The Product: The Safety Brite Umbrella
The Price: Online $14.95, plus $7.95 shipping and handling
The Claims: Drip free
Buy-O-Meter Rating: 3 out of 5
Safety Brite Umbrella's claim to fame is its hard-plastic, retractable shell that slips over the wet umbrella to keep raindrops off clothes and floors.
Love the idea of a barrier between me and a sopping umbrella. If only it worked better.
Safety Brite is a big umbrella with a clear-plastic window, reflective top and wide, dull tips, presumably the umbrella's safety features.
When the umbrella is open, the drip guard retracts into itself near the handle. When the umbrella is closed, the guard slips over the wet fabric, shielding car floors and clothes from water.
Where does the water go?
The guard funnels the water to its plastic tip. Just unscrew the cap, and empty the umbrella outside or into a sink.
Clever idea. The drip guard really does protect clothing and rug.
However, the tip/cap malfunctioned in the Safety Brite I tried. First, I couldn't unscrew the cap no matter how hard I twisted.
Finally, I held the cap with a pair of pliers while I turned the handle. That worked, and water spilled out as promised.
But when I replaced the cap, water continued to drip. Then, I couldn't stop the drops no matter how hard I twisted.
Even if Safety Brite had worked perfectly, it's a bit of a bother.
With a regular umbrella, I shake, tie and let drip dry outside or in an umbrella holder. It takes about a minute.
Safety Brite takes a lot longer:
1. Close the umbrella.
2. Cover with drip guard.
3. Collect water in well.
3. Empty water in well.
4. Open umbrella to dry.
5. Close umbrella to stow.
That's a lot of work for a $23 umbrella (including shipping and handling) I'll probably lose on the Metro, anyway.
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