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Gear: With the Floyd Duomatic umbrella, when it rains, it scores

Need protection from the rain? Meet the Floyd Duomatic, which is sturdy but weighs in at 12 ounces

Always on the lookout for a better travel umbrella, we were charmed by the new Knirps Floyd Duomatic, which has a rubberized finger hole in the blob-shaped plastic handle for an extra-secure hold in challenging weather.

Use the hole for snapping on a carabiner or other clip and you have a great way to attach the umbrella to something.

The Floyd, 11 inches long when closed, has push-button auto open and close, a generous 39-inch canopy arc and sturdy flexible aluminum/fiberglass ribs. It still manages to weigh in at less than 12 ounces.

The umbrella comes in violet, red, hot pink, yellow or bright white and includes a matching cover.

Info: Knirps Floyd Duomatic Umbrella costs $29.95.

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