If you’ve owned an umbrella at any point in your life, then you’ve probably had the experience of meeting a strong head wind and having your umbrella flip inside out. There’s nothing more infuriating, and it has the effect of making you feel like someone in a cartoon, wrestling with the wind and the frame. Sometimes, if wind has flared up, there’s an appeal to going without the protection of an umbrella, but the Umbrella Shop is here to help you cope with the wind while keeping your umbrella in good working order.
1. Umbrella Choice
Some umbrellas stand up better to wind than others—that’s a fact. Since umbrellas are all made for a variety of different reasons, there isn’t one that can suit all weather conditions at all times, or all needs at all times. If you like a stick umbrella but want it to fit into your purse, we can’t help you. But if you choose a model that is designed to withstand heavy winds, like our Windgrinder (with a dual layer system that allows wind to pass through safely) or Free Flex, then you’re setting yourself up with a durable umbrella designed to take what Mother Nature throws at it.
When it comes to wind, flexibility is vital. Think of a tree in a hurricane…if it doesn’t bend with the breeze, it will snap. The same goes for umbrella ribs. Metal doesn’t flex in any way, so if it does flip inside out, it’s more likely to break permanently. Fibreglass, on the other hand, it designed to flex with the wind and if it does flip inside out, you can flip it right back without worry.
3. Lean in
While it might make it a bit harder to see, that pointing tip at the top of your umbrella should be directed into the wind while you walk. That will keep air from swooping down underneath and flipping it inside out…or right out of your hands.