These Genius Umbrellas Stand Up by Themselves

There's a lot not to love about umbrellas, a device that is at best unwieldy, and at worst an instrument of terrorism. Whether it's a hands-free version or a roof for your bike, everywhere you turn, some clever soul has tried his hand at improving our only recourse against the rainy day.

But none come close to the Stay-brella, which is exactly what it sounds like: an umbrella that actually stays put. And stands up.

It's all in the weight-bearing, V-shaped handle that acts as a stabilizer.

Which means you can lean it against any surface without the need of an umbrella basket.

Or hang it from any ledge, if you're in dire need of some colorful wall art.

In eight bold hues, these innovative umbrellas designed by Japanese design firm Nendo are only being sold at department stores in Japan, but you can always dream. Or invest in a plane ticket. Tokyo is beautiful this time of year.

Ali Drucker is a staff writer for Supercompressor. She's had the same umbrella for the past seven years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.