Blunt Metro Review
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|Pros||Unique design, durable, easy to use||Lightweight, durable, easy to use||Strong, excellent rain coverage, stylish||Classy, durable, versatile||Affordable, stylish, ample rain protection|
|Cons||Poor rain coverage, style might be too unique, expensive||Fixed shaft length makes it a bit longer, not as stylish||Large, unwieldy in high winds||On the heavy side, larger for a compact model||Heavy, not as easy to transport|
|Bottom Line||A charming umbrella made of durable materials, but the shape reduces its rain protection||A lightweight, quality choice with notable rain protection and ease of use||This is a fun, well-made umbrella that provides classic rain protection and nostalgia||Classy style and reliable rain protection with all the perks of a compact, automatic umbrella||Fun style with a more encompassing bubble canopy for greater rain protection|
|Rating Categories||Blunt Metro||EuroSCHIRM Swing Tr...||totes Auto Open Wooden||Balios Double Canopy||totes Clear Bubble|
|Rain Protection (30%)|
|Ease of Transport (25%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Specs||Blunt Metro||EuroSCHIRM Swing Tr...||totes Auto Open Wooden||Balios Double Canopy||totes Clear Bubble|
|Measured Canopy Diameter||40"||37.5"||42"||40"||33.5"|
|Depth of Canopy||8.5"||9.75"||10.25"||9"||16.75"|
|Sleeve Included?||Yes, with zip||Yes, w/ shoulder sling||No||Yes, with zip||No|
|Measured Weight (including sleeve)||12.5 oz||10.0 oz (w/case); 8.0 oz (w/o case)||18.5 oz||15.5 oz||16.0 oz|
|Measured Length (collapsed)||14.9"||25.25"||36.5"||14"||35.75"|
|Measured Length (deployed)||23"||25.38"||36.75"||25.5"||35.75"|
|Handle Design||TPR (rubber) grip, inset button operation||High-density EVA hardfoam||Wooden crook handle, button operation||Wooden ergonimic grip, inset button operation||Plastic crook handle|
|Canopy Material||Quick-dry polyester, velcro closure||Teflon-coated polyester, velcro closure||Polyester, velcro closure||300 Thread count water repellent fabric, snap fastener||Thermoplastic polyurethane, snap fastener|
|Support Structure||Polycarbonate fibreglass and anonized aluminum||High-density fiberglass||Wood and aluminum||Steel and fiberglass||Unknown metal and carbonfiber|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Blunt Metro is designed with a unique, almost future-esque canopy shape. The construction is also unique, utilizing polycarbonate fiberglass and anodized aluminum in a way that seems to say "high tech."
This model didn't fare too well in this metric and performed rather average. The shape made us feel more exposed as if the canopy is too small. But the basic measurements aren't that different than most compact models, to our surprise. We measured the diameter to be 40 inches at its widest points, which is actually quite expansive. However, due to the odd shape, its shortest diameter span is just 34 inches. This is quite a difference and likely why we felt more exposed beneath it. The depth measured at around 8.5 inches, which also isn't that far off from others in the group.
It might be best to pay more attention to the smaller diameter measurement since the 6-inch difference from its longest points is significant. Such a gap will most certainly allow for more rain to make its way to you. During our high wind test, however, the canopy performed really well, which we discuss more below. Nonetheless, any wind presence will surely have rain coming in sideways, and the smaller overall footprint of this canopy won't be as protective.
Ease of Transport
The Metro is slightly longer than the most compact models in this review. It is small enough to fit in a shoulder bag or backpack, and it comes with a half-zippered sleeve. The sleeve helps slim up the bulk, and the zipper helps you to access it with greater ease. This umbrella weighed in at 12.5 ounces, which is somewhat in the middle of the weight spectrum: not ultralight but not necessarily heavy either.
The scalloped edges of the Metro seem to help reduce the effects of high winds, but it still only made it to 35 mph before it began to collapse from the pressure of the wind. However, it didn't invert until about 22 mph, which is higher than most compact models in our group. Inverting didn't hurt the skeletal structure at all, and operating the canopy remained fluid and sturdy. The shaft wobbles a bit, but overall the joints, hinges, and moving parts all seem to fit tightly together.
The company claims to have tested the Blunt Classic up to 72 mph or Force 11 winds. That's awesome, but we're not sure how important it is. Most of our reviewers would prefer to be inside when the wind is blowing 72 mph, rain or shine. Bottom line, the model we tested is durable, with excellent manufacturing and quality materials.
Ease of Use
Blunt reports that all their umbrellas feature special tips, which form an integral part of the Radial Tensioning System (RTS). This "system" ensures that the effort used in opening is distributed throughout the entire canopy surface. In our testing, we found that the canopy deployed nice and taut, even and smooth.
When closed up, the canopy overlaps with the handle, which helps hide the auto-deploy button. When you want to use it, it does take a little extra effort to look for the button beneath the slack canopy. But the button is easy to press, and the mechanism is quick and fluid. Some testers found that the trigger would fire too easily, before intended, due to the large button size. Collapsing the canopy requires manual operation, but it is very easy to do, the easiest of all the compact models we tested.
The ribs insert into pockets at the canopy edges, which eliminates pokey tips on the outside. This is one of our favorite features of this product. This pocket system also contributes to the odd design, as the pockets are what protrude out in the scallop shape. It's difficult to say across the board what the style score should be. Some love it, and some think it's too strange. A few of our testers commented that to them, it resembles a flower. Undeniably, it's more at home in Uptown than Downtown.
For us, this umbrella is only worth it if you absolutely love the look of it. It is pricey for the minimal rain protection it provides as compared to the others in our lineup.
The Blunt Metro is unique in a variety of ways. It's made with high-quality materials and stands up well in high winds. The scalloped shape reduces the overall rain protection, however, and for an accessory whose primary task is to keep the water off the user, we think its performance could have been better.
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