Growing up in the Vancouver area I think everyone becomes a bit of an umbrella connoisseur in their own right. I know that tiny pocket umbrellas are great for those days you’re not sure it will rain since you can just tuck them away in your purse and not have to think about it if the sun shines above. However when they are soaking wet after use, they aren’t so purse-friendly.
I also know that longer push-up umbrellas used to be known for eating little childrens’ fingers with that metal clasp at the top that holds it open. It’s even worse when you’re trying to close one of those suckers — there is a strong pinching hazard. Although in all fairness, these large portable awnings made for the best umbrella forts when I was a wee one.
Over the years of walking to work and transit commuting I’ve come to love the longer style of umbrella with the rounded handle. This allows me to hook it onto my wrist, arm, or bag, leaving hands free for holding the pole on the bus or paying fares.
This is where we get to Cheeky Umbrellas. I was contacted weeks ago about trying out their product and doing a review and it wasn’t until yesterday that I actually ventured out for a walk in the rain to test drive my Cheeky umbie.
Features of my “Raining Men” Umbrella that I like:
The price-point of $40 is not too shabby, considering the quality of the umbrella. It’s far better than paying $10 every few weeks for a flimsy pocket fold-away that crumbles in the wind.
Cheeky Umbrellas can be ordered online or found in these fine locations including BC, Alberta and Ontario. They are also on Twitter in case you’d like to follow their updates and they have a “rainy day blog” with a collection of rain-themed posts.