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. ūüė•

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!

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Montbell ‘Sun Block Umbrella’

montbell-sun-block-umbrellaHello Adventurers!

Here is a quick video on the Montbell ‘Sun Block Umbrella’¬†which has¬†been a really nice umbrella to use.

It is, for all intents and purposes, a baby chromedome. The weight is not all that different from the chromedome (47 grams / 1.66 oz lighter) but the overall pack volume, or stored length (for when you are not using it) that it offers is a massive savings!

If you are like me and pack volume is precious, it just makes sense going with this little umbrella over the chromedome.

Specs:

mine weighs: 178 g (6.29 oz)
folded length: 25cm (8.9 in)
full length: 53cm (20.9 in)
diameter: 98cm (38.6 in)

The video quality did not come out very well but I did not feel like reshooting it all, but the important stuff is covered in the video.

You can buy this little guy directly from the montbell website and it is priced at $45.00

Thanks for reading,
+John Abela
HikeLighter.Com

As of the time of this being published I am a sponsored hiker of Montbell. I purchased my sun block umbrella as I do with ~99% of my gear. This article was originally published on my patreon page, if you feel like having early access to my article and sharing a dollar a month to help the cause, please consider becoming a patron!

Sun Precautions Ultra Athlete Shirt and Pants

Author (along with his father) wearing the Sun Precautions Ultra Athlete Shirt and Pants on the PCT near Big Bear California.
Author (along with his father) wearing the Sun Precautions Ultra Athlete Shirt and Pants on the PCT near Big Bear California.

Greetings Bloggers,

Earlier this year I set out to find an alternative way of hiking in the hot sunny 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 years. Granted I turn a rather nice shade of golden brown when I get a nice bit of sun on me, but living under the Redwood forest canopy of Northern California for the better part of two decades has not allowed me to keep that nice suntan that I always had while growing up in the Mojave desert. Recently I have been hiking different sections of the PCT in SoCal, and spending time in Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley, trying to find the best route for my Highest to Lowest trail/hike I am planning.

I was able to find a number of different companies claiming that they provided SPF clothing that was in the 15-30 range, but the real stand-out in the sun clothing world was a product line called “Solumbra” from a company called Sun Precaution. This is a company that designs and makes¬†all of their clothing in Seattle Washington USA.

What really makes their clothing stand out from the rest is that their clothing is 100+ SPF.

As most of my longtime readers know, I rarely write reviews on pieces of gear (clothing, shelters, backpacks, whatever) that I have not tested a lot and for a long time. I will typically spend an entire hiking season (or sometimes three or four) before I contemplate writing a review for a piece of gear – this is what makes me stand apart from other authors and gear reviewers in the outdoor community, along with the fact that I traditionally only focus on SUL/XUL hiking. There have only been a few rare exceptions when I have broken that rule of mine, and I think with this clothing from Sun Precaution¬†it¬†is going to be one of¬†those times — the reason being: sometimes a product just proves itself from the very get-go, and this clothing proved itself to me within the first two weeks of me using it. Truthfully, it proved itself within a matter of hours, but I gave it a good three or four days before I allowed myself to whisper to myself “wow, this stuff actually works!

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Snow Peak Ultra-light Umbrella

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.

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