Coghlan's Trekking Umbrella

Specs

Canopy 42 in / 106.8 cm
Length 29.5 in / 75 cm

Reviews

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A very nice piece of kit, well made, tough and very…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $37.95 NZ

Summary

A very nice piece of kit, well made, tough and very fit for purpose.

Pros

  • Very well made
  • Withstands storm force wind
  • Comes with a good cover

Cons

  • Unnecessary light in the handle
  • Quite long when furled

This is a great piece of kit for the serious hiker who experiences all weathers.

With a span of 42 inches and a reasonably deep bowl there is plenty of room for one person under this umbrella. Frame construction is all fiber glass, 29.5 inches long when closed; the spokes and stays are solid glass, the pole is tubular and has a soft touch decent sized grip that fits the closed fist. The canopy is vented and sheds wind without letting rain through.

The material is black and appears to be very tough, but what it actually is is not on the specs. The all up weight is 11.9 oz, so not at the low end of lightweight umbrellas, but it has proved to be tough and reliable. The one thing that bugs me is an LED light in the handle. I think it totally gratuitous unless of course you are coming home in the dark fumbling to fit the key in the lock after a good night out. 

I bought this about 1 month ago and as it is late winter here in NZ it has had a good test in rain, hail and today a storm with 120 km per hour wind, sleet and rain. It has not blown inside out, but today was hard to control in the wind in exposed hill tops. For day or extended hikes this is a must-have item for me from now on.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Heath. I've never used a trekking umbrella and am intrigued by those who do. Is it comfortable to hold while hiking? Also, got any pictures of yours to share in your review?


2 years ago
heathcote

I first became aware of trekking umbrellas nearly 50 years ago when hiking/ climbing with an German fellow student in the British Lake District. I thought it strange for him to bring along an umbrella, quirky, even eccentric! BUT on a day of torrential rain Boy Oh Boy! was he the popular one. Under that umbrella we stayed dry and comfortable. Since that day I have had a series of brollies most of the more modern ones were duds, too big, too weak, too cumbersome or I lived in areas of strong wind. Coghlan's trekking umbrella is reminiscent of the quality of the old time hand made ones. I prefer to hold mine and find that attaching it to my person or pack straps makes walking through bush a pain. Hand held means it can be manipulated through gaps etc without having to stop and going into town in the rain is of course a bonus.


2 years ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the explanation, Heath!


2 years ago

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