Hands-on Gear Review

EEZ-Y Compact Travel Review

The EEZ-Y is a decent umbrella but doesn't live up to claims about wind performance.
EEZ-Y Compact Travel
By: Lyra Pierotti ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 28, 2017
Price:  $25 List  |  $22.95 at Amazon - 8% Off
Pros:  Easy to transport, compact
Cons:  Doesn't perform as expected in wind
Manufacturer:   Eez-y
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RANKED
#8 of 12
  • Rain Protection - 30% 6
  • Ease of Transport - 30% 7
  • Durability - 20% 4
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5
  • Style - 5% 4
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Our Verdict

This is a simple umbrella with a convenient button that both opens and closes the canopy. It was easy to tote around, but didn't edge ahead in some of the other categories such as durability and ease of use. It features a double canopy design which is supposed to help in high winds, but this design did not do much for us in the wind, especially when compared with the Gustbuster Metro.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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The EEZ-Y umbrella is certainly easy to use, as advertised. But it did not live up to some of the marketing claims in our rigorous testing.

Performance Comparison


The Compact Travel umbrella
The Compact Travel umbrella

Rain Protection


The EEZ-Y performed relatively well in the most important category: rain protection. In our OGL Rain Test, raindrops struck at mid-thigh and at the forearm, decent to above-average performance. The canopy is relatively shallow, but it has a larger diameter which ensures decent but not excellent coverage, relative to other contenders in this review. For a similar design with a tad more coverage, check out the Lewis N Clark Umbrella. And for outstanding coverage, nothing beats the Totes Auto Open Wooden umbrella.

The Compact Travel umbrella has a decent canopy for its compact size.
The Compact Travel umbrella has a decent canopy for its compact size.

Ease of Transport


The EEZ-Y is a small, compact umbrella that is easy to toss into a handbag or backpack. It has a very simple, no-frills storage sleeve that keeps it neat and tidy when not using it in the rain (or as a sun shade). For a similar compact model that scores higher overall, we'd recommend the high scoring Lewis N Clark Umbrella, while a super lightweight model with a handy shoulder sling carrying case equals the Swing Trek LiteFlex.

A side-by-side view of the products in this review  complete with a standard yard stick for reference. Compact umbrellas are on the left. From top left  reading like a book: Lewis N Clark  EEZ-Y  Sea to Summit  Blunt  Senz  and Gustbuster; fixed shaft on the right: Helinox  Swing Trek  Glamore  totes
A side-by-side view of the products in this review, complete with a standard yard stick for reference. Compact umbrellas are on the left. From top left, reading like a book: Lewis N Clark, EEZ-Y, Sea to Summit, Blunt, Senz, and Gustbuster; fixed shaft on the right: Helinox, Swing Trek, Glamore, totes

Durability


The Compact Travel umbrella has a similar double canopy as the GustBuster  but did not perform nearly as well in our Wind Test.
The Compact Travel umbrella has a similar double canopy as the GustBuster, but did not perform nearly as well in our Wind Test.

In our OGL Wind Test, the EEZ-Y started shaking, rattling, and whipping around at 25mph and the telescoping shaft started collapsing as if it had not been deployed, but we couldn't get it to click anymore to stay put. The product then inverted easily at 15mph and appeared to nearly damage the spokes. EEZ-Y claims its double canopy design will "ensure incredible resistance to wind gusts up to 55 mph." We question what exactly "incredible resistance" means, in their eyes.

The Compact Travel umbrella
The Compact Travel umbrella

EEZ-Y claims that the tempered Black Metal Shaft and the 9 Reinforced Fiberglass Ribs (compared to the usual 6 or 8) make it stronger than "most competition." In our tests, this umbrella still inverted like nearly all the others, and it did not perform above average. Having 9 ribs meant the spokes didn't line up with one on the other side. Usually, the rib on one side essentially continues on the other side. This standard design seems like it would be stronger, from a simple structural perspective. Perhaps EEZ-Y is onto something, reinventing the wheel, so to speak, but we didn't notice any advantages in our field tests.

The Compact Travel is well put together  but the odd number of ribs don't line up and may have contributed to its weaker performance in high winds.
The Compact Travel is well put together, but the odd number of ribs don't line up and may have contributed to its weaker performance in high winds.

For a similar product that is much more durable, we'd recommend the Lewis N Clark Umbrella.

Ease of Use


The EEZ-Y has a very nice ergonomic handle that features an auto open AND close button much like the Lewis N Clark Umbrella, which we really like for the ease of closing in crowded areas. However, a number of factors made its performance significantly lower than the Lewis N Clark.

The Compact Travel umbrella's canopy open and closes with the same button--when closing  you do have to retract the shaft  however.
The Compact Travel umbrella's canopy open and closes with the same button--when closing, you do have to retract the shaft, however.

The canopy is noticeably heavier due to the overlapping, wind resistant canopy design. The canopy was also very hard to close. Even though the button collapses the canopy, you must then retract the shaft manually, and that took some muscle and technique! The runner nests too close to the handle, making it hard to lock back into place when closing.

Style


The EEZ-Y umbrella is subtle and ordinary. Nothing exciting nor offensive. A similar and subtle model, that scores higher in this review, is the Lewis N Clark Umbrella. There's also the flashy, fun, and funky Blunt XS Metro.

Best Applications


EEZ-Y says this product is a great selection for outdoor events and sport spectating. We agree. It won't handle very high winds, it's not particularly lightweight for the size, but if you find it on sale, you'll be stoked to have it hanging out in the back seat of your car for the sudden downpour at your kids' soccer game.

Value


It is best to find this model on sale, as the standard advertised MSRP, upwards of $50, is shockingly expensive for a relatively low-performance product like this one.

Conclusion


The Compact Travel umbrella
The Compact Travel umbrella

If found on sale, the EEZ-Y won't disappoint. Otherwise, we found many of their claims to be a bit lofty, and if you buy this with high expectations of wind performance, or expect it to be an upgrade from you last bargain drug store umbrella, we imagine you'll be disappointed.

Lyra Pierotti

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