The Senz aerodynamic umbrella turns itself to the best position in the wind and won a red dot award for its novel design. Even the shaft was rethought and redesigned (it’s oval, not cylindrical or square). I love reinventions of every day objects that are long taken for granted.
And not that an umbrella matters in a hurricane, but…
mieleeon 07 Oct 08
Great vid. Simple but gets the point across. Wish they had contrasted it with what happens when a standard umbrella is subjected to those winds. My guess is he’d need those goggles for sure.
Rickon 07 Oct 08
Looks like the stealth fighter.
Bon 07 Oct 08
jayenon 07 Oct 08
Stop that umbrella from attacking that man!
Henkkaon 07 Oct 08
Nice idea, and looks good on paper. But not so good when you have it in your hand. Looks goofy when it is folded in to a “stick” and it is not symmetric. And does not fold into a smaller parts.
Jack Chengon 07 Oct 08
I wonder how much coverage the abnormal shape gives you when it’s actually raining. I hate small umbrellas because I end up soaked from the shins down.
Super Bon 07 Oct 08
Actually, the coverage might be better. Since I tend to hold my normal umbrella in one hand, one side is usually more covered than the other. If you angled this umbrella so that the bigger side is over your body, it would give you much better coverage…
I think I saw this umbrella in Batman Returns….
GeeIWonderon 07 Oct 08
They spelled Sens wrong.
And besides, you lose all the romance.
Eric Andersonon 07 Oct 08
Original design but at $54 I would rather a decent rain jacket.
Joost Diepenmaaton 07 Oct 08
@Jason: the Senz umbrellas were invented about two years ago by Dutch students from TU Delft University. Their original website can be found here.
They’re really comfortable, not cheap (but affordable), stylish and great quality. Unfortunately, we still have rain too often.
GeeIwonderon 07 Oct 08
Unfortunately, we still have rain too often.
Careful what you wish for.
Matt Jankowskion 07 Oct 08
And once you’ve bought that umbrella, how will you know when to bring it?!!
pron 07 Oct 08
Looks to me like it turns away from the wind—if the wind is blowing face on, one needs more coverage in front, not in back.
Brian Chiassonon 08 Oct 08
Keeping its shape in high winds makes for an interesting video, but does it actually keep you dry when it rains during normal conditions?
Seanon 08 Oct 08
Since when does wind blow in only one direction? It seems like if a good gust hit you from behind you’d turn into Mary Poppins.
Henryon 09 Oct 08
“Even the shaft was rethought and redesigned (it’s oval, not cylindrical or square).”
What’s the benefit of the oval shaft compared to a cylindrical or square shaped one?
Is it just because it looks nice, or is there a functional reason for it too?
Miguelon 09 Oct 08
They´ve tested on the smaller side only due to any reason or some one have already spoked with the weatherman up there to know what side is the wind came from???.
Justin Bellon 10 Oct 08
Bring it to a bad day in Wellington and we’ll see about its aerodynamic abilities.
jenaon 14 Oct 08
i’ve been looking for a sterdy umbrella…i’m gonna buy one
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