If you’re an avid backpacker or love traveling you want a light, windproof umbrella in hand. Rain-Mate’s windproof umbrella is an excellent buy as it has a small, compact design that makes it easy to pack it with other travel essentials.
What stands out about its construction is its windproof design. Unlike other umbrellas with six or eight aluminum ribs, the Rain-Mate is reinforced with nine fiberglass ribs that make the canopy wind-resistant. When coupled with its fail-safe flip technology, the umbrella is virtually indestructible from strong gusts of wind. Its all-metal shaft and frame provide unrivaled stability and strength, keeping your umbrella intact during such severe weather conditions.
Rain-Mate does away with the traditional opening and closing mechanism. Its button on the frame has an automatic opening and closing mechanism that provides an easy one-hand operation.
The Rain-Mate Compact umbrella comes in a tiny size that makes it appealing to travelers. You can store it in a backpack, briefcase, or purse and forget about it. What’s more, since it weighs a pound and is 12 inches long, it doesn’t take up much space in your bag. Despite its tiny size, the canopy stretches up to 42 inches providing adequate coverage.
Value for money
The umbrella is reasonably priced for its features. While it competes comparatively well with similar umbrellas, its lifetime replacement policy is a huge bonus.
Having tested this umbrella on a windy (60 mph) day, we can conclude that it’s a pretty solid buy. It doesn’t budge despite its lightweight construction. However, we experienced some difficulty with its opening and closing mechanism as it would occasionally get stuck.