Six Moon Designs introduced Carbon Fiber Sun Umbrella

Carbon Fiber Handle & Ribs of the Six Moon Design ‘Silver Shadow Carbon’ Umbrella

Our good friends over at Six Moon Designs have brought to market two new sun umbrellas made with carbon fiber, to help reduce weight of our favorite sun umbrellas.

In addition to the standard ‘Silver Shadow‘, which is the old ‘Chromedome’ umbrella, Six Moon Designs now offers the ‘Silver Shadow Carbon‘ and the ‘Silver Shadow Mini‘.

The weight difference between the standard and the carbon version is 59 grams (2.08 ounces) and there is a price difference of $20.00

For the Silver Shadow Carbon both the handle and the ribs are carbon fiber.

For the Silver Shadow Mini only the ribs are carbon fiber. 😥

Back in 2016 I published an article on the Montbell ‘Sun Block Umbrella‘, which is the “baby chromedome”, or, the “mini” as Six Moon Designs calls it.

The differences between the Montbell version and this new one from Six Moon Designs is that the ribs are carbon fiber, and the Shadow Mini is $10.00 less than the Montbell version.

Specs:

Silver Shadow:  $25.00
Weight: 252 grams (8.89 ounces)
Length: 25 inches (63.5 cm).
Open Width: 37 inches (94 cm)

Silver Shadow Carbon:  $45.00
Weight: 193 grams (6.80 ounces)
Length: 25 inches (63.5 cm).
Open Width: 37 inches (94 cm)

Silver Shadow Mini: $35.00
Weight: 193 grams (6.80 ounces)
Length: 10 inches (25.4 cm).
Open Width: 38 inches (96.5 cm)

Thoughts:

I was a fan of the large size chromedome umbrellas for many years. Than I discovered the Montbell baby size version and it quickly became my umbrella of choice.

While setup/takedown does require a bit more work, the smaller pack size just appealed to me.

When one figures they might hike thousands of miles and only use an umbrella for a few hundred, the smaller pack size makes more sense, to me at least.

That said, a few of my friends that are triple crowners have tried using the mini/baby montbell version and have had it break on them. While I have never had that happen, just something to keep in mind; it is less durable then the full size umbrella.

Of course, one should also remember that on trips where you plan on having a whole lot of sun beating down on you (pct, cdt, arizona trail, etc) wearing some high quality sun protective garments is also highly advisable. Melanoma is no joke, cover yourself folks!

One thought on “Six Moon Designs introduced Carbon Fiber Sun Umbrella

  1. This is neat but the carbon fiber umbrella is only one half ounce less than my old Go Lite Umbrella. $45 for a half ounce is over my limit.

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