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Several years ago, sort of on a whim, I packed-along a stalwart umbrella, while hiking the Appalachian Trail (in Maine, during late October). Rain was forecast ( ... and did it ever ! ).
It was not a 'golf umbrella' (shudder) ... not one of those compact "Totes" umbrellas .... It was a proper 'bumbershoot'; had a straight cork handle (not hooked) ... and whatever the heck they call the so-called 'wind-proof' little secondary canopy at the top.
Being one that has endured rains of Bibical proportions ... and experienced water draining down into my boots (GoreTex would never be useful), despite a splendid rain-shell ... I was pleased with my apparent wisdom and far-sightedness.
That umbrella is history.
Thinking of replacing it with one of the offerings from www.davekny.com.
Eye-popping prices: roughly $80 to $150. One model, the "Solo" has a carbon-fibre canopy frame. Diameters are generous.
Go-Lite has one, I think (?); but it is kinda 'wimpy'. Wouldn't endure, to my standards.
In "Robert's Perfect World", a fine umbrella for the trails and the off-trail excursions, the umbrella would be multi-purpose. Something like a 'stealth / James Bond' kinda deal. Would utilize the hollow shaft as a blowgun, or spear-gun, for example. Also, with interchangeable pointy tips for defending against wild boars, terrorists, Ninja's and such.
Probably wouldn't get past the airport security checks (classified as a 'weapon' ?).
Anyhow ... what do you think of these from davekny ?
Or, am I being too mundane and 'pedestrian' for the "real, macho men" out there?