Gear On The Go

April 26, 2009|By Tribune Newspapers

Name: : Davek Traveler Umbrella

What it is: : Compact umbrella

How it works: : Pretty much like any other collapsible pocket umbrella - until a gust of wind turns it inside out. Then you push a button and the umbrella closes, fixing its inside-out ribs. Pushing the button one more time redeploys the once-again-perfect umbrella.

The good: : The mechanism on this sturdy umbrella works, which means no more hunting for a trash can to chuck your latest wind-ruined umbrella. It's attractive and comes in a range of colors. And it's guaranteed for life - the company will repair or replace it free. Davek will even give you half off on a new one if you accidentally leave it sitting on the train or on a shop counter.

The bad: : It costs $95, a hefty sum. If you're the type who leaves umbrellas behind here and there, you'll feel a lot worse about leaving a $95 one. Maybe if you keep the leather strap around your wrist, that won't happen. The umbrella's strong steel design, made to last, also makes it a bit heavier than the average umbrella, though it's still less than a pound, and telescoping the umbrella to pocket size after the canopy closes takes a bit more strength than average.

Cost: : $95

Available from: : and some Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's stores

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