These umbrellas actually keep you much cooler. It blocks the direct sun rays off you, thus cooler. As I said above, golfers use these same products all the time with great success. So if you are out in direct sun and you don't mind extra gear it's perfect. Go for it. Full review
A hiking umbrella may not be for everyone but it has certainly earned its place in my pack over the course of several long thru-hikes. The Swing Trek Liteflex is a multi-use piece of gear and has contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the outdoors. I recommend this particular umbrella for anyone seeking a durable, lightweight, and easily-deployed shelter from the sun, rain, hail, and wind. You’ll likely find that it has many other uses, too. Conditions: The excellent review by JRinGeorgia pretty… Full review
This trekking umbrella is a great multi-use piece of gear. It is ultra lightweight and offers protection from sun and rain, keeps you cooler, you can use it hands-free, and it does much more. This is a review of the silver reflective-coated Swing Trek Liteflex Trek umbrella. I am not connected to the maker of this umbrella in any way. I got it on a good sale from Amazon, it typically retails for $40-$45. This umbrella has been licensed and marketed through a lot of different channels, so this umbrella… Full review
Incredibly light, easy to carry. Keeps me cool and provides UV protection, which is a necessity for backpacking in Arizona. Backpacking and hiking in Arizona provides a variety of terrain, and many miles of trail are in the direct sunlight with no trees for a break from the sun. A trekking umbrella serves many purposes — portable shade, protection from the sun, reduce sweating to consume less water, and rain protection if needed. After some research, I purchased the EuroSchirm Swing trekking… Full review
Swing Trek is a brand of umbrellas under the family-owned EuroSCHIRM / Eberhard Göbel company, which been making speciality umbrellas in Germany since 1919.