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The 10 Best Travel Umbrellas of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

Trust us: getting stuck in a downpour will not have you singing in the rain.

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In This Article

  • Our Top Picks
  • Others We Liked

Our Testing Process

  • Tips for Buying
  • Why Trust T+L

Travel + Leisure/Elena Garcia

Today’s forecast calls for never getting caught in the rain. Whether you’re exploring bustling city streets, trekking through scenic landscapes, or simply commuting to work, having the right travel umbrella can make all the difference in staying dry and comfortable. From lightweight and compact options ideal for keeping in a bag at all times to larger umbrellas that can cover both you and your travel partner, we've rounded up the best umbrellas to suit every traveler's needs. 

Our Travel + Leisure team tested 18 travel umbrellas to assess ease of use, protection, durability, portability, and value. We evaluated and compared each option based on overall construction, packability, performance in wet weather and windy conditions, coverage, drying time, and sturdiness. (Read more about our comprehensive testing process below). We will continue testing our picks for six more months to ensure each option’s reliability and durability, and we will update this article if anything should change. Scroll down below to find your next travel umbrella guaranteed to make sure you never get caught in the rain.

Best Overallf

Weatherman travel umbrella.

We were impressed by this umbrella’s performance and sturdiness.

The price tag is worth it — but not if you’re prone to losing umbrellas.

There’s nothing quite as humbling as an umbrella that flips inside out at the slight whisper of wind, leaving you awkwardly trying to flip it back as you stand in the rain, but this Weatherman umbrella proved its worth during testing. Our team member took this product out during an intense storm in San Francisco akin to a hurricane complete with “purple winds,” and this umbrella stepped up to the challenge like a true hero. It made it through strong winds and rough handling like a champ without popping inside out. Our tester reported back, “It felt like the wind was going to pick me off the ground and the umbrella survived that!”

It also dried quickly and showed no signs of wear. The grip was comfortable, and the umbrella provided ample protection from the rain. Weighing under a pound and just shy of a foot long when unopened, it’s the perfect size to throw into a bag or backpack without feeling like it’s even there. The color options are impressive with 11 styles to choose from, ranging from classic black to fluorescent pink. When it comes to weathering storms with style and reliability, this umbrella takes the cake, leaving flimsy alternatives in the dust. It’s a worthwhile investment, but if you’re notorious for misplacing umbrellas, then you may want to think twice — or at least be extra careful.

The Details: 11.8 inches (closed) | 38-inch diameter (open) | 14 ounces | Fiberglass frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Elena Garcia

Best Compact

Davek mini umbrella.

This is the smallest, most lightweight option on our list.

This umbrella is not suitable for more than one person.

Compact and lightweight, the Davek Mini Umbrella is the perfect choice to bring anywhere with you as an “emergency” umbrella, slipping effortlessly into coat pockets or fanny packs without weighing you down. We were impressed that this option is only seven inches long when not in use (for reference, that’s as tall as an iPhone 13 Pro Max). Despite its smaller size, its robust mechanics, sturdiness, quality, and forecasted longevity make it a worthy investment at $60.  Plus, with a range of 10 vibrant colors to choose from, it adds a touch of fun to rainy days. This umbrella is perfect for solo strolls but not ideal for sharing with a friend — unless you're comfortable with a little cozy closeness.

The Details: 7 inches (closed) | 34-inch diameter (open) | 8 ounces | Fiberglass frame | Manual

Travel + Leisure / Maddy Baker

Best for Two People

Shedrain jumbo compact umbrella.

This umbrella provides more than ample coverage for two people.

We wish the handle was longer, although that’s not a deal breaker.

Bigger isn’t always better, but in this case, it might very well be. Despite its jumbo size, this umbrella is easy to handle and comfortably fits two individuals. With a spacious canopy and sturdy construction, it's a reliable shield against the elements, even boasting windproof capabilities up to 75 mph. It is on the longer side at 15 inches when closed, but it’s still compact enough to fit in a small carry-on suitcase . We love that it comes with a rubber wristlet so you can easily throw it on your wrist or hook it onto the outside of your bag when not in use. Bonus points: it only takes this umbrella about 10 minutes to fully air dry. 

The Details: 15 inches (closed) | 54-inch diameter (open) | 1.35 pounds | Steel frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Alicia Dolieslager

Best Quick-Dry

Totes titan umbrella.

Overall, we recommend this umbrella for its portability, durability, and ease of use, in addition to standing out as a top choice for water repellency and fast drying.

We would suggest improving the closing mechanics for a smoother operation.

Say goodbye to leaving your soaking wet umbrella out to dry overnight. The standout feature of this umbrella is how quick it dries after use, only needing minutes to fully dry. Despite facing moderate rain and strong winds of 25-28 mph, this umbrella held its ground admirably. Its one-handed, button-operated opening proved to be smooth, though closing required a bit more force. With a generous 43-inch canopy, it provided ample coverage for one person. The sturdy frame and solid mechanics withstood the wind during testing, offering a secure grip with its textured handle. Compact and lightweight at just 11 inches when folded, it's easily portable for on-the-go use. 

The Details: 11 inches (closed) | 43-inch diameter (open) | Aluminum frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Gemma Scott

Most Affordable

Sy compact travel umbrella.

For how compact it is, we were impressed at how wide the canopy was when open, providing great coverage from getting wet.

Minor improvements could include enlarging the closure loop for easier fastening.

If you’re searching for affordability, durability, and style, then look no further. As the most budget-friendly option on this list, this umbrella impressed with its user-friendly design and effectiveness in repelling water. Its easy one-button opening and closing mechanism, though requiring a bit of muscle to fully close, was easy to operate. The comfortable handle added to its appeal, enhancing grip and comfort. Portable and lightweight, it easily fits into various bags without adding bulk. There are multiple colors and prints to choose from, providing an option for every taste. 

The Details: 10.8 inches (closed) | 37.5-inch diameter (open) | 12.2 ounces | Aluminum frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Cara Milhaven

Best Inverted Design

Siepasa inverted reverse upside down umbrella.

This umbrella is lightweight, sturdy, and reliable when it’s windy.

Given the inverted design, it is too large to fit into an average backpack, tote, or carry-on suitcase.

There are a whopping 44 design options to choose from with this stylish umbrella, featuring a solid color, print, or pattern on the inside of the canopy. We thought it was too large to carry in most day-to-day bags, but it would make a great option to keep in a car. In fact, its inverted design makes it especially easy to close when entering a car, while the button-operated opening mechanism provides smooth and hassle-free operation.

It does also offer hands-free carrying options, such as an oval handle for convenient wrist or bag strap attachment. Some users may find the smooth plastic handle difficult to grip for extended periods. However, the umbrella's ability to stand on its own was a standout feature, adding convenience when setting it down. Despite its lightweight and slim profile, it offered ample coverage for one or even two people, with sturdy construction that held up well against gusts of wind during testing. For what you pay, you get a lightweight, incredibly sturdy umbrella that is easy to use and reliable in the wind.

The Details: 31 inches (closed) | 49-inch diameter (open) | Fiberglass frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Elise Wang

Most Stylish

Gustbuster automatic umbrella.

You can add a custom metal engraving on The Metro’s hardwood handle for a stylish detail.

This umbrella is better suited to fit in a backpack or tote than a smaller purse or pocket.

Have you ever considered adding a personal touch to your umbrella? Well, now you can with the option to engrave on this Gustbuster option. While it is considered a splurge, the ability to customize your umbrella adds a unique flair to an everyday item and also makes a great gift option. We love this umbrella for its ease of use and impressive water repellency. With a simple button operation and secure Velcro closure, it offers convenience and security, although its slightly larger size may make it bulkier to carry compared to smaller travel-size umbrellas. Despite its larger dimensions, it provides ample coverage for one person and possibly two, thanks to its durable construction and sturdy materials.

The Details: 16 inches (closed) | 43-inch diameter (open) | 1.1 pounds | Alloy steel frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Sophie Mendel

Best Prints

Shedrain compact umbrella.

Lightweight and compact, it fits easily into various bags, making it a versatile choice.

This umbrella is best for one person.

Pick up this ShedRain umbrella if you want to brighten up a sad, rainy day. This travel umbrella comes in a variety of punchy prints, from colorful florals to bold patterns. In terms of performance, the umbrella excelled in repelling rainwater, offering sufficient coverage for one adult and possibly two, although they would need to be close together. While not tested in extremely windy conditions, it still proved sturdy and durable, drying off quickly after we used it, with no signs of wear. Lightweight and compact, it fits easily into various bags, making it versatile for different situations. Priced at under $20, we’d say it’s an affordable option to add to your inventory of travel accessories.

The Details: 12 inches (closed) | 42-inch diameter (open) | 13.6 ounces | Fiberglass frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Anna Mejorada

EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella

This umbrella offers excellent value for its quality and design, outperforming some more expensive brands.

While the umbrella's compact size is convenient for portability, it does not provide sufficient coverage for multiple people during heavy rainfall.

Four words: ballin’ on a budget. With its simple yet functional build and impressive performance compared to pricier alternatives, this travel umbrella earned our praise and recommendation as a budget-friendly, reliable choice for rainy days. Its automatic push-button opening mechanism, ergonomic handle, and compact size made it easy and comfortable to use during testing. Despite its small size when closed, it provides surprisingly ample coverage when open, suitable for one person. The umbrella's quality surpasses typical travel-size umbrellas, with sturdy construction and wind-resistant design. We found that it effectively repelled water and dried quickly after use, maintaining its functionality and appearance after we used it during light rainstorms. Highly portable and lightweight, it fits easily into various bags without taking up much space.

The Details: 11 inches (closed) | 42-inch diameter (open) | 14.4 ounces | Fiberglass frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Henry Yung

Best for Sun Protection

Sport-brella versa-brella.

This umbrella’s best feature is its versatility, making it a highly adaptable option for providing shade in various outdoor settings.

It's a clamp-on model, so it's not intended to be used as a handheld umbrella.

Did somebody say beach day? This umbrella is best to take on the go to the beach, pool, park, or anywhere you think you’ll need some extra shade. This umbrella has a 1.5-inch clamp that will hold onto anything, making it versatile for any outdoor situation. While primarily designed for sun protection, it proved durable and provided satisfactory rain coverage for one person, although the lopsided design (one half of the umbrella is longer than the other) required adjustments in windy conditions. The material is durable, but we found that the frame can be flimsy depending on what it's attached to.

The Details: 36 inches (closed) | 42-inch diameter (open) | 1.8 pounds | Aluminum frame | Auto-open

Travel + Leisure / Kimberly Souza

Travel + Leisure / Anna Popp

Other Travel Umbrellas We Liked

Three additional travel umbrellas we tested couldn’t quite earn a spot on our list due to minor issues but still had notable features that may meet the needs of some travelers.

Blunt Metro Umbrella : It’s clear that this umbrella’s structure provides durability, but despite its quality build, we found it to be too large for daily commuting and travel. However, this could be an excellent option to keep at home.

Samsonite Windguard Auto Umbrella : The umbrella's durability and quality materials make it feel sturdy and capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions, providing reliable protection. However, it requires significant force to close, which could be challenging for individuals with limited hand or arm strength. It also only comes in one color option: black.

EuroSchirm Swing Liteflex Ultra-light Weight Trekking Umbrella : This umbrella has a lightweight design and spacious canopy that accommodates two people comfortably, but the high price point and elongated size of the collapsed umbrella limits its portability and affordability compared to other travel umbrellas on the market.

Our T+L team tested 18 travel umbrellas in everyday scenarios to assess ease of use, protection, durability, portability, and value. We followed a comprehensive examination to evaluate each option, including overall construction, packability, performance in wet weather and windy conditions, coverage, drying time, and sturdiness. We used the umbrellas in a variety of practical scenarios, including rainy and windy days, and tested them while commuting to and from work to determine functionality, versatility, and durability. 

We took notes on how easy it was to open and close the umbrellas and their portability in different sized bags. Special attention was paid to the durability and quality of the umbrellas’ materials, including the fabric, wire structure, handle, and pole, to assess long-term resilience. In wet weather conditions, the umbrellas’ performance was evaluated in terms of its coverage, sturdiness, and comfort. Assessments include whether the umbrella adequately protects from rain, its size when fully open, the comfort of the handle, and stability in windy conditions. If exposed to rain, we also took notes on the time it took for the umbrella to dry completely and any signs of wear and tear. Some options did not make this list due to low-quality materials that blew inside out too easily and didn’t offer adequate coverage in the rain.

Our long-term plan includes testing these umbrellas for an additional six months to monitor each umbrella’s performance and durability in different travel scenarios and weather conditions. As we continue to test the umbrellas in various real-world settings, we will take notes on portability, practicality, and durability, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of each travel umbrella’s reliability. We will update these results if our findings should change and as we test new umbrellas.

Tips for Buying Travel Umbrellas

Think about how compact you need it to be.

Before purchasing the travel umbrella that is best for you, take a moment and think about your intended use. Determine whether you need the umbrella for occasional travel or everyday use, as this will influence factors like durability and portability. Assess whether the dimensions — especially the length of it when not in use — and weight of the umbrella suit your preferred method of carrying it, whether in a pocket, purse, backpack, or by its strap/handle.

We recommend opting for umbrellas that are specifically designed for travel since they are often more compact and lightweight compared to regular umbrellas. Additionally, pay attention to the dimensions of the umbrella when it’s fully open. Some travel umbrellas are designed for one person, while others are larger and suitable for two. Choose the size that best fits your needs, whether you prefer individual coverage or sharing with a travel companion.

Prioritize durable materials

When you're on the hunt for a travel umbrella, don't forget about durability. Look out for ones that have durable materials to ensure longevity and reliable performance, including fiberglass, aluminum, or sturdy steel for the frame and ribs. (Pro tip: all of our recommendations on this list are made from one of these three materials.) A strong canopy fabric, preferably with water-repellent coatings, adds to the umbrella's durability and weather resistance.

And, don’t overlook the quality of the handle and grip, as this will make or break your rainy day travels. Choose options with handles made from comfortable, non-slip materials like rubber or foam, ensuring a secure hold even in wet conditions. Ergonomic designs further enhance comfort during prolonged use.

Look for useful features

When purchasing a travel umbrella, look for useful features that enhance convenience and functionality. Consider umbrellas with a carrying strap that allows you to loop it around your wrist while walking, keeping your hands free for other tasks. A rubberized handle provides a secure grip, especially in rainy conditions, reducing the risk of slippage.

Opt for umbrellas with alternate designs such as inverted umbrellas or those made from Teflon-coated materials. Inverted umbrellas fold inward, trapping water inside and preventing drips when closed, while Teflon-coated fabrics repel water and facilitate quicker drying, ideal for on-the-go use.

Additionally, consider other features like automatic open and close mechanisms for effortless operation, windproof designs with reinforced frames and vents to withstand strong winds, and UV protection for added sun safety during outdoor activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The ideal diameter for a travel umbrella depends on personal preference and intended use, but a common diameter range for travel umbrellas is between 36 to 42 inches when fully opened. This size provides a balance between compactness for portability and sufficient coverage to protect against rain. 

If you plan on using the umbrella for two people, a diameter closer to 48 inches or more would provide sufficient coverage for both individuals. Ultimately, the best diameter for a travel umbrella is one that suits your specific needs and preferences while offering adequate protection from the elements.

An umbrella is considered windproof when it's designed and constructed to withstand strong wind gusts without flipping inside out or breaking. Several key features contribute to making an umbrella windproof, including a sturdy frame and a flexible and durable canopy material that can withstand wind pressure without tearing or collapsing. Even automatic open and close mechanisms ensure quick deployment and retraction, enabling the umbrella to be easily deployed even in sudden gusts of wind.

Yes, you can bring an umbrella on a plane. According to the TSA , umbrellas are allowed for both carry-on and checked baggage, as long as you adhere to size and weight restrictions. In this case, we recommend packing a portable, compact umbrella to avoid any potential hold ups during a security screening.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

An expert on shopping trends and a frequent traveler, Maddie Michalik has been professionally reviewing products since 2014. For this story, she combed through T+L’s detailed testing insights for various travel umbrellas, reading through testing feedback for each umbrella, then referenced product descriptions and additional research to create a comprehensive roundup of the best travel umbrellas today.

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The 10 Best Travel Umbrellas, Tested & Reviewed

By Claire Volkman

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The one thing that I absolutely never forget to pack: a travel umbrella. No matter where I’m going, except for the Wadi Rum or the Sahara Desert maybe, there’s bound to be some inclement weather. Rain, sleet, thunderstorms; no destination is without them. Having an umbrella on hand allows you to keep your travel plans intact, and even see the sights in some places without all the crowds.

However, the task of picking an umbrella is about as daunting as picking a suitcase . With about a million options to choose from and all of them claiming to be “the best travel umbrella,” it’s no wonder so many just pick the cheapest option and go. However, not all umbrellas are created equally—as anyone who has found themselves with one completely inverted during a torrential downpour will tell you. Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best travel umbrellas, keeping features like durability, wind-resistance, and size in mind.

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Discover the best travel umbrellas:

  • Best overall: Weatherman travel umbrella
  • Most compact: Davek The Davek mini
  • Best for cities: Amy's Automatic umbrella
  • Most affordable: Repel windproof travel umbrella
  • Most durable: Blunt Metro umbrella
  • Best splurge: Pasotti Tropical umbrella
  • Most lightweight: Totes mini manual umbrella
  • Best patterns: Rifle Paper Company umbrella
  • Most wind-resistant: Davek Elite umbrella
  • Most sustainable: Totes recycled canopy umbrella

Best overall travel umbrella

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Why we love it : Sturdy, wind-resistant, lightweight, and incredibly compact, the Weatherman travel umbrella is undeniably the best on the market. This umbrella has a serious fanbase, with hundreds of nearly perfect reviews on Amazon. It is surprisingly lightweight, and can easily fit in a carry-on or tote bag . It has an automatic open and close feature, a reinforced fiberglass base, and a water-resistant, Teflon-coated fabric. Plus, it shields winds up to 45 MPH and is tough enough to withstand even the heaviest of rainfall.

Worth noting : There aren’t many things to complain about this umbrella, however, it is a bit pricey coming in at $69. However, with a lifetime warranty, it’s well worth the splurge.

Dimensions:  Open diameter: 38"; Closed length: 12" Weight: 0.85 oz. Carrying sleeve included: Yes

Most compact

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Why we love it: When they say mini, they mean mini. The Davek Mini is so small and compact that it fits in the palm of your hand. Measuring less than 7 inches when closed, you can easily stash this umbrella in your carry-on, backpack , or even a jacket pocket. Plus, it weighs less than a pound, making it almost unnoticeable when not in use. Made from reinforced fiberglass, it also comes in 10 bright colors so you can coordinate your umbrella with the rest of your outfit.

Worth noting: Because of its size, the canopy doesn’t provide overwhelming coverage. Additionally, it’s not built for extreme storms and functions best in light showers.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 38"; Closed length: 7"

Weight : 0.8 oz.

Carrying sleeve included : Yes

Best for cities

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Why we love it : With a sleek and stylish small wooden or plastic handle, this lightweight umbrella features a wind-defying 8-rib canopy that’s also UPF 50+ certified, meaning it provides adequate sun protection, too. Small enough to walk down the busy streets of Chicago during a rainstorm without the awkward “bump and sideswipe,” it fits easily in a work tote, briefcase, or backpack. Plus, it features an automatic open and close, and comes in over a dozen bright and bold patterns and colorways, making it easy to stand out in a sea of black and blue canopies. It also comes with a five-year global warranty and is pretty affordable at only $40.

Worth noting: It’s small enough to fit in your hand, which means the canopy doesn’t offer premium protection in heavy rainstorms.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 38.1"; Closed length: 21.6"

Weight : 0.76 oz.

Most affordable

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Why we love it : You can’t go wrong with this incredibly durable, lightweight, and affordable Repel travel umbrella. With over 36,000 4.5-star Amazon reviews, this is an overwhelming crowd favorite among travelers, worker bees, families, and everyone in between. I tested the durability during a heavy summer rainstorm in Chicago, and it stood up surprisingly well thanks to its 9-rib canopy, heavy-duty Teflon-coated fabric, and non-slip rubber grip. Plus, the automatic open and close feature makes it super easy to go in and out of buildings and restaurants without getting soaked or stuck. Another thing to note was how well it stood up to Chicago’s infamous winds—not bending, flipping, or even flapping during big gusts. The best part? It’s only $27 on Amazon and comes in 10 colors.

Worth noting: We didn’t find any problems with the umbrella, but some reviewers found that it didn’t stand up to heavier winds and isn't as lightweight as other comparable brands.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 42"; Closed length: 11.5"

Weight : 0.93 oz.

Carrying sleeve included : No

Most durable

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Why we love it : This heavy-duty umbrella stands up to even the strongest rainstorms, and offers supreme coverage thanks to its patented wind-tip rounded edges, which work like mini umbrellas. It’s also built with a 360-degree spinning canopy which prevents it from breaking when dropped or knocked over. It’s extremely wind-resistant and has been tested to withstand the winds and rains of a category one hurricane. It’s also made from rip-resistant pongee fabric that is also super quick to dry, so you can easily go back indoors without needing a plastic cover.

Worth noting: This umbrella only features six ribs, which means it's smaller than Blunt’s other umbrellas.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 39"; Closed length: 15"

Weight : 0.85 oz.

Best splurge

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Why we love it : If looking chic is just as important as staying dry, this is the umbrella for you. Handcrafted by Italian umbrella maker Pasotti, the canopy will stop people in their tracks—with a beautiful tropical pattern in sage, gold, and dark green. When I was walking in downtown Chicago, I had four people stop to ask me about this umbrella (and then a few ask to buy it from me). Although I originally gravitated to this umbrella for its looks, the functionality is why it’s my absolute go-to. The canopy extends 102 centimeters and has a 93 centimeter shaft, meaning I’m not going to get pelted by rain when it’s windy (which is everyday in Chicago).

Worth noting: At $275, this is by far the most expensive on the list.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 40"

Most lightweight

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Why we love it : They weren’t kidding when they said this is one of the most lightweight umbrellas on the market, weighing only 8 ounces. Small enough to fit into most purses , carry-ons, totes, and computer bags, this umbrella doesn’t take up any more space than it needs too. One drawback with the size is that you need to activate the canopy manually (no quick release button). However, the handle is sturdy and the canopy provides ample coverage for most light-to-moderate rain storms. I love the fact that it comes in multiple colors and patterns, and the price makes it easy to stock up on a few (only $25 at Amazon).

Worth noting: Due to the size, it’s not super wind-resistant and wouldn’t be a great pick if you’re facing a heavy downpour or storm.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 43"; Closed length: 11.2"

Weight : 7.8 ounces

Best patterns

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Why we love it : If you’re someone who buys a bottle of wine based on the label, these umbrellas are for you. Known for its bold, whimsical, and delicate patterns and floral designs, Rifle Paper Company’s umbrellas are true works of art. Each umbrella also features a sleek wooden handle and an automatic open/close feature.

Worth noting: This is not the umbrella to buy if you’re looking for durability, extreme wind resistance, or more bells and whistles. This basic umbrella provides decent coverage in light rain, but isn’t meant for heavy winds or downpours.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 43"; Closed length: 11"

Most wind-resistant

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Why we love it : There’s a reason 81 people have given this umbrella a nearly perfect rating on Amazon—it actually holds up. Sure, it may be a splurge at $159, but it is well worth the price tag when you see how it holds up. Surprisingly compact, the canopy extends 50 inches, giving you extreme protection against even heavy rains. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a carry-on, backpack, or large tote bag. The fabric is 201-thread count, making it luxurious to touch but also extremely powerful against rain. The best feature is the wind-tension frame system, which can withstand heavy winds and prevent inversion. We tested this against a very blustery 55 MPH wind day in Chicago, and there was barely any flapping or movement at all from the tough canopy.

Worth noting: It’s expensive, but comes with a lifetime warranty and replacement guarantee.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 50"; Closed length: 35"

Weight : 1 lb.

Most sustainable

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Why we love it : Shopping sustainably is more important now than ever, and that extends to umbrellas, too. Tote’s recycled umbrella is made from 100 percent Recycled PET plastics, equating to about 7.5 recycled water bottles per umbrella. The handle and strap are also made from all renewable resources, like bamboo and hemp, and the production process uses less water overall. In terms of coverage, the Pet umbrella features Tote’s patented NeverWet invisible coating allowing the rain to drip off the umbrella 4 percent faster, leaving you with a drier umbrella once indoors.

Worth noting: Its compact design makes it easy to travel with, however, doesn’t provide a ton of additional coverage beyond your person.

Dimensions : Open diameter: 43"; Closed length: 11.5"

Weight : 1.15 lbs.


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The Best Umbrellas for Wind and Rain

James Austin

By James Austin , Daniel Varghese and Sarah J. Robbins

Trudging through rain is rarely enjoyable, but a great umbrella will reduce the misery, keep you (mostly) dry, and easily stow away when it’s not needed.

Our favorite is the compact Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella . Its nine-rib construction held up against gale-force winds, and it’s as sturdy as umbrellas that sell for more than twice the price.

Everything we recommend

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Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

The best travel umbrella for most people.

This solidly built, easy-to-find umbrella holds up in high winds. It also comes in several colors.

Buying Options

price may vary by color or style

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AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent

A travel umbrella with great wind resistance.

This nicely priced umbrella blew away most competition in wind-resistance tests. It comes in a range of colors, but they tend to vary in price, and this model has a history of stock issues.

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Balios Folding Double Canopy Umbrella

A travel umbrella that’s slightly more fancy, slightly less practical.

This umbrella performs similarly to our top pick but has a more luxurious feel and build. However, it lacks a wrist strap.

Budget pick

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Lewis N. Clark Umbrella

A cheap, light, and bright travel umbrella.

This isn’t the toughest umbrella, but it comes in many colors, and it’s portable and inexpensive. So it’s great for kids or forgetful folks.

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Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella

A low-priced stick-style umbrella.

With this model, you get classic style and impressive durability at a very reasonable weight—and price.

Upgrade pick

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Davek Elite

A premium stick-style umbrella.

If you’re willing to pay a lot more for a timeless umbrella with elevated style and construction, this is the one to get.

How we picked

The top job of any worthy umbrella is to keep the user dry and protected from the elements.

Though we picked umbrellas of varying lengths, we made sure they were all light and easily portable.

An umbrella should be able to withstand strong gusts, invert without breaking, and then resume its original structure.

Umbrellas are not heirloom items. Since they’re frequently lost or loaned, we looked for options that weren’t overly expensive.

And to suit a range of preferences, we have four other picks, including a budget travel umbrella (perfect for forgetful types) and a high-end, stick-style umbrella that provides more coverage (and is constructed from premium materials).

The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella folds up to a compact size (11½ inches long), so it fits in most bags and glove boxes. At the touch of a button, it forcefully expands to reveal an ample canopy (37 inches in diameter), which protects your torso and head from precipitation in all but the windiest conditions. And its textured handle is easy for hands of all sizes to grip.

We also appreciate that this umbrella comes in several colors (see other options here ), so you can more readily find yours in a crowded umbrella bucket. Finally, Repel backs this reasonably priced umbrella with a lifetime refund or replacement guarantee —but only if you purchase directly from Repel and register the item under its warranty.

The AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent costs less than our top pick—if you get it in black (the other shades cost more.) And due to its vented design and sturdy build, it shrugged off even the toughest gusts during testing. Since 2017, when it first came to our attention, this umbrella has gone in and out of stock several times, making it hard to predict when it would be available. As of early summer 2024, it is out of stock again. If you can find it, though, this is a solid umbrella.

The Balios Folding Double Canopy Umbrella looks and feels premium—with a wooden handle and solid build quality—yet it costs the same (when shipping is included) as our top pick, the Repel umbrella. But its wooden handle is more slippery than the Repel’s handle, and since the Balios umbrella also lacks a wrist strap, you need to be more vigilant in keeping a grip on it. This umbrella held up well to strong winds, and its 37-inch-wide canopy easily bounced back after it was forced to invert during testing. The Balios umbrella deploys quickly.

The Lewis N. Clark Umbrella was a previous top pick in this guide, and it’s still a great value. This lightweight travel model frequently goes on sale for about half the price of our other picks, so it’s a good choice for kids or those who tend to lose umbrellas. It isn’t as solidly built as our other picks, but at 10 ounces, it’s about a quarter-pound lighter than the Repel and AmazonBasics models. And its 38-inch canopy offers better coverage and more wind resistance compared with most other umbrellas in the sub-$20 range. We also like that it comes in eight colors.

If you want more coverage than a compact automatic umbrella can provide, stick umbrellas, though typically taller and heavier, have a wider canopy, so they protect more than just your upper torso. Among the nine stick options we tested, the Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella was by far the most affordable. Yet it held up against the strongest winds and didn’t feel at all top-heavy, which is a common issue with this type of umbrella (often misidentified as a golf umbrella). This one also looks nicer than you might expect for the price. But if you want something made from more premium materials, and you’re willing to spend a lot more, consider our other stick-umbrella pick, the Davek Elite.

As we’ve established, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to get a great umbrella. But if you do opt to splurge on a timeless stick, the Davek Elite is worth it. It has a stitched leather handle, a high-quality fiberglass frame, and a 44-inch microfiber canopy. (Plus, there’s a lifetime guarantee to back it all up.) The Elite is available in three colors (black, navy blue, and copper). Beyond its fancy materials, this umbrella can really perform. It withstands wind exceptionally well. And, thanks to its flexible ribs, it doesn’t become a kite when subjected to strong gusts; instead, it turns inside out and then recovers easily. It’s worth noting, however, that the Elite’s cane handle measures 5 inches across, which could be a lot for a smaller hand to manage.

The research

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Over the past several years, we’ve taken umbrellas on errands, run them under the shower, attacked them with a leaf blower, and tortured them to the point of failure in gusty winds and blizzard-like conditions. In between the tests, we’ve lived with these umbrellas and loaned samples to family members and friends. This has generated impromptu side-by-side comparisons and ultimately revealed how these umbrellas hold up with long-term use. After all of our testing, we’re confident we’ve found some of the best umbrellas among the hundreds available.

When we initially conducted our research, we also visited Rain or Shine in New York City. At the time, it was one of the few umbrella specialty retailers left in the US (it has since closed). Peggy Levee, Rain or Shine’s owner, was a protégé of Gilbert Center , a storied umbrella sales and repair expert, who was also a source for this guide. Levee formerly operated out of a Midtown Manhattan office stocked with high-end models from around the world. Together with Levee, we examined a range of brands and discussed performance, value, and owner satisfaction.

A group shot of colorful, closed umbrellas that we tested.

As always, we started by reassessing our own past research and testing, and we looked at other online reviews. Before visiting the Rain or Shine umbrella store in New York City, we consulted the work of the good folks at GearLab , who have done their own extensive umbrella trials. A post on The Art of Manliness website provided historical context and some well-informed general opinions.

Our 2015 interview with umbrella sales and repair guru Gilbert Center revealed a sad truth: Most (though not all) umbrella making is outsourced to generalist manufacturers, often at the expense of quality. Our dive into online reviews and retail offerings supported that fact; it revealed that there’s an alarming number of cheap, physically identical umbrellas available under multiple, rarely well-known brands. Our digging also revealed there’s a startling similarity and positivity in supposed owner reviews (we’re on record as being skeptics of this phenomenon ). Armed with this background information, we were able to develop some key criteria to help us narrow the field of qualified contestants.

  • It turns out that a 37- to 39-inch-diameter canopy is just about perfect for keeping someone’s head and torso dry—without adding too much bulk to the total package. That’s why this is the range for most manufacturers’ standard or “full-size” portable umbrellas. Regardless of an umbrella’s size, no model will keep you dry from head to toe, especially if there’s a breeze. Blowing rain and puddles inevitably produce wet calves and pant cuffs, dampened thighs, and even soaked waists. It’s better to think of an umbrella as protection for your hairdo and upper torso as you scurry between car and office or subway and home. In 2017 and 2018, we looked into larger options, for those who may value extra coverage stretching to the abdomen. By contrast, mini umbrellas are generally no better than a wide-brimmed hat, so we skipped those models.
  • We focused on umbrellas that were shorter than 12 inches fully folded —with the exception of some stick umbrellas—since most people want something that fits into a car’s glove box or a backpack’s water-bottle pocket. But we don’t recommend ultra-compact models: Though banana-sized umbrellas do exist, their canopies are often too small to be effective. And on ultra-compact full-size umbrellas, the ribs have four joints rather than two, so there are more potential points of failure.
  • We sought a main pick that weighed less than a pound , with preference given to lighter models. After all, you’ll probably be carrying it with you most of the time. But we allowed some wiggle room for the larger stick umbrellas, since you typically tote them more like a cane or walking stick.
  • Materials don’t vary much among brands. What matters: the quality of the design and production, and the specific alloy employed . All umbrellas use a synthetic fabric—usually polyester or nylon—for the canopy. Some boast an additional quick-dry coating of Teflon (though we’ve found this doesn’t make much difference in practice). The ribs and shaft are usually constructed from steel, aluminum, and fiberglass, either alone or in combination. Aluminum construction is sometimes considered a weakness, probably because of the metal’s association with soda cans and cooking foil. (“Stay away from it,” said Rain or Shine’s Peggy Levee. “What’s better is steel and fiberglass.”) But this could be an unfair generalization. After all, if you’ve taken a commercial flight, you’ve entrusted your life to critical components made of aluminum, such as wing ribs and roots; the process is not functionally different from that used to make soda cans, but it’s on an incomprehensibly larger ( and epoch-making ) scale.
  • Although canopy and rib materials aren’t of primary importance, leather, pleather, and rubberized plastic handles offer a much better grip than hard plastic ones—especially when they’re molded into a shape that follows the hand’s natural contours. Stick umbrellas often (though not always) come with a cane handle made of wood or laminate, leather, or rubberized plastic.

A close-up of the handles of six of the umbrellas we tested for this guide.

  • Choosing an automatic or manual opening mechanism is simply a matter of preference. Our research into owner experiences and our own internal polls bias us toward automatics—umbrellas that fully open and partially close with the push of a button on the handle. (So far, no automatic umbrella provides the finishing touch of cinching the canopy with the strap, and it’s hard to imagine one ever will.) If you’re carrying groceries, a purse, a briefcase, or a child in one hand, it’s helpful to be able to snap your umbrella open or closed with the other. That’s why our top pick remains an automatic. We should note, however, that virtually all stick umbrellas have a manual close, and many lightweight umbrellas are fully manual in order to save weight.
  • Then there’s the question of economy . We discovered it’s possible to get an under-$25 model that’s solid enough to bend in the wind and reliably snap back into shape—so you won’t be heartbroken if you leave it at a restaurant. You can find ones for even less, but we wouldn’t recommend them, nor would Levee: “Yes, you can get a $5 umbrella in the street and a $10 umbrella at the drugstore. But how many are you buying?” With these, it’s less a matter of if than of when it will finally break (often on the same day you bought it). If you want to spend much more than $30 on an umbrella, you can get something special. But whether an umbrella is worth that investment depends more on your style proclivities or if you tend to lose umbrellas. “The average price for a nice stick umbrella is around $80 to $120,” Levee said. To be sure, a custom-carved, maple-handled Italian stick umbrella with a twill canopy, such as the Davek Savile we tested, is long on style. However, it won’t perform much better than our budget-friendly stick pick . (Though the steeper investment might motivate you to check the umbrella stand before you walk out the door of a restaurant.)
  • Warranties also matter. Many companies that produce budget umbrellas offer lifetime coverage or other attractive claims. But they make the return shipping and documentation so costly and bureaucratic that it’s not worth the hassle. We favor well-known companies with simple, reliable return-and-replace programs, even if that means a slight increase in up-front cost.

Multiple stick and expanding umbrellas arranged on grass.

For our 2018 update, we conducted research on dozens of new automatic, manual, ultralight, reversible, and stick umbrellas. In the end, we decided to test seven models (from Ace Teah, Bodyguard, Crackajack, Elementex, LifeTek, and Tadge Goods) against our picks from Repel, AmazonBasics, and Lewis N. Clark.

In 2019, we built on what we’d learned from previous updates, testing an additional seven umbrellas from Herschel, Balios, Davek, and Totes. We also checked out inverted umbrellas and included detailed notes on what we thought of that design.

To state the obvious: An umbrella is supposed to keep you dry. So in 2015, we tested several umbrellas for their ability to keep a T-shirt–clad mannequin dry beneath the spray of a dual shower head. To nobody’s surprise, we learned that wider umbrellas did a better job of reliably protecting the mannequin’s head, shoulders, and upper torso.

But once canopies get larger than the 37- to 39-inch range (the typical size of the automatic umbrellas we tested), you start running into weight issues without gaining significantly better coverage. Having established that, in subsequent years we focused our testing on other aspects of umbrella performance and build quality.

A person holding a green lewis and clark umbella in front of the New York skyline.

Instead, we concentrated on testing the umbrellas in real-world scenarios and, perhaps most important, seeing how they held up to stiff winds. Ideally, an umbrella should be lightweight and tough, flexible and resilient.

A good umbrella will withstand a stiff breeze, but it should also invert—flip inside out—when a sudden gust overwhelms its strength limits. In effect, it should bend rather than break. What matters is an umbrella’s ability to easily and repeatedly flip back to proper form. In 2017, on a rainy February day, Wirecutter’s Sarah J. Robbins took 16 models with her as she ran errands with her infant son in a BabyBjörn carrier. A few days later, during a sunny but blustery day, she did a second lap, this time pushing her baby in a stroller. She brought her observations to senior staff writer Tim Heffernan, who had performed the 2016 tests. Together, they reached subjective conclusions based on factors such as weight, balance, and handle comfort.

For the stick umbrellas, which were considerably taller and heavier, we considered how easy they were to use for Sarah, who is 5-foot-2, and for Tim and Daniel Varghese, who are both about 6 feet tall. After that, the most promising candidates weathered a series of stress tests.

We began our tests in the small park outside our office in Long Island City, New York. The goal was to force the umbrellas to invert by holding them in a position they’d rarely, if ever, be subjected to in real-world use: with the handle facing parallel to the ground and the canopy directly downwind, catching the wind like a sail. Once we’d made the canopy invert, we attempted to reverse it.

After weeding out models that were too hard to flip back or were damaged in the process, we tested the survivors during various New York City squalls. Staff writer James Austin used these umbrellas during his daily commute, taking into account the amount of protection they provided and how easy they were to carry on the buses, trains, and streets of New York City.

An opened Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella in the color grey.

The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is our top pick because in quality and durability, it’s on a par with models we saw for more than twice the price. In fact, the Repel umbrella felt just as solid in every phase of our testing as $100-plus models we tested. You can find lighter options (the Repel weighs just over 14 ounces), but along with its heft comes an ability to withstand big gusts. Billed as a “travel umbrella,” it folds up to just 11½ inches long, so it’s easy to store and carry. Still, when this umbrella is fully extended, its 37-inch canopy offers plenty of coverage.

A person holding a red Repel Windproof Travel umbrella to see the bottom.

One of the Repel’s selling points is its nine-rib construction. While most standard umbrellas have eight or fewer ribs, this model has an extra rib, which provides greater reinforcement across the canopy, leading to better durability. We believe this design contributed to our test sample’s valiant fight against 40 mph gusts (in which many competitors flipped). When the Repel did invert, its fiberglass ribs arched easily in the direction they were pushed. And when we pressed the automatic close button, the ribs snapped back into place.

The Repel’s sturdy build goes beyond the extra rib. Its automatic open-and-close mechanism is quite satisfying: Pressing the button forcefully snaps the umbrella to attention. The comfortable-to-hold, rubberized handle is relatively long (about 2½ inches). So Sarah could fit almost her whole hand around it, yet it didn’t feel too small in Tim’s or Daniel’s larger hands.

The polyester, Teflon-coated canopy of the Repel showed no sign of dents or frayed stitching—even after the stress tests. Should anything go wrong, however, the umbrella is also covered by Repel’s lifetime replacement guarantee —with no return required. (The warranty only goes into effect, however, if you buy yours from Repel’s website and then register your purchase.)

A closed Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella in the color grey.

This umbrella comes in several colors (as well as in black). So you shouldn’t have trouble finding yours among the many identical models in the coffee-shop stand. (For additional colors, beyond the options available on the main product page, see this listing on Amazon.) One caveat: We recommend sidestepping the double-canopy color options (like the blue-sky design); these have an extra layer of fabric, making the umbrella heavier and harder to tie together.

After we used the Repel umbrella regularly for over six months, it continued to impress us. Even in the face of significant wind gusts, it never flipped inside out.

In April and May of 2018, the Repel umbrella experienced a pervasive counterfeit issue, but a representative from Upper Echelon Products (Repel’s parent company) assured us that this problem has been resolved. We’ve found no recent evidence to suggest this is an ongoing issue, but it’s still a good idea to be mindful of third-party sellers of this umbrella on Amazon. (The best way to avoid a counterfeit is to be sure the seller is Upper Echelon Products and/or that your order is being fulfilled directly by Amazon.)

How the Repel has held up

After using the Repel umbrella on and off for over a year in rough city weather, senior staff writer Tim Heffernan said this model has held up well. It was stuffed into backpacks and handbags, and it was carried through trains crowded with damp, disgruntled New Yorkers. After all that, it still worked perfectly. Another of our testers, Christina Colizza, an editor on our sleep team, noted that the Repel expanded with more energy than she’d expected. And she said this umbrella was a bit harder to close than others she tested (she said a friend lost a fake nail while trying to secure it).

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Although we appreciate the Repel umbrella’s sturdy build, the snappy opening and tight tolerances do require a strong spring to drive them. As a result, retracting the shaft back down to its fully folded form takes a bit more force than you might anticipate. But once you’re aware that closing the Repel requires extra effort, it’s likely to become more of an afterthought.

An opened AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella in the color yellow.

We love practically everything about the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent . This decently priced umbrella is made with high-quality fabric and has sturdy stitching, and it holds a fierce stance against the wind. Also, its slightly curved handle is comfortable and easy to grip.

The only thing keeping the AmazonBasics umbrella out of our top spot is its relative elusiveness: In the past, this umbrella has gone in and out of stock frequently, and when it disappeared, there was no indication of when it would be back. As of our 2024 update to this guide, the umbrella has once again gone out of stock. We’ll keep an eye on the situation.

A closeup of the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella's wind vent.

What impressed us most about the AmazonBasics model during testing was its windy-weather performance. That’s thanks to the wind vent, a gap in the umbrella’s fabric. The umbrella has two overlapping layers of fabric that lie flat and watertight in the rain; when these layers are caught by wind from underneath, they open, releasing air pressure and preventing the umbrella from inverting. Whether in a blizzard or facing gusts near the top floors of a high-rise apartment building, this umbrella refused to quit against the toughest gales. AmazonBasics also makes a ventless umbrella , but during and after the stress tests, we found that it didn’t hold up as well as the vented one.

A closed AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella in yellow.

Fully closed, the AmazonBasics is just 11 inches long; the fabric of its canopy, however, is thicker than that of the Repel, so when it’s bundled, it’s a bit stockier as well. The round handle is comfortable to hold, as is the wrist strap, and the automatic open-and-close function is as responsive as any we encountered.

After a little over half a year of using the AmazonBasics umbrella, travel and outdoors editor Ria Misra reported that her test model broke. Tim (who’d been testing the AmazonBasics as well as the Repel) said the vented canopy came in handy on the windy hill near where he lives—until the umbrella was forgotten somewhere.

An opened Balios Folding Double Canopy Umbrella in a light color blue.

If you want an umbrella that looks and feels a bit more premium than our other picks, but you don’t quite want to upgrade to a heritage piece, the Balios Folding Double Canopy Umbrella is a great option. Its 37-inch vented canopy expands rapidly when deployed, and the auto-close function is quick, with a satisfying click. The wooden handle is a nice addition, and it was comfortable to hold, though it may seem a bit large in smaller hands. The Balios stood up well to wind in our tests, inverting only when held directly parallel to the wind on a particularly blustery day in the city, and it snapped back easily and quickly.

A closeup of the Balios umbrella's wooden handle.

The wooden handle lacks a wrist strap and feels slicker than the rubberized handle of the Repel. This combo left us worried that the umbrella might be snatched into the air by a particularly strong gust. The handle also made this one of the longest collapsible umbrellas we tested, measuring 13.5 inches when collapsed. Also, though the company takes pains to note that the handle is “ ethically sourced, ” we have been unable to confirm what that means, exactly.

An opened, light blue Lewis N. Clark Umbrella.

If both the Repel and the AmazonBasics umbrellas are out of stock, the Lewis N. Clark Umbrella is another good low-cost option (it was a top pick in a previous version of this guide). It comes in seven colors in addition to black, although black tends to be the cheapest.

One of the most easily portable of the bunch, this travel umbrella is the same height as the AmazonBasics umbrella, and it’s just 10 ounces. Despite this model’s low price, the Lewis N. Clark survived our stress tests with very minor damage, and we’ve had no issues with the units we’ve been using for long-term testing. (Wirecutter’s Sasha VanHoven had the Lewis N. Clark for more than a year and reported that it was “beat up but still kicking!”)

The Lewis N. Clark umbrella in light periwinkle.

Still, compared with our other top picks, the Lewis N. Clark has a lightweight polyester canopy that’s more wrinkly and less taut in certain places—telltale signs of looser quality-control standards. And although its metal ribs are listed as being made of steel, we are nearly certain they’re actually aluminum, judging from their light weight, lack of magnetism, and appearance.

For these reasons, we think most people are better off spending a bit more to get one of our other picks. But if you want something for kids, or you constantly lose umbrellas, the Lewis N. Clark is a good option to consider.

An opened Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella in blue.

Stick (or cane) umbrellas are taller and often have significantly larger canopies than their more portable cousins. Though they’re fun to use, they can be a pain to hold with one hand, especially if you’re on the smaller side. But at just over 20 ounces, the Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella has good weight distribution, and its 42-inch-wide span kept us dry while we were running around town, even in rough weather. This umbrella was easy to use, and that put it ahead of other similarly sturdy but more expensive stick models, such as the GustBuster Classic (which felt considerably more top-heavy).

A closed Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella.

Though it offers the same length and canopy size as the other stick umbrellas we tested, the Totes is significantly cheaper. (And GearLab also named this umbrella one of its favorites.) Its canopy is made from a lighter (and likely lower-cost) material compared with the other umbrellas we considered, and we wondered whether it would hold up to strong winds.

During our blizzard tests, however, as hard as Sarah tried, she couldn’t get this umbrella to flip inside out. This could, of course, be considered a flaw: Seeing your umbrella bend alleviates the fear that one sudden, harsh gust will break it. Still, given the price of admission, that risk seems to be one worth taking. James had this umbrella for several years (before it eventually went MIA). And he says it continued to hold up well in city storms, despite being used in a few too many Gene Kelly impressions.

An open Davek Elite umbrella in black.

If you’re looking for a classically styled stick umbrella to go with a suit, consider the Davek Elite . It feels sumptuous, with a stitched leather handle, a fiberglass frame, and a 44-inch microfiber canopy, which the company says is “190 thread count.” This umbrella has an equally lofty price tag, and it’s the most expensive of our picks by far. That price is partially justified by Davek’s easy-to-use lifetime guarantee (which includes 50% off a new umbrella if you lose your original ).

A closeup of the Davek Elite's leather stick handle.

The Davek Elite performs exceptionally in the wind: Thanks to its flexible ribs, in our tests it didn’t become a kite in the gusts. Instead, it turned inside out and then easily recovered. This umbrella comes in three colors : black, navy blue, and copper.

It’s worth noting that the Davek Elite’s cane handle measures 5 inches across, which is quite a lot for a smaller hand to manage. There were some mentions in online reviews about the umbrella seeming too big overall. And a few people have complained that the silver tip at the end of their umbrella fell off—an especially unwelcome event, considering the price.

If you want an extremely good (and extremely expensive) travel umbrella: The travel-size Davek Solo is a redesign of a past Davek model that we previously recommended in this guide. The collapsible umbrella was the best we tested, with a comfortable-to-hold handle, a strong canopy, and a surprisingly convenient metal belt clip. It was also the only umbrella that elicited comments from other New Yorkers: One person excitedly told James all about his own Solo, which he’d had for years. But it’s hard to justify spending over $100 on something so small and easy to lose, especially when our main picks are nearly as good and are a fraction of the price.

If you want a solid alternative to our top travel umbrella picks: The LifeTek Traveler 45 FX2 impressed us in our 2018 tests. It withstood being battered by violent gusts without ever inverting, likely because of its vented canopy structure (a design it shares with our runner-up pick, the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent ). This was one of the strongest umbrellas we have ever tested. And when we did force it to invert, the canopy snapped back into place without much effort. However, depending on the color, the LifeTek often costs more than our top travel picks, the Repel and AmazonBasics models, and it doesn’t offer enough of an advantage over those to justify making it a pick. That said, because it’s an excellent umbrella with a solid warranty (LifeTek’s two-year “Peace of Mind” replacement guarantee against defects and malfunctions), we feel confident recommending it, especially if you can find it on sale.

A Sharpty inverted umbrella, folded and resting on a wet wooden bench.

Inverted umbrellas are a relatively recent development in “holding something over your head to keep water off” technology. The canopy deploys and collapses in an odd way: unfolding down and out, like a blooming flower, and collapsing up and away from the holder, like a normal umbrella broken by the wind. This is supposed to reduce water dripping onto the floor and make it easier to do things like getting in and out of a car.

We put two inverted umbrellas to the test: the Kazbrella (now discontinued), one of the early examples of this concept, and the Sharpty Inverted , the best-selling inverted stick umbrella on Amazon at the time. Alas, we found the novel design underwhelming.

When we tested the Kazbrella, we noticed extra material on the canopy (there are two layers of fabric, with a flexible structure in between, allowing for the fold). This makes the umbrella more top-heavy than other, similarly sized models, and that can cause extra strain and make the umbrella harder to control in a gust of wind. Also, in order for it to be “drip free,” the umbrella would need to be placed in an umbrella bucket with the canopy up, rather than the handle.

The generic-looking Sharpty Inverted shared the Kazbrella’s problems. It also felt cheap and was difficult to deploy correctly, often requiring a few shakes to get the canopy to fully unfold. And it was a pain to hook its C-shaped handle on a bag strap or a cubical wall (as you can do with most regular stick umbrellas).

With their unique folding style, inverted umbrellas are certainly eye-catching, but in practice they seem to cause more problems than they solve.

If you want your umbrella to keep you dry for a long time, you need to remember to let it dry. Just leave your umbrella open after use—the bathtub is a handy spot. If you don’t, its metal parts—especially an automatic open-and-close function—can corrode. Mildew can also develop in the canopy of a wet umbrella that’s left closed; this not only smells awful but can destroy the fabric over time.

And make sure to let your automatic umbrella do its job, said Peggy Levee, owner of the former New York City umbrella specialty retailer Rain or Shine: If you’re using one with an automatic open-and-close function, do not pull it closed like you would a manual model. “I always point that out to customers,” she said. Over time, that unnecessary tugging could cause the mechanism to break.

A number of colorful umbrellas arranged open on the ground.

Blunt Metro : This is a good travel umbrella if you’re concerned only about the wind. Its shallow, scalloped shape—a direct result of some innovative engineering—shrugged off gusts better than any other umbrella in our test. Unfortunately, we learned that it also does a poor job of keeping you dry when the rain blows sideways.

Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella : This compact model was one of the most popular umbrellas available on Amazon when we first tested it, featuring an impressive 10-rib construction. Though it performed decently in our real-world wind tests, inverting several times without breaking, it was difficult to flip back—a bit too sturdy for its own good. It has since been redesigned with a 12-rib construction; we have not tested the newer model.

Davek Duet : With a 48-inch canopy, this umbrella provides enough shelter for two, yet it’s less than 15 inches long folded and weighs under a pound and a half. It’s wider than most people want or need, but if you’re big or tall, travel in pairs, or just want maximum coverage, it’s worth considering. The eye-watering price is backed by Davek’s unconditional lifetime guarantee .

Davek Mini : If having a really compact umbrella matters to you above all else, this model, which folds down to the size of a banana, is a great choice. When we tested it, the Mini’s tiny, 26-inch canopy could barely keep our head and shoulders dry; the canopy has since been redesigned and expanded to 34 inches, which is likely to be an improvement.

Davek Savile : Hand-assembled in England, this stick umbrella—the granddaddy of Davek’s offerings—is billed as an heirloom piece, and it has a very hefty price tag to match. The handle and shaft are hand-carved from chestnut wood, adding to this umbrella’s weight (30 ounces). It’s impressive, for sure. But for an umbrella of this style, we prefer to save $190 and choose the still-luxe, and more portable, Davek Elite .

EuroSchirm Light Trek : This German travel umbrella is quite good overall, especially given its scant, 9.25-ounce weight. But subpar wind resistance holds it back. The lightweight fiberglass ribs are considerably more flexible than those on other umbrellas, and as a result the canopy collapses easily when blasted head-on and flexes like a leaf in high winds when held upright. This means you’d suffer more inside-out episodes than you would with our picks. Although it didn’t break during testing in a snowstorm, it did look somewhat worse for the wear compared with our picks. But it’s still a decent lightweight choice for less-windy climates.

EuroSchirm Light Trek Automatic : The automatic version has the same issues as the manual version but weighs a lot more.

EuroSchirm Light Trek Automatic Flashlite : This is like the other two EuroSchirm Light Trek models, except it has a small LED flashlight in the handle. That gimmick brings its weight to 13.5 ounces—not a light trekker at all.

GustBuster Metro : This travel umbrella has a well-deserved reputation for durability in the wind: It never came close to inverting during testing. But its strength comes from a complex truss of multiple ribs and springs, making it extremely top-heavy: When the wind catches the canopy, it’s like holding a sledgehammer. That design, plus a hard-plastic handle that’s slick when wet, added up to a losing combination.

GustBuster Classic : Though this stick-style umbrella has a cane handle and a wider canopy than its relative, the GustBuster Metro, their construction is similar. One plus: The contours of the Classic’s cane handle make it easier to manage in the wind. The Classic is a quality tool for a good price, but it didn’t lead the pack in value or function.

Knirps Xtreme Vented Duomatic : This automatic travel umbrella weighs 13 ounces, but its canopy handily opens to an impressive 48 inches—the size of many stick umbrellas. It’s a good choice if you want the coverage but not the hassle of carrying a cane around town. Still, it could be overkill for most people.

Senz Automatic: We had high hopes for this unique umbrella. The main draw is its odd, teardrop shape, which keeps your shoulders and back drier than a typical round canopy. Unfortunately, the long, rear-facing ribs are weak; we damaged one just by cinching the canopy strap.

Totes Signature Clear Bubble Umbrella : The bubble-style umbrella makes sense conceptually, to provide more coverage with a longer canopy that surrounds the user in a sort of traveling dome. But in practice, at least with the Totes Signature Clear Bubble, that extra wall of fabric is just something for the wind to push against, making the umbrella difficult to control, even though it’s light. Also because of its design, the canopy isn’t as wide as on other, similarly sized stick umbrellas, and this limits its protection.

Totes Blue Line Auto Open/Close Umbrella: This umbrella is well reviewed (and we recommend the Totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella as our favorite lower-priced stick-style umbrella). But the Totes Blue Line compact travel umbrella arrived with a 3-inch rip in one of the canopy seams, and it widened in the wind. Also, one of the ribs tore loose from another section of the canopy during our inversion test. (This umbrella appears to have since been discontinued.)

Tumi Medium Auto Close Umbrella : This umbrella is average in terms of its size and compactness. And despite its premium price, it didn’t stand out in any particular test.

What’s the best umbrella fabric?

In our testing, there is no singular best fabric for umbrellas. All of the umbrellas we looked at had canopies made of synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon, and some had an additional quick-dry coat, such as Teflon (but those additions don’t help much). The fabrics all do an equally good job of keeping you dry and shedding water quickly.

How do I choose an umbrella?

Look for an umbrella with a canopy that’s 37 to 39 inches across. This size is good for protecting one person from the rain, and the umbrella can still fold down to a compact package. Similarly, we think one that collapses to 12 inches (when closed) and weighs less than a pound hits the sweet spot: It’s easy to carry an umbrella of this size with you everywhere, yet it will still keep you dry. We suggest the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella for its size, comfortable-to-hold handle, and affordable price.

What’s the best umbrella for windy conditions?

All of our umbrella contenders were tested against stiff winds and fared well. But the AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella with Wind Vent excelled, thanks to the vent at the crown: It lets strong winds pass through without snatching the umbrella from your hands.

This article was edited by Ingela Ratledge Amundson and Jennifer Hunter.

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The Best Travel Umbrella To Keep You Dry in 2024

When you’re on the road, the only weather guarantee you can count on is the fact that nobody can predict what’s coming. Forecasts are subject to change, and things can go from sunny to sour in a heartbeat.

For high-spirited travellers, a bit of rain is nothing a good hot choccy can’t fix, but for some of the gear we take with us everywhere we go, a poorly-timed shower can erase hard drives and permanently destroy expensive equipment.

Luckily, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad planning. Travellers ready for anything won’t leave the house without a good Travel Umbrella to better protect their bags, gear, and phone from all sorts of weather.

Even tropical paradises change quickly in the rainy season, and before you know it, the clouds start rolling in. We’ve all felt the feeling of horror as the first few drops land around you and knowing you won’t make it home in time!! This is where a good quality umbrella comes in!!

Carry peace of mind with you wherever you go with one of the best travel umbrellas on the market. These slimline protection fit in any gear bag or campervan and can quickly step in to save the day.


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  • #1 – Best Overall:  Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella
  • #2 – Most Portable:  HERO Travel Umbrella
  • #3 – Best Windproof Umbrella: Goothdurs Windproof Travel Umbrella
  • #4 – Most Convenient: LANBRELLA Inverted Umbrella
  • #5 – Most Stylish:  Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella
  • #6 – Best Lightweight:  Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella
  • #7 – Best Casing:  Bodyguard travel Umbrella
  • #8 – Most Variety:  Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella
  • #9 – Best Quick Dry:  EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella
  • #10 – Most Affordable:  Amazon Basics Automatic Travel Umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

  • > Lightweight
  • > Fully reversible designs

HERO Travel Umbrella

HERO Travel Umbrella

  • > Comprehensive and robust ribs
  • > Teflon coverage

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Goothdurs Windproof Travel Umbrella

  • > Colorful design scheme
  • > Pongee material

Glamore Inverted Umbrella

LANBRELLA Inverted Umbrella

  • > Inverted design
  • > Handle slips

Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella

Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella

  • > Convenient wrist strap
  • > Automatic open capabilities

Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella

Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella

  • > Made out of steel and fiberglass materials

BodyGuard Travel Umbrella

BodyGuard Travel Umbrella

  • > Ten ribs to provide more wind resistance
  • > Included leather case

Lewis N Clark Travel Umbrella

Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella

  • > Variety of fun colors
  • > Lightweight rain protection

EEZ Y Travel Umbrella

EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella

  • > Vented double canopy
  • > affordable and variety of protection features

AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella

AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella

  • > Button-operated open and close features

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#1 – Best Overall: Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella is our pick for best overall compact travel umbrella.

  • 11.5 inches long
  • 36.5 inches wide

The Repel windproof travel umbrella sets the bar high. This umbrella is lightweight, strong, and even offers fully reversible designs that can withstand windy weather. The repel brand has earned acclaim across the world for its durability and quality design, and this travel umbrella is its flagship model. 

Let’s be honest, using an umbrella in blustery weather is a nightmare, but this windproof umbrella with its double canopy can repel strong winds without blowing inside out! When you’re looking for a compact travel umbrella you often have to compromise but here, no way!

Thanks to their lifetime replacement guarantee, this affordable umbrella should be the last one you ever have to buy. In addition, the Repel windproof travel umbrella package comes with a travel case so your rain protection can easily fit into the most miniature carry-on bags. 

Taking up less space than a raincoat and providing enough coverage for you and your bags, this top-of-the-line lightweight travel umbrella is a safe choice and it’ll stand up to way more than just light rain.

#2 – Most Portable: HERO Travel Umbrella

HERO Travel Umbrella

Meet the most portable umbrella: HERO Travel Umbrella

  • 13.74 inches long
  • 40 inches Wide

Gunning for the crown is this upstart travel umbrella, a new option that has turned heads as quickly as kept them dry. 

We can be heroes with the right equipment in our pocket, and the convenient hardshell case allows your lightweight travel umbrella to be protected while compacting down to fit into even the smallest pack, even a travel purse .

Once unravelled, the travel umbrella promises best-in-class rain coverage thanks to comprehensive and robust ribs and Teflon coverage. Even though it’s one of the most compact umbrellas out there, it will still withstand some strong winds and is a great option if you’re looking for a windproof umbrella.

With the same lifetime guarantee as the Repel windproof travel umbrella, the only reason the HERO travel umbrella isn’t higher on the list is the slightly larger price point. However, travellers looking to invest in an extra splash of coverage can rely on this option to help stay dry. It might just be the only umbrella you’ll have to buy!

#3 – Best Wind Protection: Goothdurs Windproof Travel Umbrella

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Our pick for best wind protection is Goothdurs Windproof Travel Umbrella

  • 12.4 inches long
  • 40 inches long

With a simple yet colourful design scheme and top-notch reinforcements in the right places, this windproof travel umbrella is protection made interesting. The umbrella uses a mix of alloy steel and carbon fibre to strengthen its ribs while remaining one of the most lightweight options on the market. 

We gave this Goothdurs Umbrella incredibly high rain-resistant ratings thanks to the Pongee material used in the outer layer, also giving the umbrella its signature look. The fabric naturally repels even the strongest showers. With a double canopy, you’re not going to be caught out any time with this compact travel umbrella.

Wrap it all up in the included carrying case and take this compact umbrella wherever the storm finds you. If you’re looking for the best windproof umbrella then you can’t go wrong with this number!

#4 – Most Convenient: LANBRELLA Inverted Umbrella

Glamore Inverted Umbrella

LANBRELLA Inverted Umbrella is one of the most convenient umbrella

  • 42 inches wide
  • 32 inches long

This umbrella thinks a bit differently. The handle slips right over your wrist which allows you easy access to your phone or an ice cream cone while the umbrella is in operation. 

When it’s time for storage, you won’t find anything more convenient than LANBRELLAs inside-out design. No one wants a wet umbrella in their backpack!

Flip this umbrella over, and it will completely seal off the damp side of the product from the rest of your possessions until you get home. This umbrella can’t entirely fold in half, but the inverted design still makes it a compact umbrella.  

The cherry on top is the luminous band on the outside edges of the otherwise black umbrella that allows you to be spotted quickly crossing dark streets at night. Packed full of new features, there’s something for everyone in this option, making it one of the best umbrellas on the market.  

#5 – Most Stylish: Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella

Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella

Meet the most stylish umbrella: Kate Spade Raindrop Travel Umbrella

  • 40 inches wide
  • 12.75 inches long

Sometimes it’s worth splurging to look good. Pop-out in a rainstorm with the high-quality coverage provided by this less adventurous travel umbrella. It comes with a convenient wrist strap and automatic open capabilities. 

This umbrella can’t fold in half and won’t break any space-saving records, but it doesn’t weigh much more than some of the lightest travel options on the market, and it will provide a splash of much-needed colour on a cloudy day. 

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#6 – Best Lightweight: Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella

Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella

Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella is our pick for best lightweight umbrella

  • 39 inches wide

This lightweight umbrella still expands for enough coverage to protect two people and is favoured by travellers who take every ounce seriously. Tucked inside its travel case, you can slide this travel umbrella into a purse or jean pocket and carry rain protection everywhere you go. It might just be the best most compact travel umbrella on the market for those packing light.

While it lacks Teflon or other high-performance features to make it a completely windproof umbrella, it’s still made out of steel and fibreglass materials that won’t crumble at the first gust. 

Even the most lightweight backpackers can find the space necessary to bring along this compact travel umbrella. If you’re specifically looking for portable umbrellas then this brolly is gonna get the job done.

#7 – Best Casing: BodyGuard Travel Umbrella

BodyGuard Travel Umbrella

Our pick for best casing umbrella is BodyGuard Travel Umbrella

  • 13.3 inches long
  • 37 inches wide

Each rib on your travel umbrella will help to protect you from windy conditions better, so it’s never a bad idea to bring along a few extra. Unlike most travel umbrellas which feature eight ribs, this bodyguard spreads its rain coverage across ten ribs to provide more wind resistance. 

The extra ribs better protect the Teflon technology that is spread across the canopy, allowing water to wick off quickly and helping the umbrella dry faster than the competition. Once it’s dried up, it fits nicely inside the included leather case for a fashionable and protected look. 

While slightly more expensive than some industry-leading options, this travel umbrella packs plenty of safety features to justify an extra few bucks. You’re really getting a quality umbrella here for the money.

#8 – Most Variety: Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella

Lewis N Clark Travel Umbrella

Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella is our pick for most variety umbrella

  • 11 inches long
  • 38 inches wide

Lewis N. Clark surely wished they had the technologies included in this travel umbrella when they first crossed the country, as the rain coverage in this travel tool will make any trip better. The umbrella folds up smaller than some of the best travel umbrellas on the market, and when it’s time to use it, the wide diameter keeps everything dry. 

All of this in an affordable package makes the umbrella a no-brainer, and the company’s one-year guarantee will make sure you get your money’s worth. Is it the best compact umbrella on the market? Quite possibly!

You can choose between a variety of fun colours or stick to black. No matter what colour you pick, you’ll have lightweight rain protection that can survive winds up to 30 mph.  

#9 – Best Quick Dry: EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella

EEZ Y Travel Umbrella

EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella is one of the best quick dry umbrella

Another option that isn’t trying to do too much, this easy travel umbrella won’t save you from a tropical storm, but it can hold its own in most rain showers. The umbrella has venting technology across the entire double canopy, which allows the umbrella to dry faster than the competition. 

This feature also allows wind to blow through without carrying you away. The vented double canopy still folds up to an incredibly compact size, and a reinforced steel frame should last a lifetime. 

It’s not as wide as the best umbrellas on this list, but its affordability and variety of protection features still make this quality umbrella a great addition to any travel arsenal.  

#10 – Most Affordable: AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella

AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella

Our pick for most affordable umbrella is AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella

  • 11.2 inches long

If you’re not expecting much out of your travel umbrella, you won’t need more than the basics. Amazon has provided enough lightweight features in a compact body to provide a quality travel umbrella as long as you’re not expecting much wind. 

The umbrella includes button-operated open and close features and still provides full-sized protection despite rolling up into an 11-inch package. Unfortunately, while slim and protective, you won’t find any durable materials on this product, with a simple steel alloy frame. 

It might not be the best umbrella out there, but if you get caught in a drizzle from time to time, having this travel umbrella in your bag will prevent a bad day from getting worse. 

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If you stick around long enough, there’s bound to be some rain. The perfect travel umbrella is small enough that you don’t notice it in your bag for months but is ready to open up and protect you and your gear in a flash. 

When it’s time to open up your umbrella, you won’t want to spend your walk home fighting with the wind either. The best umbrella stands up to not only the rain but won’t flip inside out at the slightest breeze! 

Strong wind gusts are your umbrella’s worst nightmare, and if you don’t have the right travel umbrella, your protection could be gone with the wind! Think, Mary Poppins gone wrong!

Umbrella companies have taken measures to provide compact but resilient travel companions that offer varying levels of the following characteristics. Great umbrellas balance protection, hardiness, and compactness with keeping the costs down to qualify as a contending product. 

Let’s be honest, even if you’ve got the best travel bag out there, you still don’t want to risk it getting soaked wet if it’s got your expensive laptop and travel camera inside!

What’s the point of an umbrella if it is not good at protecting you? Protection should be the deciding factor when you are searching for the perfect travel umbrella. 

Every travel umbrella may hold its own in a minor rain shower, but few can handle gale-force winds.

If you’re expecting some foul weather, look for stainless steel frames and ribs that are malleable but resilient.  Blending these frames with Teflon-coated exterior layers or flexible fibreglass allows certain high-tech travel umbrellas to tolerate windy conditions better. Some umbrellas also have a double canopy to allow wind to move through without catching in the canopy.

Travel umbrellas that promise to be windproof can stay in shape through winds up to 60 mph. If you’re experiencing winds any more robust than that, I highly suggest you get inside immediately!

The best brands have battle-tested their brolly’s in various laboratory conditions to prove their worth on a windy day, and others have sacrificed a few high-performance pieces to be extraordinarily lightweight or compact.  


Every travel umbrella seeks to find the perfect balance between compact size and complete rain protection. You’ll have to decide for yourself how much space in your luggage you’re willing to sacrifice for a larger canopy. 

A quality travel umbrella should fold up by telescoping to take up less precious cargo space, squeezing down to packages about a foot long. All of the umbrellas on our list can compact themselves to fit easily in any carry-on luggage. 

These compact umbrellas are made lightweight to fit into more bags using light metals and sacrificing some canopy reach compared to an everyday parasol. Look for travel umbrellas to only weigh around one pound, while some of the best-in-class options are closer to half a pound. 

Juxtapose the weight with your coverage requirements. Umbrella enthusiasts agree that a 23 inches canopy is the minimum length necessary to protect one person. However, you’ll want your canopy to tack on a few inches if you expect it to guard your bags as well as your body. 

Finding the perfect blend to these stats is the recipe for a great travel companion. If your Bumbershoot is too big, it might be tempting to leave it out of your day pack, which could be a fatal mistake. 

On the other hand, an umbrella that is too small to protect you and your belongings entirely is useless no matter how little space it takes up.  

Whether it’s facing the wind, rain, sleet, or grumpy baggage handlers, you’ll need a travel umbrella that can take a beating. Luckily, some of the most lightweight metals have also proven themselves capable of absorbing a few punches. 

Fibreglass steel and Teflon will provide the hardiest protection, followed closely by lightweight aluminium alloy. Ideally, your umbrella will have a combination of a few of these elements that allow it to stay light and strong. 

If you don’t want to buy a new umbrella every year, it’s worth investing a few extra dollars into a high-quality product that combines these metals. Cheap substitutes can talk a big game but can often snap after a few weeks in the bottom of your luggage.  

Some of the best travel umbrellas on the market take protection a step further by providing a tough yet packable case that makes it easier to safely and compactly store your umbrella. 

Looking for a good waterproof jacket to combine with your new umbrella? Check out our guide to the best options on the market.

Still, have some questions? No problem! We’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions below. Here’s what people usually want to know:

Do I really need a travel umbrella?

Every real traveller knows that an umbrella can be a lifesaver on rainy trips. Even if it’s just for the short trip from the tent to the toilets… And since travel umbrellas are so compact and small, there’s really no reason that speaks against packing one.

What’s the difference between a travel umbrella and a normal umbrella?

A travel umbrella can be folded and packed into such a compact bundle that it’s easily fitting in even the smallest pack. They’re also lighter than normal umbrellas.

What are the most compact travel umbrellas?

Looking for compact umbrellas? Check out the lightest and most packable travel umbrellas: – Umenice Automatic Travel Umbrella – HERO Travel Umbrella – Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

What is the sturdiest travel umbrella?

Travel umbrellas might be super light, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be sturdy. The Goothdurs Windproof Travel Umbrella easily proves this.

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Final Thoughts

For many exciting and exotic locations, unexpected downpours are a part of daily life. Slip a travel umbrella into your luggage, and don’t let it out of your sight.

No umbrella will protect you from an October in Costa Rica , and there is no one umbrella perfect for everyone. Only you can decide the best travel umbrella for your unique usage, but there is no risk involved in bringing along some extra rain protection. 

We’ve laid out the best travel umbrellas that are capable of protecting you from tropical rainstorms, downpours, and too much sun. Lightweight and multifunctional, these umbrellas can fit in any bag. 

Every traveller has a story or two about being in the wrong place at the wrong time and ending up drenched. Let us know about the times you wish you had a high-quality travel umbrella to save your day in the comments! 

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The best travel umbrella for you largely depends on where and when you’ll often use it. But the last thing you want is to have to test your umbrella for the first time while on vacation.

After dramatic technical failures, we’ve tossed one too many umbrellas into public trash cans (popped hinges! Ripped fabric! Sound familiar?). So, we decided it was high time for a more methodical approach to finding an excellent travel umbrella. We’ve narrowed down the field to 10 umbrellas, which we’re confident packing in our bags when we hit the road.

Best Compact Travel Umbrellas

Traveler type: Carry-on only is your travel mantra, but you want something a little sturdier than traditional budget options.

These compact travel umbrellas are made for travelers who want something small and light that also delivers a higher quality than budget options, with automatic open-and-close functionality and more durable construction.

EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella

EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella in green, best travel umbrella

As far as compact umbrellas go, this one delivers solid construction for its price tag. The umbrella folds to 11 inches and weighs just over 14 ounces for easy packing. Its not-your-average-mini-umbrella construction, including a double canopy with nine ribs, adds durability in wind gusts.

Davek Solo Umbrella

Davek Solo Umbrella in black, collapsed and held together with a velcro strap, best travel umbrella

A bit heavier (1 pound 2 ounces) and longer (11.75 inches) than the EEZ-Y model, the Davek Solo makes up for the added weight and space with a wind-resistant frame designed to withstand more than a breeze. It’s a little pricier than your traditional mini umbrella; however, the brand’s Loss Protection Card offers you 50 percent off a new umbrella if you lose yours, and there’s a lifetime guarantee to protect you in case of mechanical problems.

Most Durable Travel Umbrellas

Traveler type: You don’t mind the extra weight if it means your umbrella won’t turn inside out as often.

If you’re the type of traveler who always seems to be wrestling with your umbrella in the slightest breeze, these umbrellas are for you. These travel umbrellas are made to withstand wind thanks to details like venting systems of overlapping fabric layers, additional springs at joints, and more robust materials.

Blunt Metro Travel Umbrella

Blunt Metro Travel Umbrella in blue, best travel umbrella

While it’s a little longer than other travel umbrellas (14 inches), this Blunt model is still light at just over 12 ounces. It has been designed to withstand winds up to 55 miles per hour and has blunt edges, so it won’t puncture holes in anything when you stash it in your luggage (or hurt passersby in crowded cities). Despite its manual close, we also found that this umbrella had the smoothest opening and closing of any umbrella we’ve ever tried.

GustBuster Metro

GustBuster Metro in black

Like the Blunt Metro, the GustBuster Metro is designed to withstand 55-mile-per-hour gusts. Its double canopy waterproof construction also makes it one that can protect you from the heavy rains that often accompany the wind. At 16 inches and 1.1 pounds, it’s one of the bigger options on this list, but if you’re looking for your sturdiest option, this is it.

Best Cheap Travel Umbrellas

Traveler type: You always leave your umbrella behind at restaurants, on trains, in cabs….

While these umbrellas aren’t the toughest, you won’t mind losing them. Fortunately, some of the most inexpensive umbrellas are also the lightest and most packable, meaning you’ll almost always have space for them in your luggage or day bag.

Totes TRX Manual Mini Trekker

Totes TRX Manual Mini Trekker in a multi-color pattern

Coming in at eight ounces and 6.5 inches when folded, this option from Totes is one of the best mini umbrellas—ideal for throwing in your day bag if there’s a chance of rain. It also doubles as a shade source during warmer days with built-in sun guard UPF 50 protection. With nearly a dozen colors and patterns, you can find the one that best matches your travel outfits.

Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella

Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella in light blue

This 10-ounce, 10.75-inch-long umbrella will likely turn inside out on you when it gets windy, but the good news is that it’s proven to pop back into shape time and time again easily. It’s also easier to close with an auto open/close button.

Best Travel Umbrellas for Heavy Rain

Traveler type: Even a monsoon won’t stop you from exploring on your trip.

If you know you’re going to a particularly rainy destination or must keep your outfit completely dry in a storm, look for an umbrella with a larger canopy. The tradeoff for better coverage is often a longer umbrella and more weight.

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella in black

Coated with Teflon, this umbrella dries faster than umbrellas without a Teflon coating, so you can easily stash it in your bag when the rain (hopefully) stops. The double-vented canopy gives this umbrella extra flex that helps it stand up to powerful gusts. Measuring 11.5 inches long and weighing under a pound, this Repel umbrella is still a relatively small, light option.

Bodyguard Windproof Travel Umbrella

Bodyguard Windproof Travel Umbrella in several colors

Reinforced with ten flexible ribs for higher winds, this umbrella is another Teflon-coated option, ensuring water runs off your umbrella and not onto you. The 46.5-inch canopy is slightly larger than the Repel’s, giving you added protection (or allowing you to squeeze in another travel companion if you feel like sharing). It is, however, an inch longer.

Best Large Umbrellas for Couples

Traveler type: You and your companion don’t mind huddling together to stay out of the rain.

Ultra-packable umbrellas are often designed for one person, meaning if you’re traveling with family, you might want to equip each member with their own. However, vacationers traveling in pairs can get around packing multiples with these umbrellas designed to shelter two.

Prospo 62 Inch Large Travel Umbrella

The Prospo 62 Inch Large Travel Umbrella in black in the forefront, with four smaller color options in the upper right corner

With an oversized canopy (62 inches), this umbrella has plenty of room to fit two but folds up to only 15 inches so it won’t take up space in your bag. 

Kalolary 62 Inch Extra Oversize Large Compact Golf Umbrella

Kalolary 62 Inch Extra Oversize Large Compact Golf Umbrella in black with yellow trim

With a 62-inch diameter, this umbrella has plenty of room for two people. The best part? It closes up to 11.8 inches, putting it on par with more compact travel umbrellas. While it’s a bit heavier at just over a pound, the size of it open outweighs the extra weight.

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The Best Umbrellas to Help You Ride Out the Rain

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It always seems to rain when you least expect it. That's when I'd usually hit a corner store here in New York City to grab a cheap $20 umbrella. A few months later, I'd bring out the same umbrella and it would already have small rips on the canopy, or the stretchers would break and make a floppy mess in the wind. Rinse and repeat.

I've wasted a lot of cash on cheap umbrellas, and I'm here to warn you not to make the same mistake. There are plenty of decent, affordable umbrellas, you just need to know which brands to rely on. It's worth spending a little more on a high-quality umbrella that will last a while. I've researched extensively and tested more than 50 umbrellas over nearly four years—these are our favorites at various prices. Now you just have to remember to bring it with you.

Be sure to check our many other guides , including the Best Rain Jackets and our tips on How to Re-Waterproof a Rain Jacket .

Updated March 2024: We've added a new version of the Prostorm umbrella and the Gilley umbrella.

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Best Overall

After testing Weatherman umbrellas for several years, I think it offers the best quality for the money. The Travel Umbrella is my favorite—an umbrella that automatically opens and closes is super helpful when you enter a building while juggling groceries and a cup of coffee. Thanks to its fiberglass ribs and shaft, it's sturdy, and the Teflon fabric hasn't shown any signs of wear (it dries quickly!). I haven't noticed any issues with the open and close mechanism either.

It's one of the most compact umbrellas we've tested (save the Davek Mini below) and weighs less than a pound. That does mean the canopy is small—a smidge under 38 inches in diameter—making this a strictly one-person umbrella. It comes with a great strap, a lifetime warranty for defects, and a little zipper pouch to store a Bluetooth tracker to help you find it if you leave it at a restaurant.

★ Also great: I like Weatherman's The Stick Umbrella ($84) , which is much bigger (44-inch canopy), only opens automatically, and has a vented canopy to allow strong gusts to flow through. It has one of the biggest arced domes to shield you from droplets too. If you're in an area with high winds, consider The Collapsible Umbrella ($74) . It's more compact than The Stick, with a 40-inch canopy, but does the same great job of resisting such conditions.

Best Budget Umbrella

The auto-open and auto-close Prostorm Vented Travel Umbrella is remarkable for the money—it’s leagues better than the cheap models you’ll find in corner stores on rainy days. That might be because it’s made by Davek, the same company that makes high-end umbrellas (see below). The original Prostorm version I tested has held up well over the years, and the 2024 model makes one big improvement—it’s 20 percent lighter at just 398 grams. Also new is a ratcheting system that lets you reset the umbrella to whatever part of the shaft you want—you don't have to bring it fully down immediately. This umbrella has a decently deep dome, meaning it’s not as flat and can block rain when it falls in varying directions. It’s double-vented with a 38-inch canopy that feels spacious for one person, and there is a fiberglass-and-steel frame with nine ribs to support the canopy. After using it for several months as my primary umbrella, it has functioned exceptionally well.

My main gripe is that you have to give the umbrella a small shake to let it fully extend. Even with the ratcheting system, pulling it down will require some effort. Also, the rubber handle (it comes with a strap!) remains small for my large hands. This might not be an issue if your paws aren’t as ginormous as mine.

★ Also great: The Balios Travel Umbrella Double Canopy ($27) is another excellent cheap umbrella that costs a smidge more than the Prostorm. It can automatically open and close with the push of a button—like with most automatics, you'll have to manually pull the runner down the steel shaft to collapse it. At about a foot long, it doesn't take up much room in a backpack, and the wooden handle is a nice touch; its generous size offers a comfortable grip. The vented double-canopy model did a surprisingly great job withstanding New York wind gusts. There's a single-canopy model too , and Balios has more fun designs than Prostorm.

Best Upgrade

The Davek Solo is exquisite. It automatically opens and closes via the push of a button. (It requires some effort to slide the runner down the steel shaft to close it completely.) The 37-inch-diameter canopy is nearly identical to the Weatherman Travel umbrella, the frame is reinforced with fiberglass, and there are nine ribs (the more ribs the better in heavy winds). The handle feels really nice—it has a clip and a top-grain leather strap—but I wish it was a little longer. Davek also has a lifetime warranty for any repairs the umbrella might need, and if you lose it, use the special code that comes in a box to redeem a replacement for up to 50 percent off the regular price (it can only be redeemed once). Downsides? It's heavier and expensive.

Best Luxury Full-Size Umbrella

This is the quintessential umbrella. When closed, it's around 3 feet long—hard to store in a bag. The curved handle is exceptional, made of top-grain leather, and you get a nice button that tastefully opens the umbrella up (it closes manually). You're getting high-end materials through and through. The frame system is made of "wind-tension" fiberglass, the shaft is also fiberglass, and the canopy is among the largest in this guide, with a 44-inch diameter. It's meant for one, but it had no trouble sheltering my partner and me from the elements.

This is a statement umbrella. It's ideal for formal events, though it's great as an everyday carry if you don't mind the fact that you can't keep it in a bag or strap it to your wrist. It's spendy, but it will last (my model functions perfectly after four years). As with the Davek Solo, the company's lifetime warranty covers manufacturing defects, and you can use the included code to redeem a replacement for up to 50 percent off the regular price (only once). If you're spending this much, you may want to grab Davek's Loss Alert Sensor ($35) , which attaches to the canopy via a magnet. It pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, and the app ( Android , iOS ) sends a ping when you walk away from your umbrella. It worked well in my testing, though it's frequently sold out (the company says it'll have a fresh supply in May). Read our Best Bluetooth Trackers guide for other picks.

★ Also great: The ShedRain Vortex V2 Vented Auto Open Stick Umbrella ($48) has the same lifetime guarantee as Davek, along with the same 44-inch diameter (from one end to the other when open). It has treated me well for several months. It's a tiny bit heavier but is made from 100 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles. It has a fiberglass frame and a vented canopy, and the rubber handle is comfy to grasp. It doesn't have the style or luxe feel of the Davek, but it's much cheaper.

Hatley Kids Umbrella

Best Kids’ Umbrella

WIRED editor Adrienne So's kids have tested a few umbrellas, including the Weatherman Kids Umbrella and the Original Duckhead , but the Hatley Kids Umbrella is their favorite. In the words of her 6-year-old, the Weatherman is hard to open and close, but the Hatley doesn't have this problem, and it is smaller, has a nicer wooden handle, and features fun prints on the canopy. (You can even buy color-changing models when the canopy gets wet!) Even if the Weatherman feels sturdier in the hand and is slightly bigger, with its 29-inch diameter, the Hatley is their preference. It retains its shape in stiff breezes and has held up over a year of being shoved into backpacks, thrown in and out of lockers and cars, and occasionally abused as a cane or a sword. What more can you ask for?

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Best Two-Person Umbrella

Want the benefits of a full-size umbrella but in a smaller package? This umbrella routinely surprises me when I open it. It has a 50-inch canopy! That's actually bigger than our full-size pick above. It is heavier, but it's significantly shorter and can easily be stowed in the water bottle pocket of a backpack. (It just might stick out a bit.) It automatically opens, and the canopy is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, supported by a fiberglass frame. It's big enough for two people without being too cumbersome to stow.

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Best Travel Umbrella

An umbrella takes up valuable real estate in your backpack. Enter the Davek Mini. Its 7-inch size makes it the perfect umbrella to leave in your bag all the time or to bring when you travel. I had no trouble stowing it in my jacket pocket and even managed to pop it in the back pocket of my jeans when walking about. (There's a strap so you can leave it on your wrist as well.) This is not the umbrella to get if you're in an area with high winds and heavy rainstorms—the Mini does a good job of keeping my head, shoulders, and some of my torso dry, but with a 34-inch diameter, it can only do so much.

It opens and closes manually, and the steel shaft and fiberglass-reinforced frame feel sturdy, holding up surprisingly well against gusts of winds. But the best part about buying from Davek is the aforementioned lifetime warranty and loss protection. The Mini has been my go-to when I take my dog out on walks, and I frequently stow it in my luggage on trips.

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A Clear Bubble Umbrella

Bubble umbrellas are cute, and see-through umbrellas offer real utility in that none of your vision is blocked when you're using them—that makes this the best of both worlds. Of all the umbrellas ShedRain sent me, I've been using this the most. It automatically opens (you have to close it manually), the 38-inch diameter on the canopy is enough to cover my body and my backpack, and the plastic crook handle is roomy. (I like the look and feel of the acrylic handle more , but it's pricier.)

You get eight fiberglass ribs and a steel shaft, and the canopy is made from polyethylene, which is wrinkly but has held up well against strong winds and battering rainfall. Just make sure you keep it open for a while when you get inside—I've noticed it dries much more slowly than other umbrellas. It's fairly lightweight at a little more than a pound, and just plain cute. Everyone needs a clear bubble umbrella in their arsenal.

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Smartest (and Safest) Design

The Blunt Coupe feels so satisfyingly smooth when you open it manually. The 41-inch diameter is big enough to protect most of my 6'4" frame and backpack, and it fares well in high winds, thanks to its fiberglass ribs and polycarbonate frame. When you slide the runner down the aluminum shaft to close it, there's a locking mechanism so the canopy doesn't open up when it's not secured with the Velcro strap. But perhaps its best feature is the blunt edging at the tips. As I'm tall, my face has been privy to jabs from pointy umbrellas, so I'm glad I don't have to worry about poking someone's eyes out here.

Despite its length, the Coupe weighs just a pound, and I love the grippy rubber handle. However, the built-in strap broke off less than a year after I started using it. Thankfully, Blunt has a two-year warranty and a repair program—email the company about any defects and it will repair your model or send a replacement. I also have slowly watched the Coupe go up in price over the years, unlike other umbrellas on this list.

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An Unbreakable Umbrella

When I saw the word unbreakable , I just had to test that claim. I mimicked the test seen in Never-Thought-of-It's ad (minus the bulldog). I balanced the Polish-made Unbreakable Umbrella between two chairs and stepped on it. It did not break! But do you need such a strong umbrella? Probably not, but at least you can be sure it'll last a long time. It doubles perfectly as a walking stick and even comes with a rubber sole you attach to the tip for stability. The 47-inch canopy is enough to cover two people, and it smoothly opens up fully at the push of a button. (It closes manually.)

It weighs a pound and a half, which feels heavy after a while. The button is too sensitive. I've accidentally opened it more times than I can count, but this might be a bonus if you or someone you love has trouble pushing buttons. The ribs are fiberglass, and the rod is made of a proprietary blend of polyester and fiberglass—it gave me no trouble in many a rainstorm. The price is steep, but it makes a great gift.

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Best for Sporting Events

Whether at a wedding, graduation, football game, or another type of outdoor event, a nice, large umbrella is perfect for the family to huddle up under. The Sport from Blunt is a much higher-end option than the Blunt Coupe (see above). It has a fiberglass shaft and frame, and its 58-inch diameter can easily fit two people, maybe three if everyone squeezes in. It's too big and heavy to use as an everyday umbrella, though.

Sliding the runner up the shaft to open it is just as smooth as on the Coupe, and you get the same locking mechanism at the bottom to keep the ribs closed. The edges of the umbrella are blunt (get it?) so you don't poke people in the face, and the rubber handle is the perfect length for my palm. The whole thing is on the heavier side at more than 2 pounds, but it does come with a handy sheath you can use to sling the umbrella over your shoulder, no different from Geralt and his swords in The Witcher .

★ Also great: The ShedRain Vortex Vent Pro ($80) has a 54-inch diameter so it's slightly smaller (though it weighs the same) and its materials aren't as nice—it has an aluminum shaft with a fiberglass frame. However, it's a double canopy, which helped it fare well in high winds, especially when I took it to the beach. It's also about half the price.

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Honorable Mentions

There are a lot of umbrellas out there, and we're always testing more. Here are a few others we like that didn't quite make our list of top picks.

ShedRain WalkSafe Reflective Stick Umbrella for $60 : This is a simple manual umbrella that opens and closes smoothly, has a circular handle that can hook onto things, and has a 41.5-inch diameter that covers a person (or two) fairly well. The reason to buy it is the reflective fabric—it'll brighten up quickly when a car's headlights land on it, so you can feel safe knowing you're visible to motorists.

Blunt Metro for $89 : The Metro is the more compact and slightly lighter-weight version of the Blunt Coupe up above. It automatically opens (manually closes) and provides nearly the same amount of coverage. The canopy spins in 360 degrees to supposedly prevent damage to the core mechanism. My only issue with it is that when you fold it all down and cinch the canopy with the Velcro strap, it covers most of the handle, so you have to hold the Metro by the wet fabric or the wrist strap.

ShedRain Vortex V1 Umbrella for $25 : This auto-open/close umbrella works well, though it's nothing to write home about. It's pretty compact, with a 38-inch diameter, and it does a solid job against heavy winds, thanks to the vented canopy design. It doesn't look or feel particularly nice, and the handle is a bit too small for my big palms, but at least there's a strap.

ShedRain Stratus Manual Stick Umbrella for $100 : I've had no real problems with this umbrella, but it requires a bit of force to fully open (it's completely manual). You don't need to extend it all the way, just a quarter up the carbon-fiber shaft. I would have expected it to be even lighter than our stick umbrella pick from Davek, but alas, it's a little heavier. You get a 42-inch roomy canopy and a twill weave fabric with Teflon coating that does a pretty solid job of drying quickly. It has a nice rubber handle too.

Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella for $25 : This one is sturdy, handles high winds, and provides good coverage when open, collapsing down to just a foot in length. It comes in tons of gorgeous colors, and a single button opens and collapses the fiberglass ribs. But “It's. So. Dang. Hard. To. Close," according to my fellow umbrella reviewer, Louryn Strampe. Fully closing this umbrella is a two-handed operation, and she got so fed up with it during testing that she often just used the ground as leverage to push the handle down. It's a problem across the lineup.

LifeTek New Yorker Umbrella for $40 : This is a beast of an umbrella. The 54-inch canopy is more than large enough to keep you and someone else dry, and its fiberglass shaft and wind-resistant frame withstand gusts big and small. The handle has a rubbery grip and a single red button to open and expand the canopy. A Teflon coating ensures it dries quickly after the storm has passed. But between its awkward handle, the 1.5-lb weight, and the 3-foot length, my coworker Louryn Strampe felt the umbrella was too top-heavy for her 5'1" frame.

Senz Original Umbrella for $88 : The first time I took this umbrella out, I overheard someone say, “That's such a cool-looking umbrella.” It is! It looks like a kite shield, and the aerodynamic design can withstand winds of more than 60 mph. On a windy day in New York, the Senz merely bobbed up and down. Unfortunately, the canopy is hard to collapse unless you use both hands, which are not always free. The narrow shape also provides less coverage, although it does make it possible to stick the opened umbrella in your backpack and walk around covered and hands-free.

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Avoid These Umbrellas

Not every umbrella is worth your time and money. We didn't like these options, so steer clear.

Gilley Umbrella for $64 : The pitch for the Gilley is that you get a hard-shell case you can stuff the umbrella into to keep yourself and your space dry when you get indoors from the rain. No need to leave your umbrella open at the door! This isn't a new idea, but I have a few problems with Gilley’s implementation. First, stuffing the umbrella back into the water-bottle-esque plastic case isn't as easy as the company suggests. You have to nail wrapping the Velcro around the 34-inch canopy and cinch it tight or it won't fit well. When the umbrella is open, you’re supposed to affix the plastic case to the bottom so that it doubles as a handle, but this is not a comfortable handle at all because it's so thick. Yes, it does keep you dry when the wet umbrella is inside the case. But I came back to the Gilley after several weeks and found it still wet because I forgot to remove it from the container to dry when I got back home. Gross.

Amazon Basics Automatic Open Travel Umbrella for $15 :  Yes, it's cheap. Yes, it has a vented canopy for improved wind resistance. Yes, it automatically opens and closes at the touch of a button. But it's also the most shoddily built umbrella I've tried. After more than a year of use, parts of the inner frame are rusting and the Velcro on the canopy strap is starting to fray. There's zero fiberglass here too—the material's flex helps the umbrella manage the wind. The Balios or Prostorm we recommend above are so much better for the money.

ShedRain E-Motion Electric Umbrella for $150 : Er, you read that right. This is an electric umbrella. Yes, I know the irony. I, honestly, did not want to venture out into thunderstorms with a piece of aluminum and fiberglass mixed with a battery. The few times I did, the E-Motion did its job decently well. The Teflon-coated fabric feels durable and the nearly 40-inch canopy is spacious, but the motor is really loud and doesn't sound pleasant. This also means you need to recharge the umbrella and I just don't think we need another thing to recharge. I haven't yet needed to plug it in, but even if I did, I might be out of luck. When I moved, I misplaced the proprietary charger. Oops. If you have a family member who struggles with opening and closing an umbrella, this might be a nice option, but it's otherwise a bit too high-tech.

ShedRain AOAC Compact for $36 : I have used this umbrella perhaps three or four times and one of its ribs has already broken. ShedRain has a lifetime warranty, but there wasn't any reason for the rib to break.

ShedRain Vortex V2 Umbrella for $40 : I liked and used this umbrella for several months , then one day it stopped closing properly, and I couldn't fix it. I got another model to test and I'm still having issues. Despite being an auto-open/close umbrella, I still need to push the canopy and have it click into place manually to keep it open. The closing mechanism is just plain faulty as I'm already seeing it starting to fail again. It's relatively bulky for its size, but it's compact enough to shove into side backpack pockets. It has a nice strap and a comfy rubber handle. The canopy is made from 100 percent recycled polyester fabric and the frame is steel with nine ribs. It's unfortunate that its automatic functions keep failing.

ShedRain Stratus Chrome Umbrella for $90 : The auto-open/close umbrella felt a bit flimsy when I first tried it, and my gut was right. After months of use, the shaft has not held up all that well—it's jittery when it opens and closes.

ShedRain Mini Manual Umbrella for $38 : This is one of the tiniest umbrellas I've tested—it's just 6.5 inches long when closed—and the canopy is 100 percent recycled polyester from plastic bottles. I just hate the handle on this thing. It's wide, short, and just not comfortable at all to hold.

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Umbrella Tips!

When shopping for an umbrella, there are a few traits you should look for.

  • 38-Inch Canopy or Larger: Unless you're going for something ultra-small like the Davek Mini, you ideally want a canopy with a 38-inch diameter or more to keep most of your body dry.
  • Eight Strong Ribs: Make sure there are at least eight ribs and that the ribs are made of some type of fiberglass—it's a flexible and sturdy material, so it'll fare better resisting high winds. It's even better if the shaft is made of fiberglass, too.
  • Double Canopy: If you’re in a windy area, a double-layer canopy (also called vented) will allow wind to pass through much better than a single canopy, which means better resistance and less of a chance for your umbrella to turn inside out. If your umbrella does turn inside out, you usually can reset it by pushing the button to close it or by pulling down the shaft and pushing it back up.

How to Avoid Losing Your Umbrella

For the longest time, my problem with umbrellas wasn't just the shoddy quality of the cheap ones I bought. It was how I frequently left them behind after a night out. There's no secret trick to remembering your umbrella before you leave a venue, but there are some ways that can help.

  • Attach a Bluetooth tracker to the umbrella. This one from Chipolo can stick anywhere and you can see the last location of where you placed your umbrella, which might help when you're trying to relocate it.
  • Buy from a company that offers loss prevention. Davek is one of the few brands that do this. If you lose the umbrella, you get 50 percent off a replacement. Davek has a Bluetooth tracker you can attach too.
  • This is purely anecdotal, but whenever I've used a more expensive umbrella, I've always been more conscious about grabbing it before leaving a party or restaurant. Also, the larger the umbrella, the easier it is to see before you leave. I can't say that this will work for anyone else, though.

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The 10 Very Best Umbrellas

From compact travel umbrellas to stormproof monsters with fiberglass frames..

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  • Best overall
  • Best affordable
  • Best for the city
  • Best for storms
  • Best travel
  • Best oversize

Many people think that umbrellas are so easily lost or lent out that they aren’t worth investing in. Over the years, I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. Now that I own an umbrella I really like, I care far too much to leave it in a cab or underneath a restaurant table. My Blunt Metro comes along with me on every vacation, and when I’m at home, it hangs conveniently by the door. It has been a loyal companion for six years now, and I have every reason to hope I’ll be using it for six years more.

While all umbrellas are designed to do the same things (keep your upper and lower body dry during downpours , withstand at least a gust or two of wind, and fold into a reasonably compact shape when not in use), they’re certainly not created equal. And most aren’t particularly durable. To find the best umbrellas — ones so good that you’ll put effort into keeping them on your person — I combed through our archives to find the most expert-recommended ones, then tested out those picks for myself alongside my fellow Strategist staffers. While you’re here, I’ve also written about the best raincoats and rain boots .

What we’re looking for

Weight and length.

An umbrella should be sturdy but not so heavy that you have trouble holding it for extended periods or carrying other items at the same time. For that reason, I’ve taken note of how much each of these umbrellas weigh and also included each one’s closed length.

I also paid attention to how wide each umbrella’s open canopy was. A larger diameter doesn’t necessarily mean more rain protection (the angle of the ribs makes a difference, as does the quality of waterproof fabric used), but it is indicative of how much space you’ll be taking up on the sidewalk and how many people you can cram underneath if needed. As a general guide, look for arcs of at least 40 inches if you’re hoping to shelter someone else with your umbrella. For families or groups of friends, golf umbrellas spanning 50 inches or more are ideal.


According to Jeff Blauer, the CEO and president of Shed Rain , one of the biggest differences between good and bad umbrellas is the type of fabric they use. Ideally, an umbrella’s canopy should be constructed from fabric that beads water rather than absorbs it. “It’s about how much water is left on the canopy when you’re done with the umbrella,” he says. “Shake a high-end umbrella when you’re done and you’ll see the water bounce off. There shouldn’t be much leftover. Buy an inferior product, you’ll see the water just stays there.” With this in mind, I’ve taken note of how different umbrella brands and styles have approached their waterproofing.

Wind resistance

The best umbrellas are built with wind as much as water resistance in mind. Different umbrella brands approach wind differently — but I looked for features like reinforced ribs that’ll resist the urge to turn inside out, as well as springs and vents. (Just note that although it’s annoying when umbrellas invert, their ribs are in fact designed to flex back into place — just because your umbrella turns inside out in the wind doesn’t mean it’s broken, and all of the recommendations below are constructed sturdily enough to withstand a fair few storms.)

Best umbrella overall

Davek Elite Umbrella

Weight and length: 1 lb, 9 ounces, 35 inches | Arc: 50 inches | Wind resistance: Inversion-resistant fiberglass frame | Waterproofing: Excellent

This investment umbrella (that’s covered by an unconditional lifetime guarantee) looks so elegant that I get excited to use it each time. The curved leather handle is comfortable in the hand, and the umbrella opens with a majestic swoosh at the touch of a button, forming a tight canopy of soft yet highly waterproof fabric. It “looks and feels like a Bentley or some other fancy but tasteful British thing,” Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo says, especially due to distinguishing design details like the nylon sheath, which has been designed with a little hole at the top to let the tip of the umbrella through and a slit at the bottom to reveal the opener button. And, most crucial of all, she stays “ridiculously dry” while using it. So do I. Non-telescoping cane umbrellas can be hefty things, but this one is a breeze to hold, adds former writer Lori Keong: “It’s lightweight enough to hold in one hand with a full bag of laundry slung over the other shoulder — and miraculously wide enough to keep your entire body and that bag of laundry dry to the touch.”

Best affordable compact umbrella

Amazon Basics Automatic Travel Umbrella, With Wind Vent

Weight and length: 13 ounces, 11 inches | Arc: 37 inches | Wind resistance: Vented frame | Waterproofing: Good

On the opposite end of the price spectrum sits this compact travel umbrella from Amazon Basics. It might look like a cheapie from the drugstore, but its wind and rain performance is far superior. Plus this is one affordable umbrella that “will actually last,” promises New York deputy editor Alexis Swerdloff. She also praises its wind vent, which is unobtrusive yet makes it much less likely that the umbrella will flip. Opening and closing it is a breeze, and the comfortable handle rivals Davek’s designs. And yes, the price is right — you won’t feel too bad about leaving this one in the back of a Lyft, and the driver will thank you later.

Best affordable two-person umbrella

EEZ-Y Windproof Travel Umbrella

Weight and length: 14.4 ounces, 11 inches | Arc: 42 inches | Wind resistance: Double vented canopy | Waterproofing: Good

I also tested this larger yet similarly affordable umbrella during a heavy spring storm in Brooklyn last month. It has much more wind venting than the Amazon Basics style above, though the frame did eventually invert as I navigated through the extreme weather. The umbrella easily snapped back into shape, though, and its canopy was big enough to keep me very dry even as the streets completely flooded. It would also work well for two people.

Best everyday city umbrella

BLUNT Metro Compact Umbrella

Weight and length: 13.6 ounces, 14.8 inches | Arc: 39.4 inches | Wind resistance: Vented frame | Waterproofing: Excellent

Blunt’s Metro umbrella has a smallish canopy that’s designed for a single person navigating crowded city streets. So while other umbrellas provide greater coverage, this one is unusually nimble in urban environments. The springy metal frame is designed to flex in the wind, rather than buck against it, which makes the umbrella extremely durable. While most open umbrellas have such high tension that their ribs can snap when bumped against a hard surface, this one spins 360 degrees on the handle, reducing the force of such impacts. Per the name, the umbrella’s tips are blunt and covered in fabric, which means you won’t poke anybody’s eyes out in a crowd. Opening and closing it couldn’t be easier.

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Best umbrella for serious storms

GustBuster Pro Series Gold 62-Inch Golf Umbrella

Weight and length: 1.8 lbs, 41 inches | Arc: 62 inches | Wind resistance: Fiberglass vented frame | Waterproofing: Excellent

For a more traditional but still very windproof golf umbrella, go for the Gustbuster. This umbrella is heavier than others listed here, but its wider and thicker canopy can hold up to serious storms. And its ribs are constructed from unflippable fiberglass. As Keong commented after testing one, the umbrella is “so physically large you can count on not getting wet unless you’re sharing with two large adults.” But she did dock points for its slightly tricky closure method: “You really have to mash your thumb down on the switch at the top of the shaft.”

Best travel umbrella

Repel Umbrella The Original Portable Travel Umbrella

Weight and length: 1 lbs, 12.25 inches | Arc: 37 inches | Wind resistance: Fiberglass frame | Waterproofing: Excellent

I’ve tested slightly more compact travel umbrellas than this, but they tended to have comically small canopies that didn’t do much to protect anything other than the top of my head. Repel’s umbrella (which has a lifetime guarantee) is a nice compromise. It’s unobtrusive enough to be tossed into a backpack or tote but still forms a wide canopy when opened. It can also hold its own against wind as much as water. “The fabric barely fluttered even as I walked directly into the wind,” says Strategist editor Maxine Builder, who tested one out. “And I had no concerns about the umbrella flipping inside out or straining.”

Best oversize umbrella

G4Free Automatic Open Golf Umbrella Extra Large Oversize Double Canopy Vented Windproof Waterproof Stick Umbrella

Weight and length: 1.61 lb, 43.3 inches | Arc: 68 inches | Wind resistance: Fiberglass frame, double canopy | Waterproofing: Excellent

If you want your entire body to stay completely dry when it’s raining, prepare to take up space on the sidewalk. As used by Kendall Roy on Succession , the G4Free is comically large (it has two Velcro closure straps instead of the usual one) but undeniably protective. “You press the button and it slowly slides open like you’re powering up a lightsaber,” says former Strategist writer David Notis, who tested one out. “I got a lot of weird looks walking around the East Village and taking up all of the sidewalk’s air rights, but honestly it felt kind of nice knowing that the rain wasn’t going to touch me or basically anything within a three-foot radius.” The umbrella is heavy and its hugeness means it will catch a lot of wind, like a sail. But the venting does help.

Best reverse-close umbrella

Shedrain Reverse Closing UnbelievaBrella Umbrella

Weight and length: 0.9 lbs, 12.5 inches | Arc: 47 inches | Wind resistance: Fiberglass and steel frame | Waterproofing: Excellent

ShedRain’s UnbelievaBrella folds in reverse, enclosing the wet exterior fabric. Corsillo tested one and says that this closure process can be a little tricky to master at first but is well worth it, especially if you want to stash your umbrella in your bag. “But at least I stayed dry in the process,” she points out. When the umbrella is opened, water and wind resistance is fairly high. Like all of the brand’s umbrellas, this one is covered by a lifetime warranty, should its functions ever fail.

Best clear umbrella

Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella

Weight and length: 1.25 lbs, 37 inches | Arc: 51 inches | Wind resistance: Cane grip | Waterproofing: Excellent

A clear bubble umbrella has two advantages. Firstly, you’ll feel like a Tokyo-based style blogger when carrying one. Secondly, you’ll be able to see where you’re going while keeping your upper body very dry. Totes is a brand that comes recommended by stylish Seattleites we spoke with who contend with rainy conditions for much of the year, and Swerdloff was pleased when she tested the brand’s clear bubble umbrella out for herself: “Because it’s a bubble, I could rest it on my head at stoplights and use both my hands to check my email.”

Best Dutch-style umbrella

Senz Automatic Umbrella, Black

Weight and length: 14.9 ounces, 35 inches | Arc: 36 inches | Wind resistance: Windproof up to 80 miles per hour | Waterproofing: Excellent

Former Strategist editor Jason Chen first wrote about this lopsided umbrella that’s popular on the rainy streets of Amsterdam in 2016. Weirdly shaped, with one shorter side and one longer one connected at a 135-degree angle, he says it “looks like an upside-down check mark” but keeps the user very dry while also being essentially stormproof because the lower side of the umbrella prevents wind from catching. The aerodynamic shape will start conversations on the streets of New York City, where this design still hasn’t quite caught on yet. But it will also inspire looks of envy as you go about your day without wet clothes.

Our experts

•  Jeff Blauer, CEO and president, Shed Rain • Maxine Builder, Strategist editor • Jason Chen, former Strategist editor • Liza Corsillo, senior Strategist writer • Lori Keong, former Strategist writer • David Notis, former Strategist writer • Alexis Swerdloff, New York deputy editor

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Walk the streets of a big city on a rainy day, and you’ll notice that every trash can becomes an umbrella graveyard. For better or worse, most people don’t think about stocking up on an umbrella until the weather turns, and the consequences resemble…a drowned rat. If you want one of the best umbrellas, it’s important to stock up before the severe weather hits. These umbrellas can stand up to gusts of wind and torrential downpours; some can even shade you from the sun with UPF protection if that’s your vibe. So, to keep you dry while other pedestrians and piña colada sippers get caught in the rain, we put the internet’s most popular umbrellas to the test. We found seven that won’t just keep you dry but will surely keep your perfectly coiffed hair in fine form and your leather jacket free from water stains.

We also have good news: Umbrellas are already as good as they’re gonna get. We’ve been reviewing products long enough to remember the ill-advised attempt to make “smart umbrellas” a thing, but barring sci-fi-style innovations in rain avoidance, we have achieved peak umbrella. It’s the 21st century. We have the technology. All of the umbrellas we picked are engineered to last for years to come—or, at least, until someone inevitably nicks yours out of the coffee shop umbrella holder because we live in a society with no shame whatsoever. Here, a rain repeller for every situation, from compact travel umbrellas you can slip into your favorite tote bag to regal cane umbrellas for acting out a Singin’ in the Rain homage.

The Best Umbrellas: at a Glance

  • The Best Umbrella Overall: Repel Travel Umbrella , $27
  • The Best Collapsible Umbrella: Blunt Metro Umbrella , $79
  • The Best Cane Umbrella: Davek Elite , $159
  • The Best Travel Umbrella: Davek Mini , $60
  • The Most Windproof Umbrella: Blunt Classic , $99
  • The Best Heavy-Duty Umbrella: Weatherman Umbrella , $74
  • The Best Bubble Umbrella: Shed Rain Bubble , $20

Except for the G4 Golf Umbrella, all of the umbrellas in this guide were tested by a member of the GQ team. The weather gods obliged us, and we were able to try them out during severe wind advisories.

The Best Umbrella Overall: Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella

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Windproof Umbrella

If all that stands between you and the rain is this umbrella, it may well be the best $30 you ever spend. It's arguably the most popular umbrella on the internet, and we can personally verify that it gets the job done. Its one-button auto open and close is great for not having to fumble around as you step in or out the door, and a durable Teflon coating lets rain slick off like it’s a non-stick pan . The interior of the umbrella has nine reinforced fiberglass ribs, which is more than the standard six or eight, and while those extra ribs add some bulk, they also help avoid those annoying flips when the wind blows. Personally, we can’t resist the cloud-print version of this umbrella, but classic black, navy, gray, and other colors are available, too.

It’s hard to believe this umbrella only costs $30, but it’s not quite perfect. As a travel umbrella, it’s not as compact as the Davek Mini, but that’s the price you pay for added ribs. We also found that the auto open/close takes some finagling when it’s time to close. While it’s not the most windproof umbrella on this list (inversions are possible in extreme wind), its low price and portability make this the best umbrella for most people and one that will last a long time. For folks worried about wind over portability, opt for one of the stick umbrellas below.

  • True travel-sized umbrella
  • Withstands heavy winds
  • Durable, long-lasting product
  • Lots of colors and fun interior prints are available
  • Auto-open and close
  • Auto-close takes some extra effort
  • Thicker than ultra-compact travel umbrellas

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The Best Collapsible Umbrella: Blunt Classic

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Classic Umbrella

We lauded the Blunt Metro umbrella above, and this non-fold-up version is even more reliable. As a non-collapsible stick umbrella, it’s slightly more wind-resistant—72 miles per hour —which is a wind speed for which we'd actually recommend remaining indoors. When we subjected our top picks to winds in excess of 30 miles per hour, only the Blunt Classic proved 100% inversion proof. It also has a wider canopy, which makes sliding another person under it a little more feasible when disaster strikes. It’s solidly built, and the sheen and vibrancy of the canopy make it an aesthetically pleasing option that doesn't look too fussy. You’re gonna have this thing for a long time, so get a color you’re willing to stand by for the next decade. And if you’re the type of person who likes to twirl their umbrella (you do you, king), then the unique canopy and stick design make this a twirler-friendly pick.

  • The most windproof umbrella we tested
  • Easy to open and close
  • Unique modern design and multiple color options
  • Heavy-duty shaft
  • Does not collapse

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The Best Cane Umbrella: Davek Elite

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Elite Umbrella

For a certain type of guy, it’s cane umbrellas or nothing—and this pick fits the bill. The regal black-and-silver design is backed by Davek’s unconditional lifetime guarantee, so it’s much more than a pretty trinket. The deep, extra-wide 50-inch canopy provides full coverage, and it’s large enough for two if you get caught in a spring shower with your sweetheart. When we took it for a spin, we loved how much heft it has in the hand. The fiberglass shaft, reinforced ribs, and high thread count fabric resisted inversion even in very heavy winds. We wouldn’t call it 100% inversion proof (again, the Blunt Classic is the most windproof product we tested), but this thing is tough . Finally, we love the classic dome shape, which lets you claim your space on a crowded street corner.

We do have one minor quibble. When holding the cane-shaped handle in the most natural position, you can’t easily reach the auto-open button with your thumb, so it often requires two hands to operate. Despite this, it’s easily one of our favorites, though it will cost you a bit more than the alternatives.

  • Deep 50” canopy
  • Backed by lifetime warranty
  • Classic cane design (may be a con for some)
  • Made from durable materials—steel, fiberglass, zinc alloy, aluminum
  • Big enough for two
  • Doesn’t collapse down for travel
  • Auto-open is awkwardly placed on shaft
  • Edges can invert in extreme wind gusts

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The Best Travel Umbrella: Davek Mini

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Mini Umbrella

The Davek Mini solves the biggest problem with this product category: You either need to have a backpack or a large coat pocket to keep one on hand. The Davek Mini is a true mini umbrella, so if you’re looking for a more compact and packable alternative to Blunt or Repel, this is your best bet. The fact that it still holds sturdy is extremely impressive: It covers the same square footage as most fold-up umbrellas, but it packs up to half the size. Seven inches tall, it’s honest-to-god back-pocket-able if you don’t wear rockstar-tight jeans (and you’ve weaned yourself off skinny jeans , right?). The small 38-inch canopy might not cover your head as well as the Blunt or Davek Elite, but for most conditions, it’ll serve you just fine—especially since the Mini is also backed by the brand’s unconditional lifetime guarantee.

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  • Comes in every color of the rainbow
  • Extremely compact and lightweight
  • Backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Can fit in a purse or small bag
  • Not as durable or windproof as Davek Elite

The Best Collapsible Umbrella: Blunt Metro

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Metro Umbrella

Most people prefer a collapsible umbrella, and this one is our favorite. Blunt’s unique umbrellas have a love-it or hate-it look—thanks to the hexagon shape and rounded edges—that also confer some strength benefits. (Personally, we like the look.) The company claims the umbrellas can resist winds of up to 55 miles per hour. What’s more important is that they bolster that claim with a two-year warranty. We didn’t face any near-hurricane-strength winds in our testing, but Blunt umbrellas did prove to be the most windproof. When other umbrellas inverted, Blunt held strong.

This umbrella also weighs less than a pound and packs up to the size of basically every other standard compact umbrella and your friends will nod approvingly if you opt for one of the fun color options. Its large canopy actually spins 360 degrees in case some ding dong knocks into it with their cheap umbrella, meaning the core mechanism won’t break. Solidly built. Not insanely expensive. A nifty design that’s as cool as an umbrella can look without being a full-on weep-if-you-lose-it fashion umbrella. Sold.

  • Withstands very heavy winds
  • Lightweight and packable
  • Lots of color options
  • Unique and modern hexagon design
  • Not as windproof as Blunt Classic
  • Still almost 15 inches when closed

The Best Bubble Umbrella: Shed Rain Bubble

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Clear Bubble Umbrella

Bubble umbrellas aren’t for everyone, but some people love the transparent and deep dome for style and security reasons. You can leverage the see-through canopy to see where you're going in a sea of umbrellas and peak sidewalk traffic. That means you can fully duck your head under the canopy and be able to maneuver the streets without poking an eye out or crashing into oncoming crowds.

Shed Rain’s popular bubble surprised us in our testing. Despite the $20 price tag, this product held up well in heavy rain and very heavy wind gusts. One of our testers has been using it for over two years, and it’s still going strong. We wouldn’t expect it to last for a decade like our most heavy-duty picks, but it’s sturdier than it has a right to be for the price.

  • See-through canopy
  • No auto-close
  • Not as windproof as our other picks

The Best Expert-Designed Umbrella: Weatherman

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Collapsible Umbrella

Who would you trust to design a good umbrella? A meteorologist might come to mind, and that's exactly who founded the Weatherman brand. One of the company’s most popular options is this collapsible one, which you can keep in your bag at all times so you're protected from inclement weather when hitting the town or going on your daily commute. It features an ergonomic handle, so your hand won’t cramp up from fighting those strong winds. In our tests, the umbrella could withstand winds up to (but not above) 30 miles per hour. The umbrella’s fast-drying fabric ensures you don't end up with a mildew smell in your bag.

Our chief umbrella tester raved about that ergonomic handle, which has a curved design that fits perfectly in the hand (it also makes it easy to push the auto-open button, making this a true one-hander). Our biggest issue is with the size. While this is a collapsible and portable umbrella, it’s still 19.5 inches in length when closed, which means it won’t fit inside handbags or even some backpacks like the Davek Mini. Still, Weatherman umbrellas are so popular that we recommend buying yours in a color other than black. If you don’t, a stranger might pick yours up from the communal umbrella holder by mistake and walk off with it.

  • Designed by a meteorologist
  • Comfortable ergonomic handle
  • Convenient auto-open and close
  • Packable travel umbrella
  • Can withstand heavy winds
  • Can invert in extreme wind gusts
  • Almost 20 inches even when collapsed

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The Best Umbrella on Amazon: G4Free

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Automatic Open Golf Umbrella

With nearly 30,000 reviews on Amazon, the G4Free umbrella is one of the most popular among the thousands of options that the 'Zon offers. What sets this umbrella apart from others is its double-vent design, which makes it more durable against strong winds by allowing gusts to pass through the design to prevent inverting or difficulty with holding it during harsh conditions. The fiberglass construction also helps with the durability of the umbrella while keeping it lightweight. Oh, and its 47-inch canopy will allow you to command the whole sidewalk in a very Kendall Roy-esque manner (foot traffic, be damned!). As one Amazon reviewer writes: “This umbrella is a great size allows for a lot of coverage, is easy to hold, and is durable. [A great] grab for the money.”

How We Tested

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GQ shopping journalists personally tested all of the products in this guide for quality. With our top contenders in hand, the New York weather gods hit us with some particularly nasty showers. On three separate occasions, we were able to test our top picks in rain storms with wind gusts between 20 to 30 miles per hour (on one of our testing days, maximum wind speeds reached 39 miles per hour). That’s not just a little wind, but wind that makes it hard to walk.

In general, testing umbrellas is a pass/fail undertaking. Does it keep you dry? Does it withstand wind without inverting or falling apart? These are yes/no questions, and all of our recommendations passed these basic tests, though a few did invert when we held them sideways in extreme wind gusts. For collapsible and portable umbrellas, we considered how easily they collapsed down and fit inside average-size backpacks, handbags, and totes. And because most of our picks fall into the auto-open category, we checked to see how easily and reliably these umbrellas opened up and closed. On the rare occasions we found problems, we made sure to note these issues in this guide.

When the clouds parted, we selected seven hands-on tested umbrellas, including every major category: collapsible, portable travel umbrellas, and stick umbrellas (for the fancy lads).

What We Look for in an Umbrella

Durability: We keep making fun of cheap umbrellas for how badly they hold up against heavy rain and strong winds, but it's true: If yours can't hold its own against your own breath, there's no point in getting one. Make sure your umbrella has reinforced ribs—y'know, those things that keep the canopy open—durable canopy fabrics, and (if a brand feels so inclined to tout) an unflippable design that's usually backed by a fiberglass frame.

Size: You never know when Mother Nature might unleash her wrath, so you best have an umbrella on hand at all times. It's good to own a bunch of umbrellas for different situations, like one that's small enough to keep in your bag at all times and folds down when it's not in use (like our favorite compact umbrella, the Davek mini). Maybe it's more of a drizzle than a downpour: Consider flexing a fashion umbrella on the streets when you're walking through a sea of black canopies. Long, classic umbrellas might not be reasonable to carry all day, but keeping one in your car wouldn't hurt. Plus, those longer options also have a larger canopy to keep you and maybe one or two other people dry.

Price: Here’s what makes those umbrella hucksters outside the subway so frustrating: Even the best umbrella on our list will only set you back $30. We also tested $20 options that easily withstood gusts of 20 to 30 miles per hour.

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10 Best Travel Umbrellas 2023 Reviews

Firstly, we will be discussing something that’s always a great thing to have handy no matter where you’re going, the best travel umbrellas for you. Incorporating every important aspect from size to strength to where you can get it from whether it be months before your next trip or only a week before.

In this new day and age, almost everything is accessible from the comfort of our own houses, making it easier to get things you might need especially if you’re traveling with a big group of people notably children. Almost every product is at our fingertips nowadays purely for our convenience.

“How do I go about choosing the right umbrella?”, you might ask. To adequately choose an umbrella perfect for you and your needs there are plenty of factors to keep in mind. Will I be sharing the umbrella or will it be only for me? How much space am I willing to have it take up? Is it strong enough to withstand extreme weather? These are just a few questions that might come to mind while looking for your perfect umbrella.

Let’s begin the countdown to finding your most suitable umbrella:

Best Travel Umbrellas

Top 10 Best Travel Umbrellas

1. betsey johnson designer travel umbrella (rose stripe).

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Designed with different fashion statements scattered on the outer and inner parts of the umbrella, this is fit just for those ladies with a particular fashion sense who want to make that bold statement with everything down to the accessories.

The eye-catching, but fun and cute pattern makes it accessible for people of all ages without it looking too grown or too childish. Equipped with a three-section frame, auto-open/close, and a high fiberglass handle, you can feel like you’re walking in luxury anywhere you go. You can get these cutesy umbrellas with single lips, a pink rose stripe, a shiny smooch, pink/blue flower stripe, dotty roses, dreamy cheetah, flower stripes, happy pineapples, insects & flowers, insects & ruffles, retro rainbow stripes or the xox betsey design.

Cute Design

Auto open & close

Fun patterns

Designs made primarily for women

Gloss handle makes it harder to get a good grip

Non inverted closing design

No umbrella warranty

Covers only 1 person.

2. PFFY 2 PCAK Compact Travel Umbrella Windproof Collapsible

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All come in two packs that you could use if you wanted to keep one in one place, maybe at home, and one to take with you when you travel. Especially since it’s a small package it makes it easier to store making it easy to keep them anywhere compact and out of sight.

These umbrellas are as windproof as a strong, small umbrella can be without turning inside out. Also worth mentioning is this umbrella is great for kids because it’s almost unbreakable with a three-fold, chrome-plated metal shaft and a strong metal frame. It has automatic open and close features.

Pack includes 2 umbrellas.

Automatic open & close.

Almost unbreakable.

Covers 2 people.

Slippery handle

3. OfficeLead Travel Umbrella, 10 Bones Auto Open Close Compact Umbrella

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Leaning for a more affordable umbrella? Well, this one might just be it. This umbrella is equipped with a fast open and close one press automatic folding switch. The best part is it’s special windproof/waterproof design and performance.

It has a strengthened black metal shaft and ten reinforced fiberglass ribs that allow it to protect against strong winds without it turning inside out, as well as it’s high-density impact cloth that allows for better waterproofing without water droplets soaking through or leaking. Even in overflowing downpours, it stays waterproof, weatherproof and instantly dries. The build is a foldable thirteen inches long and one pound to carry, it can be slipped into a backpack, briefcase or any other item you travel with.

Fast & automatic open/close

High density impact waterproof & windproof cloth

Compact lightweight

Umbrella warranty

Protects more sun then wind/rain

Not very sturdy

4. VAN BEEKEN Umbrella Windproof I Wind Resistant Travel Umbrella

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Coming into fourth place are these special umbrellas with Teflon coating technology enabling it to offer superior water-repelling abilities and maximum protection from any precipitation. They are sturdy, windproof and durable because of the nine resin, reinforced fiberglass ribs. They are super compact and lightweight with its small size of 11.4 inches and its weight of 13.5 ounces, coming equipped with a hard case and an extra-large sleeve with a zipper for easy storage anywhere. Also, they include an automatic open/close button with a comfortable, slip-proof, rubberized handle with wrist straps for easier carrying.

Large canopy

Comes with case & large sleeve for storage

Rubberized handle

Extra windproof

No warranty

Hard to retract

5. Viteps Windproof Travel Umbrella

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They come in multiple sizes ranging from 42” – 68” inches. Enhanced durability enabled to protect against rain, winds and strong sunlight. Including a double or single canopy design for the benefit of being able to absorb strong gusts of wind without flipping over. And also has that special type of fabric, named 210T, that has a higher thread density and a tighter fabric weave that gives the sturdy umbrella, ultimate water repellency.

In case you don’t want to go with the basic black, multiple color options are available including red, blue, gray and red/black blend (black on the outside, red on the inside), etc. Automatic opening and folding is an asset as well to make your life less of a hassle, especially if you happen to have a handful that day.

Many color choices

Enhanced durability

Automatic open/close

Not very travel sized

Closing is difficult

6. WSKY 12 Ribs Inverted Umbrella Windproof Automatic Folding Umbrella

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This umbrella has a different sense of style than the usual with it’s inverted design. With this reverse folding design, it prevents water droppings from getting everywhere, especially your clothes. It is super windproof with it’s twelve reinforced fiberglass ribs well supported by a premier stainless steel stretcher.

Tested against sunlight, it’s canopy will protect you from those strong UV rays if you happen to be somewhere where the sun is always out. It is also extremely waterproof with it’s 210 Teflon fabric and waterproof technology allowing you to shake it off after use and put it in your bag mess-free. Automatic open and close makes it easy to use with a single hand. At less than one pound in weight and thirteen-inch length makes it extremely easy to put anywhere and carry it around without any hassle. A special 24/7 customer service line is in order just in case you break it and need a replacement, it malfunctions or any other reason you might have for calling them.

Inverted design

Automatic open & close

Waterproof & windproof

Lighter & stronger

Doesn’t close easily

7. VIWINVELA Inverted Automatic Umbrella Double Layer Windproof

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This umbrella is just slightly better because it has more fashionable designs for less money and was rated the #1 New Release for golfers according to amazon. It also has that new inverted design that prevents water from dropping out when you close it, as well as that automatic open and close feature for those people that travel with a lot of stuff in their hands.

Still lightweight at under one pound and at twelve inches lengthwise, it’s an inch smaller than the previous one still making it easily portable and able to fit almost anywhere. A more enhanced feature, however, is the double-layer canopy that provides high water repellency and UV light protection but additional vents allow slight winds to pass through for those hot summer days. The special designs on the insides of the umbrellas make each one even more unique and appealing.

Multiple designs

Inverted umbrella design

Lightweight & portable

Bulky on the outside

8. SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella Windproof Automatic

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The next one up is another affordable but reliable umbrella. It is a premium quality, stainless steel, ultra-slim, windproof travel umbrella. It’s been tested for durability up to 5000 times and can withstand winds up to fifty-five miles per hour without bending or flipping over. The umbrella’s canopy has been tested to make sure water does not soak through or leak, even in downpours. The rubber grip handle makes it easy to keep it secure and slip-free in your hand.

It has auto open and close features, measures thirteen inches long and weighs twelve ounces for easy and quickly accessible storage. The best part is even if you lose or break the umbrella, just contact the manufacturer on your own with your receipt and they will send you a repair replacement for free.

Withstands heavy gusts & downpours

Wide range of shades

Durability tested

Hard to lock in open position

Small size causes backpacks to get slightly wet

9. Repel Umbrella Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella

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This umbrella is a #1 Best Seller in the folding umbrellas categories and was featured on Good Morning America. Automatic open and close functions allow easy one-hand usage. It measures 11.5 inches long and weighs less than one pound making it easily packable. With its wind defying, the double vented canopy is made to flex slightly while withstanding strong winds without turning inside out. The special Teflon coating provides super repellency making the umbrella waterproof, weatherproof and the ability to instantly dry.

Quality workmanship went into the making of this specific umbrella because it’s designed with a three-fold, chrome-plated metal shaft. It also has a strong metal frame allowing for greater stability in higher winds. The slip-proof, rubberized handle makes it easier to get a good grip with wrist straps allows for easier handling without it falling completely out of your hands. It comes with a protective travel sleeve.

Compact & lightweight

Wind defying technology

Superior Repellency

Quality craftsmanship

World Renowned

Doesn’t protect well against strong winds

Not built to last in extreme conditions

Metal ribs sometimes break though the material if overused

10. Miserwe Umbrella 12 Ribs Windproof Lengthened Handle Travel Umbrella

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It is durable and sturdy with its super windproof umbrella of twelve ribs made of premium fiberglass designed to easily withstand powerful gusts of wind and heavy rain. Each umbrella is designed with an ergonomic handle of 3.6 inches making it easier to hold and feel as well as staying comfortable.

The lightweight, quick-drying feature gives you the best protection from rainstorms, strong winds, and even hail. It’s portable and lightweight design, compact size and handle that has an automatic open-close button makes your life so much easier and comes with an upscale waterproof covering for easy carrying without getting other items wet.

Sturdy and durable

Rubberized, easy to hold handle


Slip proof wrist strap

Hard to close

Flimsy wrist strap if overused

Heavy for a travel umbrella

Best Travel Umbrellas

Now that we’ve finally narrowed down the Top 10 travel umbrellas, we have moved on to the actual hard part: picking the right one for you. Sometimes when you’re shopping online for things you get distracted by the things you want but can’t have maybe for reasons such as budget, timing, accessibility or whatever other factors. Firstly, I would suggest you make sure you aren’t going out of your way to getting an expensive umbrella that will collect dust in the corner of your house after you complete your trip. But otherwise here are some of the questions you might have on the choosing process:

How do I know which umbrella is best for my travel destination? 

You should look at your destination’s weather forecast as well as how much precipitation or sun is normal at that time of year you will be traveling. Doing the research will give you the knowledge of what to look for in your umbrella search.

Are the more expensive umbrellas of higher quality than the others?

The majority of the time, no they are not. Sometimes competitors that are known for their branding, endorsements, publicity, etc raise the price on their items because they’re already well known and established. There are millions of competitors out there that may even have better quality, eco-friendly products for way less than those authorized brands. Don’t go breaking the bank for a travel umbrella just because of how nice it looks.

What if I need an umbrella to protect against UV rays? 

You need to focus more on umbrellas that have proven to have that extra protection against UV rays rather than umbrellas just for precipitation because some just shade and others protect against UV rays.

What if my umbrella breaks?

If you know that you or someone in your party is clumsy or prone to break something I would suggest looking for umbrellas that come with a lifetime warranty. Most of these companies listed allow you to either sign up for warranty directly through their website or through amazon themselves.

Can you fit two people under the umbrella?

I would say no if you’re looking for that small, compact, easily accessible yet easy to fit anywhere umbrella because of those travel-sized umbrellas made for easy packing without taking up much space. But if you wanted to try and fit two people underneath with that type of umbrella, at least some part of one of both of you and your party would get affected by whatever weather condition you’re trying to protect yourself against. However, some of these umbrellas do come in larger sizes when you find them on Amazon if that’s what is necessary for you and your party.

Do these umbrellas auto shut?

Yes, the majority of umbrellas auto open and shut. But although they auto shut they do not retract, that you will have to do manually.

When wearing a large backpack, will the umbrellas be good enough to use?

Yes, if you’re traveling with a large backpack, purse or briefcase the umbrellas will cover everything.

Do the umbrellas easily fit into their cover/case? 

Depending on how tightly you wrap it back up after use will determine if you can slip it back in with ease or if you will have to fight a little to get it back in its case. But keep in mind not all umbrellas listed come with covers or cases, some only come with the wrist strap.

Will this get through TSA carry on?

How do i get the water off the inverted umbrellas .

After you close the umbrella, with its automatic shut feature, you would just shake the umbrella in the same way you do with your regular one to get out the water droplets.

Do all of these umbrellas protect against the sun?

Technically all of these umbrellas will shield you from the sun but they will not protect you from the sun’s UV rays which is the important part.

Don’t go spend all the money in your bank account because you want to look luxurious on your vacation. Make sure you’re able to use the umbrella when you return home from the trip too.

Say, for example, if you live in a state like Texas where you may not get a lot of snow, rain or hail, but you sure do get that sun 24/7, and you’re going on a trip out of country to the Bahamas where they get unexpected rain all the time based off of their tropical climate. You’ll need an umbrella that can protect against the rain, definitely, but can still primarily block UV rays for when you return home.

I would suggest going with the fourth or fifth option on this list since one of the main objectives that they were made and tested for is their protection against UV rays. This is just one out of the hundred thousand examples for what you should look for in your travel umbrella needs and apply it to your everyday life as well as your vacation necessities.

All in all your perfect travel umbrella depends on you, what you’re looking for, the weather you will be facing at your specific travel destination and how portable an umbrella you’re looking for are all factors that come into choosing an umbrella meant for you. I hope this article gave you much more insight in order to narrow down your options. Remember these are just our top ten picks off of Amazon, but there are millions of options to fit everybody’s needs in case these don’t meet your requirements. Also great to keep in mind that just because something looks good and is expensive does not mean that it’s the best quality for what you need.

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13 Best Travel Umbrellas

Traveling promises new experiences. Most of the time, they are unexpected, but that’s a part of the fun! When you visit a new place, you will encounter new things. It varies from meeting new people and trying unique activities to adjusting to the weather changes. Everyone handles new social situations differently. But when it comes to weather changes, we all can agree there are certain things we can equip ourselves with. One of them is an umbrella. If that’s what you’re looking for, you come to the right place. Here, we have 13 best travel umbrellas you can choose from.

Why is it a big deal? Why not just pick a random umbrella? Or bring the one you got as a purchase-gift at the supermarket one day? Those umbrellas may work back home. But when you’re faced with challenging weather such as the rainy areas of Patagonia, Chile , you need better umbrellas, preferably stronger to withstand the windiest days. Lucky for you, we have handpicked the strongest, most practical, and best quality umbrellas available online. Shall we take a look at the result?

LANBRELLA Windproof Travel Reverse Umbrella

We start our list of best travel umbrellas with a twist to the traditional reverse umbrella. LANBRELLA wants to provide functionality without looking so dull and size-wise impractical. There are plenty of colors and lively patterns to choose from. We thought the Blue Sky Clouds print has the fitting sentiment when you are caught in the gloomy rain.

The umbrella is already equipped with an open/close mechanism that is triggered by the button on the handle. It packs quite a pull when you release the canopy. The dimension of this product is 41 inches for the canopy and 12 inches when compressed. Nifty enough to tuck away in your bag or totes! One thing that we think is a great leverage, the company offers a lifetime warranty with a one-year unconditional replacement. Within that period, they promise you to get another LANBRELLA if the one you purchased has a flaw without asking you to return the product.

  • One year unconditional replacement warranty
  • Lively patterns
  • Need extra effort to release the canopy

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Knirps X1 Pod Manual Ultra-Compact Umbrella (CU)

Next one of the best travel umbrellas on our list is from Knirps. This manual travel umbrella is engineered in Germany. Knirps X1 Pod is a serious mini-max. It measures only 7 inches long when folded (including the case!). And it magically blooms into a 37-inch-wide solo umbrella. It’s perfect to use in bright daylight and also under the rain. Because the canopy is already coated with a UV-protection layer that blocks 95% of the sunlight.

While with other umbrellas we worry about them being flipped, Knirps X1 simply embraces it and adjusts the construction instead. It does not break in the wind (up to 80 mph). No wonder this umbrella has won multiple European design awards. Every purchase comes with a sturdy-looking neoprene case that has matching colors. So far, this umbrella is only available in black and red. If you don’t mind spending a little extra money on durability and ultra-compactness, take this umbrella with you. But do consider its manual mechanism and size.

  • Only 7 inches long when folded
  • Its structure can adjust to the wind (instead of flipping)
  • Can withstand wind up to 80 mph
  • Relatively expensive compared to other best travel umbrellas
  • Only feature manual mechanism

Davek Duet Umbrella

Invest in one of Davek’s umbrellas and you will never have to buy one again. Davek Duet is one of their best-selling luxury umbrellas. This umbrella oozes with opulence and prestige. The 210T waterproof fabric is sewn into the structure of fiber-enhanced steel ribs. This gives the utmost protection in a rainstorm. Its handle with open/close mechanism trigger is covered in luxurious-feeling faux leather.

The shape will remind you of sports cars. The umbrella folds neatly into 14 inches. The 47-inch canopy was built to keep 2 persons safe in the rain. Many reviewers praise its outstanding durability and stability even in the gustiest winds.

With such a high price, it only makes sense to have extra service should any accident occurs. All Davek umbrellas have the famous unconditional lifetime replacement warranty. Even if you ever lose one, you can purchase another half the price. Such a warranty that only a company believes in their product can afford.

  • Can fit two persons
  • Outstanding durability and stability
  • Unconditional lifetime replacement warranty
  • 50% of on product replacement if missing
  • On the pricey scale

GustBuster Metro 43-Inch Automatic Umbrella

This umbrella lives up to its name and you will be convinced once you see its structure. This structure allows the umbrella to withstand up to 55-mph wind without breaking, leaking, or even flipping. The rib-to-rib span is approx. 35 cm. And it weighs about 1.1lbs. It’s suitable to accommodate one person under its nylon canopy. When folded, its 16 inches size fits in most backpacks and briefcases.

Never forget to bring this umbrella with you, especially when you live in a windy city. Its cutting edge wind-venting technology will take you home safely. Despite their robust appearance, it’s still necessary to maintain its performance. Let your umbrella dry after a day in the rain to prevent rust that often occurs on the joints.

  • Can withstand 55-mph wind
  • Highly robust
  • Weigh just 1.1lbs
  • Can only fit one person
  • The joins can easily get rusty

Samsonite Windguard Auto Open/Close

A renowned brand in the travel gear industry, Samsonite , is getting its hands on umbrella competition. Samsonite Windguard Umbrella looks very convincing at the get-go. It has not only one, but two ribbed canopies (with individual straps) to tackle even the most violent wind. The polyester canopies are well-equipped with Teflon coating to prevent leakage. There is not enough information about the structure, but the brand should remind you of how dependable their products are. This umbrella already has an auto-open/close mechanism. Just make sure you undo both of the straps.

The sleeve is provided with each purchase. So you do not have to worry to wet your bag or belongings. The canopy diameter is suitable for one person (35 inches). And it folds into 12 inches. It’s available in black, red, and navy blue.

  • Two ribbed canopies with individual straps
  • Teflon coating
  • No significant feature on its structure

Repel Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating

Who does not know Repel Umbrellas ? Featured in national TV and websites, it’s safe to say that it’s the King of Umbrellas. It would be a sin not to mention them as one of the best travel umbrellas. The combination of material and technology is still unbeatable. It has 9 resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs and a chrome metal plate to ensure its stability on a super windy day. The 42-inch, double-vented canopy is coated with instant-dry Teflon. Shake it a little, and water will roll off the canopy.

The rubberized handle feels firm in most hands and houses an automatic open/close system. Just one button to open, close, and fix the canopy. This umbrella fits into most backpacks and briefcases with its 11.5-inch folded dimension. It’s also lightweight (less than 1lb), you may forget you have it with you. To top it off, every umbrella comes with a lifetime warranty in case you need to get a replacement. The only minor drawback is that you have to pull hard to fully fold the umbrella. We’ll take it as a trade-off for its sturdier design.

  • Instant-dry Teflon coating, easy to shake the water off
  • Compact and lightweight, perfect to carry around
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Need extra effort to fully fold the umbrella

AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Small Compact Umbrella with Wind Vent

AmazonBasics Automatic Travel Umbrella provides protection from all sorts of rains. The canopy is made of quality waterproof polyester. And the shaft and ribs are made of steel. This material combination puts the umbrella on the lighter side with only 0.8lbs of weight. If you like to mix and match, there are 9 color options available to choose from.

Amazon Basics Travel Umbrella has an open/close automatic feature. Push the button on the slip-proof handle and the canopy will expand. Spanning 38 inches when opened, it’s perfect for solo traveling or with one companion if they carry little stuff. The best feature of this umbrella is the hardly noticeable wind vent. This feature prevents the umbrella from flipping over in the wind. Pack it into your backpack or briefcase as it’s only 11 inches long. So compact to carry!

It’s remarkable to see a product that does not compromise its price. This umbrella is sturdy and can withstand rain and wind. But keep in mind to let it dry before tucking it back. You do not want it to get rusty.

  • Only 11 inches long, easy to pack
  • With wind vent, you can withstand any windy day
  • Steel shaft and ribs
  • It will get rusty if stored wet

EEZ-Y Windproof Automatic Travel Umbrella – Double Vented, UV Black

EEZ-Y Travel Umbrellas have just got an upgrade! EEZ-Y umbrellas are affordable, durable, and offer great after-sales service. There are plenty of colors for all personalities, but this particular color has UPF 50+ coating that looks shiny on the outer surface to repel UV lights. When not in use, this umbrella folds into 11 inches. And it expands into 37 inches when fully opened. Another feature worth noting is its double-canopy that serves as a wind vent. Traveling at night? Feel extra safe with reflective lining on the upper canopy.

To sum up, EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella is an all-round umbrella that must be added to your raingear regime. Make sure to tell the customer service if you encounter any faulty or dissatisfaction, their representative will be happy to help. You have a lifetime warranty, after all.

  • Reflective lining canopy, good for traveling at night
  • UPF 50+ coating
  • These features only available in black. Other colors don’t have the UPF 50+ coating

DKSUKO Windproof UV Travel Umbrella (CU)

Next on our list of best travel umbrellas is for those who love and live the city bustles. Available in 4 colors, DKSUKO Windproof Travel Umbrella’s inner surface looks glossy and sleek under the light. The material they use is exceptional: waterproof 210T fabric with Teflon and UV coating, plus the fiber-enforced ribs. It spans 42 inches when expanded and 12.2 inches when folded. It may look robust, but it weighs less than 1lbs.

DKSUKO umbrella has 10 ribs construction to maintain its shape even on a super windy day. It also features reverse-folding that keeps your car seats from getting wet. If your hands are full, just push the button to open or close the canopy. Go out in the sun or rain, this umbrella is up for the challenge.

As it’s marketed for city commuters and travelers, DKSUKO Travel Umbrella is most suitable to keep you dry in the streets. Its reverse-folded, Teflon coated canopy is a plus if you’re commuting between places or vehicles.

  • Teflon and UV coating
  • Fiber-enforced ribs
  • Lightweight (less than 1lbs)
  • Looks a bit robust

Kazbrella Reverse Folding Inverted Umbrella Double Layer Wind Proof UV Proof (404)

Reviewing the best travel umbrellas is not complete without mentioning stick umbrellas. This one is a classic umbrella with a twist: reverse-fold. Kazbrella is the pioneer of this kind of umbrella. And our pick goes to the classic curved handle that fits comfortably in your hand. Kazbrella weighs about 1 pound with a 55.1-inch wide canopy. It features a two-layered canopy to enhance its strength in gusty winds.

The company assures that every umbrella is built using aerospace engineering that makes their umbrella innovative. Kazbrella comes in an array of color and pattern choices, suitable for all sorts of people. You’ll never have to worry about making a wet mess, thanks to its folding mechanism. It could’ve been better with an automatic open/close system they lack.

  • Stick umbrella with reverse-folding
  • Two-layered canopy makes it stronger
  • No automatic open/close system

Blunt Metro XS

Blunt Metro XS will make you love the rain just so you can put this umbrella up. This extraordinary umbrella breaks the convention with its Radial Tensioning System. It aims to distribute tension on the edges. This also adds to its unique blunt-tipped look. No more poking someone in the eye while you rock this urban-styled umbrella. It has a 35-inch canopy and weighs less than a pound, which is pretty light for its construction. And it fits into most bags and totes that can store a 14-inch folded umbrella.

For its price, this umbrella promises rip-resistant fabric with UV protective coating. This will stand gale-force winds up to 55 mph. But as you can tell from its name, Blunt Metro XS can only fit one person due to its size. Plus, it employs an auto-open system. This umbrella is perfect for those who prefer to commute through the rain between city buildings. Definitely one of the best travel umbrellas to stroll downtown Seattle !

  • Blunt tips prevent poking people around
  • Weigh less than a pound
  • Small size, can only fit one person

Bodyguard Inverse Windproof Umbrella

Bodyguard Inverted Windproof Umbrella will protect you from rain or sun wherever you go. This umbrella comes with a protective case made of faux leather that will make heads turn when you take it out of your bag. This umbrella weighs 1.12lbs and when folded, it’s 12.6 inches long. With a touch of a button, the canopy opens up like into 41.3 inches wide, big enough for two persons. At the moment, it comes in black and grey.

This umbrella has a rugged shaft and 12 fiber-reinforced ribs to keep them flexible enough to withstand strong winds. Is rain pouring hard? This umbrella will let the water rolls down to the ground without a fight, thanks to its waterproof Teflon coating. It’s also equipped with an automatic open/close system. Push the button on the rubberized grip to expand the canopy then push the same button to close it. It’s also inverse-folded. Regular-folded umbrellas tend to keep water on its outer surface which will make a wet mess wherever you put it. Inverted ones avoid this because the surface will remain dry as the water stays in. Don’t forget the thoughtful addition of a Reflective Stripe that runs along the edge of the canopy. This is great for commuting at night. Even though it’s slightly longer, the weight is comfortable enough to carry.

  • Inverse-folding system helps keep things dry
  • Reflective Stripe is good for night strolls
  • Waterproof Teflon coating
  • Slightly long for carry-on

Balios Prestige Travel Umbrella

You finish your lunch at a coffee shop and the rain starts pouring. Then you take out your Bailos Prestige Umbrella from your briefcase, all eyes are onto you. You just left an everlasting impression on those who saw you that day. Such class and style are what this umbrella wants you to portray. And that’s how we wrap our list of best travel umbrellas.

This umbrella boasts its double-canopy to fend off gusty wind. Not to mention its 300T high-density water repellent fabric that is silky smooth to the touch. This umbrella is 13.8 inches in compact form, and 39.4 inches in full expanded form. Its ergonomic, wooden handle houses a special open/close system that does more than the name. If the canopy ever flips, a push of the button will take it back to its shape. It’s surprising that it is lighter than we thought (only 0.8lbs). If you’re a fan of the iconic British-style, this umbrella will complete your look. There is no significant downside about this umbrella, as long as you take care of it from rust.

  • Lightweight (only 0.8lbs)
  • Modern open/close system
  • Silky smooth and stylish
  • Need constant care to keep it from rusting

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If you’ve ever been to London , Amsterdam , or any other European cities during rainy seasons, you can almost always guarantee some rain while on your trip. On the days it isn’t raining, you might need to keep yourself covered from the sun.

Carrying a heavy raincoat just won’t do. If you’re wondering which are the best travel umbrellas to bring, our readers weigh in with their reviews. They know the importance of having something easy to carry and pack, and that will keep you dry. Here are their tried and tested recommendations!

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LANBRELLA Compact Travel Umbrella

Travel Beach Umbrella: LANBRELLA

The Ultra Lite Umbrella  Supermini is an elegant umbrella at an affordable price and you can choose from two sizes. Readers say it’s small, compact, and does the job for keeping them dry or shaded from the hot sun. And when the rain comes, just push the button to automatically open it and away you go. 

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GAOYAING Mini Travel Umbrella

Small Travel Umbrella: GAOYAING 

This  compact umbrella fits in the palm of your hand and can be stuffed in your purse while on the go. It’s lightweight and able to withstand the wind without breaking. One reader says, “I carry a Travelon crossbody bucket bag that has a compartment for a small umbrella. Mine weighs nothing and is always with me when I travel. It has a UV coating, and I use it when it’s hot and sunny too.”

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Rain-Mate Compact Travel Umbrella

Lightweight Travel Umbrella: Rain-Mate

With patented, fail-safe flip technology and a sturdy but lightweight metal and fiberglass frame, the Rain-Mate will keep you thoroughly protected against strong winds and the elements. One reader says the brand’s products are always on point. “They are inexpensive, decent enough quality, and they have many styles/prints. Their umbrellas fit in any bag when folded!”

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EEZ-Y Compact Travel Umbrella

Compact Travel Umbrella: EEZ-Y 

This parasol by EEZ-Y has a mechanical locking system that is simple to use, allowing for an almost instant canopy of coverage from the elements. Readers tout its stylishness (it comes in several colors and patterns) and say it’s an overall great accessory that folds up small.

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Repel Windproof Umbrella

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The Repel windproof travel umbrella with Teflon coating can chase away any rainy days yet dries fairly quickly. When you’re done using it, shake it off, and store it—you won’t have to worry about your things getting drenched. More rugged than similarly priced umbrellas on the market, it will get you through your vacation, rain or shine!

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totes Titan Foldable Umbrella

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A windproof umbrella that works when needed comes courtesy of totes . It collapses down easily to fit into a backpack, but when opened has a massive, sturdy canopy that does the job in every situation, from a downpour to a day at the beach. One reader loves hers because it’s “very small and inexpensive.”

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Knirps Duomatic Umbrella

Mini Travel Umbrella: Knirps

Knirps invented the folding umbrella way back in 1928, so you know they get rain protection just right. The duomatic will get you where you want to go, dry, and in high style. One reader says it’s not only lightweight, elegant, and functional; it is durable too. “I’ve had mine for years with no problems, and I like it because of its compact size and cute zipper shell case.”

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Umbrella Accessories


Xinda Carabiner Clip 

Travel Umbrella Clip: Xinda

When you’re traveling, you mostly want to keep your hands free when you can. A clip like this one by Xinda will help you carry smaller items by attaching them to your body. When it comes to your umbrella, you can attach it to a carabiner, so you don’t have to shove it back in your purse wet. As one reader says, “Doing this is so much easier than having to haul it around manually all day.” 

Alternatives to an Umbrella


Columbia Arcadia II Waterproof Jacket | Sizes XXS-3XL

Columbia Arcadia II

This quality rain jacket by Columbia feels thick, allows for plenty of layers, and holds up under rainy day scrutiny. It fits snug around hips and wrists (which have Velcro for tightening) to keep you dry. On top of everything else, it comes in plenty of bright, bold colors and diverse sizing. 

One reader, who touts this brand’s great packable options, calls this jacket, “awesome.” Another reader agrees, adding, “It’s a reasonable price. I’ve had mine for years.” 

Check out our full Colombia jacket review !


Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket | Sizes XXS-2XL

Eddie Bauer Rainfoil

Eddie Bauer has you covered for whatever Mother Nature has in store. This sturdy piece will shield you from it all, without being overly bulky or heavy. You’ll be cozy, but not too hot in its light, breathable polyester shell, and it comes in three different fits to match your body type. 

One reader who wore hers in Scotland in springtime was impressed with its coverage. “I like that it came down to my hip. It covered my bum, had a hood and, was just the right weight for me. It was very light, so I was able to layer underneath.”

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Cole Haan Back Bow Packable Hooded Raincoat | Sizes XS-3X

Cole Haan Packable Jacket 

This lux-looking coat by Cole Haan   seems less like you’re roughing it camping and more like you’re up for an urban adventure on the rain-soaked streets of Vienna or Rome. Waterproof, lightweight, roomy, and breathable, it dries quickly and packs small in its own pocket. 

Readers love its streamlined look, with one saying it packs down easy, too. “ The right pocket converts into a stuff sack for packing convenience.”

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SaphiRose Hooded Zip Up Poncho

SaphiRose Poncho

A dependable rain poncho can keep you dry but may be more practical than cute. SaphiRose has turned the tables with this whimsical piece in black and white polka dots. One reader, who purchased hers before heading to Ireland says, “I couldn’t find a plus size that suited me, and this totally did the trick! Kept myself and my backpack nice and dry and folded up tight.” 

Here are the best waterproof jackets for travel!

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

How Do I Pack My Umbrella?

Many of our readers use packing cubes to organize their rain gear and accessories. Compass Rose packing cubes allows you to do so by number and color, so you know what’s in each bag. 

We put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!

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11 Best Rain Umbrellas to Keep You Dry in Any Storm

From compact to large sizes, these picks can help protect you against the heaviest wind and rain.

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There's no denying that a good umbrella is essential for a rainy day, and all it takes is one storm for you to learn that not all umbrellas are of the highest quality. Besides being able to stand up to rain and wind, umbrellas should be easy to open and close while remaining comfortable and convenient to carry, and they should stand the test of time.

There are plenty of umbrellas to choose from, but it can be difficult to figure out which one is the perfect fit for you without testing out every option. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab reviews wet weather gear of all kinds, from rain jackets to rain boots , and we've made picking an umbrella a bit easier. We tested umbrellas for factors like ease of use, durability, coverage size and most importantly, how waterproof they are (because some actually failed our tests when we added water pressure to mimic a storm!). The umbrellas ahead are either top performers from our tests or newer styles with unique features and rave reviews from real users.

Our top picks:

Windguard Auto Open Umbrella

Best Overall Umbrella

Samsonite windguard auto open umbrella.

Compact Travel Umbrella

Best Value Umbrella

Sy compact travel umbrella.

Windproof Travel Umbrella

Best Umbrella on Amazon

Repel windproof travel umbrella.

Use this windproof umbrella for heavy downpours and strong gusts . It proved super durable and was the top performer in our tests when we checked how easily umbrellas flip inside out and how sturdily the spokes are attached to the fabric. This size is compact, so it's easy to carry around, but you can buy the golf-size version to cover a wider area. Good Housekeeping Institute’s Textiles Product Reviews Analyst Grace Wu used this pick during a storm and says, “I’ve never used an umbrella that made me feel as protected — it felt like a normal windy spring day under this umbrella, even though I could see the rainstorm in front of me."

Umbrellas can get pricey, but this one is a great deal . Despite its low cost, it still has thousands of positive reviews highlighting its appearance and compact size. Our Lab experts are impressed that this umbrella features automatic opening and closure at such an affordable price. It also weighs in at less than a pound and has a 41-inch arc (the area an umbrella can cover) when opened to keep you dry.

Repel’s windproof travel umbrella has received over 25,000 five-star ratings, making it Amazon’s top choice for folding umbrellas. The umbrella ribs are made with fiberglass and are reinforced with resin for added strength and to prevent the canopy (top of the umbrella) from flipping during use. In our Lab tests, we found that umbrellas with vented canopies performed best for wind resistance, and this pick features a double vented top to allow wind to easily pass through.

totes Micro Mini Manual Compact Umbrella

Micro Mini Manual Compact Umbrella

If you always forget to pack an umbrella, this one from Totes is super lightweight and compact so you can leave it in your bag just in case you get caught in the rain. Despite its small size when folded, it provides good coverage from the rain when it's opened with a 38-inch arc. Plus, this pick was one of our top-tested umbrellas overall. It held up well in our durability tests, and we found it easy to open and close, even though it’s a manual model.

Stephen Joseph Pop Up Umbrella

Pop Up Umbrella

With kid-friendly characters, a comfortable curved handle and a lightweight structure , this small-sized umbrella is a good pick for children to carry on their own. Each canopy design features 3D components that add a fun factor, and the canopy provides plenty of coverage for kids at 29 inches across. We love that the frame is designed to be simple for kids to push up and pull down to help reduce the risk of their fingers being pinched when opening or closing their umbrella.

BetterBrella Deluxe Umbrella

Deluxe Umbrella

Most umbrellas leave you exposed to the rain when you try to open or close them, causing you to end up soaked. This genius design is reversible. Instead of closing towards you, the umbrella canopy folds away from you , meaning water gets trapped inside of the canopy instead of dripping all over you and your things. It also has an auto-open handle, so you don’t have to struggle with opening your umbrella as you’re leaving the car. And it can easily slip through a cracked car door as you close it.

Weatherman Golf Umbrella

Golf Umbrella

This heavy-duty stick umbrella is built to withstand strong wind gusts with a vented canopy and fiberglass rods . It provides a noteworthy amount of coverage with its 68-inch wide arc — almost double the size of some compact umbrellas — so it’s a good choice to keep you and your family dry. The canopy is made with UPF 50+ fabric, which means it provides rain and sun protection. Although it’s pricey, you can expect it to last thanks to its durable construction. If you prefer a smaller size to carry in your bag, it also comes in a compact travel version .

Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella

Clear Bubble Umbrella

This clear bubble umbrella has a dome-shaped canopy, which provides more coverage than a traditional umbrella . Good Housekeeping Institute’s Lab experts find the deep 51-inch arc on this umbrella to be great for completely covering your head and keeping you protected from the rain at all angles. The see-through plastic material used for the canopy means it won’t block your view as you navigate rainy weather, and it’s easy to wipe clean. It also works well as protection for rainy-day photos.

Blunt Metro Umbrella

Metro Umbrella

Blunt’s metro umbrella is a top pick for walking through large crowds or big cities because of its rounded edges . Umbrella canopies keep their shape with the help of long spokes, which usually stick out around the umbrella’s edge. This pick’s spokes are hidden within small pockets of fabric, so it’s less likely to poke fellow pedestrians and is a safer umbrella option to have around kids. The canopy is also designed to spin when bumped, making it suitable for busy areas.

Rifle Paper Co. Umbrella


Add some fun to your rainy day with this colorful umbrella. Rifle Paper Co. has released a line of umbrellas featuring some of their most popular prints and patterns. This stylish umbrella is compact and comes complete with a matching sleeve, which makes it a great option to carry in your bag. Our Textile Lab experts love the automatic open and close feature and that it provides a good amount of coverage at 43 inches wide, even though it’s compact in size when closed. Plus, Rifle Paper Co. uses its patterns across a variety of merchandise , so can match your umbrella to your face masks and tote bag .

Senz Manual Folding Umbrella

Manual Folding Umbrella

It may look a little strange, but this umbrella is designed using aerodynamics to prevent it from flipping in heavy winds . It's also constructed with a light frame to make it feel like it’s floating in the wind, allowing you to carry it with only one hand. Senz even offers to repair your umbrella if its damaged or send free replacement parts to help your umbrella last even longer.

How we test umbrellas

an umbrella fabric swatch attached to plastic backing being sprayed by simulated rain in good housekeeping's textile lab

At the Good Housekeeping Institute , we test umbrellas in our Textiles Lab for a variety of characteristics, including ease of use, performance and durability. In our most recent umbrella tests, we collected and examined hundreds of data points to find top umbrella performers, including our best overall pick from Samsonite . We used a spray test to mimic a light rain shower, as well as our unique rain tester to simulate a penetrating storm (pictured above). The tester sprays pressurized and temperature-controlled water at a swatch of umbrella fabric that is backed by an absorbent paper. After the rain test, we measure how much water the backing paper has absorbed. The less water that has penetrated through the umbrella fabric and to the absorbent paper, the better the umbrella is at wicking moisture and keeping you dry.

To analyze an umbrella's resistance to flipping inside out, Lab experts calculated the force needed to invert each tested umbrella's canopy and also measured the strength of umbrella spokes with a specialized Instron machine. Along with these larger tests, the Textiles Lab measured the weight and size of popular umbrellas, analyzed how easily they could be opened and closed and rated features like handle grip and coverage size.

What to look for when shopping for the best umbrellas

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Buying an umbrella may seem simple enough — they're all meant to keep you dry. But there are many features of an umbrella you should consider when making a purchase. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for an umbrella:

✔️ Size : Most umbrellas have a diameter between 30 to 40 inches, which is the measurement of an umbrella canopy from side to side. Another common measurement used to classify umbrellas is the arc, or the measurement of an umbrella canopy's coverage. Smaller arcs start around 30 inches, while some umbrellas may have arcs up to 70 inches. Umbrellas vary in size and coverage depending on the intended use. If you're looking for a travel-sized umbrella that's lightweight and easy to put in a purse or suitcase, chances are it'll have a smaller diameter and arc and will provide less coverage when you open it. On the flip side, larger umbrellas that provide you with more coverage tend to be bulkier and heavier when they're folded down.

✔️ Opening mechanism: Your main choices are manual (you push it open and closed yourself), auto-open (you push a button to automatically open it, but close it yourself) or auto open/close (you can open and close the umbrella with the push of a button). This one's a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that some of the manual umbrellas were still super easy to open in our testing.

✔️ Vents: If you want to prevent your umbrella from flipping inside out in the wind, look for an option with vents. Vents are small slits or openings in an umbrella canopy that allow wind to pass through more easily. Without vents, wind gets trapped against the umbrella and pushes the canopy outward, leaving you with an unusable umbrella and no protection from the rain.

✔️ Price : While price isn't necessarily an indicator of overall product quality, you may discover that buying the cheapest option will result in having to buy more umbrellas in the long run. Some umbrellas just can't stand up to lots of use.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

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Lexie Sachs is the Executive Director of the Textiles, Paper & Apparel Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute . She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University and more than 15 years experience in the textiles industry, including merchandising and product development for home products. Lexie joined Good Housekeeping in 2013 and has extensively tested all types home and apparel products — including mattresses , face masks , sustainable clothing and more — using specialized lab equipment and with hundreds of consumer testers.

Amanda Constantine joined the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2022 as a home & apparel reviews analyst. She has a Master of Science in Consumer Sciences from The Ohio State University, along with undergraduate degrees in apparel merchandising and marketing communications. Prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she served as a lecturer at The Ohio State University, teaching fashion and textiles courses and conducting research.

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Lexie Sachs (she/her) is the executive director of strategy and operations at the Good Housekeeping Institute and a lead reviewer of products in the bedding, travel, lifestyle, home furnishings and apparel spaces. She has over 15 years of experience in the consumer products industry and a degree in fiber science from Cornell University. Lexie serves as an expert source both within Good Housekeeping and other media outlets, regularly appearing on national broadcast TV segments. Prior to joining GH in 2013, Lexie worked in merchandising and product development in the fashion and home industries.

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13 best umbrellas for facing the unpredictable British weather

We put a range of brollies to the test in drizzle, heavy rain and wind over several weeks, to find the ones that really kept us dry, article bookmarked.

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If there’s one thing you can rely on in life, it’s the unpredictable British weather . Investing in a sturdy umbrella that can survive the wind and rain will ensure you’re not left sopping wet and miserable, clutching desperately onto a brolly that’s flipped inside out.

But picking one that will last a lifetime isn’t as easy as picking rain-soaked daisies from the garden . There are so many factors to consider, such as design, durability, size, weight, handle grip, whether it opens and closes automatically or manually, reinforced canopies, cases and more.

There are umbrellas for every scenario. Handbag and backpack umbrellas that can be pulled out at a moment’s notice, larger umbrellas that can protect the whole family and can be chucked in the car boot, and golf umbrellas for, well, golfers.

There are clear umbrellas for weddings , lightweight umbrellas for kids and windproof umbrellas that won’t have you shamefully trying to pull them right-side out. We’d also recommend getting a  waterproof jacket  if you’re determined to stay completely dry. Whatever the occasion, we’ve tested a number of umbrellas that will have you covered – literally.

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How we tested the best umbrellas

We put a range of umbrellas to the test in the drizzle, heavy rain and winds of up to 30mph over several weeks and months to find the ones that really kept us dry and saved us from the embarrassment of having them blow inside out, only to be dumped within days.

If they did flip inside out, would they flex back in again? Was the metal and the canopy strong? Did they look good? And how easy were they to use? Portability, coverage and design were all important considerations in our tests.     

The best umbrellas for 2024 are:

  • Best umbrella overall – Blunt metro umbrella: £70, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best budget umbrella – Fulton tornado: £36.25, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best clear umbrella – Fulton birdcage umbrella: £21, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best windproof umbrella – Senz large: £65, Senz.com
  • Best compact umbrella – Gilley umbrella: £36.75, Gilley.uk
  • Best handbag umbrella – Marimekko mini manual unikko umbrella: £50, Marimekko.com

Blunt metro umbrella

  • Best : Umbrella overall
  • Style : Foldable
  • Weight : 385g
  • Open diameter : 100cm
  • Closed size : 37.5cm
  • Wind tested to : Category 1 hurricane (up to 95mph)
  • Automatic or manual : Automatic
  • Really stylish
  • Clever design
  • Sturdy in high winds

Blunt’s metro umbrella is the dreamiest brolly you’ll ever lay your eyes on, with a stylish, scalloped design that not only looks good but is also practical. Its design is thoughtfully engineered, and helped us avoid close calls and accidental pokes in the eye when navigating busy London streets.

That’s because the Blunt metro has reinforced pockets at the canopy edge to keep the spokes out of harm’s way and stop them from popping out as they often do on cheaper umbrellas. It also has a 360-degree spinning canopy to protect the core mechanism if it is knocked. It never blew inside out in strong, 30mph winds (it’s rated up to 95mph), and remained strong and sturdy in our hand.

It has an auto-open button, and the umbrella release button is rubberised, so there’s no danger of catching your finger on any metal tabs, collapsing down with ease. The handle is super comfortable to hold, and the genius half-zip case meant we didn’t have to wrestle trying to put it back in its sheath. It comes in a range of bold and bright colours, as well as more subdued hues, plus it’s pretty lightweight and can fit neatly in a backpack, though maybe not a small handbag.

Fulton tornado umbrella

  • Best : Budget umbrella
  • Type : Folding
  • Weight : 545g
  • Open diameter : 120cm
  • Closed size : 37cm
  • Wind tested to : Extreme weather
  • Sturdy umbrella
  • Opens and closes automatically
  • Slightly uncomfortable to hold

You’ll be in good company if you choose a Fulton – the family-run business was founded in 1956 and its umbrellas were used by Queen Elizabeth II, and now the King and Queen Consort, because even royalty can’t escape the British rain.

The Fulton tornado is one majestic-looking umbrella. Featuring a wide canopy that two people can just about fit under, and a clever three-stage automatic frame. We always felt protected from the elements under this brolly, and it never flipped inside out.

It’s strong, featuring reinforced polymer ribs of steel for extreme strength and a vented canopy, so never felt like the thing was going to collapse in on us in high winds. Plus, this one opens and closes automatically, and folded up so that we could store it away easily in our rucksack.

There are a few things to consider, however. The handle is a little uncomfortable to hold with its bulbous size and foam texture, and it’s also on the heavy side. But, given its affordable price tag, it’s a pretty good buy.

Fulton birdcage umbrella

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  • Best : Clear umbrella
  • Type : Stick umbrella
  • Weight : 530g
  • Open diameter : 84cm
  • Closed size : 94cm
  • Wind tested to : Wind-resistant
  • Nice clear design
  • Keeps you fully covered from the rain
  • Can’t be stored in a handbag or backpack

If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for us. If you’re sick of bumping into people every time it rains, as you can’t see a thing under your umbrella, Fulton’s birdcage umbrella is for you. The very brolly used by the Queen Elizabeth II features an elegant dome shape that stretches right down to your shoulders, for full coverage.

The dome shape already gave the umbrella some resistance in the strongest of winds, but its fibreglass ribs really ensured it was flexible enough to withstand a big gust of air. And the clear PVC material made it a doddle to see through, while keeping us completely dry.

The curved handle is easy to hold and comes in four colours with a matching trim on the canopy. The clear design makes it particularly suited for weddings, if the weather turns. It doesn’t fold up, however, so you do need to carry it like a cane when not in use, but it closes and opens automatically, to make that chore easier.

Gilley umbrella

  • Best : Compact umbrella
  • Weight : 400g
  • Open diameter : 98cm
  • Closed size : Not specified
  • Wind tested to : 30mph
  • Automatic or manual : Manual
  • Plastic case means brolly can go into handbag

Getting a wet umbrella into its thin plastic case is no mean feat, which is exactly why we love Gilley’s umbrella. Thanks to the hard-shell case, you can put the umbrella into your bag and none of the contents will get wet. While slightly more chunky than other designs (it won’t fit into a smaller handbag), it’s certainly a smart feature.

In terms of performance, we tested the brolly in some fairly wet and windy conditions and were impressed by its ability to withstand some large gusts of wind and protect us against rain. Even better, it has a large canopy, so two people can snuggly fit underneath it. While the price tag might seem a bit of an investment, it’s one we’d certainly recommend making.

Hunter transparent moustache bubble umbrella

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  • Best : Umbrella for style
  • Type : Full-length stick
  • Weight : 466g
  • Open diameter : 86cm
  • Closed size : 89cm
  • Wind tested to : Not specified
  • Quirky print
  • Covered two on the school run
  • Surprisingly lightweight

Add some pizzazz to precipitation with this statement umbrella from British brand Hunter. The sturdy brolly has a hybrid frame of fibreglass and reinforced plastic, for maximum flexibility, and barely even trembles in the fiercest wind, while the transparent canopy means you can hold it low over your face but still not bump into anyone.

We tested it in the pouring rain on the school run, and it easily kept two dry underneath. The quirky moustache-shaped trim is printed tastefully with the Hunter name and comes in military red and black, which co-ordinate perfectly with Hunter boots, if you have them.

Despite its size, it’s also surprisingly light to hold for a long time with the matte curved handle, although there’s no case to keep it dry after use. Still, we’ll be storing it in our car boot, secretly hoping for rain, just so we can whip it out.

The Davek solo umbrella

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  • Best : Premium umbrella
  • Weight : 510g
  • Open diameter : 109cm
  • Closed size : 29.8cm
  • Rock steady in high winds
  • Automatically opens and closes

We’ve never swooned over an umbrella before (honest) but this elegant brolly from New York company Davek had us at ‘hello’, with its smart red gift box. Inside, the umbrella is the ideal compromise between a teeny handbag-sized option or a long stick umbrella that can’t be folded away.

The Solo packs down to a respectable 30cm when closed, to fit in a larger bag or rucksack, yet it’s as solid in high wind as a larger stick style. Coverage is a comfortable 94cm when open, which just about kept two of us dry, and the high-grade steel, fibreglass and aircraft-grade aluminium frame was rock steady.

It comes in plain navy or black, or black trimmed with either lavender, green or pale blue, and has a leather wrist strap, handy clip for attaching to a bag and a smooth ergonomic handle. We loved the fact we could open it one-handed, even when weighed down with bags, thanks to the auto-open and close button, which also ingeniously corrects the ribs if they ever do invert.

It’s on the heavy side and definitely pricey, but Davek promises to repair or replace the umbrella for free forever if it fails to work properly. Just make sure you don’t leave it on the bus.

London Undercover navy city gent lifesaver umbrella

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  • Best : Investment umbrella
  • Weight : Not specified
  • Open diameter : 106cm
  • Closed size : 91.5cm
  • Easy to hold
  • Lightweight
  • Kept us completely dry

Seriously up your rain game with a pricey but devastatingly chic handcrafted umbrella from London Undercover. This is probably the fanciest brolly you’ll ever lay eyes on but it will definitely put a spring in your step on even the dampest days.

Handmade in – surprise! – London, it has a sleek silver tip cup and spokes, an unshakeable steel frame and a navy polyester canopy that opens to a generous 106cm diameter to keep you bone dry. We particularly loved the curved handle made of stylish dark brown maple, which was easy to hold and not at all heavy.

It can’t be folded and tucked into a bag, of course, but you’ll want to keep this umbrella swinging proudly from your arm anyway. The brand will even engrave it for you, if it’s a present.

Want to spend a little less? Try the company’s London vintage map classic umbrella (£95, Londonundercover.co.uk ), which we also loved – it features a fascinating 1930s map of the capital under the black canopy.

Totes eco-brella x-tra strong auto open/close umbrella

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  • Best : Strong umbrella
  • Weight : 452g
  • Open diameter : 108cm
  • Closed size : 32.3cm
  • Really strong
  • Packs easily into our backpack
  • Opens automatically

Ever dumped a brolly in disgust after it’s turned inside out at the merest hint of wind? We have. There’s no chance this fantastic umbrella will meet the same fate, though, as it was easily one of the hardiest we tested, standing firm even on a very blustery day when we’d normally skip a brolly completely. Made of 100 per cent polyester with an aluminium and steel frame, it’s been previously tested in a wind tunnel and Totes claim it will withstand 60 per cent stronger winds than an average umbrella.

Although it’s a reasonable 32.3cm when folded and easily packs into a rucksack, it opens up to a diameter of 108cm, which kept us completely dry even in squally rain. The canopy is also made completely from recycled PET polyester fabric, but you’ll never know it just by looking.

There’s no need to battle to close it after the wind’s done its worst either, as it closes automatically at the (smug) push of a button. A fantastic all-round buy.

Fulton cyclone umbrella

  • Best : Golf umbrella
  • Weight : 878g
  • Open diameter : 131cm
  • Closed size : 100cm
  • Wind tested to : 78mph
  • Extremely large canopy
  • Strong in high winds

Golfers, this is the umbrella you’ve been searching for. Larger than your standard brolly, it’ll protect you from the rain and the sun, including your basket, while out on the range. And you won’t have to worry about holding it upright when you’re on the course on a blustery day because it’s wind-tested up to 78mph. It was strong in our tests and had us protected at every angle.

Featuring a classic black UV design, it has a rubberised handle, making it comfortable to hold and there’s even a silicone finger pad for increased ergonomics. It comes inside a smart carry case with a strap for slinging over your back when you’re all done.

It is very heavy, but that’s to be expected given its size and its glorious fibreglass construction. And while the cyclone is best for holes in one, we’ve also used it on drizzly walks in the park with our dog and it performed just as well.

Marimekko mini manual unikko umbrella

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  • Best : Handbag umbrella
  • Open diameter : 94cm
  • Closed size : 16cm
  • Small enough for handbags
  • Provides decent coverage

The rain will never put a dampener on your day again with this teeny umbrella that can be chucked in any bag. Measuring just 16cm when closed, it comes in a monochrome floral pattern that goes with everything and is opened and closed manually. We were particularly impressed with the wide Velcro strap to keep the brolly tightly closed after use, which felt much more secure than the usual thin fastener and made it easy to slip back inside the cover after use. Despite its size, we found it surprisingly robust in all but the strongest winds, making this brolly a worthy handbag staple.

Blunt coupe umbrella

  • Best : Umbrella for the school run
  • Weight : 428g
  • Open diameter : 105cm
  • Closed size : 73.5cm
  • Wind tested to : 71mph

If you love the look of the Blunt metro, the Blunt coupe is like a bigger, more school-run-friendly version of it. Keep it in your car and pull it out when the weather gets severe, and you’ll be able to house yourself and your children under this statement-making brolly.

It’s a full-length piece, so won’t fold away, but it looks as brilliant as ever, with its blunt tips hidden away inside pockets for a streamlined design. And while it’s a manual brolly instead of an automatic one, that functional decision helps keep the coupe light for something so broad.

The umbrella is sturdy, withstanding severe British winds (it’s wind-tested up to 71mph). We’re obsessed with Blunt’s umbrellas, and the coupe does the job just as well as the Blunt metro.

Fulton aerolite

  • Best : Lightweight umbrella
  • Weight : 86g
  • Open diameter : 83cm
  • Closed size : 20cm
  • Wind tested to : Wind-resistant frame
  • So light, it didn’t feel like we were holding an umbrella
  • Good coverage
  • Kept flipping inside out

OK, this might be one of the lightest umbrellas ever made. It’s so featherlight, sometimes we even forgot we were holding it. It weighs just 86g – that’s 10 50p coins, or a deck of playing cards, or a tube of mascara, or a box of bees wax. You get the idea, this thing is light, and folds away into a teeny-tiny cylinder.

But how does that lightweight design translate when used as an actual umbrella? Surprisingly well. It still features a three-stage frame and the polyester canopy effectively covered us from the elements. But its downfall is the wind. While it features five carbon ribs, it’s not strong enough to resist inversion. It kept flipping inside out at the smallest gust.

That’s the trade-off with having a lightweight brolly. The good thing? It doesn’t actually break when it does invert, you can just push it back in and it will continue on its way as if nothing happened. The wind won’t damage the umbrella, but you might feel a little embarrassed.

The verdict: Umbrellas

You’ll probably never need to buy another umbrella again if you splash out a little bit on the Blunt metro umbrella . It’s a gorgeous brolly that looks the part and won’t let you down in even the strongest wind and rain. If you can’t face splashing out quite so much to stay dry, the Totes auto open/close umbrella is an impressive hard-wearing alternative that won’t let you down, and the Senz large is seriously good if you’ve just had enough of the wind.

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The Best Umbrellas of 2024

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Strong spine

Complete rain protection

Cool design

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Totes Titan Large Auto Open Close Neverwet Umbrella

Very portable

Comes in different colors and patterns

Good rain protection

Steel frame

None that we could find

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Totes Signature Manual Bubble Umbrella


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G4Free 54 Inch Windproof Golf Umbrella

Unique design

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Samsonite Windguard Auto Open/Close Umbrella

Slip-proof handle

Quality frame

Average rain protection

Cailey Lindberg

Updated May 15, 2023

Everyone wants a cool umbrella. Some prefer style, while others prioritize substance, but we can all agree that umbrellas should keep you dry and hold up in moderate wind. While no umbrella is perfect in a heavy downpour, a good umbrella will prevent you from showing up to your destination looking like a wet rat.

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The Davek is the best tested umbrella.

After months of testing, the Davek kept us dry every time and was our best overall pick.

When it comes to protecting yourself from the elements, we found that the Davek umbrella is the best. It holds up in the wind and opens and closes with ease, especially when you need to pull it out quickly for an unexpected downpour. We walked over a mile with the Davek and everything except our feet managed to stay dry.

The high-grade micro weave fabric also dries quickly so the Davek won’t soak your bag if you’re transporting it. This automatic umbrella has an auto open and close frame system that is made of strong fiberglass, which shields you from high winds and rain. It automatically opens and closes with a simple push of a button. The canopy fabric is also wind resistant for extra protection.

The Davek is definitely the fanciest umbrella we found. It comes in a beautiful red box complete with a protective sleeve. The only downside to this umbrella is its higher price, but it is a quality umbrella that we think is worth the investment. If you're not prone to losing things, you're unlikely to need another umbrella for many years.

The Totes Foldable umbrella was our best value.

The Totes portable umbrella was just the right value for its superior wind and rain protection.

The Totes Neverwet Umbrella does a respectable job of protecting us from the elements. This isn't a surprise as Totes is a reputable umbrella manufacturer. While we like the basic black version, it comes in a wide array of attractive colors and patterns. This traditional umbrella’s winning feature is its portability—it easily fits into your bag, while still unfolding large enough to protect you from the rain.

The Totes Neverwet doesn’t dry as quickly as others because its canopy lacks the quick-dry micro weave fabric, but the water-resistant Teflon coating does a good job of deflecting the rain. The frame is made of steel as opposed to a cheaper aluminum that some umbrellas have and, despite occasional creakiness when opening, the Totes isn’t difficult to open quickly during an unexpected downpour.

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Despite appearing to be more of a fashion accessory, the Totes Ultra Clear Bubble Umbrella does surprisingly well during use. It’ll hold up in the wind and protect you from heavy rain with its unique bubble design. Stylish and fun, you can see outside of the clear plastic sides instead of putting your head down and trudging through the rain in misery.

The design is also ideal for wind protection and the waterproof plastic will keep you completely dry. The only downside to the Bubble Umbrella is how impractical it is when lugging around, it’s the largest full-size product we found and wouldn’t fit neatly into even the largest backpack.

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The G4 Umbrella scored high because of its unique two-frame design, which makes its double canopy resistant to strong winds. This umbrella also has a sturdy, fiberglass frame and an easy-to-grip handle. If you live in a windy area, this is the umbrella for you!

The G4 also features high-density pongee fabric and fiberglass ribs, which provides you with good rain protection. Like some other umbrellas, the biggest downside of the G4 is that it's inconvenient to carry around and doesn’t fit in most bags. While the canopy fabric provides good rain protection, it doesn’t dry quickly, which is likely due to its size.

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The Samsonite umbrella scored the highest among all the portable umbrellas we found, with decently waterproof polyester Teflon fabric and a good quality spine. The handle is easy to grip and slip-proof in heavy rain. It’s the smallest out of all the umbrellas we picked and is even more portable than the Totes Foldable.

The Samsonite does fine in most categories and is comparable to other portable umbrellas in terms of rain protection and wind resistance. It isn’t likely to hold up in a strong gust, but you will get the slightly above average umbrella you paid for with the Samsonite.

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The Lewis N. Clark is a solid little number and the least expensive out of all the products we found. Its quick-drying polyester, Teflon water-resistant fabric, and soft, rubberized handle will keep you comfortable and mostly dry during a strong downpour. One complaint we have about the Lewis N. Clark umbrella is that it doesn’t dry quickly despite touting “quick dry” fabric. It’s probably the most average of all of the ones we found, but we do like that this compact umbrella has an affordable price.

Teflon coated fabric

Does not dry quickly after using

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If you are willing to spend a bit more on a nice umbrella, then the Weatherman Travel Umbrella is worth it. With a strong, sturdy frame made of industrial fiberglass, this umbrella can withstand wind speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Plus, it resists water in heavy rain and even dries off fairly quickly.

In addition, this umbrella has a comfortable, slipless handle, reflective features for safety at night, and weighs less than a pound, making it easy to bring it with you anywhere. We also discovered that this umbrella is pretty resistant to damage, such as if you lose your grip in the wind or drop it by accident.

Lightweight and compact

Sturdy in strong winds

Reliable water resistance

What You Should Know About Umbrellas

No umbrella is perfect and each one has its limitations, but there are concrete things you can look for when purchasing one. To keep you dry, an umbrella needs to have a strong waterproof coating such as Teflon. The type of handle you choose is also very important since the rain can make it slippery, so find one that you’re able to grip well.

An umbrella consists of about 150 parts and each one has to survive the elements. Rain and wind are especially hard on the ribs, stretchers, and springs. Heavy wind puts stress on your umbrella’s joints and can invert it.

Solid rivets and a quality frame will protect your umbrella from strong winds. Rivets tie the ribs, stretchers, and ligaments of the frame. To prevent getting an umbrella that is likely to break in a gust of wind, don't purchase one if you can see through the rivets on the frame. It is best to choose umbrellas made with steel, nickel, brass, and fiberglass to ensure you get more than one use out of your umbrella.

It is important to choose an affordable umbrella since it is an easy item to forget during your commute, but make sure the one you choose is well-constructed. For example, you could purchase five bargain umbrellas you’ll use once for our favorite, the Davek, which will last you a long time—just be careful you don’t forget it in a cab.

How to Fix a Broken Umbrella

The G4 Umbrella had superior wind protection.

The G4 full-size is the umbrella for you if you live in a windy area!

What to Do If Your Umbrella Turns Inside out

It is very inconvenient (and annoying) when an umbrella turns inside out in heavy rain. A potential quick fix is to stand still, fold the canopy inwards, and hold it in the direction of the wind. This works about half of the time if you are using an umbrella with a poorly made frame.

When an umbrella canopy flips up in the wind, fix the spokes by weaving a thin wire in place of them and tightly fasten it to the center. Repairing rips in the canopy fabric is another quick fix if you have a simple sewing kit and an arsenal of patches at your disposal. To keep yourself dry, sew the patches directly into the canopy using waterproof fabric.

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Stay Dry in Stormy Weather with the Best Travel Umbrellas

Travel Umbrellas

Your standard umbrella could be doing a better job of keeping you dry. The average umbrella usually has a shorter canopy and rigid frame that doesn’t bend in heavy winds. It’s unlikely to offer the coverage required for staying dry in a downpour, and if the body doesn’t bend, it’s more likely to snap in heavy winds.

With this in mind, we’ve curated a list of the best travel umbrellas of 2024. We particularly like the compact Repel umbrella because of its strong, vented, windproof double canopy. With these top picks, you can enjoy the outdoors and keep yourself dry from head to toe.

Our Top Picks

  • Best Overall: Repel Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔
  • Best Design: Rain-Mate Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔
  • Maximum Protection: EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔
  • Budget-Friendly: SY Compact Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔
  • Optimal Performance: Lanbrella Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔
  • Best Wind Resistance: Amazon Basics Travel Umbrella Shop Now ➔

What Should You Consider When Selecting the Best Travel Umbrella?

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Repel Travel Umbrella

This travel umbrella has nine fiberglass ribs, offering good durability and the ability to flex easily on a windy day. It has a double vented canopy with a small vent to prevent wind gusts from turning it inside-out. Its 42-inch arch offers enough protection to help you share the umbrella with someone else without risking getting drenched during heavy rain.

Its automatic release button enables you to expand or collapse the canopy within seconds. As holding onto an umbrella during heavy winds can become extremely difficult, this product is reinforced with a rubberized anti-slip handle. Its ergonomic design also gives you to establish a firm grip over the entire frame. Its Teflon-coated canopy is waterproof and can dry up quickly, making it our top choice for travel umbrellas in 2024.

  • Wrist strap offers additional security
  • Small and compact for easy storage
  • Windproof, waterproof, and lightweight
  • Somewhat heavy

Best Design


Rain-Mate Travel Umbrella

The Rain-Mate compact travel umbrella performs a stellar job in providing unwavering protection against unexpected wind and rain, making it an essential travel companion. With its robust structure, including 9 reinforced fiberglass ribs, this umbrella defies strong winds, ensuring maximum weather protection. Its metal frame and shaft work in harmony to offer a sturdy 42-inch canopy that effectively shields you from the elements.

Despite its strength, this travel umbrella doesn’t compromise on convenience. Its compact size allows it to collapse down to a handy 12-inch length, making it effortlessly portable for all your travels. The auto open and close button feature is a thoughtful addition, lending you an extra hand and dodging any finger pinches. This travel umbrella doesn’t just offer protection—it delivers peace of mind, knowing that this could be the last umbrella you’ll ever need. 

  • Compact and portable
  • Sturdy in windy conditions
  • Features automatic open/close
  • Can be difficult to close

Maximum Protection


EEZ-Y Travel Umbrella

With a 42-inch canopy design, the EEZ-Y travel umbrella will keep you dry regardless of stormy the weather is. Its double vented structure prevents the canopy from flipping and exposing you to the rain on windy days. Reinforced with nine fiberglass ribs and a strong metal shaft, the entire structure is strengthened to prevent stress from fracturing it.

Its non-slip rubberized handle also enables you to keep a firm grip and maneuver it like a pro. Its automatic-release button makes folding and unfolding super easy, and it can fold up to 11 inches for convenient and hassle-free storage. With a canopy made from 210T fabric, rainwater won’t stay on the external surface for too long. Pick this travel umbrella for reliable protection in the worst weather.

  • Carry case for optimal portability
  • Water-repellent fabric
  • Light construction
  • Not ideal for kids due to the large size



SY Compact Travel Umbrella

This travel umbrella has a reinforced metallic shaft and fiberglass ribs that can withstand strong wind gusts up to a speed of 55kmph. Its canopy is made from 210T pongee for excellent water repulsion and quick-drying features. You won’t have to deal with the apprehension of having a soaked umbrella. Just shake it gently while folding to remove the excess water drops.

You can open and close this umbrella with the release button in a snap. It measures only 10.8 inches while folded, making portability more convenient and stress-free. Its fiberglass ribs have reduced the overall weight to prevent fatigue in your arms. And at a great price point, there’s no reason not to pick up the SY Compact travel umbrella for your outdoor excursions.

  • Rust-resistant aluminum frame
  • Ergonomic handle for excellent grip
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Non-vented canopy

Optimal Performance


Lanbrella Travel Umbrella

With a reverse-folding structure, the Lanbrella travel umbrella can deliver outstanding performance in heavy rain. Its arc measures 46 inches for maximum protection to two people without drenching you from the sides or back. When closed, the side that has been exposed to rain will fold inside keep your bag or seat dry. 

The canopy is made from 210T fabric for repelling water and preventing damage to its structure. Since it is fortified with strong fiberglass ribs, it will never turn inside out, regardless of how strong the wind gust is. For opening and closing the umbrella, press the button and enjoy the automatic operation. You can operate the umbrella easily with one hand, allowing you to carry your phone, purse, and other items easily.

  • Upside-down structure to keep your bag dry
  • Offers excellent coverage from the rain
  • Has convenient one-hand operation
  • Non-ergonomic handle

Best Wind Resistance


Amazon Basics Travel Umbrella

This travel umbrella comes with a double canopy design that ensures excellent wind resistance and prevents structural damage. As its frame is made from steel, it will easily weather wind gusts and heavy rain. Its automatic button will enable you to conveniently open and close the canopy and ribs in a snap.

The canopy itself is made from polyester for more durability and longevity. Its handle has an ergonomic structure with a soft grip, allowing you firm control over the entire frame. This travel umbrella folds down to a compact 11 inches for hassle-free storage.

  • Carry sleeve for convenient storage
  • Wrist strap for easier carrying
  • Durable double canopy design
  • Not as water-proof as other options

Buying Guide: Finding the Best Travel Umbrella

Travel umbrellas are great because they allow you to walk comfortably during heavy rain. You also won’t have to worry about carrying a giant umbrella that tends to weigh you down, as most of these umbrellas are light and compact. But since there are so many similar products on the market, picking the best umbrella can be a challenge. Investing in the wrong product won’t protect you from rain efficiently, and you might get drenched. We’ve created a complete buying guide to help you choose the best travel umbrella to meet your requirements.

A travel umbrella’s coverage depends on the arc of its canopy. Usually, the size of the canopy ranges between 41 inches and 46 inches. If you travel solo without carrying any bulky bags, choosing a 41-inch umbrella will be enough to keep yourself dry. On the other hand, if you travel with another person or don’t want to risk getting drenched in the rain, it’s better to go with a travel umbrella with either a 42-inch or 46-inch canopy. This will offer you additional coverage and enable you to travel safely during heavy rain.

Upright and reverse

Travel umbrellas can be classified into two types based on their frames — upright and reverse. When you fold an upright umbrella, its outer surface will remain wet and can soak your bag, car seat, or anything else it touches. If you don’t want any hassle, going for a reverse umbrella might be ideal. As the name suggests, when you fold a reverse umbrella, the wet side will be contained inside the umbrella without soaking whatever you carry it in, keeping you dry in and out of doors.

Wind resistance

One of your main concerns with an umbrella may be its ability to withstand heavy gusts. If the canopy doesn’t allow wind to pass through, the inside air pressure will be higher than the outside exterior pressure, and the canopy can quickly turn inside out and cause structural damage to the umbrella’s frame. You should check whether the chosen travel umbrella can resist wind or not.

It should have a double-vented canopy design to allow wind to flow through easily and balance the air pressure. It should also have more flex so that the canopy returns to its original shape and the ribs can hold their structure without snapping. Check that your travel umbrella with a double canopy design doesn’t allow rainwater to seep through.

Frame material

When we talk about the frame of a travel umbrella, there are two parts to consider — the shaft and ribs. Most products have steel or metallic shafts to offer excellent wind resistance and prevent the structure from collapsing. The ribs of travel umbrellas are normally made from fiberglass. Ribs play an essential role in giving a travel umbrella’s canopy its shape and structure.

If you invert the umbrella, you can find that the ribs closer to the pole hold the canopy fabric in place while their extensions maintain the umbrella’s curve. You should choose a product with enough canopy support so that the panels can hold their shape in the worst weather conditions. Usually, most products have eight ribs, while a few can come with nine.

Most travel umbrellas are designed so that their frames can collapse easily. A folded travel umbrella is usually around 11 inches long.

As an umbrella can fly out of your hand in strong winds, you should check whether your chosen product comes with a non-slip handle cover or not. In most products, the handles are rubberized to create enough friction and prevent them from slipping out of your hold.

Before you decide, it’s crucial to know about the materials used for manufacturing the canopies of travel umbrellas. In this section, we have descriptions of the three most popular fabrics used to construct canopy shades.

  • Teflon is strong and resistant to structural damage. It also offers an excellent level of water repulsion to prevent rainwater from soaking the entire canopy and causing damage.
  • 210T fabric is more common as it’s cheaper and waterproof. It can also dry quickly and helps make the umbrella more compact when folded.
  • Some products have a polyester canopy. Despite being highly durable, these umbrellas won’t be able to prevent rainwater from soaking the canopy.

The cost of travel umbrellas varies based on many factors. For instance, choosing a travel umbrella with a double vented canopy will cost you more than one with a single canopy. If your chosen product has nine ribs made from a Teflon canopy, its price will be higher than an umbrella reinforced with eight ribs or a polyester canopy.

Yes, you can use a travel umbrella during the summer season. Just ensure that its material is strong enough for withstanding prolonged exposure to the solar rays.

Most travel umbrellas come with a storage sleeve or case for optimal transportation. It will help you store the folded umbrella easily and put it inside your bag, rucksack, tote, and more.

Yes, most travel umbrellas are available in a wide range of color options, starting from pitch black to green, yellow, green, red, pink, blue, and many more.

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Most Durable Umbrella: Sturdy Choices for Stormy Weather

Note: We have researched 13 umbrellas for you.

Author: Gregor Krambs

  • What to Look for in Most Durable Umbrellas

Important criteria

  • Sturdy frame construction
  • Quality fabric material
  • Wind resistance
  • Water repellency
  • Rust-proof materials
  • Reinforced stitching

1.) Construction Material and Quality

2.) design and mechanism, 3.) size and portability, 4.) warranty and brand reputation.

  • The Most Durable Umbrellas of our Choice
  • Compact collapsible umbrella with 62-inch canopy.
  • Suitable for car, suitcase, or backpack.
  • Windproof double canopy and sturdy frame.
  • Fully automatic open and close with storage sleeve.
  • Reflective stripes for high visibility in low light.
  • Prevents water from dripping with inverted folding design.
  • Durable construction with 12-month warranty.
  • Rank 2 of 14 in Largest Compact Umbrella
  • Unique Double Layer and Reverse Opening Design
  • Fold top layer under dry layer when closing
  • Comfortable Frosted C-shaped Hand Grip Design
  • C-shaped handle for hands-free use in rain
  • Smooth Top with eight steel ribs of frame
  • Transformed into eight legs when closed
  • Control: Non-automatic/Manual Opening
  • Simple click button for opening and closing
  • Ideal Gift & Quality Guarantee
  • Reverse folding umbrella with wet-surface inside
  • Compact size and lightweight for travel
  • Windproof with reinforced fiberglass ribs
  • UV protection with UPF 50+ coating
  • Auto open/close function with extended handle
  • 180-day replacement warranty included
  • Compact umbrella for travel: easily portable
  • Windproof umbrella: engineered with double vented canopy
  • Heavy duty umbrella: with 9 sturdy fiberglass ribs
  • Water resistant portable umbrella: Teflon coated canopy
  • Auto open and close function: convenient button operation
  • UPF 30+ umbrella: effectively shields from harmful rays
  • Rubberized non slip handle: better grip during harsh weather
  • Large umbrella: 42" (61cm) double vented canopy
  • Wrist strap: for extra security during bad weather
  • Rank 4 of 19 in Strongest Umbrella
  • Fiberglass frame
  • Durable and strong fiberglass frame design
  • Water-repellent fabric for quick drying
  • High wind resistance - withstands 55mph winds
  • Eco-friendly - 80% post-consumer fiber packaging
  • Lifetime warranty covering defects and malfunctions
  • Designed by meteorologist Rick Reichmuth
  • Years of research and development
  • Four important factors to look out for
  • Strong frame with fiber glass
  • Big canopy for coverage
  • Automatic mechanism for quick opening
  • Exceptional customer service with guarantee
  • Quality: The Urban Brolly is favored by royalty.
  • Fashionable: Features a curved handle made of Asian maple hardwood.
  • Convenient: Opens automatically with a push of a button.
  • Durable: Boasts a thick 14mm maple central pole.
  • Sturdy: Superstructure with fiberglass ribs and support arms.
  • Variety: Available in many colors for gifting options.
  • Wind Resistant: Canopy has wind vents to prevent inversion.
  • Spacious: 48" arc provides approximately 41" open diameter.
  • Premium Fabric: Luxurious Pongee Polyester available in various colors.
  • Convenient: Comes with a matching fabric carrying case.
  • Hands-Free: Carrying case has a shoulder strap.
  • Functional Design: Tips and ferrule for durability and protection.
  • Heavy duty wind resistance and UV protection tested
  • Compact and lightweight, perfect for on the go
  • Water resistant coating ensures water repels off
  • Automatic one hand open design for easy access
  • Slip resistant easy grip handle for comfort
  • Large & multifunctional umbrella with 62 inch cover
  • Canopy provides full coverage for 2-3 people
  • Perfect for golf, sport, business, travel or daily use
  • Multiple colors available for choices
  • Made of water-resistant 210T Pongee fabric
  • Tough fiberglass shaft and 8 reinforced ribs
  • Protects from strong rain, sun, sleet, etc.
  • Upgraded umbrella with added silver sol layer
  • Strong UPF 50+ UV protection for sunny day
  • Windproof and waterproof design with double canopy
  • Heavy duty construction that won't easily flip up
  • Provides maximum protection in harsh conditions
  • Easy and fast auto-open with one-hand operation
  • Saves time and energy with auto open button
  • Manual close feature
  • Engineered for durability with fiberglass ribs and tips
  • Flexible and durable construction
  • Standing behind the durability of our goods
  • Responsive customer support for any questions
  • Windproof & rainproof: repels water for rain protection
  • Auto open: quick and easy design
  • Classic design: wood j-handle for grip
  • Impact-resistant metal tip for extended durability
  • Versatile travel: transitions from office to home
  • Care: Leave open to dry, wipe clean
  • Windproof umbrella with automatic open/close
  • Upgraded wind and water protection with Teflon coating
  • Double canopy design withstands harsh weather
  • Sturdy with 9 ultra-flex fiberglass ribs
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Here are the best and worst airports in New York City, according to a latest MarketWatch study.

Summer 2024 is here and eager New Yorkers are planning the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

But is there one airport that surpasses the others for an easier travel experience?

It appears NYC has a tale of two airports, according to MarketWatch Guides .

The capital market company recently conducted a study analyzing flight traffic, delays, cancellations, security wait times and average fares at major hubs across the country. The results? A mixed bag for New Yorkers.

LaGuardia Airport's newly renovated Terminal B  on June 10, 2020, in New York

LaGuardia Airport emerged as a shining star, clinching the No. 6 spot for hassle-free travel. With an average security wait time of just 12 minutes and about 82% of flights departing on time, LGA is a beacon of efficiency.

A recent study from AirHelp concluded the same, which shows LaGuardia ranked as one of the best airports in the United States after proving to have the lowest number of flight disruptions in May, with only two other airports ahead.

According to MarketWatch though, John F. Kennedy International Airport tells a different story. With nearly 23% of flights experiencing delays, JFK languishes at the bottom of the list, ranking dead last among major airports.

But the AirHelp study came to the conclusion that while JFK had more delays in comparison to LaGuardia, it was still a great option compared to the rest of the country.

Salt Lake City International Airport (18.6%) and Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (20.8%) were the only two other major airports that had experienced fewer flight disruptions, per AirHelp.

Meanwhile, travelers crossing the Hudson to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) are in for a rough ride, according to MarketWatch’s findings.

EWR made the dubious list of the top five least dependable US airports. With a staggering 2.8% of flights facing cancellations daily and average fares soaring above $425, passengers often find themselves clambering for other options.

And this comes as no surprise as Newark has shown a pattern of inefficiency year after year.

EWR sign is seen at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, United States on October 26, 2022.

In 2019, it was ranked as one of the worst airports when it comes to delayed flights and connections. In 2023, a study showed that only 64% of flights from there actually departed on time.

Overall the MarketWatch study revealed that every region had its high-flyers and turbulence zones.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport led with the shortest TSA wait time of just nine minutes but also ranked second for the percentage of canceled flights. Meanwhile, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and Ronald Reagan Washington National impressed with their relatively short average wait times.

JFK airport has nearly 23% of flights that experiencing delays.

On the opposite end, New York’s JFK and Newark, alongside Chicago Midway International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, ranked among the bottom five, indicating more challenging experiences for travelers due to delays and cancellations.

The West Coast emerges as a traveler’s haven, with four out of the five airports boasting the lowest percentages of canceled flights. Seattle-Tacoma International and Phoenix Sky Harbor International top the reliability charts, each with a cancellation rate of just 0.7%.

In contrast, the New York and New Jersey tristate area is fraught with cancellations. Newark Liberty, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy International rank among the top for cancelled flights. Travelers seeking reliable connections might do well to avoid these northeastern airports.


Instead, look at the efficiency of airports like Salt Lake City, Los Angeles or Atlanta.

As you prep for your summer adventure, remember: not all airports are created equal.

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What is the best place to work? Here's a list of the 10 best Florida-based employers

Florida cities have topped three “best places for jobs” lists since April.

First, a suburb of Orlando took third place on CareerMinds.com’s list of the top 10 cities for those looking for a career change . A month later, in May, three Florida cities ranked on WalletHub’s list of the top 10 U.S. cities for starting a career.

And earlier this month, WalletHub released another rankings list of the best places for summer jobs in 2024, ranking three Florida cities in the top 10. 

Based on these lists, jobs are plentiful in the Sunshine State. But what Florida-based companies are the best employers?

A more recent list from U.S. News and World Report ranked the best Florida-based companies to work for. Here’s the list.

What is the best place to work in Florida?

With Florida being a hotspot for domestic tourists, it probably isn’t very surprising that four of the 10 best companies to work for in Florida are in the hotels, restaurants, travel and leisure industries.

Here are the 10 best Florida-based companies to work for, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings list:

  • Carnival (Miami) - Best in hotels, restaurants and leisure, ranked in top quality of pay, best companies in the south.
  • Darden (Orlando) - Darden is a family of restaurants that Includes Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Yard House, Eddie V’s, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and Seasons 52. Darden is ranked among the best companies in the south on U.S. News’s list.
  • FIS (Fidelity National Information Services in Jacksonville) - FIS is based in Jacksonville and employs more than 55,000 people in almost 60 countries. FIS is a globally respected technology provider for capital markets, retail banking and merchant industries.
  • L3Harris (Melbourne) - L3Harris is a defense and aerospace technology manufacturing company that provides tech for air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris ranked in top quality of pay, best in manufacturing and among the best companies in the south.
  • MarineMax (Clearwater) - MarineMax is a recreational boat and yacht retailer, receiving best in retail and best companies in the south recognitions on U.S. News’s list.
  • PetMeds (Delray Beach) - PetMeds is an online pet pharmacy and is ranked among the best companies in the south and the best in personal care, drug and grocery stores. PetMeds also received recognition for having a top work environment.
  • Roper Technologies (Sarasota) - Roper is an IT, software and services company that provides tech for niche industries. Roper’s products include Application management software, sensor networks, campus card and cashless systems, laboratory information management solutions, network software and technology-enabled products. Roper is ranked among the best in IT, software and services and the best companies in the south.
  • SBA Communications Corporation (Boca Raton) - SBA is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates wireless communications infrastructure. SBA controls assets like towers, buildings, rooftops, antenna systems and other tools to support wireless carriers and digital service providers. SBA ranked among the best companies in the south and received recognition for top quality of pay.
  • Spirit Airlines (Dania Beach) - Spirit Airlines also received recognition for top quality of pay and ranked among the best companies in the south.
  • Travel + Leisure Co. (Orlando) - Travel + Leisure Co. owns Margaritaville resorts, Wyndham resorts, Sports Illustrated resorts and more. Travel +Leisure Co. received recognition for being among the best in hotels, restaurant and leisure and also ranked among the best companies in the south.

What is a normal salary in Florida?

Depending on where you live in the state and what job you have , living in Florida can be affordable. 

First-time home buyers may want to choose a different state to settle down on a budget and prices for things like groceries and insurance in Florida are some of the highest in the nation , but it isn’t all bad news.

To make ends meet in Florida, you typically don’t have to make more than the national average salary (around $59,000).

According to BankRate and MIT’s living wage calculator , a single adult with no children would need to earn a minimum of $36,848 to make ends meet in Florida. Cost of living is subjective to where you’re located in the state, though. 

For example, residents in some metropolitan areas across southeast Florida need to make $100,000 each year in order to avoid being rent burdened.

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LaGuardia Airport receives high rankings for stress-free experience amongst local travel hubs: study

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- As summer travel kicks into high gear, one airport in New York City is having a Cinderella story of a comeback: LaGuardia Airport.

A recent study by MarketWatch gave LaGuardia Airport high rankings for providing a stress-free experience for its travelers.

But how did it do against the other local airports in the Tri-State area?

Here's a breakdown of the study's findings:

(1) In terms of flights delayed:

LaGuardia Airport -- 18.37%

Newark Liberty International Airport -- 21.82%

John F. Kennedy International Airport -- 22.86%

(2) In terms of flights cancelled:

John F. Kennedy International Airport -- 2.34%

LaGuardia Airport -- 2.72%

Newark Liberty International Airport -- 2.80%

(3) In terms of average TSA wait times:

LaGuardia Airport -- 12.1 minutes

Newark Liberty International Airport -- 14.5 minutes

John F. Kennedy International Airport -- 15.7 minutes

You can read more about these study findings on MarketWatch's website .

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2024 Travelers Championship odds, picks, field: Surprising predictions by golf model that's called 13 majors

Sportsline's proven model simulated the travelers championship 2024 10,000 times and revealed its surprising pga tour golf picks.


The PGA Tour heads to the Northeast for the 2024 Travelers Championship, which begins on Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. After a highly competitive U.S. Open that went to the final hole and had four golfers within two strokes of one another, the Travelers Championship 2024 looks to carry the momentum into the final signature event of the 2024 PGA Tour season. Keegan Bradley won last year's Travelers Championship and is a 55-1 longshot to repeat this year. 

The 38-year-old is riding a roller coaster of results at TPC River Highlands in recent years, finishing T-2 in 2019, followed by missing the cut in the next two Travelers Championship tournaments. Is there value in Bradley as a substantial longshot in 2024 Travelers Championship bets, or should you target a favorite like Scottie Scheffler (4-1) or Xander Schauffele (15-2)? Before locking in any 2024 Travelers Championship picks, be sure to  see the golf predictions and projected leaderboard from the proven computer model at SportsLine .

Our proprietary model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been red-hot since the PGA Tour resumed in June 2020. In fact, the model is up nearly $9,500 on its best bets since the restart, nailing tournament after tournament.

This same model has also nailed a whopping 13 majors entering the weekend, including the 2024 Masters -- its third Masters in a row -- and this year's PGA Championship and U.S. Open. Anyone who has followed it has seen massive returns. 

Now with the Travelers Championship 2024 field locked in, SportsLine simulated the tournament 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the projected leaderboard .

Top 2024 Travelers Championship predictions 

One major surprise the model is calling for at the 2024 Travelers Championship: Schauffele, the 2022 champion of this event and one of the top favorites, stumbles and barely cracks the top five. Schauffele won his first major at the PGA Championship in May and he's had success at TPC River Highlands in his career. He also enters this week's event full of confidence having finished T-8 or better in each of his last four starts on the PGA Tour.

However, Schauffele has recorded just one win in his last 42 starts on tour and he enters the Travelers Championship ranked outside the top 30 in both driving accuracy (67.17%) and one-putt percentage (42.37%). He also ranks 168th in approaches from 50-125 yards (22'9) this season, which doesn't bode well for Schauffele's chances to finish on top of the leaderboard this week. See who else to fade here .

Another surprise: Hideki Matsuyama, a 28-1 longshot, makes a strong run at the title. He has a much better chance to win it all than his odds imply, so he's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. Matsuyama has been extremely consistent in recent weeks, finishing T-12 or better in six of his last eight starts on the PGA Tour. That impressive stretch includes a victory at the Genesis Invitational, as well as a sixth-place showing at last week's U.S. Open. 

Matsuyama has been able to secure those positive results thanks to his impressive ball-striking ability. The former Masters champion enters this week's event ranked fourth in strokes gained: total (1.405) and 15th in strokes gained: approach to green (0.503). He's also been extremely effective when in trouble, ranking third on the PGA Tour in scrambling (69.13%). Those impressive stats, plus his long odds, make him a strong value pick for your 2024 Travelers Championship bets.  See who else to back here . 

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The model is also targeting three other golfers with odds of 25-1 or longer to make a strong run at the title, and McClure is targeting a massive triple-digit longshot in his best bets. Anyone who backs these longshots could hit it big.  You can only see the model's picks here .

Who will win the 2024 Travelers Championship, and which longshots will stun the golfing world? Check out the Travelers Championship 2024 odds below and then visit SportsLine to see the projected Travelers Championship leaderboard, all from the model that's nailed 13 golf majors, including the last three Masters and all three majors this year .

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Get full 2024 Travelers Championship picks, best bets and predictions here .

Scottie Scheffler 4-1 Xander Schauffele 15-2 Ludvig Aberg 16-1 Collin Morikawa 16-1 Viktor Hovland 22-1 Patrick Cantlay 25-1 Hideki Matsuyama 28-1 Sam Burns 35-1 Tony Finau 35-1 Sahith Theegala 35-1 Justin Thomas 35-1 Brian Harman 40-1 Russell Henley 40-1 Tommy Fleetwood 40-1 Jordan Spieth 50-1 Matt Fitzpatrick 50-1 Wyndham Clark 50-1 Corey Conners 50-1 Sungjae Im 50-1 Max Homa 50-1 Keegan Bradley 55-1 Byeong Hun An 55-1 Tom Kim 55-1 Sepp Straka 60-1 Cameron Young 70-1 Adam Scott 70-1 Jason Day 75-1 Si Woo Kim 75-1 Harris English 80-1 Shane Lowry 80-1 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 80-1 Will Zalatoris 80-1 Billy Horschel 80-1 Denny McCarthy 90-1 Akshay Bhatia 100-1 Tom Hoge 100-1 J.T. Poston 100-1 Stephan Jaeger 110-1 Mackenzie Hughes 120-1 Thomas Detry 120-1 Robert MacIntyre 120-1 Taylor Pendrith 120-1 Matthieu Pavon 150-1 Lucas Glover 150-1 Justin Rose 150-1 Ben Griffin 150-1 Chris Kirk 150-1 Austin Eckroat 150-1 Kurt Kitayama 170-1 Rickie Fowler 170-1 Nick Dunlap 170-1 Adam Hadwin 170-1 Michael Thorbjornsen 170-1 Taylor Moore 200-1 Victor Perez 220-1 Webb Simpson 220-1 Patrick Rodgers 250-1 Nick Taylor 250-1 Adam Svensson 250-1 Seamus Power 250-1 Lee Hodges 270-1 Davis Riley 270-1 Jake Knapp 270-1 Eric Cole 270-1 Cam Davis 270-1 Andrew Putnam 300-1 Emiliano Grillo 300-1 Adam Schenk 350-1 Brendon Todd 350-1 Chris Gotterup 400-1 Peter Malnati 600-1

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