An umbrella also called a parasol or a brolly is a shield designed to protect against rain, wind, and sunshine. Parasol typical refers to sun umbrellas whereas an umbrella is used to provide protection against rain. There are many different sizes of umbrellas available, from giant umbrellas designed to comfortably keep two people dry to mini umbrellas that will comfortably fit into a small bag.
Umbrellas also have other uses in addition to the more traditional use of keeping you dry. They can be used by photographers to reduce glare and create a more comfortable lighting environment. They can also be used as a means of self-defense in the right hands, so in our guide, we shall review the best windproof umbrellas in the UK that you can find in different online stores.
So you wake up in the morning, draw the curtains and take a peak outside, guess what? It’s another wet, rainy and very windy day in the United Kingdom. On the way out of the door you reach for your cheap umbrella which you know full well will never keep you dry on your way to work and you will spend most of the time fighting to keep it the right way up.
Why do we continue to buy cheap, untrustworthy and quite frankly extremely poor brollies that we know too well will never hold up to our beautiful British weather system? Are we all cheapskates perhaps? Did we forget that we only bought our last brolly less than 3 months ago and it’s already fallen to pieces? Well, how about this time you invest just 10 pounds more in a windproof umbrella that will not only last longer than a Big Mac with extra cheese but also keep you bone dry and spare your sanity at the same time.
We have reviewed the best wind resistant brolly makers to help you in deciding with whom you can trust to keep you dry during a torrential downpour on a typical windy day in the British Isles.
The purpose of this article is to tell you about reliable, high quality, affordable strong, wind resistant umbrellas, and allow you to decide which one is best for you based more on budget and aesthetic preferences, and less on concern about whether or not it’s going to get destroyed the next time you use it.
Below you will find some of the best selling windproof umbrellas in the United Kingdom, built to stand-up to all the wind and rain our little island can throw at us.
Top 6 Best Windproof Umbrellas in the UK 2021
We’re going to say this right upfront that the term “Wind Proof” is 100% misleading. Nothing in life is full-proof-anything. Yet sadly, a lot of umbrella companies try to mislead or at least lure customers by using such a term.
However, there are many umbrellas that are built to be highly “Wind Resistant” and that should last you for years.
These are the umbrellas we recommend:
DAVEK ELITE UMBRELLA
- Handle made from leather
- Can be used for different weather conditions
- Unconditional lifetime guarantee
Windproof and wind resistant essentially mean that your umbrella shouldn’t fall apart like the little pig’s house of straw with normal gusts of winds, and with bigger winds, it should be able to handle them until you get to refuge. If your umbrella were to flip, which all umbrellas are prone to do in the strongest of winds (even the double flap ones) it should be able to flip back without breaking.
And with a good quality, wind-resistant umbrella if your umbrella breaks, you probably weren’t meant to be out in the storm and should have been seeking coverage somewhere else. Or your umbrella had served you well through many storms and was ready to retire.
Henceforth, we share with you our top recommendation for wind-resistant, wind-strong, “wind-proof” umbrellas in 3 categories: stick, mid-size folding, and compact.
Just like a wise person has more than one kind of quality knife in his or her kitchen, a wise person has more than one kind of umbrella to be prepared for different weather forecasts and occasions.
If you want to start with just one umbrella then choose between a full-size stick umbrella and a mid-size folding umbrella.
If there was an umbrella to give any person who appreciates quality, especially a man, it would be the Davek Elite.
At Amé Amé we nickname this umbrella the “Ferrari – Hum V of umbrellas.”
When you hold the Davek Elite and stand under its 50 inch arc-wide canopy, with enough room for two, you feel like you can battle any storm and still look good.
Its top-grain leather handle with zinc accents and it stately colors make this an umbrella that people take notice of just like they would take notice if you were wearing a pair of Persols or fine Italian-made leather shoes.
What makes it particularly sturdy is it carbon fiber shaft and its “flexible wind-tension frame system.”
In other words you’ve got a shaft with the strength of a golf club; and ribs made out of very flexible, high-quality polycarbonates (ie PV ie plastic) designed with smart joint technology so that large gusts of winds can’t easily break the umbrella or flip its canopy.
Furthermore if you have any hesitations about this umbrellas, it comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee.
Afraid of losing your money? Davek provides a lost protection ID number so that if you lose it, you’ll get the second one half off. We also love that the Davek Elite comes with a sleeve cover, which if used properly, can help reduce the chance of forgetting your umbrella or having it stolen unintentionally.
- Handle’s winds of up to 70 mph
- Wind resistant
- This umbrella comes in 3 different sizes
- Light in weight
- The shaft and rib is made from polycarbonate
Blunt umbrellas are simply the best that money can buy. They have been tested in wind tunnels with wind speeds of up to 70 mph, rest assured that if you buy a Blunt umbrella you will stay dry on the wettest, windiest and harshest days that the UK can deliver.
For the person who loves the latest in technology or finds the Davek Elite a bit too “elite” then the Blunt umbrellas makes a great alternatives to battle the gustiest of winds
Blunt has a cool shape for two reasons.
One is to be aerodynamically smart and reduce the chances of flippage in the wind as the air passes over the extra taut canopy like streams of wind pass over a jet’s wind.
Second, the tips are “blunt” to add further taughtness and so that you don’t dangerously poke somebody’s eye out like you might with the rib tip of an ordinary umbrella.
There are 3 different sizes for the Blunt stick umbrella models.
We recommend the Blunt Lite for everyday commuting. It’s a good size for one person, but a little small for two people. As the name indicates this is a lightweight umbrella AND it is strong. The entire shaft and rib is made out of polycarbonate.
The Blunt regular and the Blunt XL have extra reinforcement at the top of the umbrella where the shaft meets the ribs., or what might also be called the “stretcher” area.
The Blunt Regular is appreciated by the tall or broad shouldered man and the Blunt XL with its amazing diameter span of XX inches is appreciated by tall people looking for an umbrella for two.
The Blunt Regular or Blunt XL are also much appreciated by parents, especially those who are regularly out on the sports field watching their children play and compete rain or shine.
- Can easily stored be anywhere
- Has an automatic open and close button
- The metal shaft is chrome plated
- When closed the umbrella is 33cm long and open its 64cm long
The Swim’s umbrella is a terrific umbrella for somebody who regularly has their hands full and doesn’t want to feel cramped by their umbrella.
Swims is a Norwegian company with the motto of “Seduce the rain.” While in the US people are becoming familiar with Swims because of their water friendly loafers, in Norway and at Ame Ame Swims is loved for their over the shoe galoshes and their smartly, designed umbrellas.
I got extremely excited when I first tested Swim’s full length, stick umbrella because I was pleasantly surprised by two features.
After the ultra smooth opening of the Swims umbrella using an auto-open release, anybody with an eye for detail will take notice of how the stretcher for the Swims umbrella is unlike ordinary umbrellas. It’s beautifully shaped stretcher helps to disappiate the force of the wind as it hits the umbrella thus reducing the risk of flippage and breaking.
But what’s ultra exciting about the swims umbrella is that it’s the only stick umbrella that I am aware of that is also auto-close. In otherwords, with the press of a button, using only one hand, you can quickly collapse the canopy of your umbrella as you rush into the underground, into a building, or into your car.
As stated at the beginning, this umbrella is great for people who don’t like to feel cramped by their umbrella. This umbrella with its XX inch shaft when open provides a feeling of roominess you don’t get with an auto-open & close collapsible folding umbrella.
I think this umbrella is quite wise for people who love gadgets and for parents who regularly have their hands full.
Fulton Bubble Birdcage
- Has open and close function for easy usage and its Patented
- This umbrella will completely cover your head and shoulders
- The frame is made of strong fibreglass accompanied with 8ribs, the ribs are as long as 63cm
- When closed the umbrella is 96cm long, when open the whole span is 88cm and its weighs 480g approx.
With other clear bubble dome umbrellas, like ones by Totes, you’ll be lucky if they last you 6 months. Unlike a clear bubble birdcage umbrella by Fulton that will last for years.
Every commuter who walks to work and every college student who has to traverse campus on foot should own one of these umbrellas. It is more of a specialty umbrella, unless you absolutely adore the look of the clear bubble umbrella, which many do.
For $35 to $45, it is well worth it to invest into a clear domed umbrella to use on those days when the wind is blowing every which way and you want to feel secure ….like you’re in a bubble. Think of this as the bread cutting knife of an umbrella set. Sure you can get away with cutting your bread using a steak knife or something else, but it makes a world of a difference to have a bread slicing knife
Henceforth we call the Fulton Bubble Birdcage umbrella the “nasty weather umbrella.” It’s a fabulous umbrella for when the winds and rains (or snow) are coming at you sideways. During such inclement weather most people end up using their umbrella more like a windshield and then blindly and dangerously walk forward without any visibility.
Fulton supposedly invented the clear, bubble umbrella. Whether or not they really did, their umbrellas put to shame almost every other bubble umbrella.
It has strong polycarbonate ribs that are more flexible than steel and aluminum ribs, which can get twisted and bent by strong winds. Furthermore the rib tips are securely attached and you won’t end up with a dangerous, shappy looking broken rib poking out. Plus the PVC canopy cover of the Fulton Clearn Bubble Birdcage Umbrella is extra durable. Other bubble umbrellas have very flimsy coverings, some of them seeming no better than a Hefty garbage bag.
- When closed its 90cm long
- The span is 106cm when open
- Has a dark wooden handle for fine griping
- Thru frame is made from black plated steel
- The shaft has a diameter of 14mm and double ribs for extra added strength
Fulton design and develop some of the finest brollies that money can buy and have been doing so since 1956. The name Fulton exudes British heritage, quality design and trust at the highest level.
Let’s switch analogy gears from knives back to cars (yes, pun slightly intended).
If the Davek Elite is the Ferrari-Hum-V of umbrellas, then I’d call the Fulton Huntsman the Ford Taurus.
It’s a reliable, sturdy stick umbrella with out the sexy features of the Davek. You get a wood handle that might get knicked up like Ikea furniture, and its shape is not as elegant as some wood handles can be. But it still does the job of reliably keeping you dry for many years.
What makes it particularly strong is the fact that it has “double ribs” made of plated, black steel. We’ve seen this umbrella totally invert and then amazingly be pulled back to normal shape without any damage.
6. Ergonauts Windproof Vented Double Canopy Umbrella
Ergonauts Windproof Umbrella
- Lightweight Design
- Has high wind resistance
- Easily foldable and compact portable umbrella
- Double canopy
- It keeps you dry and the umbrella itself also dry’s up instantly
- Lifetime replacement warranty meaning you can always send it back if it develops a fault for a free replacement
What’s particularly distinct about the Tray6 stick umbrella is its ergonomic handle. Some people complain that a curved cane handle is uncomfortable to hold onto for longer periods of time. And so the designer of Tray6 umbrellas decided to make one that is extra comfortable to grip.
We’ve never heard complaints about these umbrellas. In fact we regularly send these umbrellas to repeat customers, including people who live in windy Boston.
We especially love them for their beautiful screen printed canopies, such as the Green Grass print, that Tray6 is most famous for.
The Ergonauts Windproof umbrellas are another group of umbrellas that we highly recommend to parents with kids who play sports. The stylish canopy and large size make them perfect for cheering up a dreary day as you cheer your kid’s team on from the sidelines.
Mid Size Folding
Pretty much the same details for the stick umbrellas, applies to their fellow mid size folding umbrellas.
The Davek Solo, Knrips T3, and Swims Folding are all auto open AND auto close umbrellas that do a great job at taking strong winds coming from all directions, because of the spring mechanisms and joints built into their ribs.
What auto-open-and-auto-close means is that with using just one hand, with the push of the button the umbrella with pop open and then when you push the button again, the umbrella canopy with collapse close.
The Tray6 folding traveler offers great strength with its steel frame and extra reinforced runners. Plus you get a fabulous array of more than a dozen print and cheerful color options to choose from. Some people are also extra drawn to the Tray6 folding umbrella because of its curved hook handle.
And last but not least, you can now get the original Blunt umbrella features in a foldable umbrella with the Blunt Metro XS. We had our doubts when we first hear about this umbrella coming out, but now that we’ve seen it, we’re quite the fans. Perhaps the best part about it because its cool shape is that it’s super light.
Tiny, Lightweight but Strong.
When going for an umbrella that’s extra compact when folded you have to prioritize the following:
Do you want an umbrella that’s essentially full size when open but small enough to carry in most jacket pockets? Then we recommend the Knrips X1, especially as the umbrella to keep in your travel suitcase at all times to avoid forgetting to pack an umbrella.
Do you live down a wind tunnel or aren’t convinced that an aluminum-framed umbrella will be strong enough for your needs? Then we recommend the Knirps Duomatic or Davek Tiny. The Knrips Duomatic has the advantage of being auto-open-and-close while the Davek Tiny has the advantage of being sleek and tiny.
Do you want something you can carry in your bag or jacket pocket at all times and hardly notice the weight but are willing to compromise on the diameter of the umbrella canopy? If so then we recommend the Fulton minis and super slims. They’re so light you’ll hardly notice they’re present. However, you can’t judge an umbrella’s quality or strength by weight, and these are great quality umbrellas known to last for years and used for 60-70% of the rainy weather in New York City or London.
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As we said before, you really should have one wind-resistant umbrella from each of these categories: stick, mid-size folding, and tiny.
I guess this is the end of our journey on the review of the best windproof umbrellas, to my knowledge we have listed only the best umbrellas thus you won’t have problems picking your