EuroSchirm's Swing Hands Free Trekking Umbrella utilises your rucksack hipbelt and shoulder straps to secure the umbrella in place leaving your hands free for other stuff.
The highlight of this special umbrella is its telescope fiber glass shaft which is variably extendable up to one metre in length and can be fixed at any height by a small twisting movement. By means of two accompanying turnable clips to be fastened at the front with Velcro strips to the two carrying belts of the backpack the umbrella can be positioned to the right or the left according to the direction of the wind. the elastic carrying loop at the umbrella handle serves as flexible fastening to the hip belt.
Without doubt, its greatest advantage is that hands stay completely free, free for trekking poles, free to hold on to somewhere but also to change a lens, work the GPS or look at the walking map. It is also extremely useful as a protection from rain or sun for small kids riding on their parents´s backs in a carrying seat.
Of course it can also be used as a completely ordinary trekking umbrella. A comfortable velvety handle of touch-friendly high density EVA hard foam offers the highest possible carrying comfort. With a diameter of 114cm it is large enough in any case to protect both hiker and backpack from rain well and reliably.
The choice of material and workmanship of this trekking umbrella meets the special wear and tear when walking and hikers´high requirements to their equipment. A particularly lightweight and highly tear-resistant Polyester fabric with Teflon® coating is used for the canopy. The entire umbrella frame consists of elastic and extremely break-proof fiber glass material. The frame is nearly completely metal-free and so corrosion-proof.
You can protect yourself now against UV rays and heat with the brand new silver metallic coating. UV protection factor 50+ - TÜV certificate.
EuroSchirm's Swing Hands Free Trekking Umbrella is a bit of a masterpiece, utilising your rucksack hip belt and shoulder strap you can get all the advantages of a trekking umbrella without the hassle of carrying it! This leaves you with both hands free for using trekking poles or other stuff..
Trekking umbrellas are often under-valued, they provide protection from rain without having to compromise breathability - leaving you dry and comfortable. In hot climates they provide much needed shade and UV protection, which can be enhanced by the silver version of the umbrella. Just about the only time they are a pain to use is in windy conditions.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear