The Rain Safe umbrella wrapper

by Mike

Those little sleeves you put on your umbrella are a great invention, but (here it comes!) they could use a little improvement. The main problem is that when you try to put these things on, you end up soaking yourself in the process. Clearly there’s a market for a good looking, basic device that lets you slip your umbrella easily into a sleeve and be done with it. I actually came across the gadget that does just that in a office building in the middle of Washington, DC. Oh, it’s called the Rain Safe.

As you can see by the picture, it’s a fairly self-explanatory device. And if you still don’t get it when you’re standing right in front of it, trying to use it, there’s a little placard that will explain it all for you (hopefully). I didn’t get a chance to try it, as it wasn’t raining and I didn’t have an umbrella, but it looked like it would work. . .

The one I saw was the single model that only handled your bigger umbrellas. Because of how popular compact umbrellas are these days, Rain Safe also sells a double version which has a side for big, and a side for small umbrellas.

This isn’t the gadget you buy for your house, but if you’re in charge of office lobbies, shops, hotels, etc. take a look at the Rain Safe. Prices seem reasonable, but then again, I’m not quite sure what companies usually charge for these types of things. Anyway, the single is $345, the double is $595, and 3,000 sleeves are about $100.

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7 reviews or comments

tecwzrd Says: April 30, 2007 at 11:05 am

(sp)I didn’t get a chance to try it.
Most of our local grocery stores carry these and they do work great 😀

Al Says: April 30, 2007 at 11:30 am

Thanks tecwzrd, corrected. Must admit I’ve never seen these at all in the UK.

tecwzrd Says: April 30, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Fairly popular in Virginia, US at least. Not sure if they are the $345+ type units as this post shows but they look very similar and work exactly the same way. I for one only use the larger umbrellas since I need to cover myself and child and use the bags every time I see one.

I’d imagine the cost is easily worth the lawsuits it avoids from slippery floors.

Mike Says: April 30, 2007 at 3:41 pm

While I don’t really go to Virginia to often (Marylander, here) I’ve still never seen them. I want to go back and try it out, even if it’s not raining (I’ll probably look pretty weird then, but whatever).

Oh, thanks for catching the spelling error.

Irma Cota Says: October 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I also was fascinated when I saw the umbrella wrapper!, walking into a restaurant in Florianopolis, Brazil, it had been raining heavily and we all had our umbrellas soaking wet, it was so easy, just put in your umbrella, pull it out and its wrapped and ready to go with you to your table. I’ve never seen them in the U.S. but I suppose Seattle is a good place to look!

Chris LaMar Says: November 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

I would be interested in buying a reasonable quantity of disposable umbrella sleeves for personal use but it seems no one sells less than 500 – 1000 (or any quantityf for less than $70.) It seems that their could be a consumer market if the minimum purchase was more sensible rather than a double or triple lifetime supply. The lowest unit price is less important than a practical supply for my purpose….why not 50 – 75 for $15 for example?

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