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Liteflex Trekking Umbrella
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- Weight: 7 oz.
- Size: 25.2" H x 39.4" W (when open),
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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.
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.
- Super lightweight for an umbrella that is just big enough to work for backpacking and photography.
- Does not absorb water, which keeps the weight down in the rain. Other umbrellas will soak up a bit of water over time and get heavier.
- Dries out very quickly because of water resistance.
- Blocks sunlight just as well as sitting under a small tree. Inside of umbrella doesn't seem to get hot.
- Allows the removal of a hat in hot weather, which can have massive gains in body heat reduction.
- Has a foam tip so you don't stab yourself or others.
- The handle pole seems a little too slippery and flexy to make it stable when mounting to the chest straps or the backpack. It's not designed to be mounted to anything, but every other umbrella I have ever put under a strap held there. This may require some dedicated anchors for the chest straps of the backpack in order mount it securely.
- The handle is a little too wide and flexy. While comfortable, it makes it difficult to control the umbrella at times in the wind. Something skinnier, taller, and less flexy would be better suited for a trekking umbrella.
- The wrist strap is super tight, at least on mine. I don't have huge hands, but it is difficult to squeeze them into there.
- The wrist strap is also very cheap feeling and I am not sure if it will hold up when pulled hard.
- The carry case is far too tight. The umbrella I have would possibly show damage over time due to how tight the fit is back into the case. Not big deal, as I plan on not using the case at all.