August is the rain season in Interior Alaska
There are many jokes about weather in Alaska like Alaska has four seasons “June, July, August and winter” or “Alaska has two seasons winter and construction.” These two well describe the western Interior, but not all of Alaska as area as large as the Lower 48s from coast to coast or Europe from the Ural to Portugal in west-east direction. Comes August, comes the Tanana Valley Fair, comes the “Alaska Monsoon” (not actually a monsoon like for instance in India). We even speak of “Fair Weather.”
An umbrella designed by a meteorologist
You know that I am a meteorologist by training, i.e. a weather woman. Being also a hard core fashionista, given the rain-season, and the name of the brand namely “Weatherman“, no wonder I wanted to review their super stylish umbrella with the pattern of isobars (contour lines of same pressure).
The hardest part for me? Deciding whether to pick the color; Orange – read pop of color – or Olive – read unexpected neutral. Anyhow, no matter which of these two colors you pick, you can’t go wrong! Both are a great style statement! If turning fashion into style were always that easy! You also can choose from Pink (Limited Edition, so order fast), Navy Blue, Yellow (this fall’s It color), Lagoon and Black (the eternal classic).A pop of color is always a great idea on a rainy day. #Weatherman Click To Tweet
I have to admit no details were overlooked. Industrial-strength fiberglass defends against breaking and inverting, water-repellent teflon-coated fabric, and vented canopies! What do you want more?
Well, an intelligent parapluie! Here comes the surprise: The Weatherman app for Android and iOS syncs with Bluetooth technology. You get notifications on the weather conditions, so you’ll never leave your umbrella behind. That’s what I call a great application of numerical weather prediction. <3
In the package, you will find the umbrella with matching cover sleeve, a Pebblebee® tracker with battery, and setup instructions. What you won’t find there is a sheet with the price. Perfect for sending the packages directly to the addressee of the gift in the holiday season!
Is it hard to setup the app? Nope.
It’s large enough for two and nasty fall precip
What I love about this parapluie is that it is huge enough to comb out those nasty fall droplets. You know those that are barely falling, but make you wet after walking a couple of blocks. Holding it at the right angle (not straight above you) keeps you dry. You just have to find the right angle for your walking speed and height. It needs some experimenting, but it’s worth it.
I also love that the umbrella is large enough (42 inches; 106.68 cm) to protect two people in normal rain. You know these situations when you leave work and head out at the same time as your colleague. You have a parapluie, the colleague has none (S/he hasn’t heard about the app yet!). Thus, for courtesy, you offer to share the walk under yours, but in the end, both of you are wet. 😉 Now this scenario can become history for you. <3
Fast to open and wind safety features
I also love the vents. Who wants to end up be “blown away by the wind like Mary Poppins” or an inverted canopy? Or like in those comics just standing there with the frame?
The nice sleeve can be pulled off quickly. The device opens automatically, and requires manual closure. Thus, you are not at risk that it closes around your head. 😉 Been there with a cheap gas station one. Not fun! You don’t need that experience.
The handle has a comfortable size even for a small hand like mine (I wear a women glove size 7) and is not formed like a hook (see photos). I find this very practical. I’m the kind of person who always has rain gear in the car on the back seat. When an umbrella has a crutch-style it seems that always Murphy’s Law applies. If it can get tangled up in the seat-belt closures, it will. 😉
Price performance ratio and shipping
Unless you live in the desert where precipitation only occurs once in a blue moon, everyone needs a sturdy, but stylish umbrella in the rain-season or even year round. Thus, the cost-per-wear will go below $1 dollar within one wet season or a year – whatever comes first. Thumbs up!
The price of the Weatherman Collapsible is very affordable. It’s in the typical ballpark of that of other high quality brands despite it has this cool additional app! Weatherman offers free shipping when you buy two or more umbrellas. It’s timely, as you can save when ordering your when you buy a couple more for those hard to shop for friends and relatives. The holiday season is just around the corner! 😉
Who would love this product?
Tech geeks, of course. When my hubby found out about the app, guess what? I already recommend this product to my girl friend who loves every gadget on the planet. Given the app, it probably will become an It item among teenagers!
This Weatherman collapsible umbrella is an ingenious spin on the commuter umbrella. A must-have for the professional women who wants to show up at work with her hair dry.
In a nutshell
This umbrella is high quality at an affordable price with state-of-the-art material plus an unique app making it a perfect weather protection for busy people who care about their look. Browse their collection now.Did you know that there is an umbrella that tells you to take it with you? #app #Weatherman Click To Tweet
Photos of me: G. Kramm
Other photos: N. Mölders
Disclosure: The umbrella is a sample from Weatherman. The post is not endorsed by them. I wrote it entirely myself and it represents my own 100% honest opinion.
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