Excellent wind resistance
Several color options
Expensive unless on sale
Between my five kids, I’ve got more soccer, baseball, cross country, and casual play in a week than I can count on my fingers. Much of this happens outdoors or requires mad dashes shuttling sports equipment and uniformed bodies between parking lots and cars, often in the rain. None of the umbrellas we’ve had in the past ever last long, nor do they provide the effortless shelter I’m looking for—so I decided to give the Procella Golf Umbrella its day in the downpour.
While originally intended for the sport for which they are named, golf umbrellas are now used for all kinds of outdoor activities and excursions. Thanks to their remarkable resistance to wind and their large size (they’re meant to shelter golfers and their gear, after all), golf umbrellas are also favored by travelers toting luggage and parents wrangling children. I tested the Procella for durability, protection, and more. See if it lived up to its reputation.
Stockholm-based Procella, established in 1997, created its umbrellas to withstand the sometimes harsh weather in Sweden. Umbrellas by this brand are touted as being “virtually indestructible,” and while I didn’t try to break mine, I can certainly testify to its strength and resilience. The company is so confident in its product’s toughness, it offers a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
The Procella 62-Inch Golf Umbrella Double Vented Canopy uses innovative design to abolish the common complaints often lodged against typical umbrellas, from being too small or too awkward and heavy to hold (a deal-breaker on the golf course), to breaking easily, turning inside out, and blowing away in the wind.
A rubberized anti-slip handle makes for a super comfortable, ergonomic grip; I was able to hold it for long periods of time with no issues. I also found deploying this umbrella to be a breeze thanks to its pinch-less, automatic open button. It can be done with one hand, meaning there’s no need to put down your clubs, luggage, or whatever you may be carrying.
At 1.7 pounds, the Procella is incredibly lightweight—a must when also lugging around golf bags or any bags.
At 1.7 pounds, the Procella is incredibly lightweight—a must when also lugging around golf bags or any bags. The canopy is crafted from water-repellent, 210T pongee micro-weave fabric, which the company says is smoother than 100 percent nylon. The two-color styles are made with 100 percent nylon, however, as this fabric is better at resisting color bleeds.
Of course, umbrellas intended for outdoor sports also need to be windproof, and this one addresses that issue with technology including a vented double canopy with a resilient inner mesh layer and strong yet flexible fiberglass ribs and shaft. The company touts their fiberglass structure as virtually unbreakable (with proper use and care, of course), even going so far as to test it holding up a man’s weight.
Aesthetically, I love that there are several colors to choose from, including red, gray, black, and black with extra UV protection. There are thousands upon thousands of black umbrellas out there, so I got mine in navy blue for a little variety and to make it easier to spot.
Performance: Won’t blow you away—and that’s a good thing
This umbrella is built to last, to protect from rain, to withstand high winds, and to be comfortable to carry—and it delivers beautifully on all counts. This is the all-purpose, big umbrella I’ve been longing for. Not only is it great for golf getaways and other excursions, but it’s super handy for me at home as well. Oregon weather can swing wildly from a chilly, windy, rainy morning to brilliant, sweltering sun, followed by a drizzle, followed by more sun, and then a sudden hailstorm, all in just a few hours.
This beauty had me covered no matter the weather, keeping me from getting doused at my older son’s soccer game, thwarting a sunburn while watching my first grader run around with his buddies on the playground, and sheltering another baseball mom and myself during a surprise thunderstorm that descended on one of my boy’s recent games.
I was impressed by its ability to hold firm when gusts of wind and rain unexpectedly descended.
I walked with this umbrella in all kinds of rain and was very pleased with the amount of protection. Of course, my feet and lower legs might still get wet in more extreme weather, but my upper half and most of the bottom were able to stay bone dry even during downpours.
This umbrella is said to withstand winds up to 46 miles per hour, and in my experience, it really works. I was impressed by its ability to hold firm when gusts of wind and rain unexpectedly descended.
Size and Coverage: Impressive
With its 62-inch arch span, 52-inch width (when open), this umbrella is the perfect size to shelter a person plus a golf bag or other bag. I found that it also works for two adults, an adult and two kids, or an adult and a pet or two—and not one person (or creature) has to sacrifice coverage.
Its impressive size does have a drawback, which is that the umbrella is not easily packable. At 39 inches long, it won’t fit in most suitcases and may not be ideal for most air travel scenarios. You’d be better off purchasing a travel umbrella if you’re concerned about space.
With its 62-inch arch span, 52-inch width, this umbrella is the perfect size to shelter a person plus a golf bag or any bag.
Aside from that restriction, I find this umbrella to be easily portable. While it is long, it easily wraps up and stays compact width-wise. I keep mine in my trunk so it’s always there if it decides to rain at one of my kid’s soccer games.
Helpful Features: Sleeve with shoulder strap
One great plus of this product is the simple but ingenious addition of the shoulder strap on its waterproof sleeve, which makes it even more portable and convenient to tote around when not in use.
While hiking nearby Mount Tabor with a friend and our dogs, I was very glad I’d brought along this umbrella (in its convenient carrying case, comfortably slung over my shoulder). When the rain that had threatened all day finally dropped, all of us could huddle underneath as we made our way back down the mountain.
The umbrella is also compatible with many of the golf push/pull cart holders on the market.
Ease of Cleaning: Simple
This waterproof umbrella pretty much cleans itself and requires no maintenance other than letting it drip dry before putting it away in its sleeve after use.
Price: A steal—when purchased on sale
The full price for Procella’s 62-inch model is listed on the manufacturer site as $60. However, it can usually be found around the $20 to $30 range. If not found on sale, this product is pretty expensive, which I could see being a deterrent for some. But at the discounted price, it’s a bargain for an umbrella of this caliber, with many of its rivals running $40 or more all the way up to double the price. The brand also offers a 68-inch golf umbrella as well as a folding 52-inch option.
Procella 62-Inch Golf Umbrella Double Vented Canopy vs. LifeTek Hillcrest FX2 Automatic Double-Canopy Golf Umbrella
Both the 62-inch Procella and the LifeTek model are designed to last and easy to hold, and both feature canopy wind-resistance technology. After testing both, I decided that the LifeTek offers a sleeker design, but the Procella has the upper hand on added features such as multiple color options and a shoulder strap. It can also withstand higher wind conditions.
- Product Name 62-Inch Golf Umbrella Double Vented Canopy
- Product Brand Procella
- Price $60
- Weight 1.7 lbs.
- Length 39 in.
- Diameter 52.9 in.
- Arch Span 62 in.
- What's Included Umbrella, waterproof carrying case
- Warranty 100% money-back guarantee on durability and defects