How many times have you been walking in the rain, only for your umbrella to get ripped apart by a sudden gust of wind? Then, there you are, stuck out on the street fighting with this stupid, inside-out contraption as your nice work clothes get soaked.
What’s the deal with that? Do umbrella manufacturers not understand that with storms, come wind? Because if they did, our umbrellas wouldn’t completely break apart every time a freaking baby sneezes across the street.
Well you know what, Canada? No more.
A team in Vancouver has created the Cypress Umbrella, the “last umbrella you will ever buy.” And they really mean it. The device features a telescopic design that leaves it “10 times stronger” than any umbrella you’ve previously owned, according to the product’s Kickstarter page.
What makes it so special? Well, to deal with those strong gusts of wind we just mentioned, this umbrella comes equipped with a built-in suspension system where each individual rib within the device can pivot and adjust independently, “similar to how the shocks on your car work to provide on overall smoother ride,” the creators write.
The umbrella is also collapsible, to provide easy storage. But you know how with most collapsible umbrellas, you usually can’t store them away immediately because they’re, well, wet (yet another obvious, overlooked concern)? Some umbrellas provide slip covers to remedy the problem, but they’re usually difficult to put on and they got lost within a week. Cypress instead features a built-in slip cover that deploys right from the handle, which can be easily stretched over the whole device. Problem. Solved.
Because umbrellas also qualify as accessories, the Cypress Umbrella features interchangeable canvases of various colours and styles. The team behind the device, working out of the Vancouver Hack Space, hopes to start production by March 2016 with an initial retail cost of $99 USD (or you can keep buying disposable versions for $6–your call).
Perhaps the umbrella’s best selling point though? It was invented in Vancouver, Canada’s land of perpetual rain. And you can bet those guys know a thing or two about the struggles of a crappy umbrella.