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Umbrellas for Rainy Lockdown Walks

First of all - and most importantly - we hope all of our customers are keeping safe and well during these unusual times. And boy, these are unusual times indeed! As we enter May, the UK is still very much on lockdown and although the weather over the past few weeks has been sunny (for most of us), we are now starting to see those April showers make a very late appearance!

During lockdown the Government is recommending that we still get some exercise once a day by taking a walk outdoors. It's a fine balancing act between maintaining social distancing in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, while also ensuring that people remain active and healthy, physically and mentally.

I know I personally look forward to that time outdoors each day, and it was made all the more enjoyable while it was sunny. However, now that we are seeing some Spring showers, I do make sure I reach for a brolly before heading out now.

In today's blog post I thought we would look through some fantastic clear dome umbrellas for those rainy lockdown walks. The dome umbrella is the perfect choice! They keep your head well sheltered, while also allowing you to see the way ahead. In these social-distancing times this is useful as it allows us to anticipate bumping into others and maintain that important 2m distance!

So, let's have a little browse through some of our favourites...

Fulton Luxe Birdcage Clear Dome Umbrella - Digital Blossom

Fulton Luxe Birdcage Clear Dome Umbrella - Digital Blossom

The Fulton Luxe Birdcage Clear Dome Umbrella - Digital Blossom is a stylish domed PVC see through Luxe Birdcage umbrella to cover head and shoulders by Fulton Umbrellas. The Luxe range by Fulton takes the classic Birdcage design and adds more luxurious elements such as a fabric print border and rose gold colour metallic tips & ferrule details. Border to the edge of the clear canopy has a fashionable Digital Blossom design. Metal shaft & frame with a quality crook handle. Patented extended runner for ease of opening and closing. Deep transparent PVC cover for ease of vision when walking. The Birdcage range is a British fashion icon as used by the Royal Family.
  • Manual frame, 8 ribs
  • New improved fibreglass frame and ribs for added strength and durability
  • As used by the Royal Family
  • Fabric Print Border
  • Matching Rose Gold colour metallic tips & ferrule details
  • Length including handle 96cm
  • Span when open approx 88cm
  • Weight approximately 480g

Soake Clear Deep Dome Umbrella - Red

Soake Clear Deep Dome Umbrella - Red

This beautiful Deep Dome PVC clear umbrella with Red Border by Soake, will cover your head and shoulders, protecting you from the rain. This stylish and fashionable umbrella features a thick red trim around the edge of the canopy with a black shaft & matching crook handle.  The deep transparent PVC cover provides you with ease of vision when walking.
  • Manual opening mechanism, 8 ribs
  • Fibreglass frame and ribs provides added strength and durability
  • Functional and fashionable umbrella
  • Length including handle 90cm
  • Span when open approx 87cm at widest point
  • Weight 475g

Susino Clear Dome Umbrella - Iridescent Spectrum

Susino Clear Dome Umbrella - Iridescent Spectrum

The Susino Iridescent Spectrum Clear Dome Umbrella continues to be one of our most popular umbrellas. Lightweight and trendy, this clear see through automatic opening dome umbrella features an iridescent see-through canopy, that refracts and reflects light, giving a spectrum of shimmering colours as you move.  The perfect gift idea! Perfect for those wet days, it has a domed canopy to cover head and shoulders but with a smaller frame and shaft length, so is not too heavy to carry around. Clear see through POE panels, automatic opening frame with a pink plastic handle.
  • Automatic opening frame with 8 ribs
  • Iridescent
  • Clear see through POE panels
  • Opaque white plastic handle
  • Length including handle 83cm
  • Span when open approx 84cm
  • Weight 365g

Clear See-Through Dome Umbrella - Peek-a-Boo Cat

Another extremely popular umbrella is the Peek-a-Boo Cat See Through Dome. Lightweight & dainty, this clear see through dome umbrella features a silhouette of an inquisitive black cat peeking around the canopy on two opposite panels. An ideal brolly for cat lovers on those rainy days. This automatic opening umbrella has a domed canopy to cover head and shoulders but with a smaller frame and shaft length, so is not too heavy to carry around. Clear see through POE panels, automatic opening frame with a black plastic handle. Black trim to edge of canopy.
  • Automatic opening frame with 8 ribs
  • Clear see through POE panels
  • Black plastic handle
  • Length including handle 85cm
  • Span when open approx 84cm
  • Weight 365g
If you like these, why not also check our Clear Umbrellas & See-Through Domes category at Brolliesgalore to see our full range!
Created On  1 May 2020 14:30  -  Permalink

German Engineered Performance Umbrellas from Fare

Before Christmas we started stocking a new range of umbrellas that proved to be extremely popular with our customers. The Fare range of performance umbrellas are engineered in Germany, so have been designed to an excellent specification while also being excellent value for money.

Based north-east of Cologne in Remscheid, Fare was founded in the mid 1950s and their company has grown to provide quality umbrellas worldwide that stand the test of time. The Fare Performance umbrellas have all been designed with quality components, from FlexBar ribs for greater flexibility in the wind, Teflon coated canopy for enhanced waterproofing to Ultra-Violet protection, you can be assured that these umbrellas will protect you  well, whatever the weather may bring.

We have selected a few to feature in our blog this week, but the range we have is vast, so be sure to also checkout our Fare Performance Range category page to see the full selection.

Performance Windfighter Auto Open Walking Length Umbrella - Anthracite & Lime

This Anthracite & Lime performance range walking length umbrella features an automatic open mechanism for quick opening. This walking length Windfighter umbrella features a high-quality windproof frame for maximum flexibility in windy conditions with flexible fibreglass ribs and an overall attractive design with its matching lime green coloured fibreglass ribs, handle rings. Sturdy and stable steel shaft. Comfortable Soft-Touch crook handle with integrated push-button. Manufactured by Fare.
  • Automatic Open Push-Button action
  • Fibretec High Flexibility Fibreglass Ribs
  • Performance Wind Resistant Walking Length Umbrella
  • Soft-touch handle
  • Length including handle 89cm
  • Span when open approx 112cm
  • Weight 515g

UVP 50+ Auto Open Folding Umbrella with Nature Print - Forest

This UVP50+ Forest Nature Print Umbrella by Fare is a stylish folding umbrella features a convenient automatic function for quick opening. It has a high quality wind-resistant frame featuring a black coated outer canopy with sun protection factor (UPF 50+). The underside of the canopy features a beautiful photographic print of the sun breaking through a forest canopy. Frame provides flexibility in stormy conditions, chromed steel shaft. Soft-Touch coated handle with raised push-button. Manufactured by Fare.
  • Automatic open, lightweight wind resistant frame
  • UVP 50+ coated polyester pongee canopy
  • Soft-touch coated handle
  • Matching sleeve for storage in between uses
  • Length including handle when folded 30cm
  • Span when open approx 96cm
  • Weight 470g

UV Protective SPF50+ Two-Tone Automatic Opening Folding Umbrella - Grey & Copper

This stylish walking length umbrella features a two tone grey & copper UV protective canopy, with an SPF rating of 50+. It has an automatic opening mechanism that opens the canopy a the push of a button. This walking length umbrella features a high-quality windproof frame with fibreglass ribs for maximum stability flexibility in stormy conditions, and a sturdy and stable galvanised steel shaft to protect against corrosion. It has a high quality polyester pongee fabric canopy. Comfortable Soft-Touch crook handle with integrated push-button. Manufactured by Fare.
  • Automatic open push-button action
  • Fashionable two tone polyester pongee canopy
  • Wind Resistant Frame
  • 8 Panel Canopy
  • Two tone canopy design
  • Length including handle 80cm
  • Span when open approx 105cm
  • Weight 450g
Created On  27 Mar 2020 16:55  -  Permalink

NEW Metallic Domes available at Brolliesgalore

Our blog this week is perfect if you like a bit of sparkle in your life! We have a lovely new line of metallic domes from Susino, available at Brolliesgalore. Taking inspiration from 80s chic, these domes are perfect for those who enjoy a touch of glamour in their lives. 

These exciting umbrellas are available in two different models, with three colour options each. 

The first model that we are sure is going to be a hit, is the full metallic dome umbrella. Available in Pink, Blue and Silver, the exterior of this canopy has a strong metallic colour, while the inside is metallic silver. These are perfect for those rainy days, and the canopy provides a comfortably sized dome that covers your head and shoulders. These also have an automatic opening frame, so they are easy to put up at the touch of a button!

Susino Metallic Dome Umbrellas

If the full metallic canopy isn't to your taste, and you prefer a hint of shimmer, but want the practicality of a clear dome that allows you to see the way ahead, why not try the Metallic Border version of these gorgeous brollies! These are also available in Pink, Blue and Silver options, and they offer the same automatic frame as the range above, but have a see-through canopy with a shimmering thick metallic border to the canopy edge.

Susino See-Through Dome Umbrellas with Metallic Border

These metallic domes from Susino definitely make a statement, and are the perfect accessory for the fashion conscious. At £12.95 each, these also make a wonderful gift idea for friends & family! So why not visit our Susino page today to see our full range!

Created On  20 Mar 2020 16:15  -  Permalink

Exciting Colour Changing Umbrellas from Floss & Rock

Colour Changing Children's Umbrellas by Floss & Rock Now Available

Today's blog is one for the kids! And to be honest, with the umbrellas we're chatting about today, I'm sure some adults out there wish they could have these too! I know I would definitely love one! :)

The range of exciting colour changing umbrellas is now back in stock. We've been waiting for a little while for some of these to be available again, as they were so popular at Christmas. 

These fun umbrellas each have exciting designs, full of cartoon characters that relate to a particular theme. So whether your kid loves Space, Unicorns, Princesses or Animals, you are sure to find the perfect colour changing umbrella for them today at Brolliesgalore.

Floss & Rock Colour Changing Children's Umbrellas

Each umbrella, as you can see from the before and after photographs, changes colour in its own special way when it's raining. You can be sure your kid will love going out on these grey rainy days of winter with one of these fun umbrellas. They also make the walk to school a bit more enjoyable too when the weather turns.

So why not browse some of the range below and see which theme your child likes? To see our full range, browse our Colour Changing Umbrellas category now.

Created On  28 Feb 2020 16:25  -  Permalink

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