I didn’t own an umbrella until 2001. Once I started to travel by bus to work, instead of driving, I soon realised I was going to get drenched waiting at bus stops. The small ‘automatic’ umbrellas didn’t appeal, as they did little more than cover your head. Huge Golfing umbrellas had become very popular, but on crowded London streets, they made getting around quite hard because of the enormous canopy when open.
I decided I needed a ‘traditional’ umbrella. One with a curved wooden handle, manual operation, and the ability to be rolled very tight when not in use.
Given that strong winds often accompany rain, a ‘windproof’ model was also desirable, as you could see many people with umbrellas that had easily blown inside out. So I paid a fair bit of money for one that would work properly, and might last for a long time too. Since that purchase, I wouldn’t be without one now.
(This is the same one I own)
I still have it, almost twenty years later. It has a tiny hole at the edge of the material, and one of the windproofing struts is a little bent.
But it still serves me well, when out walking with Ollie.