6 of the best Umbrella’s for Trekking

Even the most experienced hikers don’t want to be caught in an unexpected downpour, which is why it’s always handy to have an umbrella for trekking with you to keep yourself protected and dry. With so many different products on the market, it’s difficult to know which are the best umbrellas for trekking without literally trying them all. That’s why we’ve put together our definitive list of the 6 best hiking umbrellas currently on the market. Taking into consideration price, size and special features, we’ve done all the research for you so you can compare and find the best trekking umbrellas for your next adventure.

1.Snow Peak Ultra-Light Umbrella

Snow Peak’s Ultra-Light Umbrella is one of the lightest most compact umbrellas on the market that doesn’t compromise on quality. Weighing in at just 4.7 ounces, it is super light-weight which makes it perfect for keeping dry on those longer hikes without weighing you down.

For maximum pack ability you need to unlock each of the ribs manually but when closed it’s small enough (at just over 8 inches) to fit in even the smallest bags.

Designed to collapse under heavy wind gusts to prevent permanent damage, if you’re looking for a windproof umbrella this may not be the best choice. However, it does come with a lifetime guarantee so if it’s durability you’re after, it can’t be faulted there.

Snow Peak’s Ultra-Light Umbrella perfectly combines design with functionality to make it ones of the best hiking umbrellas you can find.

Snow Peak Ultra-Light Umbrella, UG-135GY, Gray, Carbon and Aluminum, Lifestyle Product, Designed in Japan, Lifetime Product Guarantee
  • One of the lightest compact umbrellas without sacrificing quality of features
  • Small enough to stow in a small handbag
  • Made in China

Pros:

  • Ultra-lightweight
  • Robust
  • Small enough to pack away
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee

Cons:

  • Manual opening and closing can be time-consuming
  • Not best for everyday use

2. LifeTek Compact Travel Umbrella

The LifeTek Compact Travel Umbrella boasts a new double canopy wind-tech frame that combines strength and flexibility to deliver superior wind resistance in a highly portable design. Despite being the heaviest trekking umbrellas on our list it’s still lightweight enough for those longer hikes, weighing in at 17 ounces.

Featuring a single button press mechanism that instantly opens and closes your umbrella, it’s extremely quick and easy to stay protected even in the most unexpected downpours.

Its foldability makes this one the best umbrellas for trekking as it can easily be stored in a backpack and measures just 12 inches once folded. When fully opened this hiking umbrella more than doubles in size and provides great coverage with a 39 inch diameter.

Every LifeTek umbrella comes with a two year “Peace of Mind” replacement guarantee which cements its place on our list.

LifeTek Umbrella Windproof Double Vented Travel Umbrella Fast Dry Teflon Canopy Portable & Strong FX2 (Green)
  • TRAVELER 45 FX2 GREEN DOUBLE CANOPY AUTOMATIC TRAVEL UMBRELLA: New for 2018, the Traveler 45 FX2 is a double canopy version of our top rated large collapsible design that delivers superior style, engineering, and wind resistance. The auto open mechanism makes it fast and easy to open the umbrella before the rain starts to fall. This new patent pending design if styled for men and women, and is built to last.
  • BUILT STRONG TO FIGHT THE WIND: Wirecutter says "This model impressed us in our tests... it withstood being battered by violent gusts without ever inverting, ranking as one of the strongest umbrellas we have ever tested, and when we did force it to invert, the canopy snapped back into place without much effort.” The new double canopy wind-tech frame combines strength and flexibility to deliver superior wind resistance in a lightweight, highly portable design.
  • KEEPS YOU DRY + UV SUN PROTECTION: We exclusively use our signature green 210T micro-weave fabric to create the compact foldable 45-inch arc canopy, which delivers superior strength and is treated with Teflon water proof treatment with quick-dry technology. For sun applications, a best in class UV protection rating of UPF 40+ blocks over 97% of the sun’s damaging UV light rays.
  • DIMENSIONS: Closed Length: 12 in., Open Length: 25 in., Big Canopy Arc: 45 in., Coverage Diameter: 39 in., Weight 17 oz.
  • COMMITTED TO YOUR SATISFACTION & PEACE OF MIND - Every LifeTek umbrella comes with a two year "Peace of Mind" replacement guarantee against defects in our premium materials and quality workmanship.

Pros:

  • Windproof
  • Highly durable
  • Foldable and compact
  • Automated open and close function
  • Two year guarantee as standard

Cons:

  • Heaviest on the list

3. RAIN-A-BOVE Umbrella

The RAIN-A-BOVE Collapsible Travel Umbrella is a compact and lightweight hiking umbrella that makes for the perfect portable companion on even the wettest treks.

Measuring 13 inches and weighing just over 14 ounces, this hiking umbrella isn’t the smallest or lightest on the list but is still compact enough to pack away in your backpack when not in use.

One of the defining features of this trekking umbrella is its high density and water-resistant Teflon coating that provides waterproof, non-porous protection from unexpected showers. Water slides off the umbrella the moment it gets in contact, so in just one shake you can dry off your umbrella and have it packed back away without worrying about getting your other belongings wet.

Ten reinforced fibreglass ribs and a strong steel shaft prevents breakage or distortion during high winds which makes this one of the best windproof umbrellas you can get.

RAIN-A-BOVE Umbrella – Windproof Collapsible Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating and Auto Open and Close
  • [COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT] – Rain-A-bove Collapsible Travel Umbrella has a compact and lightweight feature. Measured at 13 inch in length and weighed only 0.88 pounds, this umbrella is literally a portable travel companion.
  • [SOFT BUT TOUGH] – The canopy - made from 50D/280T plain black satin-finished waterproof fabric - is extremely soft in touch yet tough when protecting you from precipitation. Its high density and water-resistant Teflon coating provide waterproof, non-porous protection from unexpected rains, water slides off canopy the moment it gets in contact, in just one shake, your umbrella is free from dripping wet.
  • [WIND-RESISTANT FRAME] – Our compact umbrella composed of 10 reinforced fiberglass ribs and strong steel shaft produces a flexibility yet high stability structure, so that it can withstand heavy downpour and prevent breakage or distortion in strong winds. If the umbrella ever inverts in strong gales, just press to close to let the ribs correct themselves to its position.
  • [HANDY RAIN PROTECTOR] – Automatic Open and Close mechanism found to be a handy protector when you are caught in a rain, umbrella opens in a breeze even with one hand with a push of button. Ergonomic rubberized handle allows a full and firm grip.
  • [WARRANTY] – Should your Rain-A-Bove umbrella fail due to manufacturing fault or material defect, we will send you a replacement at no cost. Just contact us in the first place for an attentive service.

Pros:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Windproof
  • Compact

Cons:

  • Not the sturdiest hiking umbrella on the list
  • Not the lightest on the list

4. EuroSCHIRM Telescope Handsfree Umbrella

The EuroSCHIRM Telescope Handsfree Umbrella allows you to keep both hands completely free whilst you hike. This innovative umbrella is one of the best hiking umbrellas for those who like to carry trekking poles but would also like to stay dry!

This hands free trekking umbrella can be easily attached by shoulder straps or through a hip belt on nearly all kinds of backpacks, as well as being attached on the EuroSCHIRM carrier-belt-system. The umbrella can be extended in two stages and comes with two adjustable fastening clips. 

 

It measures in at around 19 inches when folded so isn’t the most compact trekking umbrella you can buy but is lightweight enough to not give you any trouble on a long hike.

Made from extra hardened and tear resistant Polyester fabric with Teflon treatment it provides high water repellency to keep you protected in even the heaviest downpours.

EuroSCHIRM Telescope Handsfree Umbrella Silver Uv-Protection 50+
  • The handsfree trekking umbrella as compact version
  • EuroSCHIRM Telescope Handsfree Umbrella
  • EuroSCHIRM Telescope Handsfree Umbrella

Pros:

  • Handsfree design
  • Extremely durable

Cons:

  • One of the most expensive on the list

5. EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Umbrella

The EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Umbrella is one of the strongest foldable umbrellas available and is ideal for hiking in strong wind. Measuring just 11.4 inches when closed and weighing only 10.4 ounces, it’s one of the best backpacking umbrellas as it can easily fit in your bag when not in use. When opened, the length doubles in size and provides exceptional rain coverage related to its size. The accompanying rugged nylon case has polyester mesh sides and a carrying loop that allows it to be easily attached to your backpack or belt whilst you walk.

The automatic open and close function is operated with a simple push of a button, meaning you can have it up or back in your bag within a few seconds. The aluminium shaft and fibreglass frame features make this umbrella strong yet flexible, and the added corrosion resistance makes it one of the best umbrellas for keeping dry when hiking.

EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Umbrella (Red)
  • The light trek automatic is the upgrade of the successful first professional hiking pocket umbrella
  • Only the latest and best materials for pocket umbrellas are applied to this hiking umbrella as well.
  • Extremely strong automatic open/close frame with special aluminium-profile-shaft, additional frame p
  • High-density EVA hardfoam handle comfortable to the touch with a safe grip and integrated floating c

Pros:

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Extremely durable
  • Automated open and close function
  • Small and compact

Cons:

  • Higher price point
  • Limited colour options

6. EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella Silver

The EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella Silver is a super-strong yet lightweight umbrella perfect for long-distance hikers. The silver metallic coat protects against UV and heat, perfect for those long summer treks. Also favoured for its fantastic durability in a strong wind, it’s one of the best windproof umbrellas despite its lightweight construction, weighing in at just 7 ounces.

A coated fibreglass shaft provides flexibility while the high-density fibreglass ribs help to keep the weight down whilst giving it an almost indestructible quality. Measuring around 25.2 inches when both open and closed it’s not the most compact trekking umbrella on the market but it’s easily attachable to pretty much any type of backpack.

If you want a really reliable umbrella that is designed to protect you from all the elements whilst hiking, the EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrella Silver is one of the best trekking umbrellas you can invest in.

EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella (Silver U)
  • The first professional hiking pocket umbrella
  • EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella
  • EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Provides sun protection

Cons:

  • Isn’t foldable
  • Higher price point

So there you have it! The 6 best-hiking umbrellas you can buy to keep yourself dry on your next trek. For those not keen on an umbrella, we have also reviewed the best softshell hiking jackets you can read our review here 

 

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