Haven’t we all been there, when the rain is pouring down, ferocious winds are blowing, and your umbrella flips inside out? It’s such a common problem, but I just accepted it as an inevitability. That is, until I owned a Blunt umbrella.
Blunt offers umbrellas in four sizes: the compact Metro (14 inches long), the Classic (33 inches), the XL (37 inches), and the Golf (39.5 inches). I own the Metro version and find it the most effective one for commuters like me who need a compact, lightweight umbrella that will easily fit inside a work bag.
The one detail I found the most remarkable is the umbrella’s high wind resistance. Its canopy spins as wind blows against it so that it doesn’t invert inward. Genius, right? The Metro version can withstand winds up to 55 mph, while the largest Golf version can withstand winds up to 72 mph.
Another solid feature: The ends of the umbrella’s ribs are covered by the canopy’s fabric and rounded off to avoid any unwanted eye pokes. It also comes equipped with a special slot for a Tile to help you use GPS to track the umbrella in case you forget it and leave it behind somewhere.
Blunt was created by a New Zealand design engineer, Greig Brebner, when he saw a gap in the market for an umbrella that could withstand harsh weather conditions and combat the growing number of umbrellas that end up in landfills.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by trashcans during a rainy day in New York and have seen them overflowing with broken, ripped umbrellas. I am, unfortunately, guilty of this too. My old umbrellas would last only six to 12 months before needing to be trashed. I would continue a wasteful cycle and buy a new, cheap umbrella at my local drugstore, spending around $10 each time. After using Blunt, I could never go back to a cheap drugstore version.
I’ve owned my Blunt Metro umbrella for more than a year now, and it still works as perfectly as it did the first time I tried it. I’ve used it through heavy rain, sleet, and snowstorms, and it has withstood everything. Throughout the past year, I’ve even lent the umbrella to my boyfriend, friends, and colleagues, and they’ve all come back with (unsolicited) rave reviews.
As April showers continue, I could not suggest a better buy. The Blunt Metro umbrella retails for $59 and is available in seven colors online at bluntumbrellas.us. The price tag might seem high, but when you think about the quality, utility, design, and longevity of this umbrella — it’s a no-brainer.
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