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Incredibly light, easy to carry. Keeps me cool and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $58.50

Summary

Incredibly light, easy to carry. Keeps me cool and provides UV protection, which is a necessity for backpacking in Arizona.

Pros

  • Weight
  • Durability
  • UV Protection

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • Not very compact

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 with the silver metallic UV 50 protection factor. This umbrella is essential for my hikes now. It has a fiberglass shaft and a foam grip. The umbrella is very easy to deploy and fold back up.

Although I didn't purchase the hands free version, I can tuck the umbrella handle into my chest strap and remain mostly hands free. I've not yet been able to use it for rain protection, but the umbrella is large enough to cover my pack and me, even with my camp chair strapped to the top of my backpack. I keep it in one of the side straps of my backpack, or can use the strap on the carrying case for regular hikes. 

I've hiked in 90+ degrees with this umbrella, and it allowed me to remove my hat to keep my head cool, protect me from the direct sunlight, therefore reducing the amount of sweating. Although it is $58.50 total for this umbrella (an extra $4.50 for the silver UV protection), it was completely worth it to me.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Teri! I've never used a hiking umbrella but am intrigued. Do you have any pictures you could share showing it in action on you?


3 years ago
Curtis Evans

This is the reason why I like this site, information on products I've never heard of before today.


3 years ago
Teri Anderson

I don't have a pic of me using it, but their website has lots of pics of the umbrella. Google Euroschirm Swing for the website or images.


3 years ago

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