The Backpack Umbrella provides hands-free rain shelter

Posted on Jul 19 2011 - 9:54am by Julius

We’ve seen some pretty unusual umbrellas lately, like the samurai umbrella that we’ve featured last week. Compared to other weird ones, this one is a little bit strange.

The Backpack Umbrella is an umbrella that can be worn on the back. The great thing about this product is you can use the umbrella without having to hold it.

The Backpack Umbrella’s makers said that the product was designed for persons who are burdened by packages or doing activities that require the use of both hands. A spokesman from Hammacher Schlemmer, an online shop for unusual things, said: “The Backpack Umbrella helps pedestrians stay dry while leaving their hands free to carry groceries or luggage.”

The umbrella is stored in the included backpack and when rain approaches, it can be attached to its support rod. This provides an instant, hands-free and mobile shelter.

According to the website: “This is the umbrella that is worn on the back, providing rain and sun protection while keeping the hands free. Ideal for use when burdened by packages, a dog’s leash, or other activities that require both hands, the umbrella fits into a pack strapped to the back. Unzipping the pack, removing the umbrella and attaching it to the pack’s built-in, adjustable support rod takes seconds; the pack slips over the shoulders and secures around the waist with a plastic buckle. When deployed, it covers its wearer with a 39 1/4-inch diameter polyester canopy. The umbrella’s canopy collapses easily against its pole and slips back into the pack’s pouch when the weather clears.”

via: Geeky Gadgets

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Timothy Kanatha July 19, 2011 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Wouldn't it be cool if it had a rain detector and did all that automatically!

    • gadgetsandgizmos July 19, 2011 at 11:08 am - Reply

      That would be awesome, definitely needed on the MK2 version!

  2. Beth July 22, 2011 at 3:47 am - Reply

    Seems like it would work better if the front part were bigger than the back, or the pole were off centre. There is a lot of coverage over nothing in the back and it barely covers in the front.

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