How do you decide the right rain gear for your dogs? First, it is important to consider weather conditions where you live. Second, you will want to consider compactness, weight, durability, and style.
For example, if you are going to be in rough country you will more than likely want something a bit different from a person that will be on the bike trail, so we are here to help you in choosing the right product for you.
In general, there are two different types on the market: compact models and non-compact models. Each has their own advantages and drawbacks.
Compact models are lightweight and smaller when fully compressed. Non-compact models are heavier and don’t collapse to a small and easy-to-carry size.
Despite the drawbacks, they are usually quite sturdy. In this article, we’ve put together some things you should consider when purchasing this rain protection. But first, here’s some information about why you might want to buy one in the first place.
Today, you have the option between “traditional” (non-compact) umbrellas and compact ones. The first ones are classic in their form and usually quite sturdy. The second ones are small enough to carry with you at all times in your day bag, but studies show they seem to be less durable. In both categories, there are different things to consider. The weight, the size of the canopy, and the size when completely collapsed. These factors impact a model’s ability to shield you from bad weather conditions, as well as its ease of use and portability.
Traditional models, also known as non-compact, once were the only type available. To close, the canopy collapses and wraps around the shaft, leaving you with a cane-like stick. To open, the frame slides up the shaft and opens the canopy.
In the traditional models we have studied, the shafts were a single piece of wood or metal, which we found to be quite sturdy. Because their canopies do not compress down, the spokes of the frame on non-compact models don’t have as many hinges. Overall, we found that traditional models, with less moving parts, are a more durable product and capable of withstanding repeated opening and closing. We also think these versions has a lot more style and variety.
Compact or “travel” models are designed to be with you whenever storms begin to brew. They combine telescoping shafts with folding canopies to be highly portable. This type takes up little to no space compared to its non-compact competitors.
They also are a lot more light in weight than the traditional models. They are a great choice for travel, and the only convenient option if you like to keep an umbrella in your bag or briefcase, for sudden bad weather that comes from know where. If you need to be ready for sudden rainstorms on the go, we recommend getting a compact umbrella to keep in your backpack, briefcase, or purse.
The factors that make compact models so easy to transport, also make them less durable. There are a few reasons for this, mainly that there are more moving parts. Repeated use and abuse may weaken the hinges. The extra hinges in compact products also increase the likelihood that the canopy will flip inside-out during high wind. Furthermore, the lightweight shafts of the compact models are less sturdy.
One More Thing
Not only will an overhead canopy keep you dry in the rain, it can also give you some shade from the sun. Actually, parasols were invented to block the sun from us long before the thought of umbrellas come along to block the rain drops. The larger the canopy, the more shade you are going to get, but if you plan on using it for shade when you’re on a hike, a smaller, lightweight, and more compact model will benefit you better from a non-compact model.
On the other hand, if you are planning to spend the day at the beach, you won’t necessarily be concerned about how easy it is to transport, so a model with the largest canopy you can find may be just what you need. Another thing to consider is the color of the canopy. A black color or a darker color will absorb more light and radiate more heat beneath the canopy as to a light colored one.
Wearing a rain jacket is another way to stay dry in the rain, but an overhead canopy offers a few things that a rain jacket doesn’t, the first of which is a large amount of ventilation. This is both a blessing and a curse. A rain jacket protects better against the elements, meaning that if the wind picks up and the rain starts to blow sideways, you’re less likely to get wet. On the other hand, a rain jacket may protect your upper half from rain coming at you sideways, but if it is mid-summer and you live in a hot and humid climate, you’re going to sweat inside the clammy rain jacket material. No matter how breathable a jacket claims to be, if it’s warm and rainy out, you’re going to feel like your jacket has become a personal sauna.
All In All
There are many varieties out there for you to make your choice from. We hope that maybe this information give you a little more insight on things for you to be able to make your choice and pick something a little more up your ally. A person always wants something that will last and withstand the things it was made for. In conclusion, maybe you will be able to make a choice that will withstand the power of mother nature in your area.
Carrying an overhead canopy allows air to circulate around you, and thus keep you more comfortable in the long run. And on a hot summer day, the slight chance that you might get a little wet because you’re using an umbrella instead of a rain jacket may be more acceptable than you think. Happy Tails, Happy Trails!