Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas

Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas

Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas

Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas

There are lots of different umbrellas on sale with most being on the cheaper side or more focussed on fashion than function. So what makes the best umbrellas for hiking and what should you be looking for?

First of all, you need to decide whether you want a compact hiking umbrella or a more durable umbrella with less moving parts. Single pole constructions offer better durability and are generally better in strong wind which makes them ideal for hiking with. That being said, there are significant benefits to both options but you just really need to think about the places you will be using your umbrella.

If you will be climbing mountains and camping out in the middle of nowhere then a single pole design will offer better durability. If you are looking for more of a compact hiking umbrella you can use for travel/backpacking then a telescopic pole design will pack down smaller and often weigh far less.

Features of the best hiking umbrellas

One of the main benefits of umbrellas over waterproof jackets is the complete breathability as well as being able to keep the rain out of your eyes. When you are looking through our list of the top 10 best hiking umbrellas you may already have an idea of what you are looking for but if not, here are some of the features which can make a big difference.

Rain Protection: The primary function of any umbrella is to keep you dry and so proper rain coverage is a must for any hiking umbrella. A large top surface area provides more coverage but will be vulnerable to high wing and less packable. The material is of some importance but the taut nature of trekking umbrellas means that rain is easily deflected and will never pool on top.

Weight: Weight is of high importance to some people while others may not give it any consideration at all. If you are planning on using your umbrella for long distance hiking then you will want something that is as light as possible as well as packable. Lightweight materials can make all the difference but sometimes mean sacrificing durability so finding a good balance is advisable.

Packability: Making the choice between a compact umbrella and a solid pole construction can be tough if you aren’t sure what you will be using it for. If you want something small to whip out whenever it starts to rain then a compact umbrella will serve you best. If however, you plan on using it as part of your tarp shelter or bivi bag sleeping system then only a solid pole umbrella will do.

Durability: Again, this comes down to the choice between tough and durable in high winds or compact and lightweight but lacking in sturdiness. I personally prefer a lightweight hiking umbrella to be made of a single pole and have some wind proofing but I am a little biased as I do often use my umbrellas for shelter building as well as a hiking pole on occasion.

Wind Protection: We all know what happens to cheap umbrellas in high winds… They turn inside out! The best hiking umbrellas are designed to withstand strong winds without this happening however sometimes it is just better to seek shelter. That being said, if hiking in windy conditions is a high probability then getting an umbrella that is windproof is the obvious choice.

Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas


EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella

EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Hiking Umbrella

The EuroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Umbrella is a super strong lightweight umbrella for all kinds of outdoor activities and everyday use. Long distance hikers often choose this umbrella for its reliable durability in strong wind and its lightweight construction. The coated fiber glass shaft is made from a single piece which is highly flexible and tenaciously strong, measuring 25.2 inches both open and closed. High-density fiberglass ribs also help keep the weight down and are described as nearly unbreakable even if flipped inside out. One of the best hiking umbrellas with a single pole design and highly recommended.

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Helinox Trekking Umbrella

Helinox Trekking Umbrella

The Helinox Trekking Umbrella has a 63.5 cm fixed length alloy shaft which is super flexible and strong for total support in high winds. Weighing a mere 220 grams it is ideal for hikers who can strap it to the outside of their pack when not in use or for everyday use where you don’t fancy carrying a heavy umbrella. I would describe the overall look and feel of this hiking umbrella as lightweight quality but don’t let the looks fool you. This umbrella is designed for rugged outdoor use and is a fine addition to your hiking kit.

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EuroSCHIRM Birdiepal Octagon Umbrella

EuroSCHIRM Birdiepal Octagon Umbrella Review

The EuroSCHIRM Birdiepal Octagon Umbrella is made almost completely of non-metal parts which means it won’t ever rust. This lightweight and robust umbrella gets its name from the newly created octagonal fiberglass shaft which although looks very thin, is incredibly tough and flexible. Weighing just 300 grams, it is claimed that it is at minimum just as tough as the birdiepal original and is windproof to a high degree. With a 38 inch diameter and 26-inch length, you can easily strap this to the outside of your daypack or tuck it inside your backpack. If you want something with a little more rigidity to most cheap compact umbrellas then this is a good example of an innovative design which is both stylish and functional.

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Sea To Summit Siliconized Nylon Trekking Umbrella

Sea To Summit Siliconized Nylon Trekking Umbrella

The Sea To Summit Siliconized Nylon Trekking Umbrella is a super lightweight and compact option for backpackers and hikers alike. It has an aircraft grade aluminum shaft which measures 23 inches long when extended or 9.5 inches when closed and is highly durable. The fabric is made of super lightweight and waterproof 30D Siliconized Cordura to save weight but also provide superb protection from sun, wind, and rain. At just 8.5 ounces or 240 grams, this would be considered very lightweight when compared with most other hiking umbrellas. Like all Sea to Summit gear, this is designed to be packable and suited to things like backpacking and everyday use.

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Crown Coast Travel Umbrella

Crown Coast Travel Umbrella

The Crown Coast Travel Umbrella comes in lots of color combinations which are all available in 8 or 10-rib designs, lending to it being one of the best selling umbrellas online. It is designed to withstand 60 mph winds and provides consistent protection from above without ever turning inside out. With a great value price tag and compact 11-inch pack size, it is easy to see why so many people choose this over some of the best rated hiking umbrellas. Did I mention that they come with a lifetime free replacement guarantee?

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EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Umbrella

EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Walking Umbrella

The EuroSCHIRM Light Trek Automatic Umbrella is one of the strongest foldable umbrellas for hiking in strong wind. Weighing 295 grams / 10.4 oz and measuring 11.4 inches closed, the Light Trek automatic is easily packable and lightweight for traveling with. When opened, the length doubles to 22.8 inches with a diameter of 38.6″ inches to give you excellent rain coverage for the size. The aluminum shaft and fiberglass frame parts give this umbrella lots of strength as well as flexibility, and also resist corrosion over time. The automatic button will close the umbrella smoothly and undamaged for ease of use. This hiking umbrella is a great all rounder to keep in your car, backpack, or work satchel and performs in all kinds of weather.

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Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow Hiking Umbrella

Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow 8 oz. Ultralight Hiking Umbrella

The Six Moon Designs Silver Shadow Hiking Umbrella is designed to reflect sunlight as well as deflect water. This allows you to walk in hot and humid conditions and stay both cool and dry without having to wear waterproofs or cover your face in suncream. Weighing an impressive 8 oz / 227 g and measuring 25 ” long you can easily pack this away and a backpack and forget about it when not in use. If you are planning on hiking through hot or humid climates then this would be an excellent addition to your kit for sure.

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GustBuster Metro 43-Inch Automatic Umbrella

GustBuster Metro 43-Inch Automatic Umbrella

The GustBuster Metro 43-Inch Automatic Umbrella has a double canopy design with a 43-inch diameter for total rain protection. Wind tested up to 55+ mph the double canopy allows updrafts of strong wind to pass through the layers of fabric instead of turning it inside out. The GustBuster Metro is approximately 22 inches long when open and 16 inches folded and weighs 17.5 ounces which makes it portable and hiker friendly.

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Senz Umbrellas Original

Senz Umbrellas Original

The Senz Umbrellas Original Storm Proof Umbrella is unique in its design but also in that it can withstand the most wind out of any umbrella on this top 10 list. The aerodynamic shape adapts to the ever changing wind and can withstand sustained gusts of up to 100 kph. By holding the front close to the top of your head the tail end of it actually covers your backpack very well to keep both you and your gear dry. While it isn’t the lightest or most compact umbrella, it is definitely one of the cooler designs and we also like that it is designed to be not just wind and rain proof, but storm proof.

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totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella

totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella

The totes Auto Open Wooden Stick Umbrella has a much more classical style than the other umbrellas on this list and it also has a wooden center pole which will appeal to some people I’m sure. Ideal for shorter hikes or days out in the countryside, the totes wooden stick umbrella feels nice to hold when open and is a pleasure to walk with when closed. For long distance hikers, this is probably not worth considering as the weight is not low at 20.8 ounces. But you might be surprised with the price tag and figure that actually, you could use this umbrella anywhere and treat yourself to one.

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The Montbell Trekking Umbrella also deserves an honorable mention.


We hope you enjoyed this list of our Top 10 Best Hiking Umbrellas.

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