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Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

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Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

Greetings Adventurers,

Ok, I feel kind of funny writing a review about an umbrella… just gotta say.

Over the years I have hiked with very few other hikers, probably less than 25 all put together, but the one constant piece of gear that every single hiker that I have hiked with has, is a good hiking umbrella.

My true love is, and probably always will be, the “GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella”. It is one awesome all weather umbrella! It is the leader of the pack and by far the most used umbrella on most of the long distance trails here in the USA. But, it is also a heavy umbrella, at 230 grams (8.11 ounces).

As my readers well know, I spend a whole lot of money in order to save an ounce here and an ounce there as much as I can. So there are times when the necessity of the GoLite Chrome are just not warranted, and thus I am able to go out with a lighter weight umbrella. During the summer and shoulder season I have been fully committed to the GoLLite Chrome, but when I do not need the weight of that umbrella, when it is not hot and sunny outside, it offers me the ability to take the significantly lighter weight Snow Peak Ultra-Lite Umbrella.

Here are the specs:

133.243 grams (4.7 ounces)

8.6″ in length when not in use

21.5″ in height when fully extended.

37.5″ in width when fully opened

 

Snow Peak Ultralight Vs GoLite Chrome:

Two very important differences between the Snow Peak Ultra-Light and the GoLite Chrome:

Snow Peak UltaLight GoLite Chrome
Height: 8.6″ 25″
Weight: 4.7 oz 8.11 oz

 

Compactness:

The biggest difference between the two, is the height of the two umbrellas.

Check out this photograph below to see just how big of a difference there is!

Size Comparison of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

Size Comparison of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

 

UV Protection:

Below is a comparison photo of the inside of each of these two great umbrellas.

The GoLite is coated in black to help reduce light reflection in very bright conditions, and it has a reflective coating on the top.

The inside of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

The inside of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

The top of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

The top of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella and the GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

 

Inner Workings:

Here are the internal working of each of the umbrellas:

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

One of the important features of a hiking umbrella is how deep they are, here is a way I measured that:

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

GoLite Chrome Dome Trekking Umbrella

 

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella: A Folding Umbrella

One of the more unique parts of the Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella is how it is a folding umbrella. It does this in order to reduce the overall height, a good thing when bulk/volume space is limited, and at first I thought it was a bit cumbersome and a potential break-point. However the folding mechanisms have held up very well and I have not had any failures, and I have not found myself annoyed at having to take the extra time to fold up the extra part each time I stop using it.

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella - Folding Up

Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella – Folding Up

 

 

Thru-Hiker Worthy Umbrella?

Perhaps. It all has to do with the lack of UV reflective coating. That is so vital for thru-hikers in desert areas. Outside of the sun intense areas, yeah, make the switch to the Snow Peak Ultra-Lite Umbrella away from the Chrome and save yourself 50% of umbrella weight.

 

Heavy Rain Friendly?

Yes. In regards to dealing with a heavy downpour I would put this almost as good as the GoLite Chrome. It can handle a beating.

Message Friendly?

Nope. I have no idea who took this photograph, nor who the hikers are, but this is one of the best photographs of hikers using an umbrella I have ever seen!

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PCT Hikers – What an awesome idea!!!

 

Final Thoughts:

I love the Snow Peak Ultra-Lite Umbrella! It provides me a much smaller umbrella for the summer time when I am using a much smaller backpack. It provides me a great around-town and on-the-trail umbrella. It is one of the lightest compact umbrellas I have found. It is fairly priced. It gets the job done that I ask it to do!

Thanks,
+John Abela

In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that the products mentioned within the content of this article were not supplied to me in exchange for services. All products mentioned within the content of this review are free of endorsements between myself and the manufacturers and meets all FTC 16 CFR.255 compliance requirements.

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Written by John B. Abela

March 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

Posted in Gear Reviews

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  1. I too have the SnowPeak umbrella and have used it on a couple of trips. I can’t remember if you also use trekking poles…If so how do you manage the umbrella? I’ve put my poles in my pack to allow me to easily carry the umbrella and I’ve tried tucking the umbrella handle under my shoulder straps.

    How do you use the umbrella on the trail?

    Kevin Babione

    March 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

  2. It looks like Gossamer Gear and Snow Peak (!!!) have tweeted this article!!

    John B. Abela

    March 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    • John
      As someone who likes measuring things, do you know how much heat difference there may be under the umbrella depending on whether it’s the Chrome Dome or regular color/coating? Thx JD

      jdrower

      March 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

      • That is something I do not have any specs on. And having never used it out under the hot sun of the desert I would not be able to share from personal experience. I am (hopefully) heading down to the PCT kick off in SoCal at the end of April, so if I remember to take it, I will test it out for a bit and see.

        John B. Abela

        March 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

        • John – Will be starting north in the NM desert April 1 and even tho’ I have a red Golite brolly, decided a few degrees might have an impact on comfort level, so just ordered the Chrome Dome.

          I’ve always enjoyed the KickOff more than Trail Days.
          JD

          jdrower

          March 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

  3. I’ve never seen a hiker use an umbrella. {redacted} But I might have to give it a try just to see. Do you prefer an umbrella over a light rain jacket or poncho?

    Adventure

    March 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    • I prefer both. My 135gram rain jacket is used as a rain jacket, a wind jacket, a quasi-vbl at night, and to help control my core temperature and reduce thermoregulation that my body has to expend energy doing. An umbrella helps with thermoregulation and the mental part being wet or really hot, while long distance hiking.

      John B. Abela

      March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  4. Hi – what are your comments on the Go Lite collapsible chrome trekking umbrella with case. It’s 305g (11oz) so heavier then the longer Chrome Dome, but do you think that’s offset by being more packable due to it being able to be folded?

    Holychic7

    March 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • Hello, I honestly did not even know that they sold a Chrome that was collapsible.

      Would be interesting to know what the weight of it is without “the case”.

      John B. Abela

      March 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

      • Not sure. It’s on the Go Lite website when I checked after reading your article. I’d ‘assume’ the case would just be a light slip in nylon number similar to any generic fold up umbrella?

        Holychic7

        March 13, 2013 at 5:43 am

  5. Hi – Check out http://www.euroschirm.com/schirm/teleScope_handsfree/ they have a uv coated trekking umbrella slightly lighter (7.3oz) than the Chrome and other interesting models such as the hands free

    James

    March 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  6. […] weather of Southern California. Something that did not involve me getting sunburned or carrying the heavy 8.11 ounce GoLite Umbrella that I and many other long distance hikers have used for year. Granted I turn a rather nice shade […]


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