Echo Graphic Geo This 70s bubble-style update―with its patterned (yet still see-through) top and clear acrylic handle―ensures the fullest possible hair protection.
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Samsonite Ultra Mini Tiny and practically weightless, it can live full-time in your purse. A genius zippered pouch makes it easy to stash even when wet. Better for drizzles rather than downpours. Collapsible.
GustBuster Also a winner in a 2005 Real Simple test (see Umbrellas That Weather the Storms), this model has wind-release vents so even gusts of 55 miles an hour can’t turn it inside out. A classic hardwood handle makes it guy-friendly.
Eddie Bauer Spring The sturdiest portable we tried, with a tiered construction that keeps it from flipping and a no-slip grip. It opens and closes with one hand―a plus when you’re dealing with coffee or car keys. Collapsible.
Pare Berries for You We fell for the details on this one―delicate purple piping, a stitched faux-leather handle, and (in place of Velcro or a snap), a sweet fabric-covered button closure. Expect compliments on the street.
Shanghai Tang Printed This model springs to life with magic fluidity. Made of two layers of nylon for exceptional heft, it is minimalist on the outside, with a cheery interior to put you in a happy mood.