Why is an umbrella that flips inside-out a quality umbrella?

Published : - Categories :

Why is an umbrella that flips inside-out a quality umbrella?

You often hear people say “my umbrella breaks, it’s not strong, it’s rubbish”. However, this is a completely false idea that is believed by most people. And we are going to explain why an umbrella that breaks is a quality umbrella.

What umbrellas and the wings of an airplane have in common:

To start off, we are going to do a direct link between the umbrella and the wings of an airplane. You must be thinking they don’t have anything in common… And yet they do have one thing in common! Let us explain: like those people that say their umbrella isn’t strong because it is easily broken by the wind, many people are also worried about the wings moving or even deformation of the wings of an airplane during a flight. They say “The wings are moving, this plane isn’t strong, we are all going to die!”. So, what they have in common is this: unsupported fears. In fact, the wings of an airplane have to move, or even bend, solely to ensure they don’t break in case of shocks. Instead of being completely rigid, the wings of a modern airplane are designed to function like springs. The wings of an airplane should be imagined like the shock absorbers in a car, when you go over a bump, they absorb most of the impact, making the journey smoother. If the wings of an airplane were rigid, the smallest turbulence would have a repercussion on the whole aircraft, not to mention that the plane could break and crash.

The link between buildings and umbrellas:

Now, let’s consider this detail: during an earthquake, concrete cracks and breaks while wooden structures remain stable. In Japan, for example, many buildings have survived for centuries in regions which have the most activity in the world in terms of tectonic plate movement. Why? Simply because wood can bend instead of break. It is resistant yet light at the same time so much so that, the tremors in an earthquake release much less energy in wood frames. This is also the reason why earthquake-resistant building designers strive to make structures more flexible instead of making them resist vibrations by making them more solid. It is not the vibrations that cause breaks, but the inability to cushion the blows. This is also why the frames of umbrellas must be both solid and flexible like these wooden buildings.

Umbrellas must be able to flip inside-out

So, you have now understood with the previous examples, that making an object flexible allows it to not break from the slightest impact. We must understand that an anti-folding umbrella will be an umbrella that will not resist against the wind. For an umbrella, it is very important to be able to close back, it is a guarantee of quality and resistance against the wind.

The ribs of an umbrella must be flexible and the joints quite solid to allow the umbrella to flip back in case of strong gusts of wind, instead of it fully breaking. To design the ribs of an umbrella with only rigid materials like steel, for example, is not a good idea, because the joints will be under a lot of tension when the wind blows and it will break much quicker. If, however, your umbrella is able to flip inside-out sometimes, this can help prevent you from flying away like Mary Poppins and also from having to buy a new umbrella after the slightest gust of wind.

That is why umbrellas that can flip inside out are good quality, strong, aerodynamic and innovative umbrellas. The frames of Beau Nuage umbrellas, for example, are designed to be flexible and robust at the same time. it is important for the joints to be very strong, as these are the parts that break most often. Our joints are made from stainless nickel rivets. The frames, however, must be sufficiently flexible to not put too much tension on the joints. To do this, we use strong yet light materials like aluminium and fibreglass especially.

No more unsupported fears for you from now on! You will no longer be scared to see the wings of your plane to London bend during the flight, you’ll build your next house with wood and before you buy your next umbrella, you’ll check to see if it flips well.


Share this content

Add a comment

 (with http://)

Beau Nuage eco-friendly umbrella


Beau Nuage  patented absorbent cover


Beau Nuage innovative foldable umbrella with patented absorbent cover




  • The Beau Nuage absorbent cover absorbs the raindrops and hold them with a patented three-layers technology. The inner "absorption" layer is composed of a microfiber fabric able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water.  There is an intermediate layer under the inner one. This layer is made of a water repellent fabric and has a dual function : not only does it enable the outer layer to stay dry by preventing the rain drops from coming through, it also attracts the water towards the microfiber layer in order to ventilate it and dry it effectively. Lastly, the outer layer is a thick umbrella fabric (200threads/in2) with a Teflon® covering which makes it waterproof. It thus prevents raindrops from leaking. In short, you can put your Beau Nuage umbrella into a bag or a pocket and keep it dry!

  • Yes, the Beau Nuage umbrella is eco-friendly! As of September 2020, we have decided to go the extra mile for the environment by designing all the canvases of our umbrellas and covers from recycled plastic bottles. The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organization Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle that would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. In addition to this step, from the start, we have taken measures to protect the environment. For example, the protection of and access to safe drinking water is crucial for a healthy planet. This is why we are very happy to be partners of the Solidarités International association, which has been fighting for more than 35 years for access to drinking water for all. Since June 2019, we donate to this association for each cloudy product ordered on our site. Each product ordered represents an average of 12 hours of access to drinking water for a household! In addition, we eliminate waste by donating all of our unusable Beau Nuage to the Nice Foundation. There, they are sorted by people in professional reintegration and volunteers. The overly damaged umbrellas are then recycled, to minimize the damage to our planet.

  • Yes it is! A Beau Nuage umbrella is inseperable from its cover and the other way around. Even Le Gentleman has its own absorbent cover that enables you to carry it over the shoulder! If you ever spot a Beau Nuage without its cover, contact us quickly…

  • The Beau Nuage umbrellas are built with innovating materials, both flexible and robust. These materials make our umbrellas more resistant and enjoyable than any others. The shaft is made of aluminium and steel so that it is not too heavy (only steel) nor too fragile (only aluminium). Likewise, the ribs of our umbrellas are made of flexible materials, like fiberglass, but very strong, stainless ones for the junction between the ribs, where we favoured nickel for its strength and aesthetic. Our canopies have 200 threads/in2 and are thicker than average (180 threads/in2) and the ribs and canopies are both handmade. Last but not least, our unique Beau Nuage cover, unique, allows you to know where your umbrella is at all times since you can always keep it in your bag ! In that way, the Beau Nuage umbrellas last much longer than others!

  • As of September 2020, all the canvases of our umbrellas are made out of recycled plastic bottles.  The rPET® material we use is certified by the international organisation Control Union. This assures you that your next Beau Nuage umbrella and its cover will have given a second life to a plastic bottle which would otherwise have polluted a beach or an ocean somewhere in the world. 

  • It depends! Le Mini and L’Original have a manual opening whereas L’Automatique and Le Gentleman have an automatic opening. Better still, the aptly named L'Automatique also has an automatic closing. The automation is a wonderful feature that allows you to open and close your umbrella iwith the most ease. But to be of good quality, like the Beau Nuage Automatique, this technology requires a stiff spring. It is thus primarily suitable for the robust and larger umbrellas, like Le Gentleman. That’s why we’ve favoured excellent quality manual openings for Le Mini and L’Original so that these two umbrellas are compact and easy to carry.

  • As we said previously, the Beau Nuage cover is able to retain up to 200 times its weight in water. Nevertheless, we advise you to thoroughly dry the umbrella before placing it back in its absorbent cover. It is recommended that you turn the cover inside out and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying.

  • After heavy rain, we advise you to let your Beau Nuage cover and umbrella dry at home, like any other accessory subjected to rain. It will prevent any corrosion of your umbrella. If your absorbent cover is dirty, you can wash it, either by hand or in the washing machine, in delicate mode and at 30°C, without softener. Lastly, if your umbrella is wrinkled, you can iron it to make it look as good as new! To do so, you only need to open it and gently apply the steam for the iron on each parts of the canopy, one by one.

  • The technique for opening your Beau Nuage depends entirely on the model you have purchased! Did you choose l'Original? To open it, all you have to do is slide the mast upwards until it stops, without pressing the button. To close it, press the button then retract the mast by hand by pressing on the top of the umbrella. Have you selected le Mini? To open it, simply slide the mast until it stops. To close it, you just have to do the opposite. For l'Automatique, just press the button to open it. To close it, you must also press the button then retract the mast by hand, pushing on the top of the umbrella. Finally, for our majestic Gentleman, all you have to do is press the button to open it. However, it is closed manually. Store it in its absorbent cover head first so that you can take it out by holding it by the handle. For all models, after use, it is advisable to turn the absorbent cover over and leave the umbrella open to facilitate drying! 

1 product ordered = 10h of access to clean drinking water.
Have your umbrella delivered in under 5 working days
If you have any questions, feel free to visit our rainy help centre