Published on November 1st, 2012 | by Greg0
Blunt: A Better Umbrella
Umbrellas seem like an old technology in need of improvement. After all, aside from some improvements in transparent plastic, and collapsible models that are more portable and lightweight, the basics haven’t seemed to change much. They still tend to fall apart in a stiff wind, be a bit of a pain to take down, and offer plenty of obstacles for the people around you. Especially when you’re walking in crowded streets, like we do in Manhattan- there is always a frisson of danger in the rain as you worry about getting poked in the eye by a passerby’s rain protection gear.
As we slowly unbury ourselves from the largest storm system to ever hit the United States, it’s probably a good time to mention that there is at least one recent iteration that improves the age-old product. We’ve been “Singin’ in the Rain’ with the Blunt Original Umbrella. And though we didn’t hazard the winds of Hurricane Sandy on the worst days, we did take this umbrella out in recent days and weeks, and found it to be the best, most solid, and least dangerous of umbrellas that we have tried. There is still a fairly pointed tip, so don’t worry about not being able to defend yourself on the city streets.
It seems obvious at first glance- small covers on each spine offer a pretty solid bit of substance between the spiky spokes, turning them from pointedly sharp to nicely… well, blunt. More or less otherwise “just a really good umbrella” (as one writer put it), we did feel more comfortable bumping into people and things with this model. Sleek, ours was the basic black, but other colors are available, as are extra-large versions, and even collapsible portable versions that are brand new. The handle was a bit slippery, comfortable but not quite as ergonomic as some, and it did take a bit of effort to pop up and take down. But we loved the strong components that went into manufacturing this one, which felt burly and able to take some serious beating from the elements. And the packaging was classy, a lovely cardboard tube and a great logo that feels both traditional and ultra-modern. Available now, for $80, it’s an umbrella designed and built to last.