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Dunlop Golf Umbrella
Member Name: Huomenna
Dunlop Golf Umbrella
Date: 10/11/10, updated on 10/11/10 (54 review reads)
Advantages: very cheap, lightweight but strong construction
Disadvantages: shorter people may find they keep bashing into things due to width when opened
Umbrella's are not my favourite thing, but in England they're a necessary evil. Up until recently I just had one of those little compact fold up ones, which are nice and easy to carry around with you but not very sturdy - they invariably flip inside out at the slightest wind (and again in England rain is usually accompanied by wind).
Last week I was at work and had been watching it pour down with rain all day - clever me had left the compact umbrella at home, so when I finished my shift I borrowed a colleagues umbrella and walked down the highstreet to buy one of my own and this is where the Dunlop Golf umbrella comes in to play.
I purchased this umbrella from Sports Direct who are selling them for a ridiculously cheap price of just £2.99 (I have also seen them at this price in other sports shops). I was a bit wary that the quality would be poor in reflection of the price (these sorts of umbrellas are traditionally sturdy but I thought maybe the metal frame would be weak) but I was pleasantly surprised.
The umbrella comes with no packaging (aside from a bit of clear plastic around the rubber gripped handle), but it doesn't need any. The fact is that many people go out without their umbrella and have to buy one when they get stuck in the rain - as was my case with this one, so any packaging would be an annoyance.
Opening the umbrella is as simple as can be and it is locked open near the top by a small catch. Once open it feels very solid but incredibly light weight so it's comfortable to carry around for long periods of time which is a bonus. As mentioned above rain is often accompanied by wind and I have found this umbrella to hold up very well against the wind - despite its large surface area I haven't had to struggle against it being flipped inside out as the metal skeleton is strong enough to keep it in its proper shape. This was a great relief to me as when using compact umbrellas in the past I'd often end up swearing in frustration as they constantly flip inside out. Another positive that I found was that the large surface area is better equipped at keeping you dry and any bags you may be carrying, although as rain rarely falls straight down (again due to that pesky wind) you're legs will still invariably get wet.
There are a couple of downsides to this umbrella - firstly due to its size you will have to carry the umbrella by hand when not in use and the handle is a straight one so you can't hook it over your arm, and this of course means you're one hand down which can be annoying when you're shopping etc. The second issue is one that will affect all umbrellas of this type - the large size when open means it's quite easy to whack into other people, luckily this isn't really a problem for me as I'm on the tall side so it tends to go straight over other people's heads and their umbrellas.
There are a variety of colour variations available although there is nothing particularly striking eg. pink for girly girls, I went for the fully black one.
In conclusion I would thoroughly recommend this umbrella - it's cheap (so if you leave it anywhere you can just buy another one without being out of pocket) and well made. It serves the purpose it was made for and also stands in as a half decent walking stick - for £2.99 you can hardly ask for more than that.
Summary: A cheap and effective solution to wet and windy English winters