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This was an impulse purchase whilst on holiday in not-so-sunny Wales this past July. After 3 days of continuous rain, we jumped into the car and went to the local town to purchase an umbrella or two!
Choice was limited, but this Dunlop Golf Umbrella looked large enough for two, and sturdy enough to with stand the wind, which by now had picked up some! It was £9.50, which is a little more than I would have liked to pay, seeing how we had ample umbrellas back home, and was only planning on having to use this a day or two.
The umbrella itself is a not-so-eye-catching blue and white design, with the Dunlop logo printed onto the canopy on each of the four blue sections, certainly not a fashion statement piece! It boasts a 62" canopy, and a moulded handle, which is actually fairly comfortable to grip, however the umbrella itself is fairly heavy and I have to lean the pole against my shoulder after a while. The umbrella is easily erected by the usual push button type switch, and it then pops up itself - be warned its quite fast, so make sure your eyes are out the way! And to fold, you simply pull down the little tube type thing, and it latches into place. Another warning to be sure your head/eyes are out the way!
Our umbrella was just about big enough for us both to fit under, although due to having a giant for a husband, the rain did seem to creep under the brolly and get me - my husband remained perfectly dry from the mid chest up though! It is indeed rain resistant, and fairly wind resistant too, we only has one "inside out" moment as we walked along the sea front and a gust of wind took us, and the umbrella, by surprise. There was no damage to the umbrella though, and my husband had it the right way in again in seconds.
There is also a press stud fastening to hold the umbrella closed, meaning it is easy to store and carry around when not in use.
The umbrella now lives in the back of our car, and has been used on various occasions, from shopping trips to dog walking. So far I have found it to be reliable, the fastening, and all all mechanisms still work as should. I would purchase again if the need arose - maybe a nice fetching pink and black design?
**What is it?**
The Dunlop Umbrella is a large golfing type umbrella, sold mainly for that purpose, but obviously it has many other uses, from dog walking to use in the garden, taking to festivals and keeping in the car. As a lady golfer (and proud!) I bought it for golfing though I have on occasion used it out and about.
**Price and Availability**
I've seen the Dunlop Umbrella available many places including specialist golf shops, club shops, online at places such as Amazon and on the high street in Sports Direct and JJB, so it is very easy to find. Prices vary from about £8 to £12, I paid £8 at Sports Direct instore. You can buy it online however a P&P charge will generally apply so I would advise to try and pick it up instore which is quite easy to do.
The Dunlop Umbrella is very large and sturdy with white and navy (I have also seen it in white and black) alternating panels and the Dunlop D in a circle logo around the side. The handle is made from strong black plastic and the handle is moulded at the end for the hand. Overall it looks very smart on and off the course.
There is a navy (on mine, black on the black umbrella I assume) closing tab to hold it closed when not in use.
The three best things about the umbrella are as follows -
1. It is very easy to put up. The mechanism is very smooth and allows you to put the umbrella up easily which is vital when it's just started to chuck it down!
2. It is very light to hold, thanks to the hollow main body and it is very comfortable in the hand, too.
3. It is very easy to use in high winds unlike some large umbrellas as it is vented, and means that it is less likely that a high gust of wind will drag the umbrella from your hand.
Overall it's a great umbrella in use, light and easy and that's what you need.
Not really, though I suppose it would be nice to see it in a larger range of colours for us ladies (there is a rare pink one at a higher price) - but for £8 you can't really complain.
Yes, I highly recommend the Dunlop Umbrella, even at £12 it's an absolute bargain and at £8 it was a steal! It's built to last, so you'll get more than your money's worth here, and let's face it, in this country, if you're a golfer, then you need a decent umbrella on hand at all times.
I don't think there is any need to spend any more on a high quality golfing umbrella when the Dunlop Umbrella is so good, I shall certainly buy another should I ever need to replace it - 2 years on and plenty of bad weather and being bashed about in the back of the car hasn't done it in yet so I think we're a long way off that!
Highly recommended, 5 stars out of 5 for this excellent umbrella at an excellent price.
I purchased this umbrella before the rainy season and have to say that it has not disappointed me. I'm not a golfer, but I am a keen walker. Many a time I have been caught out in the rain, with a flimsey umbrella which gets folded in on itself through the forces of the English rain and wind. But not with this umbrella!!!
The first big advantage is it size! It's huge, you won't get any rain on you. In fact it is so big that it will keep two of you dry. Perfect for romantic strolls in the country side. The handle is shaped to comfortably fit in the palm of the average persons hand, making gribbing of this umbrella pleasant. The long spike at the end of the umbrella means that it is easy to dig into the ground, when it stops raining and you can no longer be bothered to hold it.
Erecting the umbrella is straight forward, with little strength needed. Once the umbrella is in place it will not come down until you want it to.
The major disadvantage to this umbrella is its weight. Its very heavy and my arm often aches after holding it for more than 15 minutes. Due to its size it can often be difficult to dry too! However, once dry, storage is easy as it can be closed in on itself with easy.
I am very happy with this umbrella and firmly recommend it. Youn can get it in a range of nice colours too. I liked the yellow and white. I managed to get one from Amazon for just £6.99, which in my opinion is great value.
Overall I give this product 4 out of 4. It will always keep you dry, but make you arm ache considerably.
Thanks for reading.
You say that you love rain, but you open your umbrella when it rains.
You say that you love the sun, but you find a shadow spot when the sun shines.
You say that you love the wind, but you close your windows when wind blows.
This is why I am afraid, you say that you love me too.
- Qyazzirah Syeikh Ariffin
Umbrellas can be used for salad spinners, light sabers, and inspiration for obnoxious pop songs, but this review will focus on the conventional keeping dry aspect - apologies. I also have no interest in golf. None. Sorry.
When I entered my local shopping center it was a nice day, but of course by the time I was ready to leave it was throwing it down with rain - probably brought on by me spending money. Appeasing angry gods of frugality aside, the most practical solution came to me when I spotted a few umbrellas in the entrance to Sports Direct. Of all the other umbrellas, I was attracted to this Dunlop type because of the bright blue-and-white alternating panels, as well as the price (£2.50).
Like many other companies, I've heard the name Dunlop but I had no real idea of who they were - apparently they are a manufacturer of tyres. They also make equipment for various sports: golf, squash, tennis and badminton. Personally, I had a Winnie the Pooh umbrella for years, so I am not particularly concerned with Dunlop's umbrella-making credentials (though they are considerably more likely to hold said credentials than Piglet).
The first thing to notice about the Dunlop umbrella is that it is wide - according to the SportsDirect website it is 1 meter in diameter, I am not going to get out my ruler and check, so we'll assume that's correct. It has a steel frame and a moulded rubber handle which is more than adequate. Presumably the fabric used is some kind of treated plastic material. The name DUNLOP and logo is a prominent theme of this accessory. I don't think it's going to win any fashion awards, to be frank. Unless someone decides it's haute couture.
After using this several times since its purchase, I am pleased that it doesn't turn inside out at the slightest bit of wind, but you pay for this with how unwieldy it can get, especially with the weight. Sometimes it can feel like I am fighting with an entire low pressure front coming off the Atlantic. I'm only one woman, you know? It's a bit much.
As for coverage, it's superb at keeping dry, and I've walked with several other people under it easily. This is probably where the golfing aspect comes in, but I don't feel particularly under-qualified to own this umbrella due to my distinct lack of both golfing knowledge and interest. Everything deserves to be dry, except sea-life I guess, because that would constitute as torture.
The spines of the umbrella, like on any such accessory, are sharp and if you aren't careful - especially combined with the weight of the umbrella and any blustery weather - it could damage someone's eye. It's just a consideration, I personally feel slightly anxious walking about a crowded town center just in case I bump into anyone, but as of yet it hasn't happened. I find people tend to be wary of umbrellas, probably because of the Georgi Markov assassination - let's move on...
Personally I find it's a bit more difficult to open and close than other umbrellas I've used, and sometimes I've been soaked before I can even get it open. The weight is obviously more after it's gotten wet, but not considerably, as it doesn't absorb water as much as other materials might.
This particular umbrella comes in different colours, alternating pink-white and black. There is a little strap that holds the umbrella closed when you're not using it, also emblazoned with the DUNLOP name, but I find it's better to let the umbrella air dry first before fastening it away. I know, I know, bad luck to open umbrellas in the house, but I try to make up for it with superstition-appeasing fixation on magpies.
Overall: I am pleased with my purchase. If you need an umbrella, with the price and coverage this offers, you can't really do much better.
Dunlop logo on the panels