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Pendleton Umbrella Review

A straightforward and stylish product with average weather protection and durability
Pendleton Umbrella
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Price:  $35 List
Pros:  Stylish, compact, fair durability
Cons:  Average rain protection, not the easiest to use
Manufacturer:   Pendleton
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2021
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  • Rain Protection - 30% 5
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 7
  • Durability - 20% 6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 5
  • Style - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Pendleton Umbrella is basic in its construction and function, performing average or just above average in metrics like rain protection, durability, and ease of use. Compactness and style are what stand out for this model. It has a button to deploy the canopy automatically, and the handle is made with wood. Collapsing the canopy requires manual operation, which is somewhat easy to accomplish, though we did pinch ourselves quite a few times. Best for casual use with some versatility due to its style, don't expect technical prowess from this otherwise standard product.

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Pros Stylish, compact, fair durabilityStrong, excellent rain coverage, stylishClassy, durable, versatileAffordable, stylish, ample rain protectionCompact, wind vent, adequate rain protection
Cons Average rain protection, not the easiest to useLarge, unwieldy in high windsOn the heavy side, larger for a compact modelHeavy, not as easy to transportA touch heavier than other compact models, plain style
Bottom Line A straightforward and stylish product with average weather protection and durabilityThis is a fun, well-made umbrella that provides classic rain protection and nostalgiaClassy style and reliable rain protection with all the perks of a compact, automatic umbrellaFun style with a more encompassing bubble canopy for greater rain protectionCompact, easy to use, and affordable, this umbrella gets the job done without costing more than it should
Rating Categories Pendleton Umbrella totes Auto Open Wooden Balios Double Canopy totes Clear Bubble AmazonBasics Automa...
Rain Protection (30%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
6.0
Ease Of Transport (25%)
7.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
5.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Style (10%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Pendleton Umbrella totes Auto Open Wooden Balios Double Canopy totes Clear Bubble AmazonBasics Automa...
Measured Canopy Diameter 37.5 in 42 in 40 in 33.5 in 38 in
Depth of Canopy 7.5 in 10.25 in 9 in 16.75 in 8 in
Sleeve Included? Yes No Yes, with zip No Yes
Measured Weight, Including Sleeve 13.0 oz 18.5 oz 15.5 oz 16.0 oz 14.0 oz
Measured Length (collapsed) 11.9 in 36.5 in 14 in 35.75 in 11.5 in
Measured Length (deployed) 21.25 in 36.75 in 25.5 in 35.75 in 21.5 in
Handle Design Short wooden handle, inset button operation Wooden crook handle, button operation Wooden ergonimic grip, inset button operation Plastic crook handle Short, Comfort-Grip handle, inset button operation
Canopy Material Polyester, velcro closure Polyester, velcro closure 300 Thread count water repellent fabric, snap fastener Thermoplastic polyurethane, snap fastener Polyester, velcro closure
Support Structure Unknown metal Wood and aluminum Steel and fiberglass Unknown metal and carbonfiber Steel

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pendleton Umbrella is made with polyester and unknown metal components. The canopy is octagonal, which is fairly standard for compact models. The construction is sufficient for casual, everyday rainy needs, just not the best of the best when compared to all the others in our review.

Performance Comparison


The canopy is on the smaller side as compared to the others in our...
The canopy is on the smaller side as compared to the others in our reivew.
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Rain Protection


We measured the canopy diameter on the Pendleton to be 37.5 inches with a depth of around 7.5 inches. This is on the smaller side of the spectrum compared to others, made more apparent by its shallower depth. Other models that were similar in diameter had a greater depth to compensate. Because of this, the canopy doesn't offer as thorough of protection. Wind resistance was average as well, as determined by our high wind test, which is discussed in the Durability metric. Having average performance scores, mind you, doesn't necessarily mean a lack of effectiveness. We still think that average is adequate and very much useful.

Since the depth is on the shallower side, it tends to catch wind...
Since the depth is on the shallower side, it tends to catch wind more easily.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Ease of Transport


This metric is where this product scores the best. We measured the packed length to be 11.9 inches, which is pretty standard for compact models. We measured the weight to be around 13 ounces, which is heavier than is traditional for the compact size, but not to the degree that is cumbersome. You can easily pack this umbrella into a bag, backpack, or large purse, especially when it's slimmed down by its sleeve.

Easily packed and stowed, its weight isn't the lightest but not...
Easily packed and stowed, its weight isn't the lightest but not heaviest either.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Durability


The metal on the Pendleton is durable enough to feel sturdy while in use. During our high wind test, the canopy inverted at 15 mph, which we found to be typical for compact models. When directed head-on into the wind, the max speed before it began to collapse was 40 mph, which was also standard for most of the models in our review. This shows that the durability is fair and notable, just not as outstanding as some of the key players.

The construction is durable enough for 40 mph winds.
The construction is durable enough for 40 mph winds.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Ease of Use


Despite its compact and automatic design, we found during our testing that this umbrella was consistently difficult to use. The auto-deploy feels strong, and the canopy was taut every time, but collapsing the canopy is where some of the issues started for us. The grip for pulling the shaft down toward the handle is on the smaller side and has to be brought quite close to the edge of the handle itself. Since the handle is made of wood, it has sharper, more defined edges to it, so the motion of bringing the runner down to the handle often ended with our hand getting pinched. The button also doesn't automatically collapse the canopy for you --there's no way around having to manually perform this motion. Too, the auto-open feature means that tension is required for it to function, needing a lot of muscle to close and reset everything. Not particularly convenient in our minds. Lastly, the handle itself is slippery when wearing gloves and overall too smooth for optimal control.

The handle is a bit slippery to grip, especially when wearing...
The handle is a bit slippery to grip, especially when wearing gloves. You can also see how little space there is between the handle and the black grip for the shaft runner, causing our hand to get pinched often.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Style


At face value, style is high for this model, as expected from a brand like Pendleton. In true brand theme, the patterns used are indigenous and geometric, and therefore fun and versatile. The wooden handle also adds a bit of elegance. However, it's difficult to talk about this brand without mentioning their ethical past and present. For a more thorough discussion on how the brand has and continues to appropriate cultural designs, we encourage doing some added reading.

The color scheme of the one we tested is enjoyable, but its tough to...
The color scheme of the one we tested is enjoyable, but its tough to ignore how the patterns themselves are ethically charged.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Value


We're not exactly sure why the price is as high as it is for such a basic product, but our inclination has to do with the brand name. Based on its performance in our review, we don't recommend this model for anything in particular unless you're set on the style. You won't be disappointed with its function, but there are better products out there.

Conclusion


Easy to travel with, the Pendleton Umbrella is undeniably stylish and practical. With sufficient yet average rain protection and durability, it simply isn't the best of the best. Yet, if all you're looking for is something functional and trendy, then this fits the bill.

Simple and easy to transport, this model is a dressed up version of...
Simple and easy to transport, this model is a dressed up version of other typical compact models.
Photo: Sara Aranda

Sara Aranda