If the site of a tortured, abandoned umbrella sticking out of a trash bin makes you feel sad for both the umbrella and its former (and presumably drenched) owner, then you should check out Blunt, the newest brolly in town. Available worldwide from the New Zealand-based Blunt Umbrellas, this rain cover has an aerodynamic design that might even outlive you.
Design engineer Greig Brebner founded Blunt Umbrellas on the concept that umbrellas should not be sucked inside-out or poke you in the eye while you are innocently walking to work. Brebner’s design intends to accomplish both goals by reengineering the umbrella from the handle up. According to the site:
The Blunt solution is a uniquely tensioned canopy combined with a flatter aerodynamic profile. This revolution in umbrella design also eliminates any sharp edges and weak points. The result is an unflappable aerodynamic structure that sits effortlessly in the wind and provides maximum control, even in the most demanding weather conditions.The Blunt performs better and lasts longer thanks to its revolutionary Radial Tensioning System.
Blunt has been tested to perform in winds at Force 12 (>117 km/h or >32 mph), although you will hopefully find it useful in milder conditions as well. Available in the U.S. for $70 at these locations, as well as worldwide.