Redesigned for 2019 we have expanded the Silver Shadow into a line of umbrellas that offers a variety of options and prices.
Walking across deserts in the blazing sun or through summer rain showers shouldn't be a misery. The Silver Shadow Series provides a large reflective surface on top to deflect sunlight and a black underside to absorb wandering rays, allowing you to walk cooler and better protected. Its coating sheds water easily, eliminating the need to wear sweaty rain gear.
The Silver Shadow Carbon is the crown jewel of hiking umbrellas. A sleek, carbon fiber shaft, spreader, and ribs drop the weight of this umbrella to a mere 6.8 oz while maintaining full coverage. Its rigid shaft insures that it won't unexpectedly collapse and its simple construction ensures years of trouble-free use. The simple design with minimal parts keeps it light and durable. There are simply fewer things to break or malfunction.
Wherever you travel, a Silver Shadow should be part of your kit!
My 20 yo GoLite umbrella broke during a wind gust recently (Jan here in CA). I am enthusiastic fan of umbrellas so I did my research. Given the drought conditions I have not had to open it during the last several weeks. Uber light. Looks strong and buff. I ruck with an umbrella about 4X per week all year. Plus I usually do 3 - 4 Sierra backcountry trips. Oh, I (or rather my dog) did use it when the temps were in the high 70s recently because she has a black coat & needs shade. Happy Trails ...Bruce
Pretty early on in my backpacking experiences I realized the difference between being slightly wet & completely dry was a trail umbrella over just rain gear. The silver shadow has lived up and exceeded my expectations through my first year of long distance backpacking. I primarily hike the Superior Hiking Trial up on the north shore and the overgrowth from trees and the such across the trail in areas can get significant, and I will not lie...I have truly put my umbrella through a trail by fire. Scraping branches, getting hung up on pine trees (not a problem with the size, just my own stupidity), having me slip and fall over onto the poor umbrella due to slippery rocks. After all that described above...not even a scratch on the umbrella! Looking forward to continued use of it through the next seasons!
I far prefer an umbrella to full rain gear...I use this with the gatewood cape and it is wicked light, gives me a ton of flexibility for all weather conditions, and when I get done incorporating it into my neotrekk pack/gatewood cape/silver shadow shelter I will post pics.
Although I've not had the chance to use this nice piece of kit, I look forward to my trip on the Florida trail in the next two weeks, where I plan to use it to the fullest possible manner. It is well made and I expect great things while under it's protection.
Excellent , easy to pack and able to attach easily to pack while hiking.