Heading to a windy location? Need a travel companion that doesn\u2019t weigh a lot, nor take up too much space in your backpack? The Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella may just be one of the best umbrellas for the job, thanks to its automatic open and close button, small folded length, and performance against weather and winds.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella\r\nA great companion to have when traveling, thanks to its low weight, small folding length, and performance against tough winds.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nThe Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella did its name proud by withstanding some fairly strong winds. It did this by introducing a teflon coated wind guard Samsonite windguard canopy, which helped deter the wind. However, if you don\u2019t handle the umbrella correctly, it does tend to flip inside-out more often than not.\r\n\r\nMore importantly, it lacks UV protection. For that, you should look to the Sharpty Inverted Umbrella. This comes at the cost of protection against the wind; the Sharpty Inverted Umbrella is good against average wind, not high winds.\r\nDesign\r\nWe really liked how the Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella was ready for the road. Its compact folded length only measured 12-inches! This made it really easy to toss slide it into the printed luggage cover it comes with, into a backpack, without costing a ton of real estate. And it only weighs 0.82 lbs!\r\n\r\nEarlier we mentioned its inability to handle high speed winds when not handled correctly. This was made easier by way of its canopy Samsonite branded handle. It\u2019s really comfortable, and holding onto it during strong winds rarely fatigued our fingers and hands. At the same time, its automatic open and close function was a godsend.\r\nValue\r\nWhen we considered the performance and the design of the Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Close Umbrella, and all its minor details\u2014we felt it had good value. Is $25 the right price for it? Definitely, with free shipping and friendly customer service getting bonus points from us. For someone who likes to travel, and doesn\u2019t want a bulky umbrella, this is a solid choice. Still, we can\u2019t help but offer a better alternative, specifically the Repel Windproof Umbrella, for its high-performing aspects against high speed winds. The EEZ-Y Windproof Travel Umbrella makes an equally great argument.\r\nSamsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella Wrap Up\r\nDespite Samsonite Windguard Auto Open Umbrella flipping every now and then, keeping it in an ideal position wasn\u2019t hard. Its automatic open and closing function is great for elderly hands; free shipping is always nice, too. We looked past UV protection considering you rarely use umbrellas in the sun. It\u2019s still a good companion for traveling and adequate shading.