Zpacks Lotus UL Umbrella
It was great at blocking the sun and flexible in the wind. I used it for hours in a rain storm yesterday and it was so light I barely noticed I was holding it that long. I plan to bring this umbrella everywhere.
Take cover from brutal sun and intense downpours with our Lotus Ultralight Umbrella. We worked hard to develop the world's lightest backpacking umbrella. Weighing in at just 6.8 ounces it is perfect for beating the heat or helping you stay dry in a storm while still being durable enough to stand up to the abuse of a thru-hike. This umbrella will have your back rain or shine!
Polyester fabric with Teflon water repellent treatment.
Silver on the outside to block the sun.
Sturdy but lightweight high density fiberglass components.
Comfortable foam grip handle with adjustable wrist strap.
All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.
Canopy Diamater: 38" (96.5 cm)
Height: 25" (63.5 cm)
6.8 ounces (192 grams)
These things are life savers!
We did a 13 mile hike with a 95 degree heat index and these sunbrellas made a huge difference. Bring your own shade!
Thought it was silly until I used it
As a backpacker I’d always considered an umbrella to be extra unnecessary weight because my hat and sun shirt, or my rain jacket with hood work just fine for sun and rain. However, I recently purchased the Lotus UL umbrella because I needed a way to get my dogs out of the sun on lengthy stretches of exposed ridgeline. I figured I’d prop it up against my pack for breaks and let them lay under it out of the sun. It works great for that purpose and it definitely lowers the air temperature beneath it, which is fantastic for my dogs. A++ What I didn’t anticipate is that I’d actually use it on my pack for myself while hiking. I just always assumed it would be in my way, or wouldn’t stay in place, and what a strange thing to use while hiking, right? Well, I'm a convert now. Turns out this is a piece of gear I never knew I needed until I got it (for the dogs) and used it myself. The thing stays put on my pack strap without wobbling around or tipping to one side as I move. I find that it’s not in my way at all. I love it. Also, when it first arrived I couldn’t believe how light it feels. I mean 6.8oz isn’t a lot, but it really doesn’t even feel like 6.8oz. It feels amazingly lightweight. I now recommend this piece of gear with great enthusiasm and have already convinced one backpacking friend to buy it. She loves it, too. Highly recommend, even if you’re skeptical.
This was a gift for my hiking hubby. He LOVES it!! Great purchase, great company!
High expectations starting good
I bought a regular compact and was surprised at the weight. This one is maybe 1/2 the ounces. Hopefully it will not be needed but if it is, I’m prepared!
Umbrellas are clutch
Used it immediately after purchasing on a 3 day backpacking trip, where it drizzled off and on for 2 of the days. Having the umbrella to quickly deploy/stash for sporadic showers is amazing compared to having to put on rain gear. 5 stars for the umbrella, 1 star for the hands free kit, the little plastic clip that holds the umbrella pole fell off of my Nero shoulder strap loops somewhere along the trail before I even got to use it :(