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I sometimes wonder if there is any activity for which Cath Kidston doesn't provide an accessory - case in point this child's umbrella, which we've been using regularly come rain (not shine) on the school run, for a few months now. We have the exact one pictured, with cherries, as well as another in the rose print design, as currently available from Kidston stores for £10, and which is the price we paid. As kids' umbrellas go - we've found a variety of Disney/Barbie/random character umbrellas pretty prone to breaking very easily - these are not too bad, however not without their faults.
Size wise these umbrellas are perfectly proportioned for a child, at 68cm by my measurements with my Kidston tape measure (yep Kidston items are taking over my house) from tip to top of plastic handle, they are exactly right for a child of about 4 and above, and hers is much loved by my 8 year old who will use it at the slightest opportunity. They do, I've found when I've resorted to using one during a particularly rainy walk to school, look pretty silly for an adult to use - fear not the rose print umbrella is available in adult size too, should its cutesy looks appeal.
The canopy of the umbrella is made of printed plastic, the eight spokes have plastic ends, making them safe, and the canopy itself at 65cm in diameter is again designed with children in mind. I like the fact that my kids can put their umbrellas up and down all by themselves with ease using the pusher on the metal handle, there are no tricky buttons to push. The metal spokes seem quite robust, certainly the umbrellas have never inverted even when faced with the briskest wind, and though the umbrella smells a bit plasticky, there's no denying that it repels water well and they are well protected whilst using it; it protects both their heads and shoulders. When they are holding it they are able to see through the fabric, which does mean they are less prone to bumping into people.
It is, then, a shame that in an otherwise well made item there is a bit of a flaw, namely the little strap that holds together the umbrella when folded down. On both umbrellas, over time, this has come off with one of them getting a rip in the canopy as a result. You can still use the umbrella but can't roll it up neatly. I can sort of forgive this fact given that as I've already said other kids' umbrellas we've owned have broken after a short of amount of time and that this particular umbrella looks so damned cute.
All in all I would recommend this item, just be aware that the little strap is a weak point in an otherwise well made, well designed and nice looking item.
In this country an umbrella is an item that is often needed! I have owned numerous umbrellas, many of which have failed to last more than a few months! I love Cath Kidston merchandise and think the colours and patterns are gorgeous, so when I was given a Cath Kidston umbrella as a present recently I was very happy!
The Cath dome shaped umbrella is made of 100% plastic vinyl. The clear plastic allows you to see where you are going when inside the protective dome! The plastic is quite thick and appears to be of better quality than of other dome umbrellas I have owned. The plastic is covered in a really pretty cherry design. The handle and top of the umbrella are colour coordinated in pink. The umbrella has quite a long handle, so is great for taller people. The umbrella measures 94 cm in length when closed and has a span of 89 cm.
Many umbrellas are difficult to open and close and in my experience it is often this mechanism that fails. This umbrella is really easy to open and close and has a mechanism that glides smoothly into position. The dome shape makes it less vulnerable to being destroyed by the wind, another enemy of umbrellas! It also offers you extra protection from those cold winds we are about to experience! Unlike main stream umbrellas, dome umbrellas help to keep you completely dry and this one is excellent at doing that!
Having owned this umbrella for a few now I am pleased to say it is still in good condition with all parts as good as new! I love the bright cherry pattern that makes me think the sun is shining even when it's pouring! The umbrella is of a generous size, so I don't feel it's pressing in on me and gives me a feeling of space. On the downside it is quite large when folded so won't fit neatly into my bag. This means I have something else to carry and remember to take with me!
This umbrella was a gift but I see that it is available from the Cath Kidston shop on line for £22.00. It is also available from Amazon for £8,although looking at the measurements I think this is a children's version, although they don't make it clear!