Meta Description: Buying an umbrella is something that many of us feel easy to do. But, there are certain intricate details that you should look into when shopping for one.
The reality is that many of us do not even think about shopping for an umbrella until the rainy season begins. But, even when you are in the hurry to shop for one, you should not get hold of the first one that you come across. When you do this, there are greater chances of tossed or broken in the trash. It is better to compare many canopies on different capabilities like easiness in opening and closing, weight, size, durability, and water-repellent feature. In your search for the best unit, it is important that you should look for the 5 things given below:
- The size should be compact:
A domed and large unit can provide you better protection from the rain. So, it is better to look for a unit that is around 12 inches long. Those with this size will offer the best combination of compactness and coverage. Of course, even in this size, you will get compact models that can be easily carried in your backpack.
- A windproof canopy:
When you will have to battle rain and the wind, it is highly important that you should go for a windproof umbrella that can effectively withstand heavy wind without turning inside out.
- A handle that is comfortable to hold:
This is something important as you might have to carry heavy loads of bags along with a canopy. Only when the handle is comfortable, you will have the required grip that does not hurt, but also provides the utmost comfort. The grip should not be bulky and hard to hold. You can look for features rubberized, slip-proof and ergonomic design.
- Three-fold shaft:
It would be better to go a canopy with a three-fold design that is chrome-plated. Also, the one with metal shaft and durable metal frame will help you in achieving better flexibility in the case of heavy winds. It is better not to go for the one with more than 3 sections as it will not be stable in heavy winds.
- Price range of between $30 and $40:
It is true that you should not arrive at the decision based on the cost. But, the one that comes in this price range will come with the attractive set of features like convenience, durability, better coverage and automatic open and close functions. When the open and close mechanism is automatic, you can easily handle the canopy with a single hand when you have heavy loads of items to carry along.
Besides all these things, you can also look for warranty offered by the manufacturer. You might be surprised to know that there are manufacturers, who offer lifetime replacement warranty for their canopies. You can also look for qualities like quick drying and the one that can repel water will be easy to handle in any situation.