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Umbrellas

Post by azmike » Jul 13 2009 9:19 pm

I had a great time on this trip and really enjoyed meeting everyone. Stopping at the Rim Side Grill in Pine for the prime rib sandwich was a real treat. I hope to get on a another HAZ outing soon.

The one thing I did learn on this trip was the importance of an umbrella. I get tired of putting the rain gear on and five minutes later taking it off. The umbrella is a no-brainer. I'm going to pick one up for South San Juan, CO. Thanks Joe and Kurt for the idea!

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Post by hikeaz » Dec 16 2009 5:37 pm

Birdiepal Light (8oz.) Trekking Umbrella $14.95 @ Sierra Trading Post item #83143. (Retail @ $39.00)
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Post by Barrett » Mar 19 2013 8:03 pm

I've been using the GoLite for many years and it can't be beat for hikes in full sun and high temps on open terrain 8) . Gone are the days of finding myself hiding in the thin shade of a Saguaro while my brain cooled down! It's also great for some types of rain/terrain combinations.
Unfortunately, several drawbacks limit what types of hikes on which I will take it along.
1) High wind - Impossible to control, dangerous on exposed terrain.
2) Scrambling/climbing - I've tried lashing it to my pack to allow the use of both hands with little luck.
3) Heavy brush/narrow slots - It's durable, but not indestructible.
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Post by outdoor_lover » Mar 19 2013 8:09 pm

Better leave it behind for Devil's Chasm then.... :D :sweat: Especially if you go with me.... :sl:
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Post by hikeaz » Jun 23 2015 2:45 pm

Grasshopper wrote:
joe bartels wrote:Believe I'd scratch any thoughts of my velcro-ing to a trekking pole, too much ridged movement.
I've never had an issue stuffing it in my pack. It's super quick to access when it starts to rain.
I just had to confirm or deny regarding "Velcro-ing it to the trekking pole", so yesterday I went to Ace Hardware and spent $8.00 on 4 @ 3/4" straps..and it isn't going to work: As Joe notes..just can't get it secured tight enough to hold without it slipping down the pole, and attached it makes the pole a lot heavier than I originally thought. As recommended, it will work stuffed inside one side of my day pack.. rising 7" out vs 8" out if attached to the outside of my pack. As long as one is hiking on a well maintained trail it will work fine with a 7" height out, but I am a little concerned about on trail/off trail hiking with tree limbs down to hike under, but I'm sure it will be another good, used gear addition to my already stuffed 25lb+ daypack ;)
As far as the 'sliding' issue you can wrap your hiking pole a few times with 5/8" wide strip of duct tape - that should be enough purchase to stop the strap from sliding.

If the 7" ends up being a deal breaker - you could try this http://www.sungrubbies.com/items/women/ ... detail.htm at 13 oz. it's a bit heavy though. This one saves an ounce over that > http://www.euroschirm.com/schirm/teleSc ... e_land=usa
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Post by Cheerycow » Jun 24 2015 12:21 pm

@Barrett

Yeppers, the GoLite umbrella is excellent...the silvery fabric reflects so much heat. Too bad they went out of business...
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Post by hikeaz » Jun 24 2015 12:36 pm

Cheerycow wrote:@Barrett

Yeppers, the GoLite umbrella is excellent...the silvery fabric reflects so much heat. Too bad they went out of business...


Golite was merely having them private labeled for them - you can buy the same umbrella (albeit somewhat more expensive), under another name >> Euroschirm Swing Liteflex. http://www.keithfoskett.com/different-i ... umbrellas/
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Post by SuperstitionGuy » Aug 19 2015 8:00 am

Something new in the line of umbrellas for those of you that do not have three hands.
http://fortune.com/2015/08/18/phone-brella-umbrella/
Think smart phones or GPS devices as well.... :y:
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by chumley » Aug 19 2015 9:14 am

@SuperstitionGuy
Apparently MY phone isn't making all the connections it should be. Or do I need to buy that umbrella first?
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Post by SuperstitionGuy » Aug 20 2015 8:03 am

@chumley
chumley wrote:Apparently MY phone isn't making all the connections it should be. Or do I need to buy that umbrella first?
It might help if you have a better antenna.
Try hooking it up to your umbrella. ;)
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by joebartels » Aug 20 2015 10:31 am

one gust of wind and kiss that wrist goodbye
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by autumnstars » Aug 21 2015 7:28 am

@hikeaz
Will have to look into trying one. Thanks for the info.
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Post by rcorfman » Aug 21 2015 11:14 am

hikeaz wrote:Golite was merely having them private labeled for them - you can buy the same umbrella (albeit somewhat more expensive), under another name >> Euroschirm Swing Liteflex. keithfoskett.com/di ... las/
You can also get the same umbrella at Gossamer Gear, look under shelters.
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by chumley » Aug 21 2015 11:40 am

@rcorfman
I believe the Gossamer version is a competitor? It has different specs than the GoLite.
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Post by hikeaz » Aug 21 2015 12:16 pm

chumley wrote:@rcorfman
I believe the Gossamer version is a competitor? It has different specs than the GoLite.
Gossamer Gear 'Chrome' Umbrella = Swing Liteflex Silver Trekking Umbrella
http://www.keithfoskett.com/different-i ... umbrellas/
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by azbackpackr » Aug 22 2015 5:53 am

Trail booty!!!: I have one of those GoLite umbrellas which I found conveniently located in the woods while hiking to Pt. Huitzil. A few days later on the trip it came in handy on the Tonto Trail in very unpleasant heat. I have never used it since. HOWEVER, I'll be hiking Supai in a couple of weeks, and I'm glad this topic has come up. Although I find the umbrella annoying, because you have to hold it (and I prefer hiking with two poles, so would have to put one of them away) I will bring the umbrella on that trip. It may come in very handy.
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Post by Shnipe » Aug 26 2015 10:44 am

I wouldn't quite call them converts but I've gotten my 7 year old and 4 year old daughters into hiking more this year than ever. They've had cheapie umbrellas for the sun since the beginning. I figured for 5 bucks they could learn to use them and see the benefit before getting them something lighter and better. Go figure that now they don't want better and want to keep their purple grape and zebra prints.

We did Fossil Springs from the strawberry side and they rocked it the whole way up woth 2pm sun/heat. They would tell a few people who were overheated that they should have brought an umbrella because they're so much cooler (7 year olds joking word play)
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Re: Umbrellas

Post by hikeaz » Nov 10 2015 3:23 pm

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Re: Umbrellas

Post by PLC92084 » Nov 13 2015 9:10 pm

We highly recommend trail umbrellas... Trail tested, hiker approved (ask Liz!)
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Post by azbackpackr » Nov 14 2015 7:05 am

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