How to choose your umbrella? [2/3]

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The key is to look at the materials of your dream umbrella.

Ribs

Ribs are the rods that form the framework of an umbrella. There were once made from baleen plates, hence the term “whalebones”. Nowadays, steel, carbon, or fibreglass are preferred over real whalebones to make the best umbrellas. Carbon and fibreglass are both good materials for ribs, but the best possible material for your umbrella is an alloy made from steel and fibreglass. Steel alone is too heavy and fibreglass, on the other hand, might be too fragile. An alloy of the two is a perfect compromise to make your umbrella’s framework both resistant and optimally flexible.

Tip 1: Always count the number of ribs on an umbrella. The more ribs there are, the tenser the fabric will be and thus the stronger it will be facing strong winds. Overall, 8 ribs are more than enough!

Tip 2: In the event of strong winds, you can refold your umbrella just a bit and keep a hand at the top of your mast to release pressure on the ribs. This has never been a perfect solution, but hey, it’s a helpful tip! And you never know if a hurricane is going to strike: you will at least know how to keep your umbrella intact! You have been advised!

Tip 3: If by any chance, even with tip 2, your umbrella gets upturned, closing it is enough to put it back in place! It is so simple, yet people can be unaware of this simple technique. Spread the word, the world needs to know!

The fabric

The density of the fabric shows the quality of the umbrella. The fabric itself is often made with polyester. The more threads per square inch there are, the denser and therefore, better the fabric will be. Most umbrellas have around 180 threads/inch2 . If there are more, that means you found an umbrella that is better than average. To get an idea of the fabric’s density, don’t waste your time counting every thread: just place the fabric you want to analyse over a source of light and observe: the opaquer, the better! Don’t forget to look at the stitching and make sure that no thread sticks out.

The mast

For cane umbrellas, it’s better to choose a wooden mast over any other material. Wood is more rigid and solid. Metal masts provide you with a surplus of flexibility, but they tend to be more fragile. Hence it’s not been a popular material in cane umbrellas. However, for foldable umbrellas, metal is more than suitable. Foldable umbrellas’ masts are often made from steel or aluminium. Steel is more robust and steel mast is hard to twist; aluminium is lighter. Steel tends to be too heavy; aluminium tends to be too breakable. Therefore, the best result will come from a well-balanced mast containing both materials: steel on the thinnest parts to fortify them and aluminium on the large parts that are already solid by nature and thus should be light-weighted.

The handle

Make sure that the grip of the umbrella is comfy and that you don’t have to twist your wrist to have a good grip on your umbrella. You don’t want to end a rainy day on a tendinitis, do you? For long umbrellas, most traditional handles are shaped like wooden canes, but nowadays there are more and more rubber handles, that provide customers with a better grip. On foldable umbrellas, handles are first designed to be practical. They have to be small and ergonomic; your palm still needs to fit well, in order not to hold the mast.

The cover

Most of the time, it is useless. Once your umbrella gets wet, it is hardly possible to put it back in its cover. Since it is barely used, it is often lost. Many umbrella-users even use plastic bags instead of a proper cover. Hence on first analysis: useless. Well… most of the time!

Beau Nuage found the perfect solution! Beau Nuage is the French rain accessories brand. They created an absorbent cover with a three-layer technology. Inside, there is a microfibre layer that absorbs the remaining raindrops on your umbrella. The outer layer is made with the umbrella fabric in order to repel water. The medium layer makes sure of the waterproofness of the cover. With it, you will never be bothered by downpours nor their aftermaths! You can always keep your umbrella dry (and your clothes, your bag, etc.). Once in its cover, you can also keep it with you and never again face the risk of forgetting it at a restaurant or a store!

Now you have all the key information to choose the umbrella of your dreams, the last step is to pick a style and a colour that will suit you and that will brighten up your wardrobe. Let’s carry on!

François

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  • 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! 

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