euroSCHIRM Swing Handsfree Umbrella
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- Compact hands free trekking umbrella
- Easily attaches on the shoulder straps and hip belt of nearly all kind of backpacks
- Telescoping umbrella can be fixed at any height by a small twisting movement
- Can be also used as a "regular" umbrella
- Lightweight and yet very flexible and strong fiberglass ribs
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The compact, Swing Hands Free Umbrella by Euroschirm is the perfect complement to modern rain gear for all who need to keep both hands completely free in the rain. It's ideal for walkers who don?t want to go without trekking poles, nature photographers and hikers who may want to check maps, GPS, use a cell, or protection for small children riding in carriers on their parent's backs. It easily attaches on the shoulder straps and hip belt of nearly all kind of backpacks with included clips. This special umbrella has a telescoping fiber glass shaft that can be fixed at any height by a small twisting movement. The special, lightweight fiberglass frame is also strong allowing you to direct the umbrella where the wind comes from. It can also be used as a regular umbrella for everyday use. Now you can protect yourself against UV rays and heat too with the silver metallic model that offers supreme UV protection, 50 SPF. Outside silver, inside black (Silver color only).Innovative and nearly unbreakable high-density fiberglass shaft ? extra hardened.Double stitched seams between the panels of the canopy.Lightweight and comfortable high-density EVA hardfoam handle with grooves ensures a dry feeling on the handle when wet..Lightweight sleeve case is easy to fold.No metal parts, almost 100% fiberglass.Manual open and close with patented runner system.Large canopy.Material: lightweight and tear resistant Polyester fabric with Teflon® treatment for high water repellence - soil-resisting.Size: H 43.3" x W 44.9" (Open)/ Length 30" (Closed).Weight: 13 oz..
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I make a few trips to the Southwest each year for hiking and Reptile photography and usually at least one of those trips is during the summer months. Wearing a wide brimmed hat, a neck cape, long sleeves, and pants does nothing other than making me sweat profusely and hate being outdoors. During our last July trip to Nevada and Death Valley my brother and I each took along the Swing handsfree umbrella and it was a life saver. We spent numerous days outdoors under direct sunlight for 5+ hours at temperatures up to 119 degF and it was all possible due to this umbrella. We were able to do hikes on popular trails when it was too hot for any non-umbrella carriers to be out there and had most places to ourselves. The handsfree attachments are great for mounting the umbrella to the front of our packs on the shoulder and chest straps and can be moved to adjust for the suns angle. The umbrella is very large and the only place the sun will usually hit is near my feet so I can wear a tank top and shorts with sunscreen on and not get burnt no need for pants, etc.
We recently made a trip to the rainforest in Costa Rica in January and it was raining on average 20 hours a day the entire time. I brought along a couple of umbrellas and the smaller ones just were not large enough to prevent rain from hitting my camera equipment or backpack. The Swing umbrella covered both my backpack and camera equipment which was hanging near my chest through some torrential downpours fantastically. We were able to go out and do Reptile and Frog photography for 8+ hours at a time with no equipment failure due to the protection this umbrella gave from the rain. Without this umbrella we either would have had to sit inside staring at the wall or brought along waterproof camera equipment and the vacation would have been a waste.
Out of all the mountains and storms I’ve had this umbrella in I have only had it turn inside out one time. There was a gust of wind on one mountain peak that came out of nowhere and was strong enough to knock me down which caused it. The umbrella was easily popped back into shape and had no damage whatsoever afterwards or broken pieces. I have rammed this umbrella into hundreds of tree branches in the rainforest and dropped it on lots of rocks and it has not torn yet. This is the strongest umbrella I have ever owned.
There is no way around it you look funny walking around with a handsfree umbrella when hiking. I once had a small kid ask if I was an astronout heading to space while carrying it due to the reflective color.
The compacted size of this umbrella is 30 inches long. I only own one suitcase which can even hold this umbrella because it is so long and even in that suitcase it has to sit diagonally to fit. It is also hard to carry around on a backpack due to the length. The only improvement I would like to see in the future is this model of umbrella with an ability to collapse it smaller.