The Silverback AutoRetract - Long - UV protective umbrellas
The Silverback AutoRetract - Long, with its enigmatic question mark handle is 85cm (33½") from handle to tip and has a canopy 107cm (42") wide.
The Silverback-Compact in comparison is 28cm (11" ) in length and has a canopy width of 96.5cm (38" ).
Both of these unique and stylish umbrellas are AUTO OPEN / AUTO CLOSE. This means they can be opened AND closed at the touch of a button. Press the button once to open... press it again to close - then simply compress the shaft ready for the next time you need it. This feature, as well as impressing people, also helps those with limited use of their arms or hands.
The long version has an innovative tensioned cable technology combined with flexible fibreglass ribs and hexagonal section chrome shaft making it surprisingly strong in the wind. The compact version also has lightweight and flexible fibreglass ribs coupled with a good quality chrome shaft and multi-link frame.
There are many umbrellas on the market with a silver UV protective inner canopy surface - indeed we sell them ourselves. The silver lining is intended to reduce the amount of Ultra Violet getting through the canopy. One slight drawback of this approach however is that some UV can sometimes be reflected from the ground (depending on the surface) and then again from the reflective interior of the umbrella onto the head and face. The parabolic shape of the umbrella can actually have the effect of concentrating the UV rays.
To combat this we have inverted the conventional design so the silver lining is on the outside and the black on the inside. This still filters out much of the UV, reflecting it away from the outer canopy surface. However by having a black interior we are able to stop the sun's harmful rays from being focused on the user's head and face. Umbrella weight 570g.