Umbrellas are an important item for any traveller, particularly if you are travelling to a northern hemisphere or Victorian winter.

It is a good idea to buy this piece of equipment before you travel as while on the road you may only find the ultracheap versions at corner stores that may not last to the end of the first day.

Some hikers even prefer an umbrella over wet weather clothing gear to avoid getting clammy. Not the best solution in a windy environment of course.

Many brands claim to be ultaright weight at under a pound (454 grams). Below is a list of umbrellas that are 305 g or less

Waterproofing information: Durable waterproof repellant (DRW) article at Wikipedia


Size is 90cm diameter when open but only a tiny 17cm x 7cm when folded.
Weighs 175 grams.

eagle_creek_nimbusEagle Creek Numbus SL

Protection from rain or sun
Compact, lightweight and packable
For light to moderate weather
Dimensions: 9″ closed / 35″ open
Weight: 3.5 oz. / 90 g
Fabric: Ripstop Nylon, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

golite_domeGo Lite Dome

Despite its minimalist weight, this trekking umbrella is very strong.
8 oz. | 220 g

golite_half_domeGo Lite Half Dome

Our lightest, smallest travel umbrella works equally well as a reliable hiking umbrella.
6 oz. | 180 g

golite_trekking_umbrellaGo Lite Trekking Umbrella

A manual extend/collapse feature, carrying case and grip-mounted compass.
11 oz. | 305 g

helly_hansen_dublinHelly Hansen Dublin

I have version 1 (now in version 3 in 2020) of this umbrella and used it on the Overland track while on the trail to prepare morning tea in some drizzle. This windproof, lightweight umbrella is your favourite travelling companion when the weather changes quickly.
Aluminium and double fibreglass ribs
Three-section aluminium shaft
Metal tips
Slim style
Manual open
PVC cord
190T nylon fabric
Carry pouch
Weight 140g


Lightweight (300g) and compact (folds to 27cm) but sturdy & reliable umbrella features automatic opening and closing.
The ribs are made of aluminium, resin and fibreglass.
“Windproof”. If the umbrella is inverted by the wind: Simply press the open/close button and the umbrella will revert.
Canopy size: approx 96cm coverage.

sea_to_summit_umbrellaSea to Summit Ultra Sil umbrella

Weighs  280g with a stowed length of only 240mm but with a Large canopy size of 960mm

Six Moons light weight umbrellaSix Moons Design

Weight: 6.8 oz – 193 g. Length: 10″ – 25.4 cm. Open Width: 38″ – 96.5 cm
Coverage: 7.5 ft2 or .7 m2. Shaft Length: 20.5″ – 52 cm
Aluminum Frame. Plastic handle. UPF 50+ Rating.