- Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.7 x 1.4 inches ; 11.2 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B001OPO7L8
- Item model number: W2L69027-SILVER
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
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Liteflex Trekking Umbrella
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- Size: 25.2" H x 39.4" W (when open),
- Weight: 7 oz.
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High-density fiberglass ribs, light coated fiberglass stick, highly flexible and nearly unbreakable. EVA foam handle, 100% Polyester fabric, extremely tear proof, Teflon coating for high water repellency and soil resistance. Includes carrying bag with shoulder strap.
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Well good news! The Chrome Dome was actually just a rebranded version of this umbrella.
Euroschirm is the true manufacturer of the Chrome Dome and this Swing Liteflex Trek Umbrella.
They are absolutely identical, minus the GoLite logo.
Highly recommended to help prevent your brain from frying under the mid-day desert sun.
The Liteflex Swing trekking umbrella is absolutely great for my style of walking. Unlike small folding umbrellas, which are heavier because of their more elaborate folding construction, it doesn't require your hands or a backpack to carry it in. Its carrying sheath allows the umbrella to be carried across one of your shoulders and tight against your back. Walking at a fast pace, even shirtless, the umbrella stays put against your back and doesn't shift around and irritate. It is surprisingly light and comfortable to carry this way (see picture).
I haven't used it when backpacking yet, but it takes up very little space in my pack and could make my heavier rain jacket redundant (and left at home). A bit pricey as umbrellas go, but well constructed and will likely last longer than most other umbrellas. Overall a good buy for the price in my opinion.
In short, I was looking for an umbrella that was:
(1) Lightweight and thus easily transportable
(2) Sturdy and thus break-resistant in windy weather
(3) Wide enough to cover me and my backpack yet small enough to be convenient to carry
(4) AFFORDABLE (I'm not made of money)
Here's how the umbrella fared:
(1) Lightweight? Absolutely. In fact, it's so lightweight that I initially feared it wouldn't be effective. However, that was certainly not the case. My only complaint is that the foam handle isn't ergonomic. While it may seem odd to judge an umbrella on it's handle, it makes a difference when your hand starts to hurt a couple of minutes in.
(2) In my internet research on umbrellas, I learned two key points about what separates bad umbrellas from good umbrellas. First, when it comes to sturdiness, stick/folding > manual collapsible > automatic collapsible. The logic behind this is simple: More moving parts means more places for the umbrella to potentially break. Secondly, an umbrella is only as strong as it's ribs, and the strongest ribs, according to renowned umbrella maker/repairman Gilbert Center, is fiberglass (see this Wirecutter article: (...). So, it was clear that a stick/folding, fiberglass-ribbed umbrella was what I needed, and this umbrella fit the bill. I can attest to the fact that this umbrella is indeed very wind resistant and strong, with its fiberglass ribs creating a taut canopy. Moreover, if this umbrella ever flips inside out, it easily flips back without breaking.
(3) You can't ask much from a trekking umbrella, so no, it doesn't cover both myself and my backpack in heavy rain (though, in light rain, it does most of the time). However, I can say that it has a wider canopy than I originally thought when I purchased it.
(4) After shipping, I got this umbrella for under $35. Obviously that's pricey compared to the dollar store umbrellas, but it's well at the low point when compared to truly good umbrellas. Plus, the silver lining on the canopy offers UV protection that most umbrellas don't.
All in all, if you can bear through some of the hand pain, this is the ideal umbrella to have on hand.
Final thought: EuroSCHIRM, a German-based company, designed this umbrella. I've found, in general, that it's hard to go wrong with German-derived goods.