The bubble umbrella has become an absolute fashion accessory and has one decisive feature: the cover is completely transparent. These are mainly cane umbrellas covered with transparent foil or robust plastic. The individual struts and also the stick remain visible. These parts are made of aluminum or metal. Nevertheless, the umbrellas are quite light in weight and are used in many areas. Whether in photography, at a wedding, or other festivities – the transparent umbrella fits almost every outfit and can become a real eye-catcher even in stormy, rainy weather. In the following sections, we take a closer look at the unique features and popular models.
The transparent design connects all model types. Nevertheless, there are a few small differences in the construction and shapes of the umbrellas. In principle, you can choose between three types:
- Stick umbrella: The cane umbrella is wide, has a large diameter of about 100 cm, and is about 80 – 90 cm long. The long stick and the curved handle are essential features of this model. So it can be used as a walking stick at the same time but needs a robust umbrella tip. Not all transparent models show such a tip. The handle can be curved or straight, depending on the desired grip.
- Bell umbrella: The bell umbrella is a special shape where the umbrella roof is designed as low as possible. So the umbrella surrounds you like a kind of bell on all sides. Especially here, the transparent design is advantageous because you have a sufficient overview despite the umbrella.
- Pocket umbrella: Transparent pocket umbrellas are rare because the foil has to be folded very much, and not all materials are suitable. Nevertheless, some models have been brought to pocket size and can be used quickly on the road. Here the struts are folded again, and the stick is pushed together.
The materials – POE and PVC
The umbrellas mainly consist of two transparent materials to create a special look. These foils are used as PE or PVC and are thin plastics that are stretched on the struts. Both materials have a light talcum powder coating to prevent the individual areas from sticking together. The coating is intended to protect the screen during transport and storage. After the first use, you simply wash off this coating, and a new application is then not necessary. PVC is slightly softer than PE films.
Basically, many manufacturers choose quite thin films to achieve a very low glider weight. This is especially comfortable for you as a carrier. However, the thin films are accompanied by a higher vulnerability of the materials. Cracks or even damage occur much faster than is the case with normal umbrellas.
Design and features – not completely transparent
The most important design feature of the umbrellas is, of course, the transparent look. The simplest models are made completely transparent so that the pole and the individual struts are visible. These can be light-colored or even colorfully coated (for example, red) to achieve a special look. But there are also transparent umbrellas with patterns or motifs.
These are applied to the foils in such a way that the model still looks transparent and, at the same time, colorful. Whether butterflies, mosaics, colorful stripes, or large dots – different patterns appear on the transparent background and remain slightly translucent. So you still keep the overview to all sides. Usually, the umbrella stick and handle are color-coordinated with the design. The latest trend is LED umbrellas in transparent optics.
In view of the good workmanship, every transparent umbrella is provided with a robust edge on the foil. This edge can also be contrasting in color and prevents the foil from tearing or being damaged in any other way. The opening is done automatically or by hand. There is also a sewn-on small piece of foil that holds the umbrella together when closed. For large cane umbrellas, there is even a carrying loop.
The frame (hardware) is made with strong and innovative materials (fiberglass, carbon, aluminum, and iron). There is a round style and a flat screen-style frame for bubble umbrellas.
Bubble umbrellas are very popular with children and also at weddings. On the one hand, these models look quite funny but still look stylish in the rain. The weather is difficult to predict, especially at certain celebrations or wedding ceremonies. In most cases, a photographer is ordered who takes nice pictures of the bridal couple even outdoors.
Is it getting tangled up in low-hanging branches with your umbrella? This can also be interpreted as part of the wearing comfort. If this has happened to you several times and you get scared every time, a special type of umbrella could help an umbrella that is transparent.
If the umbrella is transparent, you can always see through it without having to lift the umbrella at regular intervals. Such a transparent umbrella is also suitable for a wedding as a suitable accessory for the bride, groom, or guests, where the often occurring rain shower can be used.