Most umbrellas are designed to provide shelter from raindrops falling on your head. But what about when the downpour is pelting you from the side? That might be a good time for an umbrella canopy that is not just wide, but also deep.
That’s the playful and practical concept behind the Goggles Bubble Umbrella. The umbrella’s deep birdcage-shaped canopy frame has a big goggle-shaped cutout with a transparent plastic insert so you can see in front of you while under cover.
The designers couldn’t resist playing a little more off the underwater theme by topping off the umbrella with a periscope-shaped plastic cap, for a whimsical submarine motif. The U-shaped handle is slip-resistant rubber.
The Goggles Bubble Umbrella is available in yellow or gray. It is also available in black with green tinted PVC goggles, that are meant to simulate a night-vision look, without actually providing night vision. Why? Don’t know, but looks kind of Batman-ish.
Goggles Bubble Umbrella in yellow, gray or black is $32 at www.ellaumbrella.com.