SENZ Umbrella Review. Marry Poppins Watch Out!

The SENZ Umbrella is the most unique umbrella I’ve ever seen and used and that’s saying a lot because how “designed” can an umbrella be? What makes the SENZ different is its aerodynamic shape which keeps rain off your back and withstands up to 70 mph winds. I tried it out and found a couple other unique features that make this umbrella a must have for any rain drenched area.

It’s solid but still lightweight – the first two things I look for in any umbrella. The handle is foamed and rubberized to keep your grip from slipping which leads me to the next unique feature. To open the umbrella, you pull down. Yes the mechanism is reversed but it makes sense. The mechanism you’re pulling on actually becomes a part of your grip. As long as you hold steadfast, the umbrella refuses to invert.

At first glance the shape looks odd but again makes so much sense; I’m amazed no one’s thought of it before. The cab forward aerodynamic shape does two things. Firstly it keeps rain off your back, an issue I find prevalent with traditional umbrellas. This shape also channels high winds across the surface and behind you. I’m almost positive the drag coefficient is significantly less which helps in resisting gale force winds.

At almost 3-4x the cost of a traditional umbrella, you better live in an area where rain is more than a seasonal visitor. Unlike me, conducting this review was difficult since I live in L.A. but I’m resourceful enough to see how well it holds up against a hose and beach winds. I’m happy to report it aced both events.

The SENZ Umbrella comes in 3 sizes. The one is the review is the XL.

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(Left to Right: Senz Mini, Original & XL)

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41 Comments

  • IGreenSpot says:

    ehm… what if the wind is coming from the front ? switch the umbrella ? I don’t think my back can stay dry that way …

  • zippyflounder says:

    Looks pretty good, its real, been tested, shows some clear thought. I do wonder if it will want to weathervane in a high wind, like you get in chi town or HK.

  • Hi, thanks for the review, have a look at http://www.amerone.be for the movies about the Senz, testing the Senz in a windtunnel up to 133 KM/h, jumping out of an aeroplaine with the Senz Umbrella.

    Friendly regards,
    Mike Verdugt
    Amerone bvba
    Belgium

  • iSH says:

    Only truly useful in areas where rain is often AND wind is abundant. Great design none the less, i can imagine a Sci-Fi movie with one of these umbrellas.

  • quite interesting! 🙂

  • carl says:

    there are no images of it when it is down… why is this? what does it look like then, which would be for the majority of its life..

  • zuy says:

    quite interesting this differential design Paul :)but if the wind is back or lateral:)

    • hartigan says:

      Sylus…you live in the past
      What kind of comment is that?

      • Kls Mls says:

        I'm sure you're right… ridicule!?!

        hartigan is quite right.

        I'm sure that this is a quite a good invention.

  • gbeckwith says:

    I’m waiting for mine to arrive. After ordered, I got to thinking, rain never always comes from the front. What if I’m going with the wind? Aerodynamics in this design appeart to dictate that the short edge will always be into the wind. Has anyone tested it that way yet? I would guess not as that is obviously not a good selling point.

  • crazestone says:

    good idea.vrey cool!
    i collect some video about the test of senz umbrella.
    http://www.funhead.org

  • Esther says:

    What I like about this is you could turn it sideways and cover your friend too 🙂

  • Thanks for a interesting, IT JUST OPENS YOUR MIND. In understanding one thing.

    Designs could be quiet quiet different and practical.

  • Sy Klopz says:

    forget the wind, rain–on a crowded sidewalk you'd poke everyone's eyeballs out.

  • Sy Klopz says:

    forget the wind, rain–on a crowded sidewalk you'd poke everyone's eyeballs out.

  • dominick says:

    please bring this to Ireland. Never stops raining here and most of all the bloody wind.

  • Redmess says:

    Marry Poppins – indeed! Even in a light breeze I can feel the umbrella generate lift (head-on wind). Im not sure how bad this would be in a gale 10 wind, as advertised.

  • Redmess says:

    Marry Poppins – indeed! Even in a light breeze I can feel the umbrella generate lift (head-on wind). Im not sure how bad this would be in a gale 10 wind, as advertised.

  • Wim Rijksen says:

    No it won’t. There are no sharp points, all edges are covered with broad, flat plastic caps.
    I’ve used the Senz mini for more than a year now and I’m very happy with it.
    I used it in conditions where other people could not use their umbrellas, or saw them destroyed by the wind. That in itself is so much fun, it makes you feel so much… well… better-than-others, I guess :-P.

  • k says:

    The design of the umbrella causes it to turn towards the heaviest rainfall or wind automatically I’ve found. I used to live in a subtropical area where it rained constantly and found this particular umbrella (large size) much more efficient than others i’ve tried. On a playground (where i used to work), the smaller kids could even huddle under the back part of the umbrella because it was so roomy (and they were k-2nd graders.

  • Harvie says:

    Quality umbrella, can you fit two people under it?

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