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Can this Knirps® X1 compact umbrella protect my skin?

Hint: It's already in your closet

Sure, you pull that umbrella out of the closet when skies are stormy. But have you ever considered reaching for it on sunny days, too?

As it turns out, carrying an umbrella on warm summer days can protect your skin from harmful UV rays, according to a new pilot study from Emory University School of Medcine. Researchers evaluated the abilities of 23 different umbrellas at blocking UV radiation, and found that all of the umbrellas blocked at least 77% of damaging rays.

In fact, that makes umbrellas almost as effective as sunscreen where UV protection is concerned. 

Another thing: When you do bust out the umbrella on the next nice day, you might want to opt for a black foldable Knirps® X1. While all the umbrellas in the study offered protection, black models fared the best, intercepting at least 90% of the sun’s rays. “If you wear a dark-colored shirt, for instance, you get hotter because the color absorbs more UV rays,” say Dr. McMichael and Dr. Chen. “Black umbrellas, too, absorb more of the sun’s energy, so less of it is able to seep through the fabric to your skin.” 

As for whether black clothes or hats will also keep you safer from the sun? They could—but it’s hard to say for sure. While there hasn’t been any definitive research, researchers speculate that more variables are at play with clothing than with umbrellas. “In addition to color, you have to consider the type of fabric and the tightness of the weave. We’d imagine a looser weave might not block the sun as well as a tighter one,” they note. 

Thats why the Knirps® compact umbrellas do all have a high-tech uv absorbing material, which can only be found in the premium quality umbrellas.

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The secret behind the Queen's bespoke see-through umbrellas

As seen on the dailymail newspaper, the queen loves her big compact umbrella for the rainy days. 

When the Queen was caught in the rain outside St Paul’s Cathedral, she flourished a transparent umbrella with a deep red trim which matched her outfit. Coincidence? Hardly.

She has a delightful and little-known indulgence: she commissions see-through umbrellas - so the public can see her - that are colour-matched with her clothes.

The Duchess of Cambridge also ordered a black-trimmed matching umbrella, which she carried at the War Horse film premiere in January.

Knirps® suggested this see-through umbrella to a lot of famous brand ambassadors in the past. Have a look below our new design of this compact umbrella.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2112488/Queen-Elizabeth-The-secret-Queens-bespoke-umbrellas.html#ixzz4oa6IbRtP 


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HOW CELEBRITIES STAY YOUNG IN THE SUN

The Beverly Hills MD share the secret of staying young.... 

Everyone loves the 4th of July…and celebrities look forward to a long weekend of beach parties, BBQ’s, and warm weather, just like the rest of us.

At the same time, no one is more aware of the damage that summertime celebrations can cause to a person’s appearance, than Hollywood A-listers.

After all, looking young and beautiful is a big part of their job!

Now, as we all know, the biggest culprit this time of year is definitely the sun.

Outdoor activities are a beloved national pastime, especially on Independence Day…

But a three-day weekend of constant sun exposure puts your skin at risk of major UV damage—which leads to premature aging, deep-set wrinkles, and embarrassing sunspots.

That’s why savvy celebs have found ways to enjoy the outdoors, without jeopardizing their good looks.

And the best part is that the most effective celebrity practices are simple and affordable…

So you don’t have to be rich or famous to follow their lead!

Here’s how a few of your favorite stars keep their famous faces from aging, even during the hot summer months.

Gwen Stefani is a native of Anaheim and a California girl through and through.

It seems as though the 45-year-old bombshell spends almost all of her free time at the beach with her family…but you’d never know it by looking at her skin.

Gwen has one of the most enviable complexions in show business. In fact, her face doesn’t appear to have aged a day since the early 90’s!

That’s because the mother-of-three is rarely spotted near the ocean without her trusty parasol—and I advise all beach-goers to do the same.

A parasol (or regular old umbrella) is an inexpensive, and easily portable source of UV protection…and a total lifesaver when you can’t find a shady tree or cabana.

On extra-sunny days, I recommend carrying a parasol even on short walks, so that getting from point A to point B, doesn’t result in unnecessary sun exposure.

Celebrities love our  new Knirps® foldable quality umbrellas with full UV protection. Its small, foldable with automatic open functions and in different colours:

Knirps® T010

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Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore’s line of umbrellas to keep PM Lee dry draws hilarious responses

We at Knirps® Singapore found an interesting article on the independent about PM Lee and the stick umbrellas from Ritz-Carlton.

"Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a keynote speech at a dialogue organised by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore on Friday (Feb 24). Mr Lee shared pictures from the dialogue in his Facebook and among them was a picture of some staff from the hotel holding up umbrellas for him.

Mr Lee captioned his picture saying: “It poured during the dialogue, so The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore staff formed this line of umbrellas ☔ to keep me dry as I left. Thank you for your thoughtfulness! :)”

For this kind of heavy rainy singapore weather combined with celebrity events we would like to suggest you the Knirps® Stick Automatic. Its large, keeps you dry and has an automatic opening: Knirps® Long Stick Automatic

Full article about the singapore umbrella story: http://www.theindependent.sg/ritz-carlton-millenia-singapores-line-of-umbrellas-to-keep-pm-lee-dry-draws-hilarious-responses/

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CROWDS WAITING WITH UMBRELLAS IN THE RAIN FOR PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW'S ARRIVAL DURING HIS TOUR OF PAYA LEBAR CONSTITUENCY

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 http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/photographs/record-details/28fb158b-1162-11e3-83d5-0050568939ad

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The Best Umbrella

We at Knirps® are proud to announce that we were chosen as one of the best umbrellas in the market according to an product testing by the "wirdecutter.com".

And thats how they made the testing:

"Our 2015 interview with umbrella guru Gilbert Center revealed a sad truth: Most—though not all—umbrella making is outsourced to generalist manufacturers, often to the detriment of quality. That fact was backed by our dive into online reviews and retail offerings, which revealed an alarming number of cheap, physically identical umbrellas available under multiple, rarely well-known brands. It also revealed an alarming similarity and positivity in “user” reviews. We’re on record as skeptics of this phenomenon. Armed with this background information, we were able to develop some key criteria to help us narrow down the field of qualified contestants.

 

  • It turns out that a 37- to 39-inch diameter canopy is just about perfect for keeping a single person’s head and torso dry without adding too much bulk to the total package. Which is why it’s the range for most manufacturers’ standard or “full-size” portable umbrellas. Regardless of size, no umbrella will keep you dry from head to toe, especially not if there’s a breeze. Blowing rain and splatters kicked up by your heels inevitably result in wet calves or pants cuffs at the least, and in most cases dampened thighs and even waists. It’s best to think of an umbrella as handy protection for your hairdo and upper torso as you scurry between car and office, or subway and home. This year, we did look into a stick pick in the 42- to 48-inch range for people who might value that bit of extra coverage stretching to the abdomen, but minis are generally no better than a wide-brimmed hat, so we skipped them.
  • We focused on umbrellas measuring shorter than 12 inches fully folded, since most people would want something that fits into a car’s glove box or a backpack’s water bottle pocket. But we don’t recommend ultra-compact models, because this isn’t just about portability. While it’s possible to make an umbrella no bigger than a banana, doing so means a more or less useless mini model with too small a canopy to be effective, or an ultra-compact full-size umbrella with ribs that have four joints rather than two—that is, with twice the number of potential points of failure.
  • Similarly, we wanted a main pick that weighed less than a pound, with preference given to lighter models—after all, you’ll probably be carrying it on your person most of the time. However, we allowed some wiggle room for the larger stick umbrellas since you typically tote them more like a cane or walking stick rather than carrying them inside a bag or pocket.
  • Materials and design don’t vary much between brands. All use a synthetic fabric—polyester usually, or nylon—for the canopy. Some boast an additional quick-dry coating of Teflon (although we’ve found this doesn’t make much difference in practice). The ribs and shaft are usually constructed from steel, aluminum, and fiberglass, either alone or in combination. “Aluminum” construction is sometimes seen as a weakness, probably because of the metal’s association with soda cans and cooking foil. (“Stay away from it,” said Rain or Shine’s Levee. “What’s better is steel and fiberglass.”) But that could be an unfair generalization. After all, if you’ve ever taken a commercial flight, you’ve trusted your life to critical components (like wing ribs and roots) made of aluminum by a process not functionally different from that used to make soda cans, but on an incomprehensibly larger (and epochmaking) scale. What matters is the quality of the design and production, and the specific alloy employed.
  • While canopy and rib materials aren’t of primary importance, leather, pleather, and rubberized plastic handles offer a much better grip than hard plastic ones, especially when molded into a shape that follows the hand’s natural contours. A stick umbrella will often, though not always, come with a cane handle made of wood or laminate, leather, or rubberized plastic.
  • Whether you want an automatic or manual opening mechanism is a matter of preference. Our own internal polls, plus our research into user experience, bias us toward automatics—umbrellas that fully open and partially close with the push of a button on the handle. (No automatic umbrella yet made provides the finishing touch of cinching the canopy with the strap, and it’s hard to imagine one ever will.) If you’re carrying groceries, a purse, a briefcase, and/or a child in one hand, it’s handy to be able to snap your umbrella open or closed with the other. That’s why our top pick remains an automatic. On the other hand, virtually all stick umbrellas have a manual close, and many lightweight-oriented umbrellas are fully manual in order to save weight.
  • Then there is the question of economy. This year we discovered that for about $20, you’ll get a model that’s solid enough to bend in the wind and reliably snap back into shape, yet won’t leave you heartbroken should you forget it at a restaurant. You can go even cheaper, but we wouldn’t recommend it, nor would Levee: “Yes, you can get a $5 umbrella in the street and a $10 umbrella at the drugstore. But how many are you buying?” With one of these, it’s less a matter of “if” than “when” it’ll finally break (often on the same day you bought it). If you’d like to spend much more than $30 on an umbrella, you can get something special, but whether it’s worth it depends more on your style proclivities and whether you’re the type to leave it behind. “The average price for a nice stick umbrella is around $80 to $120,” Levee said. To be sure, a custom-carved, maple-handled Italian stick umbrella with a twill canopy, such as the Davek Savile we tested, is long on style. But you’re not going to get much better performance out of it. Maybe the investment will motivate you to check the stand before you walk out the door.
  • Warranties also matter. Many budget brands offer lifetime or other attractive claims, but make the return shipping and documentation so costly and bureaucratic that it’s not worth the hassle. We favor well-known brands with simple, reliable return-and-replace programs, even if that means a slight premium in up-front cost.
  • In the end, we decided to revisit our 2016 favorites, including the Lewis N. Clark, Davek, and EuroSchirm, adding in more automatic models from AmazonBasics, Crown Coast, Knirps, LifeTek and Repel. For our first look at golf-style stick umbrellas, we included models from Davek, Totes, and Gustbuster, which we’ve tested in the past; two from 90-year-old German company Knirps; and two new-to-us brands and models: the Standard Unbreakable, created by a Vermont-based author and self-defense guru, and Kazbrella, an “inside out” model and Kickstarter success story conceived by a British aeronautical engineer.

How we tested

 

A good umbrella will withstand a stiff breeze, but also invert—flip inside out—when a sudden gust overwhelms its strength limits.

Keeping you dry is the raison d’etre of umbrellas. So in 2015, we tested several umbrellas’ ability to keep a T-shirtclad mannequin dry beneath the spray of a dual shower head. To nobody’s surprise, we learned that wider umbrellas do a better job of reliably protecting a mannequin’s head, shoulders, and upper torso. But once canopies get wider than the 37- to 39-inch range—the typical size of the automatic umbrellas we tested—you start running into weight issues without gaining significantly better coverage. With that established, testing in subsequent years focused on other aspects of umbrella performance and build quality.

We focused instead on testing the umbrellas in real-world scenarios and, perhaps most important, seeing how they held up to stiff winds. Umbrellas have to be lightweight yet resilient, and even with modern ripstop fabrics and alloys and composites, that necessitates a compromise: flexibility. A good umbrella will withstand a stiff breeze, but also invert—flip inside out—when a sudden gust overwhelms its strength limits. In effect, it will bend rather than break. What matters is its ability to be flipped back to proper form easily and repeatedly. This year, writer and tester Sarah Robbins took each of the 16 new models with her as she ran errands on a rainy February day, wearing her infant son in a Baby Bjorn carrier. A few days later, during a sunny-but-blustery day, she did a second lap, this time pushing the baby in a stroller.

She brought her observations to The Sweethome editor Tim Heffernan, who performed last year’s tests; together we made a subjective judgment based on factors such as weight, balance, and handle comfort. For the cane umbrellas, which are considerably taller and heavier, we considered the ease of use for both Tim, who is 6-foot-1, and for Sarah, who is 5-foot-2.

Then the most promising candidates weathered a series of stress tests. Last year, Tim blasted the umbrellas with winds on his balcony in Queens, New York; this year, Sarah took them out in a late winter storm that swept across the Eastern Seaboard and through her Brooklyn neighborhood with winds up-to 40 mph. The goal of our wind tests was to force the umbrellas to do something they’d rarely if ever do in real-world use: face the weather with the handle parallel to the ground and the canopy directly downwind, catching the wind like a sail.

Care and maintenance

If you want your umbrella to keep you dry for a long time, you need to remember to let it dry. It’s simple: Just leave your umbrella open after use—the bathtub is a handy spot. If you don’t, its metal parts—especially automatic open-and-close functions—can corrode. Mildew can also develop in the canopy of a wet umbrella left closed, which not only smells bad but can destroy the fabric over time.

And make sure you let your automatic umbrella do its job, said Levee: If you’re using one with an automatic open-and-close function, do not pull it closed as you would a manual model. “I always point that out to customers,” she said. Over time, that unnecessary tugging could cause the mechanism to break."

Knirps Xtreme Vented Duomatic Umbrella: This automatic umbrella feels hefty at 22.5 ounces, but its canopy handily opens to an impressive 48 inches—the size of many stick umbrellas. It’s a good choice for someone who wants the coverage but not the hassle of carrying a cane around town.

Knirps T2 Duomatic Umbrella: This is light yet sturdy, with very good stitch quality.

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 We don´t need umbrella dryer in Singapore - we have Knirps®

A project from Nanjang University in Singapore aims to build some umbrella dryer.

"Currently, Singapore has one of the highest rainfall rates in the world. With frequent flash rains, umbrellas are a common sight in Singapore, be it in offices, schools or shopping centres. However, wet umbrellas can cause much inconvenience. Firstly, wet umbrellas drip about sloppily, causing interior areas to become wet and dirty. Wet floor may pose a hazard to people as they may slip and fall easily. Secondly, in offices and schools, wet umbrellas cause major space disruption if left open to dry, especially along walkways. Thirdly, the current solution of using plastic covers to contain wet umbrellas is not environmental-friendly and there are chances of leakages. As such, we have identified two main needs for an umbrella dryer, namely, the need to remove dripping water from wet umbrellas and the need to dry the wet umbrellas completely. These needs give rise to our concept of Winderbrella. Winderbrella is an umbrella dryer which works on the concept of an air blower. A blower of 3000RPM is used to generate fast airflow of approximately 150m/s to blow away water droplets on the wet umbrella. During the whole process, the umbrella will be opened. A funnel which acts as a nozzle is made to channel the wind from the blower into a streamlined, powerful jet of air. This jet of air will be blown against the wet surface of the umbrella so as to 'blow away' the water droplets on it. A heater is also built to heat up the air so as to increase the rate of evaporation of the water. A motor will be attached to the handle of the umbrella to rotate it such that the whole umbrella will undergo the blowing process. Finally, a structure is built to contain the umbrella so that the water droplets can be collected to prevent wetting of the floor. Less than 1 minute will be needed to remove the dripping water. Approximately 2-3minutes are required to achieve complete drying. Our product aims to be located at places such as train stations, shopping malls, offices, schools, airport and condominiums. These places have high human traffic volume and also, cleanliness and safety hazards are high priorities for them. For places such as schools, condominiums and offices, our product offers functionality and serves to eliminate safety hazards. It prevents possible congestion problems caused by placing opened-up umbrellas along corridors for drying and replaces the plastic covers. Our product is compatible with different types of umbrellas. Most umbrella dryers in the current market can only dry big, unfoldable umbrellas which are not common in Singapore. Many people are using the small, foldable umbrellas which are more convenient. Since our dryer operates with the umbrella being opened, it can dry both types of umbrellas. In Singapore alone, we have 88 shopping malls, 89 MRT stations, over 300 educational institutions and over 1000 condominiums. Estimated manufacturing cost of the product is about SGD800. We intend to price the dryer at approximately SGD1800. Assuming one location uses an average of 4 dryers, the demand can go up to more than a few thousand. In the future, more infrastructure and shopping malls will be built in Singapore and thus serve as a market for our product in the long run. In places of high human traffic flow, more dryers have to be installed to meet the demand. The dryer being placed in public places also acts as a walking advertisement to attract more customers. This product can also be imported to other countries with high rainfall."

https://eps.ntu.edu.sg/client/en_US/maeeid/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ASSET$002f0$002f16612/ada?rw=48&ic=true&te=ASSET

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Do we need a Knirps luxury folding umbrella in Thailand ?

 

Bangkok is one Thailand’s busiest cities. Its humid and it rains a lot, so without a folding umbrella you will be lost and drowned in water when leaving your office. Even the Knirps headquarter is based in Singapore, Thailand is one of Knirps umbrellas biggest markets, due to several reasons. First of all, it rains a lot so there is no way you will make a long distance in the rainy season without an umbrella. Furthermore, all premium Knirps umbrella do have the best UV Protection in the entire umbrella market. Even the price is higher compared to cheap umbrellas, it´s a good deal as every Knirps Umbrella comes with a worldwide warranty for 2 years and in practice. If you are located in Thailand you can buy the umbrella online and it will be shipped for free to your address by DHL express.

Knirps is for sure the best portable umbrella you can get in the Thailand market. Also, the brand was awarded for the best portable umbrella brand in the market.

Here you can see a review of the Thai umbrella

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_szdJGBF_Ic&t=80s

 

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