What We Like
Effective sun and rain protection
Provides cooler air under umbrella
What We Don't Like
Auto-open feature sticks occasionally
Participating in outdoor activities means being exposed to the elements, including sun and rain. The UV-Blocker UV Protection Golf Umbrella promises protection from both. Though they may be named for the sport, golf umbrellas’ usefulness extends way beyond the green. They come in clutch when carrying all kinds of gear—from golf bags to checked bags—and when traveling as a couple or with a couple of kids.
As the mother of five active children (and a labradoodle who needs walking), I spend tons of time in the sun. And as a resident of Oregon, I’m constantly on guard for changing weather. I tested out the UV-Blocker Golf Umbrella to see whether or not it could effectively shield my family from rays and drops during sports events and more.
Design: Metallic masterpiece
The UV-Blocker UV Protection Golf Umbrella features specially treated Solarteck fabric and is approved by the Melanoma International Foundation. Like a sunscreen halo, this umbrella features 55+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), the highest UV protection of any umbrella on the market, reflecting 99 percent of the sun’s UVA, UVB, and UVC rays and keeping users 10 to 15 degrees cooler.
Not only did it shield me from a sunburn, but it created my very own shady spot that felt up to 15 degrees cooler than under direct sunlight.
UV-Blocker’s patented Vented Mesh System enhances its cooling ability by letting wind pass through the canopy’s upper and lower layers. This allows for greater ventilation and stability in the wind—essential for athletic activities. Don’t worry: The layers are rain-proof, so you won’t get dripped on in a rainstorm.
The brand doesn’t discuss windproofing as much, except to say that the umbrella is designed to hold up and prevent inversion. I found this umbrella to hold up quite well in the wind. It did particularly well when a sudden storm descended on my son’s baseball game. It had been a hot, still day and I was using this umbrella to keep the sun off me. When the rain and wind started, I was able to keep my umbrella up, while my neighbor in the stands had to close hers because it was blowing too much in the wind.
A button on the handle triggers the automatic open—a lifesaver when juggling clubs or kids—and the umbrella attaches to golf carts, baby strollers, and camping chairs for added convenience. It’s worth noting that if you own a Sun Mountain golf cart, this umbrella will not fit in the umbrella holder, but UV-Blocker offers a special swivel holder that is compatible.
In terms of style, this umbrella wows with its gorgeous silver color. It’s likely the silver was selected primarily for its excellent UV ray-reflecting prowess, but I was won over by its vibrancy. I got lots of comments about my “cool” umbrella, even from my teenage daughter, and having a silver one certainly makes the standard black ones feel rather dull.
Although it’s great for golf getaways since it’ll cover you and your bags, this umbrella is probably too big to fit inside your suitcase.
Performance: Superior sun protection
In my tests, I was impressed with this product’s effectiveness. While a regular umbrella can be used for shade, this one’s light-reflecting qualities make it much cooler under the canopy—just as promised. I also love that it also reflects more of the UV rays, so my skin is better protected.
Sitting in the stands for hours of baseball games under the baking sun got much more comfortable using this umbrella, as not only did it shield me from a sunburn, but it created my very own shady spot that felt up to 15 degrees cooler than under direct sunlight.
The best part about this product is that it’s dual-purpose for sun and rain, which makes it especially useful in the Pacific Northwest climate where we live; we often have sun and rain in the same afternoon.
I found it very comfortable to hold, with an approximately 3-foot-long handle and an ergonomically designed handgrip, which didn’t get too heavy, even after a long walk. The only drawback I found is that occasionally the auto-open button stuck, and I had to push harder than expected to get it to engage. This has happened a couple of times, and it always engages after a try or two. However, it’s still a concern for the long-term.
Size and Coverage: Perfect for two
This oversized umbrella is the optimal size for covering two people. It provides substantial protection with its 62-inch arch and 53-inch diameter, so I had no trouble walking the dog in the rain with two of my boys, ages 7 and 9, in tow, one on either side of me. Each of us was fully insulated.
The only drawback I found is that occasionally the auto-open button stuck, and I had to push harder than expected to get it to engage.
One thing to keep in mind is that, although it’s great for golf getaways and other vacations since it’ll cover you and your bags, this umbrella is probably too big to fit inside your suitcase so you’ll need to carry on or check in a larger bag.
Price: Priceless for a skin-saver
This UV-Blocker model retails for around $55. Other UV protection umbrellas cost $30 to $50 or more. The UV-Blocker UV Protection Golf Umbrella justifies its higher price with its sturdy design, comfortable handle, and light-reflective, waterproof fabric.
UV-Blocker UV Protection Golf Umbrella vs. Extreme Degrees Golf Umbrella
The Extreme Degrees Golf Umbrella is a cheaper option in sun protection umbrellas. It costs around $20 to $30, less than what you’ll pay for the UV-Blocker UV Protection Golf Umbrella. However, the latter is a more durable product, offering more substantial, reliable UV protection, as well as superb rain shelter. The Extreme Degrees umbrella does offer similar specifications, however, and will fit the bill if the cost is an issue. However, keep in mind that it comes in a staid gray, rather than the resplendent silver of the UV-Blocker umbrella.
- Product Name UV Protection Golf Umbrella
- Product Brand UV-Blocker Umbrellas
- Price $54.95
- Weight 2.1 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 39 x 3 x 3 in.
- Arch Span 62 in.
- Diameter 53 in.
- Length 39 in.