Hailed as a “new era in weather protection”, a company in Boston, US, have launched a lightweight hands-free umbrella known as the Nubrella. It’s designed to strap on to your back and covers your head and shoulders with a canopy. Take a look:
According to the company, the Nubrella is designed for anyone and everyone who enjoys an outdoor lifestyle. From construction workers, postmen and women, dog walkers, hikers and photographers.
The Nubrella, designed by product design and engineering firm, Tool Inc, claims to be invertible in rain, snow and winds up to 40mph. It features a back support panel which holds a foldable canopy in place above the head. The user wears the Nubrella like a backpack and additional straps hold the canopy in place for a secure fit on windy days. A backpack can also be attached to the support panel, to store and carry things around.
While carrying a canopy over your head may not be to everyone’s taste, once the novelty wears off the Nubrella seems quite a useful gadget. In heavy winds and rain, coat hoods can easily get blown off. Likewise, hoods can sometimes obscure your view. Something which is extremely frustrating for photographers, patiently waiting for the perfect shot.
At the moment, the Nubrella and backpack package is priced at $79.99 (£64) in the US and $109.99 (£88) for the rest of the world. While quite considerably more expensive than an umbrella, it does seem to fill a particular need in the market.
Featured image of a photographer using the Nubrella. Photo: Nubrella’s Facebook page