Don't put off buying an umbrella – you know you'll only be left red-faced and damp next time the heavens open. Here are five of the best for keeping you dry and happy.
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We could all to with a little more sunshine during the winter months, but failing that the LED 'stars' in this umbrella should at least lift your mood during a downpour. Visible inside and outside the canopy, these lights cycle between a variety of different colours as you shelter from all that annoying sky water.
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As everyone knows, wind is to umbrellas what kryptonite is to Superman. Not so with the grandly named Fulton Titan. This little (big) beauty has been wind-tunnel tested and will shrug off gusts of up to 78mph. Chances are that you'll turn inside out before it does, but until then you can enjoy its comfy gel grip and handy sheath with shoulder strap. At 131cm wide it's big enough for two, and its non-conductive fibreglass frame makes you less of a target for that pesky lightning.
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For a brolly with a touch of secret style, look no further than this. On the outside is a classy black pinstripe pattern, while the inside of the canopy features a classic District Line tube seat cover pattern designed by Misha Black in 1978. Accessorise with a bowler hat and an under-arm Financial Times.
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If you're like us, you'll find you never have an umbrella when you need one, or that you've got one, but it actually isn't raining and just gets in the way. The Gustbuster Metro is just 35cm long when closed but when open its canopy is a massive 110cm. As the name suggests, it won't let you down in a breeze either, as its built-in vents mean it busts gusts of up to 55mph.
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If you're of a nervous disposition and find yourself looking over your shoulder on dark nights, perhaps this is the one for you. Not only will it survive being driven over or stood upon, it's even sturdy enough for fending off an assailant or dispatching a wayward watermelon should the need arise. If it's good enough for the Philippines President's body guards, it's good enough for us.
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