When it comes to purchasing umbrellas, I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t always selected the sturdiest options. In fact, I’ve mostly taken the road less expensive — particularly since I’m usually shopping for one when I need it most — smack dab in the middle of a downpour. But that was before the Blunt Umbrella ($59, Amazon) made its way into my life.
In my younger years, any old Walgreens or Target special would do in a pinch. $5.99? “I’ll take it!” I would say enthusiastically, all but thrilled to have a cover — any cover — from the torrential rains soaking innocent passers-by.
And then I moved to Chicago.
Though it wasn’t exactly named “The Windy City” for its strong gusts (rather the boastful politicians “full of hot air” while competing for bids for the 1893 World’s Fair), Chicago’s breezes certainly live up to the city’s moniker. After my first couple rainstorms here, it became quickly apparent that no ordinary umbrella would do for withstanding this town’s notorious winds.
The solution quickly presented itself in the form of Blunt’s Metro. This reinvented take on the old classic was born when engineer Greig Brebner was living in stormy London. Its genius lies in the “radial transitioning system,” or aerodynamic canopy, which has been fine-tuned to sit at the best angle in winds up to 55 mph.
This umbrella is also more or less inversion-resistant, meaning that barring an insane gust, my days of fighting with my rain shield to stay right-side out on a blustery day were basically over, And, should it happen do the unthinkable and flip inside out — a rare, rare occurrence, in my experience — its reinforced frame makes it far, far easier to turn back around.
What’s more, these umbrellas, which come with a two-year warranty, feature smooth-edges, eliminating the pesky (and dangerous!) spikes that are typical of traditional models.
Also distinguishing it from the pack? While many umbrellas are built for function and function alone, this one is surprisingly stylish, with three solid hues to suit your personality.
While the company offers several different models and sizes (up to 57.5-inches) the 37-inch Metro was perfect for me as a big city resident. For all of its superior rain protection, its compact measurements make it super easy to navigate on sidewalks. It also collapses easily for storage.
Though I managed to hang onto this umbrella longer than any other I’ve ever owned, I eventually did leave it behind at a restaurant it would never be recovered from. But the geniuses at Blunt have a solution for that, too! There’s a special little pocket on every of the company’s umbrellas to hold a Tile Mate tracker ($48.17 for a pack of four, Amazon) — a battery-operated Bluetooth device that can be slipped in order to locate your rain accessory, should it go missing.
With more than 500 Amazon reviews and counting, word is definitely getting out about Blunt’s charms.
“It gets extremely windy where I live, and I’ve typically gone through 2 umbrellas a year,” one customer wrote. “They typically break in the first five uses, but I had gotten used to dealing with a damaged umbrella until it was absolutely dead. However, I’ve had this umbrella through two blizzard-heavy winters, rainy springs and gusty autumns and can confirm that it is the best umbrella for city living.”
Added another: “I had a chance to use it in a real heavy thunderstorm this weekend, with high winds and all the fun stuff, and it was only after it was over, that I realized I had never once thought about my umbrella. I didn’t think about how it was keeping me dry, or how the wind might turn it inside out.”
Sure, it’s a bit pricier than a run-of-the-mill rain cover, but after adding up all of the money I’ve shelled out on throw-away umbrellas past, I’ve determined that this umbrella a bargain — and a good one!
Where to buy: $59, Amazon
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