6 High-Tech Umbrellas

Springtime showers are much more bearable when you have the right technology to help keep you dry.


Senz Umbrella


This compact canopy with an odd shape (which makes it aerodynamic) is lightweight and easy to store—and won’t blow inside out in a strong gust of wind.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

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Hi-Reflective Umbrella


For late-night walks in the rain, the white fabric of this umbrella reflects light from street lamps and car headlights, keeping the user visible to passersby.

To buy: $42; momastore.org.

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ShedRain Jumbo Umbrella


When open, this 54-inch umbrella is large enough for two to fit beneath it, but folds to a manageable size when not in use. It’s quick-drying thanks to a Teflon-coated fabric.

To buy: $38; rei.com.

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X1 Pod umbrella


At only seven inches and less than one pound, the hard-sided carrier mimics that of a sunglasses case. Choose from seven colors and patterns.

To buy: $50, knirps-usa.com.

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StudioGrand x Blunt Umbrella


A must-have for city slickers: This floral rain shield boasts a taut canopy and no sharp points (passersby on the sidewalk will thank you).

To buy: $49; colehaan.com.

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Samsonite Windguard Auto Open and Close Umbrella


The vented, double layer covering helps protect the operator against strong wind gusts, while the automatic open and close function makes it easy to put to use at a moment’s notice.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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