boingboing at April 3rd, 2014 00:14 — #1
samwinston at April 3rd, 2014 00:37 — #2
Best Umbrella Ever.
That parrot head could fuck someone up if wielded as a weapon.
(We actually gave a couple of those gifts in the 90's when it was their first run on the Disney store).
echolocatechoco at April 3rd, 2014 01:06 — #3
It seems like Totes umbrellas are the only ones for sale in most places in the US, despite being fantastically awful. Single-use umbrellas that snap like twigs the moment the wind picks up. The $5 umbrellas you can buy from any Japanese convenience store are more robust, last longer and at a fraction the cost. I guess the advantage of these compact umbrellas is that at least they take up less space in the trash when you throw them away after getting home soaked to the skin.
Perhaps this model is more sturdy than their other products.
thaumatechnicia at April 3rd, 2014 08:14 — #4
You should read the comments in the original Cool Tools article. Many agree with you and suggest other, better umbrellas.
sodiumlights at April 3rd, 2014 08:31 — #5
I'm guessing those other umbrellas don't come with an amazon affiliate link though...
peregrinus_bis at April 3rd, 2014 08:35 — #6
Fulton. Tried and true. Haven't used a different brolly in 20 years.
I only ever buy them here, New Oxford St in London:
I hate getting wet, and I love the shop. Sticks, umbrellas, whatever vertical thing you want.
chgoliz at April 3rd, 2014 09:36 — #7
I will say in its defense that the particular Totes umbrella discussed is better than their smaller collapsible choices. Full sized umbrellas with no praying mantis joints (I have no idea what the technical term is) are going to be more rugged, no question, but there's a huge market for the collapsibles so this one is a reasonable compromise, at least.
crenquis at April 3rd, 2014 12:26 — #8
I always have my rain gear with me...
Whenever skies are gray don't worry or fret
A smile will bring us sunshine and you'll never get wet
So let a smile be your umbrella
walking in the rain)
As a native (Los) Angelino, my wife fears and dreads the rain -- she is not amused by my offers of protection...
echolocatechoco at April 3rd, 2014 21:57 — #9
Speaking of umbrellas, I wonder why the ubiquitous transparent asian umbrella never caught on elsewhere. I deliberately brought back my ¥600 transparent plastic FamilyMart umbrella from Japan because I love how you can still see traffic through it even if you're blocking rain from that direction.
chgoliz at April 4th, 2014 10:49 — #10
Thanks for the flashback to the 1970's clear bubble umbrella!
steampunkbanana at April 4th, 2014 11:13 — #11
Where are you people going that require all these umbrellas? Here in New York we put up big buildings with awnings that work really well for thee most part. And then after your five minute walk you're in the subway.
Umbrella-toting people are bad enough, golf umbrella people are the worst.
echolocatechoco at April 4th, 2014 11:56 — #12
Literally anywhere in the world that is not New York, apparently.
steampunkbanana at April 4th, 2014 12:03 — #13
I dunno, I've visited other big cities and not had rain issues. And then in the places with cars you run from your house to the car for a minute and then from the car to the building you're going to.
chgoliz at April 4th, 2014 13:03 — #14
Welcome to Chicago. Where the wind is a huge issue whenever it rains, and people do spend a lot of time walking outdoors to get from one place to another without benefit of awnings on every building.
steampunkbanana at April 4th, 2014 15:03 — #15
See, when I lived there all I saw was umbrellas in the trash can because of the wind. So I never used one there either.
chgoliz at April 4th, 2014 15:26 — #16
Well, OK, yeah....that is a true statement! We're stuck because even the expensive umbrellas are no match for the winds we get, so everyone figures "might as well ruin a cheap umbrella instead of a good one".
Without an umbrella, you'll be soaked to the bone in minutes. It's not the light sprinkle I've experienced in many other places.
Basically, it's true what they say about Chicago: if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. We have all the extremes, including tornadoes and polar vortexes.
crenquis at April 4th, 2014 17:29 — #17
Those were my favorite when I was a kid.
edit: speaking of stuff from the 70's, when are we getting our spray-on raincoats?
boingboing at April 8th, 2014 00:14 — #18
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