Only a few things really matter with a travel umbrella -- but they really matter.
It’s all about coverage, durability, size, weight, and, for those of us who ambulate loaded down, a reliable auto-open mechanism and easy close.
The new Blunt XS Metro umbrella is kind of a Humvee of travel umbrellas, armed with a tough radial tensioning system that keeps the 33-inch-diameter canopy from collapsing or flipping inside-out when challenged.
Reinforced patching at the tips keeps them from poking through at pressure points, the nice big auto-on button is handily flush against the shaft, and the two-stage collapse system is smooth and friendly. And, the XS Metro is cute to boot -- with wavy curves along the edge, instead of sharp points.