By Jörgen Johansson
Kristian with his handsfree umbrella.
The idea struck Kristian that he could in fact use his baseball cap to hold his light Dome umbrella in place, simply by twisting the cap into this Dennis the Menace-looking fashion. This works really well and the umbrella does not press uncomfortably on top of your head, at least not with this umbrella.
The second problem is of course that you need two attachment points for this to work handsfree. Kristian cleverly knotted a short piece of elastic bungee cord to the wrist loop of the umbrella. This elastic is then attached to the waist belt of the pack or pants. Kristian simply pulls it through the belt, but some sort of hook would probably work as well. The elastic is then tightened a bit using the cord lock and the umbrella is held in place this way. The neat thing about the elastic is that it takes up and gives slack in the slight up and down motion that walking brings.
The umbrella in its shoulder holster, ready to be drawn at the drop of a raindrop.
Kristian has also found that he can carry the umbrella tucked under his arm and the shoulderstrap of the pack. It is safely held in place by the elastic cord that can be attached to some convenient loop on the shoulder strap.
The movie below will show all this in action. Right now I am planning on adding an elastic headband to my umbrella, so that I can wear it like this even without a baseball cap that has a conveniently located hole and strap. The weight of the whole contraption will not exceed 20 grams.
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