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Be visible when walking at night with this umbrella

on Friday, September 13th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

When walking at night, you need to be conscious of your clothing choices to make sure that you are visible to drivers.  When it’s raining, it can be even harder for drivers to see clearly, so you want to make sure there is no way they can miss seeing you.  With the Hi-reflective Umbrella fromRead More…


Cut through the rain at Ludicrous Speed, just like Dark Helmet

on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

Forgive the Spaceballs reference, but I thought of Dark Helmet when I saw this umbrella from Brando.  The Helmet Umbrella is 37″ long, 28.4″ in diameter, and weighs 14 ounces.  It’s big enough to keep your shoulders and even a backpack or gear bag dry.  It comes with a carrying sheath and seems to beRead More…


Vodafone Booster Brolly – Keep the Rain out and the Sun in

on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Announced on Vodafone UK‘s blog site, the Booster Brolly combines your traditional umbrella with a high gain antenna and low power signal repeater to enhance phone reception for both the the brolly user and those around them. The umbrella also incorporates 12 solar panels for powering your phone via a handsfree cradle and an LED torch forRead More…


Vegetabrella – Lettuce stay dry

on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Shaped like a head of lettuce when folded, the Vegetabrella from Japan’s Tokyo Noble turns into a fully functional umbrella to keep off the sun or rain when unfolded. Just don’t leaf it at the veggie section of the market. Cost is ¥ 4,725 ($60), that’s a lot of greens for an umbrella What else can I sayRead More…


Weather-Forecasting Umbrella

on Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News, Wireless

Ambient offers an umbrella that can tell you when you need to take it along.  The umbrella’s handle contains Ambient’s wireless data-radio that constantly receives information from  When precipitation is headed your way, the handle will glow and blink with various patterns to let you know if you’ll be getting rain, drizzle, snow, or thunderstorms. Read More…