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Balios Double Canopy Review

This model is very well made, offering excellent durability and a classy look.
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Price:  $23 List | $22.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Classy, durable, versatile
Cons:  Heavier, bigger for a compact umbrella
Manufacturer:   Balios
By Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 9, 2019
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#3 of 14
  • Rain Protection - 30% 8
  • Ease of Transport - 30% 7
  • Durability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Style - 5% 9

Our Verdict

The Balios Double Canopy is a classy and well-built compact umbrella. The solid wooden handle adds style and feels nice in hand. The canopy is also relatively large for a collapsible model, offering excellent rain protection. This umbrella is on the heavier and bigger side of compact models, but the quality manufacturing and timeless appeal mean it is likely worth it. This is an excellent choice for a variety of uses, from urban outings to business gatherings and international travel. We think this umbrella will easily find its way into your daily rainy routine and add some fashion as well. However, if you're looking to stay classy with a non-compact model, this totes model is our favorite.


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Pros Classy, durable, versatileLightweight, durable, easy to use, simpleLightweight, durable, simple, great for trekkingEasy to use, good quality for price, sturdyLightweight, compact, durable, collapsible
Cons Heavier, bigger for a compact umbrellaFixed shaft length makes it a bit longerSlightly longer shaft compared to other lightweight trekking umbrellasHeavier than some compact umbrellasMore metal joints make it slightly less durable than more expensive models with fiberglass
Bottom Line This model is very well made, offering excellent durability and a classy look.This is an excellent umbrella that will serve well in many situations, for a long timeThis is an awesome, durable, and light umbrella, excellent for trekking, and fun looking for urban use as well.This is an excellent compact umbrella, sturdy for everyday use and small enough to keep with you.This umbrella is an outstanding deal; simple, light, and it will outlast all similar inexpensive drug store models.
Rating Categories Balios Double Canopy Swing Trek LiteFlex Helinox One Repel Easy Touch Lewis N. Clark Umbrella
Rain Protection (30%)
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8
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Ease Of Transport (30%)
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Durability (20%)
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Ease Of Use (15%)
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Specs Balios Double Canopy Swing Trek LiteFlex Helinox One Repel Easy Touch Lewis N. Clark...
Canopy Diameter (inches) 39 in 38 in (not 44.9") 38 in 37 in 38 in
Depth of Canopy (inches) 9 in 10 in 10 in 7 in 8 in
Weight, measured, including sleeve (ounces) 15 o 10.24 oz (w/case); 8.16 oz (w/o case) 7.52 oz 14 oz 10.24 oz
Weight (reported ounces) 7.3 oz 12 oz 10 oz
Sleeve included? Yes Yes, w/ shoulder sling No Yes Yes
Length collapsed, measured (inches) 14 in 24.75 in 24.5 in 11.5 in 10.75 in
Length when deployed, measured (inches) 26 in 24.75 in 24.5 in 22.5 in 21.25 in
Handle Design Straight Wooden, steel shaft High-density EVA hardfoam Foam grip and strap Ergonomic rubberized handle Rubberized non-slip handle
Canopy Material 300 Thread count water repellent fabric Polyester w/ teflon coating Polyester w/ teflon coating Teflon-coated Polyester
Support Structure 8 steel & fiberglass stretchers & ribs High-density fiberglass ribs DAC TH72M shaft 9 resin reinforced fiberglass ribs Durable metal and steel
Warranty One year warranty 2 years 5 years Lifetime 1 year

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Balios is a nice looking umbrella with solid construction and a low price.

Performance Comparison


Analyzing rain protection "in the lab." To verify rain performance  here we turned on the hose and went running through the sprinklers.
Analyzing rain protection "in the lab." To verify rain performance, here we turned on the hose and went running through the sprinklers.

Rain Protection


The Balios is one of the better collapsible umbrellas for its performance in the rain. This model has a relatively large and adequately deep canopy to allow you to nestle inside and have decent coverage.


In our walking Rain Test, raindrops hit us on the forearm and at the knee—very effective raindrop deflection! The 39-inch diameter canopy has a depth of 9 inches, quite large for a collapsible model. The Balios performed similarly to the Lewis N Clark, so if you're looking for a more classy, dressed up umbrella, this might be a winner for you.

Ease of Transport


The Balios is not a lightweight compact umbrella. It is on the heavier and slightly bigger side of the collapsible models we tested. However, the sturdy design and classy look are well worth the cost in size and weight, we think—we prefer products that hold up well with time and use, and better yet, those that look good while doing it!


All that said, this umbrella is still relatively easy to travel with due to the collapsible design. It also comes with a handy zippered sleeve that is easy to slide the umbrella into — it gets even more svelte when you zip the sleeve closed.

The sleeve makes this umbrella pack down into an exceptionally sleek package.
The sleeve makes this umbrella pack down into an exceptionally sleek package.

The wooden handle on the Balios makes it very pleasant to hold in the hand as well, improving our experience when toting it around. We found that this smooth feel made us more likely to reach for the Balios when we wanted a compact umbrella for the day. In this way "Ease of Transport" meant that we favored the product due to an agreeable set of features which, altogether, made it enjoyable to take this umbrella with us on a variety of urban adventures.

Durability


The Balios has a solid feel—and the high-quality materials and manufacturing back up that feeling. The wooden handle is classy and durable. It has an auto open and auto close button that is easy to push and functions reliably.


The shaft is solid steel, a great material for a telescoping shaft. The ribs are mostly fiberglass, but the stretchers and the inner segment of the ribs are steel, which is actually not our favorite use of steel. We would prefer a more flexibly strong material here, such as fiberglass or carbon fiber. If the steel stretchers do get damaged, it is often irreversible as the metal itself can bend and snap.

In our Wind Test, this umbrella performed relatively well. It wasn't particularly strong in the wind—at just 15-20 mph, it inverted easily when it caught the wind under the canopy, and buckled when we braced it into the wind. It did, however, revert easily and without any signs of damage. Roughly 2/3 of the ribs are made of fiberglass, with the rest steel, and this appeared to be adequate to resist damage to the metal parts. The double/split canopy design seemed to help diffuse some of the energy of the wind as well, helping to avoid damage to the umbrella.

The double canopy design of the Balios  shown here  helps it diffuse wind energy without collapsing.
The double canopy design of the Balios, shown here, helps it diffuse wind energy without collapsing.

Of the collapsible umbrellas, this was among the best for Durability. For a truly burly umbrella, check out the fixed length shaft trekking umbrellas, the Helinox and the SwingTrek.

Ease of Use


The Balios is a compact, collapsible umbrella. The telescoping design makes it easy to pack and carry with you without being cumbersome or requiring that you make it a fashion statement like a larger crook handle umbrella.


We particularly liked the auto open AND auto-close function of this umbrella. It was easy to deploy the umbrella, and then close the canopy with a push of the same button. Note that you must collapse the shaft manually and that you can't re-deploy the canopy with the shaft extended (you must completely close the umbrella before re-opening).

The Balios has a classy wooden handle.
The Balios has a classy wooden handle.

Style


The Balios gets very high marks for Style. The wooden handle is timeless and classy, lending a very nice look and feel. The black canopy is very classic as well. The umbrella comes with a sleeve to make it slimmer and more tidy looking, and it features a half-zipper that makes it much easier to get it back into the sleeve, then allows you to further slim it down when you zip it closed.

The Balios looks good wherever you take it.
The Balios looks good wherever you take it.

Best Applications


The Balios is a city-savvy umbrella that can be dressed up for a variety of purposes. It is still compact and convenient enough, however, to take it with you when you're traveling. This isn't the lightest umbrella, and it's a bit bigger than some of the smallest collapsible models, so be sure it fits in your bag of choice. If it does, we're sure you'll enjoy every moment its lovely wooden handle is in your hand and the canopy is overhead, despite the weather.

Value


At just $23, the Balios is a steal. It is classy, stylish, durable, and easy to use. If this umbrella suits your needs, we're sure you'll be psyched on its value.

The Balios umbrella is an effective and stylish shield against the rain.
The Balios umbrella is an effective and stylish shield against the rain.

Conclusion


The Balios Double Canopy umbrella is a good quality, collapsible umbrella for an impressively low price. It is very classy looking, showing as an umbrella that could cost at least twice as much with the smooth and elegant wooden handle and well made solid steel shaft. The mechanics of the auto open/close function are sound, and the materials are durable. This is a great compact umbrella that can be dressed up and is still small and functional enough to be a versatile travel umbrella.


Lyra Pierotti