking Length Windproof Umbrella - Secret Fantasy

The Senz° Original Walking Length Windproof Umbrella in Secret Fantasy design is a robust windproof umbrella ideal for those Dads into outdoor pursuits. Black outer canopy and grey and black Secret Fantasy design on the underside. The first and number one storm umbrella: the Senz° original is comfortable, stylish and designed so that it will never go inside out, even in a storm! The unique aerodyamic shape ensures you’ll never have to struggle with your umbrella again. The Senz° Original aerofoil shape allows this umbrella to float on the wind, making it very easy to hold with just one hand. Designed and tested to withstand a serious storm, with winds up to 80 km/h. The senz° original will not let you down in bad weather. What's more, thanks to a protective layer in the canopy, the Senz° Original offers UV protection of 50+ SPF. Ideal for sun, wind and rain! Comes complete with a luxury carry sleeve for ease of portability when not in use.
  • By Senz Umbrellas
  • Pull to open mechanism
  • Soft-touch sponge handle
  • Luxury carry sleeve with strap to carry over your shoulders when not in use
  • Unique eyesaver safety tips at the end of each rib
  • Streamlined aerofoil profile makes walking in windy conditions easier
  • Windproof tested up to 80 km/h
  • High quality canopy offers UV protection of 50+ SPF
  • Length including handle 79cm
  • Span when open approx 90 x 87cm
  • Weight 440g
Blunt XL Golf Umbrella - Red

If you are looking for a Father's Day gift with the height of windproof technology, look no further than the Blunt XL Golf Umbrella, here in Red. The Blunt XL is a revolutionary extra-strong, extra-large red windproof umbrella with Radial Tensioning System. 6 Double struts with telescopic floating ribs. This redirects, transfers and distributes tension right to the edge, where it is needed most. Creating a substantial unflappable, aerodynamic windproof canopy which provides effective shelter even in stormy conditions way beyond the capability of any conventional umbrella. Generous golf sized canopy.
  • By Blunt Umbrellas
  • Easy-to-grip rubberised handle
  • Stylish tube for extra protection and storage
  • Length including handle 94cm
  • Span when open approx 137cm
  • Weight 875g

Fulton Open & Close 11 - Automatic Folding Umbrella Black

If the walking length and golf umbrellas are a bit too long for your gift-buying needs this Father's Day, then why not consider a compact automatic open & close folding umbrella that can fit easily into a briefcase or bag. The Black Fulton Open & Close Folding Umbrella by British manufacturers Fulton features a luxurious woven fabric and boasts an automatic open and close mechanism at the simple touch of a button. The umbrella has an extra large cover and comfortable wooden crook handle.
  • Automatic opening & closing at the touch of a button
  • Comfortable wooden crook handle
  • Extra large cover
  • Luxurious woven fabric
  • Length including handle 33cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 473g

Created On  7 Jun 2018 14:30  -  Permalink