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Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: The Better Umbrella from Cabeau

Okay, so by now you know I am not an umbrella carrier. I live in Portland where it rains quite a bit. I’m totally used to it. I either suffer or I wear my rain jacket. The last time I traveled with an umbrella was in 2005 when I went to Cancun. It was in the middle of hurricane season and we were lucky enough to visit in between a tropical storm and an actual hurricane (Hurricane Wilma). Rain pretty much follows us everywhere we go, but I always end up wishing I didn’t bring my umbrella, because it just gets in the way and is too cumbersome.

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If you feel like this about an umbrella, and are also bitter that you have to either bring one per person or travel with a giant golf umbrella, then you will want to read on to learn more about the Better Umbrella by Cabeau.

Cabeau knows how annoying it is to travel with an umbrella that either doesn’t keep you dry, is too large or gets your arm wet when trying to share with a friend. These are all the reasons I quit taking them on my trips, but the Better Umbrella just might change all that, because its innovative design is not only awesome and useful, but it allows me to not have to wear an extra layer of clothing when I’m somewhere warm and rainy.

The Better Umbrella has an offset handle, so you don’t have stand to the side of the middle of it, so half of you is covered really well and the other half is only partially covered and probably getting a little wet. The other problem that the Better Umbrella solves is when you’re wearing a backpack that sticks out (because don’t they all?) and you’re trying to keep dry with an umbrella, but because you have to hold it in front of you, your backpack – and your legs and feet – is getting drenched, along with everything in it. Womp womp. Having to figure out how to dry all your stuff out when you get back to your room is not fun at all.

The offset handle means you can keep yourself and your belongings dry, you get more coverage where you need it, plus you can even see where you’re going! Novel, right? The worst is when you’re walking around with an umbrella, but you can only see the people’s feet in front of you. What all are you missing around you by not being able to look up – or even at eye level?

The handle is ergonomic and comfortable in your hand. It has a design that makes it impossible for it to slip from your grip while in use. It has a nice storage case and a loop that you can use to hang it and let it dry out when you’re back inside.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pics of me using this outside in the rain, because I was on my own, but it made walking around in the gross Portland weather a bit more enjoyable and kept all of me dry. Plus, I didn’t have to wear a coat, which was nice, because summer has finally made it here (on most days anyway) and I didn’t have to be hotter in order to not get soaked.

So, if you are an umbrella carrier, either at home or on trips, The Better Umbrella should be on your wish list. You’ll find out quickly that its name is appropriate and will make your rainy days that much better. It also makes a great gift for those that travel frequently or live in a rainy place like I do. Father’s Day is coming in a few weeks and graduation season is upon us. Get this for the gap year grad on your list.

Other details
Where to buy it: On the Cabeau website
How much is it? $29.99
Colors it comes in: black
Additional specs: Open: Diameter=39″/ Height=23″ /Weight=13 oz, Closed: Diameter=2.25″/Height=12″, Fabric=100% Polyester/ Handle=100% ABS Plastic / Frame=2% Steel, 21% Aluminum, 12% Fiber Glass, 8% Polyamide Plastic, 7% Polyresin 

Can you see The Better Umbrella making your trips more awesome?

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Disclosure: I was provided with The Better Umbrella for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.                                                                                                                                      

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