The lightweight Pluvi umbrella is surprisingly strong
A stylish umbrella may look good on your wrist, but most will blow inside out in anything stronger than a breeze. In contrast, Pluvi is surprisingly strong thanks to a unique design.
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No-one knows who created the first umbrella. Written records point to early China, where the emperors demanded protection from the rain in their regal carriages.
Today, such protection is available to everyone. But the design of these simple rain shields has barely changed in the last few centuries. As a result, we are still using umbrellas that will turn inside-out or snap in stormy conditions.
Pluvi wants to make a change. This sturdy travel umbrella has been designed to bend rather than snap in high winds, meaning you won’t get soaked. In addition, it will last much longer than most lightweight brollies.
Is there a travel umbrella that won’t break?
When you think about the great litter problem that is blighting our planet, plastic bottles and bags probably come to mind.
But data collected by the International Trade Center shows that 2.5 million umbrellas are imported to major countries every day. Given that umbrella sales are not rising dramatically, we can only assume that a similar number of umbrellas is thrown away each day.
One of the key reasons for this wastage is poor design — umbrellas break all the time.
Pluvi is something quite different. This durable rain shield has unique supports that flex instead of breaking in stormy conditions. Likewise, the main shaft bends in sympathy with strong gusts.
The canopy is also surprisingly strong. It’s made from microfiber Pongee 210T fabric, which repels water with ease. In addition, this fabric blocks 95% of harmful UVA and UVB rays when the sun comes out.
Even when Pluvi finally reaches the end of its life, the umbrella won’t cause environmental harm. The whole thing is made from recyclable materials, so it won’t add to the waste problem.
Lightweight rain shield
While these pragmatic attributes are very attractive, Pluvi also impresses in terms of style. You would expect nothing less from an umbrella designed in Italy.
Pluvi comes in a multitude of color schemes, but the recurring theme is vibrant colors. The folding design makes the umbrella easy to carry, and it weighs just 9.35 ounces.
“Pluvi is an ultra durable, lightweight and colorful umbrella, with exceptional resistance when subjected to wind stress, and a weight of only 265 grams.” — Pluvi on Kickstarter
Whatever the weather
Wind and rain go hand in hand, so it makes sense to use an umbrella that can survive stormy conditions. Pluvi is also a great choice for anyone who is concerned about the environment.
If this campaign reaches $80,000 in pledges, three more color schemes will be released. They’re good ones, too.
– Kickstarter: Until January 11th
– Pledge: $13.71 USD
– Delivery: April 2019