There are currently three umbrella designs on offer: a 1.6ft model, a miniature 1ft model for women (because women are miniature?), and a scalable model (pictured above) that can be extended to a length of more than 2.5ft; each has a battery life of about 30 minutes, except the mini model whose battery lasts a paltry 15 minutes.
But who stands in the rain for more than 15 minutes, right? That never happens.
Check out the Kickstarter pitch video below, then head over to the project page and grab an air umbrella for the low, low price of about $120. Or, just keep buying those $5 umbrellas and take your chances with the wind. Your choice.
Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist Travel, and he’s never had an umbrella last more than five months. Watch him get drenched on Twitter @gjaccoma.