Clear plastic umbrellas are the tits. The Japanese invented them and they also invented Nintendo and instant noodles, so you know it comes from a veritable lineage. You can get them at your friendly local trendy Asian discount store (like Daiso or Citisuper – you’ll find one anywhere there’s lots of Asians), for around $5. Here’s why I love them:
Ohhh yeah. None of that $50 Oroton BS where you panic if you leave it on the train because it was a graduation present or something. You can grab an extra one with minimal guilt if you’ve been caught in a downpour.
They dry fast
Water doesn’t soak into a solid piece of plastic, so no mould and no damp funky smell.
You can see where you’re going when it’s raining horizontally
This is hands down the number one reason to love the clear plastic – you can see where you’re going with the umbrella held in front of your face, so you won’t be a douche and bash into everyone. You can also dodge the opaque-umbrella-wielding douches bashing into everyone.
They don’t turn inside out easily
Number one pet hate here – I’m looking at you, crappy Oroton collapsible umbrella.
You can patch them up with sticky tape
It’s arguable whether a $5 plastic umbrella is worth patching up, but it’s doable, easy, and not obvious.
Grab one for the rainy spring weather!