The Umbrella Holster allows you to keep your hands free while protecting yourself from the rain and sun with an ultralight umbrella. It easily attaches to the daisy chain on most backpack's straps. In calm weather you can keep both hands on your trekking poles, while in strong wind or driving rain you can rest one hand on the umbrella to control the angle.
The Umbrella Holster consists of a clip and an adjustable shock cord loop that attaches to your shoulder strap.
Attach the buckle above the sternum strap on your strap's daisy chain and then attach the shock cord loop at the bottom of the daisy chain.
Insert your umbrella into the clip and then cinch the shock cord tight around the umbrella’s handle.
Perfect for use with our Lotus UL Umbrella.
- shoulder strap
With me for 700 miles of the PCT. Heat, sun, rain, snow - could not have done it without my umbrella. The best customer service in the outdoor gear space, too!
The umbrella has worked well, I stayed dry while using it as well as most of my backpack. I’m a bit concerned with the toughness of the material. I scrubbed it against tree limbs several times and it left scars but no holes , time will tell. I am disappointed that it takes so long to receive Zpacks merchandise. I have several pieces of Zpacks equipment and it always takes a very long time to receive my order. I understand some lead time but even small things like an umbrella clip takes weeks. Zpacks does have quality gear though.
Had a little trouble with fitting it to my shoulder strap but that was just me being stubborn. Once in place I have used it twice on rainy hikes and it certainly does the job of holding the umbrella shaft securely in place. I suggest putting the handle of the umbrella inside the pouch Zpacks also sells for a phone. It is very secure when hiking and is oh so pleasant as rain is pouring down all around but you remain quite dry. Be sure to add an umbrella clip and kilt to your gear list for dry hiking.
I hiked the Arizona Trail and the PCT Oregon with an umbrella but did NOT have this handy gizmo. I was constantly fiddling with trying to keep my umbrella secure. I just bought this small, cheap and lightweight holster to give it a try. I have used it now on several day hikes in the desert and it really does help! I still keep the umbrella handle in my Zpacks breast pocket pouch but now have it secured with the umbrella holster and provided cinch cord. It is more secure without pulling out of the cinch cord or pocket. Small pleasure.
I’ve been using a self-made rigging for my umbrella for some time, so I am quite familiar with what works and what does not. The Zpacks Umbrella Holster is bang-on for a solution! Some riggings allow for the upper fastener to be adjustable and that will cause problems. The Zpacks solution uses a fixed point for the upper fastener and that makes all the difference. Pro Tip: Order two — one for either side to allow for wind direction.