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    Umbrellas are the ultimate breathable rain gear and great for those humid drizzly days where the choice is get wet from drizzle or get wet from sweat in your rain gear. They can be handy in camp while cooking, etc.

    I don't like the idea of fastening it to my pack and just use one pole when in umbrella mode. Use any medium size umbrella to test, but it's pretty hard to beat the Golite for weight/cost/function. Birdiepal makes some good ones. Montbell makes one that looks like a big cigar when stowed---- really small. Shedrain makes the Shedrays silvered sun umbrella with wind vents in it (works for rain too). Stows to 12" but it weighs 13oz. You can find them at places like Target and Walmart.

    I carry the Golite in a side pocket and under a compression strap like a tent pole. In fact, I just swap the umbrella with my spare pole.

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    I have 2 of these Blunt umbrellas, a proud NZ brand they are.they're awesome but expensive. I have one of the discontinued brollies, the XL. It's pretty heavy duty. Their latest model metro seems lighter, but they ain't cheap at all.

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    Yeah those Blunt umbrellas look sweet. I like that they can be inverted without beig damaged.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen_q View Post
    Crawlingroad on youtube advocates a wilderness umbrella... Nutn'fancy has a video on the Blunt Umbrellas which are real quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vgvZQohdFs
    wow! liking those!
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    This is the one I use Travel 1pd 2oz of UV protection with a vented canopy. Also a Compact 13oz UV protection folds 10".

    http://www.uv-blocker.com/uv-protect...-umbrella.html
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    Stick from Stick's blog talks about it on his last hike
    The hike
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBhD...e_gdata_player
    The post hike
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCE...e_gdata_player

    Not sure if it would work in Ohio with the narrow and thorny trails I seem to hike. I would also use this as an additional piece along with my rain jacket. I encounter to much blowing rain but after the storm when the forest is still dripping it would be nice.

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    The first time I did take an umbrella with me, was on my PCT hike and used it for the first 700 miles. I must say, that I voted it my number one favorite item through the desert section, you can actually feel the temperature difference it makes. I also carried one on my section hike on the AT last year and must admit, that it comes in very handy during a light shower. I do not carry a hat and the rain in the eyes always annoyed me - it is so much better with a small travel umbrella!

    The only setback is the hand that becomes occupied and when it gets stuck in dense woods. I actually stopped carrying a rain jacket, so there is no weight penalty for me.

    I own and used these two umbrellas with the silver coating for sun protection:

    Large umbrella with non-collapsible shaft:
    http://www.euroschirm.com/schirm/lit..._land=englisch

    Small umbrella with collapsible shaft, but not as sturdy:
    http://www.euroschirm.com/schirm/Dai..._land=englisch

    I can recommend both of these. The Golite Chrome Dome is actually 99% similar to the first lnked umbrella...

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    Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions!!
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    Snapper how much where those shipped to the US. 34 is a lot plus shipping. Did like the kits to hold it while hiking both in use and stored.

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    Hiking with an Umbrella

    I saw several individuals on the AT with umbrella,s. The day we were out, I don't think that would have kept us dry. Monsoon!
    Last edited by Storytellertn; 01-21-2014 at 08:28.
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