Excuse the radio silence. I’ve had a really bad cold this week.
In our last exciting installment of my quest for a durable, reliable, compact umbrella, I was on my third Senz Mini.
Leaving aside the lost one, that’s two in four years. That’s really no better than standard $30 umbrellas. It’s not as if I use it every day.
I love the Senz shape, and I know they keep refining the design, but I just can’t keep buying them at $70-80 a pop based on this track record. The larger Senz umbrellas might be fine, but I think the compact/folding ones are just a little too delicate.
So I’ve bought myself a Blunt XS Metro (A$89), the same brolly I bought for M to replace her Senz.
The Blunt coverage isn’t as good due to the shape (the Senz wins out on that). And it’s not compact enough to fit into a pocket when folded. But it looks lovely, and hopefully it’s more durable.
If not I guess I’m just going to give up and buy lots of the cheapies.
Do I need an umbrella at all?
Something in my DNA tells me that, as a dedicated walker and public transport user, I need a good umbrella in my work bag. Perhaps it’s my half-English blood. And growing up in the city of four seasons in one day.
But I do see a significant number of people wandering around Melbourne on grey days without umbrellas. I’ve made sure we have a couple of spares by the front door at home, but my kids almost never use them.
I think for now I’d prefer to keep one handy for rainy days.