Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella

Last updated date: October 3, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 121 expert reviews, the Lewis N. Clark Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Umbrella for a detailed review of all the top umbrellas.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
20 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.6
1,002 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It only weighs 10 ounces, but its sturdy design and water-resistant material are designed to protect you through all types of weather. The storage sleeve is mold-resistant and has a carry loop.
- Road Affair
August 10, 2019 | Full review
The 38-inch canopy is made using lightweight, water resistant polyester that drys quickly. The shaft and ribs are made from strong stainless steel that guarantees the umbrella to maintain its shape in windy conditions.
- V Best Reviews
Folds to an incredibly compact 11 inches, has a canopy constructed with lightweight and mildew resistant polyester, has a storage sleeve with a nifty carry loop that can hook to your backpack or suitcase, and even comes in four bright and funky colors!
- Sher She Goes
This umbrella has been made with using a water-resistant polyester material that takes a very short time to dry. This material is similarly mildew-resistant.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
Made of water resistant material which is a quick drying polyester. The polyester is also mildew resistant. It is compact.
- Best Top Now
A high-performance full-size umbrella model that folds down to a conveniently portable compact form. Has an automatic open/close canopy by simply pressing a button. Made from durable yet lightweight, water-resistant, fast-drying fabric, along with a sturdy shaft and ribs made of long-lasting steel.
- Noble Rate
A lightweight 10 ounces. It features a 3 fold chrome plated steel shaft and metal ribs.
- Globo Turf
The canopy is made from heavy duty and has high water resistant and mildews thus prevent foul smell if you wrap it wet. Its frame is manufactured from a combination of metal and steel to deliver extended durability.
- AmaPerfect
August 31, 2019 | Full review
Very lightweight and retracts to a small size. To repel water and make it more waterproof, the fabric is coated with Teflon.
- Industry Ears
May 5, 2019 | Full review
Water resistant, quick to dry, opens and closes automatically.
- The Gear Hunt
It is a full-size model that can fold down to a compact form for easy portability. Its 38-inch canopy opens and closes automatically at the simple touch of a functional button.
- Savant Magazine
Rated by the Wirecutter as the best umbrella 2 years in a row, it survived being turned inside out 20 times in 30mph winds without breaking.
- Travel Vivi
Will stand the test of time. You won't be out much money.
- Wiki EZ Vid
September 21, 2018 | Full review
Available in five color options, it can pop open and shut with one button push.
- Tiki Touring Kiwi
November 6, 2016 | Full review
A very solid choice for an everyday travel umbrella. The best value on our list. Has a 38 inch polyester canopy which has a “Teflon-like” coating.
- Groom and Style
August 31, 2019 | Full review
The retractable frame and shaft stayed secure even after a gust.
- New York Mag
March 29, 2019 | Full review
Compact and easy to use. An excellent purchase that will last a long time, and still affordable enough you won't be heartbroken if you lose it or the dog eats it.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The low price on this umbrella is definitely a great selling point. Offers five different colors and has an easy to use button for opening and closing in a snap.
- My Outdoors Life
Features a quality design and durable build so it’s very well suited for traveling with. The automatic open and close makes it easy to use. When it’s opened you’re able to enjoy 38- inches of rain protection.
- StefanRTW
June 8, 2015 | Full review
It folds to just 11” in size and comes in 5 different colors. The 38” canopy automatically opens and closes. All you have to do is press the button, and it will open and close on its own!
- OneBagger
What experts didn't like
It cannot withstand very strong winds. It also lacks strengthened fiberglass .
- Best Top Now
Can accidentally press the button and close the umbrella on you.
- The Gear Hunt
Can only handle winds up to ~30 mph which is on the lower end of the list.
- Tiki Touring Kiwi
November 6, 2016 | Full review
For the low price you can’t expect much more than the basics everywhere else.
- Groom and Style
August 31, 2019 | Full review
The canopy of this compact version doesn’t pitch that high, so side-rain (it comes from all directions!) was an issue. I found that if I angled it too far one way or the other, drops from the umbrella would hit the back of my pants, too, because its coverage was just not enough (it’s 38 inches across).
- New York Mag
March 29, 2019 | Full review
More metal joints make it slightly less durable than more expensive models with fiberglass.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Not very wind-resistant.
- My Outdoors Life

From The Manufacturer

Weighing in at just 10 ounces, the Lewis N. Clark umbrella is perfect for traveling and the everyday. Constructed of sturdy metal ribs and a 3-fold chrome-plated steel shaft, along with lightweight and flexible fiberglass tips, the rust- and corrosion-resistant frame offers protection against both rain and wind. The water-resistant material as well as the ample 38in canopy ensure that you’ll stay as dry as possible whether you’re walking to your car or to the Eiffel Tower. The accompanying mold-resistant sleeve effortlessly slips into totes, handbags, duffels, briefcases, and glove compartments, making it easily accessible no matter where you go. Additionally, the rubberized non-slip handle makes it easy to hold the umbrella against high winds. With its automatic open/close button, you’ll have one hand free for holding your coffee, opening doors, pulling along your suitcase, or even talking on your phone. Additionally, the pressure required to open the canopy will ensure that it doesn’t accidentally open while it’s being jostled around in your purse or bag. Rated by the Wirecutter as the best umbrella 2 years in a row, it survived being turned inside out 20 times in 30mph winds without breaking during their trials. Available in both classic black as well as bright colors to distinguish yours from the crowd, this umbrella will help protect you and your belongings from the elements. Rainy days no longer have to be gloomy days!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 56
2. Sharpty Inverted Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Fidus Compact Travel Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Z ZAMEKA Double Layer Inverted Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0
6. ABCCANOPY Compact Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 0
7. SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Lewis N. Clark Travel Umbrella
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 20
9. NOOFORMER Mini Travel Umbrella
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
10. SWING TREK UMBRELLAS Trekking Umbrella
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Umbrellas

Being stuck outside on a rainy day is no fun, especially if you can’t afford to show up at your destination soaking wet. A good umbrella can get you from Point A to Point B with your hair and clothing completely dry. But there are plenty of things to think about if you’re in the market for an umbrella.

One of those things is wind. If you’ve ever tried to navigate through a rainstorm involving wind, you know a poorly designed umbrella quickly becomes useless. Umbrella manufacturers now realize this and, in an effort to win your business, are finding ways to strengthen their designs to make their products more productive. Look for an umbrella with extra ribs designed using materials like fiberglass and metal if you’re concerned about wind gusts.

The problem with rainstorms is that you’ll eventually arrive at your destination, which means you’ll need to store your umbrella. Whether that means sliding it into your bag or setting it on the floor, drips will be a nuisance. Some umbrellas have a finish that repels water, which not only reduces the risk of leaks, but also makes drying easy. With the right umbrella, you can just shake it a few times and slip it into your bag.

Another way to solve the dilemma is to go with one of the inverted designs that have become so popular in recent years. An inverted umbrella turns the original design completely around, folding inward when you’re finished using it. That means the part of the umbrella that was exposed to the elements is now on the inside, with the much-dryer underside of the umbrella now facing outward. You can then set the umbrella in a corner and wait for it to dry without worrying about drips.

If you’ve gotten used to a push-button open and close on your umbrellas, you may take for granted how easy it is. Those who prefer the automatic-open feature should make sure the mechanism is reliable. With some automatic umbrellas, the button wears out over time, or you have to push extra hard to make anything happen.

DYWM Fun Fact

It may seem hard to believe there was a time when people had no way to cover themselves in the rain, but the first umbrellas were designed for sunshade. Umbrellas first appeared 4,000 years ago as parasols. It wasn’t until China figured out a way to waterproof their umbrellas that they began to use them to keep water away. These early umbrellas were merely paper parasols covered in wax and lacquer. Umbrellas hit the mainstream by the early 1800s, with the first umbrella shop, James Smith and Sons, opening in London in 1830. The shop is still open today and offers repairs and upscale umbrellas, as well as walking sticks.

The Umbrella Buying Guide

  • Dealing with a wet umbrella once you’re out of the rain can be a pain. The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella uses Teflon, similar to what you probably have on your nonstick pans. Water rolls right off of it, which means when it’s time to step inside, just give it a shake and you’ll be drip-free. The SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella uses 210T pongee fabric, which notoriously resists water.
  • Another way to get around the drip issue is to go with one of the many inverted umbrellas being sold today. Both the Sharpty Inverted Umbrella and Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella contain the water inside as you pull it downward, keeping the upper part on the inside as the dry outer part takes the outside role. This means you can simply fold it up and set it in a quarter or slide it into a bag.
  • If you’ve ever dealt with the wind turning your umbrella inside-out, you know how frustrating it can be. You need your umbrella to hold up, even in the stormiest weather. The Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella uses 12 aluminum ribs to stand up against wind, while the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella builds in nine resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs. The eight fiberglass ribs in the SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella are built to tackle winds of up to 60 miles per hour.
  • Comfort is an issue with umbrella handles, particularly if you’ll be carrying it for several blocks. The Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella features an ergonomic, rubberized, slip-proof handle, along with a wrist strap, to keep awkwardness at a minimum. The Sharpty Inverted Umbrella has a C-shaped handle that makes it easy to maintain your grip, and the contoured, padded design on the Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella keeps you comfortable.
  • If you’re looking for an umbrella you can have with you “just in case,” the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella and SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella are built for portability, weighing 14.4 ounces and 12 ounces respectively. They’re easy to slip into a tote bag or suitcase when you’re not using them.
  • As convenient as portability is, though, keep in mind that you might sacrifice protection from the elements. The SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella and Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella are best for one person, and the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella may not keep your belongings as dry as you’d like. If you need more coverage, consider an umbrella with a much larger canopy like the Sharpty Inverted Umbrella or the Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella.
  • If you’ve gotten used to an automatic-open umbrella, you may not want to go back. While some umbrellas do still require manual operation, the Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella, Bodyguard Inverted Umbrella and SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella feature automatic open and close. This means you can operate your umbrella using only one hand if necessary.
  • The way your umbrella looks may be important to you. The Sharpty Inverted Umbrella comes in a wide variety of designs and colors to let you express your personality. The SY COMPACT Travel Umbrella has four design options and two solid colors, black and red.