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Umbrella design
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deadcarp    Posted 07-25-2004 at 17:03:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe i'm picky but we sure could use an improvement to the old bumbershoot, especially if you want it for shade. See, the current ones need long handles to keep your head away from the "focal point" of any heat that gets inside the dome. (they act like a solar cooker) Then if the wind blows, the thing creates lift and either flips inside out or pulls its own handle out! A flat one would be miles better, or even domed away from the user or vented with cuts or something. Same with helmets, while they're supposed to protect your skull, their shape cooks your head. :)

JDK    Posted 07-25-2004 at 17:56:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Believe the conventional umbrella was adopted for shade use from rain use,because of its easy collapsability for carrying/storage.Unless vented or made of perforated material it can trap heat beneath.I see some of the new patio models are made of a meshlike fabric that can breathe,but still repells sunlight and water.As for sun helmets the plastic,foam etc are simply copies of the truly functional design which was woven seagrass or plant fibre and allowed the head to breathe freely beneath it.The post office carriers helmets($12-18) are sill made this way and available on line,as are some models which incorporate a small solar driven fan to circulate air through the crown.

Clod    Posted 07-25-2004 at 18:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

If you go to area 59 and ask they have UFO material that will withstand any tempature and wont rip.I saw this on TV.

Clod    Posted 07-25-2004 at 19:59:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well,, I guess his inspiration evaporated . Some wise ole guy said You never fail untill you quit trying.

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