We had several days of rain last week, and I took this opportunity to study various umbrella styles. My teeny Sharper Image umbrella has served me well for the last 5 years, but I have a feeling it won't last too much longer. The other day, it turned inside out in strong wind, which it has NEVER done before. I've noticed a few interesting umbrellas and Googled them.
Totes Elements Clear Bubble Umbrella, $16.99, Target
It looks neat and seems to protect a person better than a regular umbrella, but do you think it really does? What if the clear plastic fogs up, and you won't be able to see anything?!
GustBuster SunBLOK 58" Umbrella, $39.95, luggage.com
This one is 58" across! That is huge, and believe it or not, I've seen people carry these things around the streets of NYC. While it's probably OK for a 7-foot-tall person to carry it around, for someone as short as I it's already hard to fight the crowds; I can see myself hitting multiple people with this monstrosity, which would be bad for everyone involved. I'd never get anywhere.
Frog Umbrella, $11.95, bltimports.comI saw an adult carrying this adorable number the other day. While this design is clearly better suited for children, I thought it deserved a mention for being cute.