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Rainshader Windproof Umbrella back in the news

Some of our customers might have noticed that umbrellas have been in the news the past week, in particular the Rainshader windproof umbrella that we looked at in a previous blog post last year.

The Rainshader Umbrella

Rainshader in the News - an interesting new design

The Rainshader umbrella is a crash helmet-shaped umbrella (see image above) has been designed to put an end to poking passers-by with brolly spokes. A problem that many of us have encountered! The Rainshader sits low over the userís head and covers the shoulders and upper body. Its spokes point down, not out, and it gives the holder an unobstructed view without lifting the brolly upwards.

Chris Brown from Warwick University talks about the Rainshader

Stephen Collier created The Rainshader - which was designed to protect people from the elements while they watch sporting events. The Rainshader's canopy protects users from the wind and rain without obstructing their view.

When we first encountered the Rainshader, we weren't too sure about the design and whether it would catch on. Some of our customers felt it looked a bit too much like a large helmet and that they would be too self-conscious wearing it. Nevertheless, it is well designed and certainly prevents the every-day problem of protruding spokes and it has been designed to be windproof too.

Indeed, we can see its effectiveness in high winds with this windtunnel test. In the video, we see the Rainshader being tested up to a windspeed of gale force seven - around 40mph - and the umbrella doesn't once blow inside out.

Windspeed tests on the Rainshader Umbrella

Blunt Umbrellas - sleek design & windproof too

Nevertheless, Rainshader are not the only company who have redesigned the umbrella with high winds and eye-poking in mind! Blunt Umbrellas was formed in 1999, by a tall (1.9 metre) yet frustrated New Zealand designer, Greig Brebner, who kept being poked in the eye by the umbrellas of passers-by. By redesigning the umbrella to remove the tip he realised that the new modern wave design gave the canopy extra strength!

Developing the new design further, they used the latest umbrella technology to create the most windproof umbrella possible using 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 weather canopy proven on winds up to force 12 (117km/h) way beyond the capability of any conventional umbrella.

The Blunt Umbrella is designed and built to withstand the toughest conditions and be a pleasure to use year after year. This means less waste, better value for money, and less swearing in the street every time it rains.

Blunt Umbrella Windspeed Test by Blunt Umbrellas

So all-in-all, if you are looking for a novel design with practical benefits, the reimagined umbrella Rainshader certainly does the job, but it is not the only one, as we see with the sleek umbrella designs by Blunt Umbrellas. We do not yet stock the Rainshader at Brolliesgalore, but if we did would it be a design you would like to buy? If so, why? And conversely, if not, why? It would be great to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Created On  1 Feb 2014 13:17  -  Permalink


Very much, would very good for those who push wheelchairs as if you are covered your dripping on the person in the chair . If the wheelchair user was holding it the person wheeling would not get a spoke in the eye and be able to see what's ahead
Posted By: J Thomas - 6 Feb 2014 19:55
LOVE the rain shader Id love to see it with an adapter to make it hands free though for walking with a pram or for hands free working outside. Living in the North East of Scotland we encounter some prity wet and wild weather so this would be ideal but id need a hands free one to allow me to run after my toddler or push the pram.

It would also if a hands free option were there be ideal for photographers so they can keep dry and focused but shoot no matter what the elements may be.
Posted By: Autum Owl - 7 Feb 2014 0:45
Think these are great funk them up with different designs and should do well
Posted By: kelly - 7 Feb 2014 1:45

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