Love Letters to Our Favorite Gear of 2015

Staff Pick: The Davek Solo Umbrella


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Gear is our job. It streams into and out of our offices in an endless tide of boxes and couriers; it gets photographed and catalogued and crammed underneath desks until we have time to test it. We quantify it as best we can, to share its essence: good and bad, peccadilloes and superlatives. We even pick the 100 best pieces of gear every year. But to close things out this year, we asked each staff member to single out their favorite piece of gear that was new to 2015. We hope you enjoy our little love notes to the gear that made the biggest impact on our lives this year.

I’ve never really wanted to own an umbrella, and yet I’ve spent a bundle on them. Never all at once: Since I moved to New York in 2007 I’ve come out of the subway several times a year and seen the kind of rain that makes you say, “I’m not moving another goddam foot in this weather!” and then shelled out $5 or $10 at a corner store on a piece of garbage that explodes into a tangle of shrapnel and nylon when the wind picks up.

So now I’ve got a Davek Solo — a $100 umbrella, man. It fits in any bag I own (briefcase, mini backpack, luggage), it’s got the one-button open and close function, it’s indestructible in the wind and it has a lifetime guarantee. I freaked out a little when I woke up one morning after a late night and thought I lost it, only to find that I’d tucked it safely into a drawer like a proper adult. Rain protection, I’m finding, is a not-so-subtle metaphor for being responsible in life after age 30.

Coverage Arc Diameter 43 inches
Closed Length: 11.75 inches
Weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces
Shaft Material: steel
Frame System: fiberglass-reinforced 9-rib frame system
Fabric: 190 thread-count microweave
Warranty: unconditional lifetime