Managed through carelessness to lose years of posts so it will soon be time to start over. Plus, happily, I've been diverted by a travelling life.

No prizes for guessing what will be top of the 2019 New Year Resolutions!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hands free in the rain

At this year´s OutDoor trade fair the German umbrella specialist Eberhard Goebel (www.euroschirm.com) launched the first truly functional 'handsfree' backpack umbrella. The umbrella is easily fastened to any standard backpack with hip belt so both hands remain completely free which is ideal for walkers who don´t want to go without trekking poles in the rain, photographers and loads of other users. A simple harness for use without a rucksack is available. The highlight of this special umbrella is its telescopic fiberglass shaft which is variably extendable up to one metre in length and can be fixed at any height by a small twisting movement. By means of two accompanying turnable clips to be fastened at the front withVelcro strips to the two carrying belts of the backpack the umbrella can be positioned to the right or the left according to the direction of the wind and the rain. The elastic carrying loop at the umbrella handle serves as flexible fastening to the hip belt. A particularly lightweight and highly tear-resistant polyester fabric with Teflon® coating is used for the canopy. The entire umbrella frame consists of elastic and robust fibreglass material; the frame is nearly completely metal-free and so corrosion-proof.