Sunday, March 12, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: Umbrellas

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Reader Question for the Community:
I am searching for a good quality umbrella. I walk two blocks to work and need something sturdy enough to hold up to Alabama's spring thunderstorms. I am currently interested in a Fox telescopic umbrella available at Ben Silver <http://www.bensilver.com/Telescopic-Umbrellas,30292.html#.WMU6DPnyuUk>. Before I make the investment, I want to know if there is anything just as good if not better. I trust your readers to give me an honest opinion of what works for them. 
Thanks so much for any assistance.

25 comments:

  1. Have you looked at James Smith's offerings across the pond?
    https://www.james-smith.co.uk/

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  2. Smartly covers 2 aspects
    Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella
    http://unbreakableumbrella.com/

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  3. Have you tried this shop from the Bay Area?
    http://cablecarclothiers.com/accessories/umbrellas.html

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  4. Another resource - Bella Umbrella. Also, there was an umbrella store called Brella Bar in the Upper East Side, NY.

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  5. I have no suggestions here, but isn't it so nice that others do and can offer assistance. I love this blog.

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  6. I would go right to the Fox website. Better prices and more options.

    http://www.foxumbrellas.co.uk/acatalog/Telescopics.html

    I have two old travel umbrellas from Swaine Adeney Brigg which have held up well, but they don't seem to make them anymore. Too bad. They were very affordable.

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  7. The Brigg Umbrella is a fantastic umbrella. It has held up in all kinds of weather and can really take a beating. I've had one for years. Jane Keller
    www.swaineadeneybrigg.

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  8. I love Davek. This one fits beautifully in my purse and is practically indescribable. http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Davek-Traveler-Small-Umbrella-Black/prod172850014/p.prod

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  9. Indestructible, now indescribable. Silly spell check. lol

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  10. Barbour for me. This blog is the best. Muffy is the greatest.

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    1. I love the blog. It reminds this Texan how much I enjoy visiting New England.
      We need to get tickets to Boston' s Logan for a visit in the near future.

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  11. I require a portable umbrella but still desire high quality. I've had excellent results from the "The Wind Defying Packable Umbrella" offered by Hammacher Schlemmer. It doesn't have the elegance of higher-priced brands, but has consistently delivered to its promises without issue. Hammacher's lifetime return guarantee adds to its value. http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=87619&refsku=87623&xsp=2&promo=xsells

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  12. The readers of this blog always give the best advice. Thanks Muffy for all you do for us!!!

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  13. Look for a doorman's umbrella. Make sure it has 16 ribs as opposed to the standard 8. You'll have to look online. I had one when I lived in NYC in 70s/80s and managed to hold onto it for years. Even had an new top put on it. It never popped over no matter the wind. It was not cheap, $50 at the time as I recall. I live in Atlanta now and seldom need an umbrella.

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  14. I have had good luck with the Leighton doorman (http://leightonumbrellas.com/product/doorman/); in fact, I have purchased several to keep in the car, office, home, etc. Not compact, but effective in wind.

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  15. It's never occurred to me that people buy umbrellas. So funny! I wear jackets with hoods or a hat, so I don't really ever use one, but the umbrellas we have must all be stolen, since I've never purchased one.

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  16. I second London undercover. I have jealously guarded mine from umbrella thieves for some years now.

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  17. For my commute in NYC, where walking for extended periods of time in various adverse conditions is inevitable, I have never been let down by the Gustbuster golf umbrella. I've used both the navy and hunter colors over the years, and only ever needed to replace them because they'd been accidentally left behind somewhere (which for me, makes the case against a more expensive umbrella-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009GGIII/ref=twister_B000AMSCRG?)_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)

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  18. I purchased a James Smith & Sons solid-stick umbrella from their shop in London several years ago. I've been very pleased with it. It's strong enough to use as a walking stick, but the wood is tapered so that it's not too heavy. They also cut the umbrella to measure, so you don't have to put up with the "one size fits all" nonsense.

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