It’s raining, everybody has their umbrellas out, and well it’s trouble. People bumping umbrellas, umbrellas dripping on passersby, poking people in the eyes, and if not all that, umbrellas blowing inside out. It’s a mess. And I just realized this would make good infomercial stuff. Infomericals however, weren’t on the mind of Stephen Collier of Hospitality Umbrellas when he designed the helmet-like Rainshader umbrellas.
Rainshaders are drawn in the shape of helmets, spreading up in length rather than width, covering the head and shoulders of the user. Since it moves downwards, there is no trouble of running into other people. Collier also had the umbrella made so that it would be resistant to wind and won’t blow inside out in a breeze.
In tests, Rainshaders managed to handle up to 40mph winds without turning useless. Well, there does remain the fact that this more of an umbrella you use while stationary; I imagine walking around in one would get you wet shoulders down in a matter of seconds. Well, nothing can be all good, though the $40 umbrella doesn’t quite look to be as promising as it started out.