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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Storm-Proof Blunt Umbrellas

So it's currently raining outside like, um, cats and dogs? Or so goes the expression. . .

As we're right in the middle of the monsoon season, getting wet necessitates having a rain coat or an umbrella along when going outside. Personally, I prefer a water-repelling coat or jacket as it allows you   freer movement, then folds-up and carries well stowed inside a bag. I've had my share of losing (i.e. - forgetting) a LOT of umbrellas too for many years, much to the dismay of loved ones.

There are of course certain advantages too for carrying an umbrella. The archetypal Englishman walking along London's busy and perpetually rained-on streets has one as a walking cane. In a tight spot, you can whack a threat with it, regardless of how many legs it has. Large enough, there's also the chance you could share it to aide a damsel in "wet" distress if you're lucky.

Sadly, there aren't that many out there durable enough to "weather the storm". A gale-force wind could simple turn it inside-out and render it useless. Umbrella-repair technicians aren't all that common either for anything so cheap and cheaply-made.

Then comes the Blunt umbrella from New Zealand. VERY cool design! Tough enough to take-on a typhoon (almost)! From the name itself too, the tips that we've come to dread when being in a crowd are virtually gone and blunted. 

Here's a good review - 

How tough is it? Wind tunnel tests!

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