Performance Umbrellas

Happily Under the Weather

This umbrella’s a keeper. It’s strong, stable, aerodynamic and easy to control, even in high winds. It’s NOT a flimsy excuse for raincover that’s going to wind up in a landfill after the first big gust.

The inventor is Greig Brebner, a New Zealander who had many close calls with inverted umbrellas and protruding umbrella tips. At nearly 6’ 3”, Greig tends to be at eye level with bent, twisted umbrella frames, and he’d seen enough to know the traditional umbrella was long overdue for a structural makeover. He set to work
at his kitchen table with a glue gun and some kite material, and the rest is history.

What’s different about the Blunt is its low profile and tensioned canopy, which allows the umbrella to withstand the wind without putting stress on the carrier. Greig came up with a “radial tensioning system” that uses double struts and telescopic ribs to distribute the effort used in opening the umbrella throughout the entire canopy surface. That creates a strong, aerodynamic umbrella with no sharp points at the edge of the canopy -- so the fabric won’t easily tear away from the covered tips and bystanders won’t get poked. Two styles are available: the classic Blunt and the lightweight Blunt XS Performance. Blunt is undercover comfort at its best.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mark

    Hello – or as they say where we’re from - Kia Ora! We at Blunt Umbrellas are excited to have the

    opportunity to share our revolutionary umbrella with you as the Daily Grommet's special feature. All

    the way from New Zealand, the Blunt was designed so that you could look forward to bad weather.

    If you are sick of traditional umbrellas constantly breaking, inverting, and poking you in the eye, then

    the Blunt is for you. Tested in winds of up to 70mph, our award winning design will turn navigating

    the elements into an enjoyable experience.

    I would love to answer any questions you may have regarding our product – don’t hesitate to reach


  • Ann
    3/9/2011 1:12 PM

    what is the differences between the classic and light umbrellas, i.e., weight, cloth, wind endurance?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 1:20 PM

    @Ann: Great Question. The main difference is the weight, the Lite is lightweight version of the Classic and weighs just 1lb. The Lite has a slightly de-engineered frame compared with the Classic (1.4lbs)however still out performs any umbrella in its class. Thanks

  •  Barry yahya
    Barry yahya
    11/9/2012 3:46 PM

    @Mark Duffin, so i really hope tell how i appreciate it and i want establish a contact with you....

  • Jane
    3/9/2011 1:22 PM

    Great question Ann! I often wish these descriptions were more complete.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 1:40 PM

    @Jane: There is a 'Details' tab for each feature that is just below its video. This tab has more detailed information regarding the items featured.

  • Todd
    3/9/2011 1:27 PM

    Are there any other shipping options?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 1:38 PM

    @Todd Gabel: Thanks for alerting us to an issue with our shipping options. There will be a standard shipping option and we hope to have our cart fixed momentarily, please stop back.

  • Stacey
    3/9/2011 1:46 PM

    When closed, do they just fold like a traditional umbrella, or are they compact at all? Thanks! :o)

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 1:54 PM

    @Stacey: Yes the umbrella folds up like any traditional stick design umbrella. Thank you for your question Stacey.

  • Edith
    3/9/2011 1:53 PM

    I'd like to purchase the Blunt-XL, but the minimum shipping offered to me is 2-Day UPS for $32. I cannot justify paying $32 for shipping. I hope there is a less expensive option, or I will have to let this purchase pass me by.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 2:06 PM

    @Edith Turk: Sorry about that...our shipping table wasn't working properly at first but it is now.

  • B Jaffe
    B Jaffe
    3/9/2011 2:00 PM

    I don't hear anything about a guarantee, or the ability to send it back to mfgr to be fixed.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 2:34 PM

    @B Jaffe: We offer a lifetime guarantee, you may return it to us and we will replace or repair. Thank you.

  • Ellencf
    3/9/2011 2:54 PM

    Are these manually operated or automatic(push button up and down)?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 3:09 PM

    @Ellencf: Great question Ellen. The Blunt uses a push/pull runner system that makes it hassle free to open (manually operated). Thanks

  • Rometta Ison
    Rometta Ison
    4/16/2012 8:36 PM

    @Mark Duffin :

    Although the unbrella is manually operated... it is Not at all easily done... I have had my umbrella for some time and it is almost impossible for me to operate... I most often have to use it in a "semi-open" position because I can not get it all the way open. Then, if someone helps me get it open and I get to my destination... I can not get it completely closed. I will say, The Blunt is indeed sturdy! I keep trying to make my mind up if I can justify keeping it or not....

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    4/17/2012 9:31 PM

    @Rometta Ison: Sorry to hear about this issue you are having with your beloved Blunt!

    The problem you are having stems from unwanted friction in the runner mechanism that travels up the umbrella shaft. This may be simply a case of some unwanted matter on the shaft or in the runner mechanism that is effecting the contact between the catches inside the runner and the shaft surface. If this is the problem, by cleaning the shaft of the umbrella with a damp cloth, drying off, and then applying an appropriate light lubricant to the shaft... all should be well. For this lubricant, we recommend rubbing a light layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) onto the shaft surface where the runner contacts it.

    For a start, we would appreciate if you would try this course of action to see if it helps get the umbrella working the way it should. If the problem persists, please get back to us and we will take further action for you.

    Once again apologies for this experience.

  • Beverly
    3/9/2011 3:56 PM

    What is the difference between the classic and the lite; size, weight, strength, etc?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 4:18 PM

    @Beverly: The Blunt Classic has 6 ribs that are 34 inches long. When opened it has a diameter of 47 inches and weighs 1.4 lbs. The Blunt Lite has 6 ribs that are 31 inches long. When opened it has a diameter of 43 inches and weighs 1 lb.

  • Joni
    3/9/2011 4:16 PM

    Now you need to add a signaling system so it can't be left behind anywhere--- the second biggest problem with umbrellas!

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 4:24 PM

    @Joni: You make a great point Joni, we also believe like your really nice pair of sunglasses you will look out for your Blunt more because you will not want to lose it. Thanks!

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 4:32 PM

    @Joni, You raise a really good point. I suggest taping a label with your name and phone number to the umbrella shaft on the side closest to the handle. I can be forgetful, so I do this with my golf clubs and they always find their way back to me.

  • J.A.
    3/9/2011 5:19 PM

    What a great idea! Would you please provide the dimensions of the extra large umbrella, similar to what Katherine did with the Blunt Classic and the Blunt Lite umbrellas? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/9/2011 5:58 PM

    @J.A.: I pulled that information from the 'Details' tab that is found under a feature's video. Here is the information for the XL: It has 8 Ribs that are 37 inches long. It is 54 inches in diameter when open and weighs 1.9 lbs.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 6:00 PM

    @J.A.: So the XL is an 8 rib design which weighs 1.9lbs, has a canopy diameter when opened of 54 inches and a shaft length of 37 inches. Thank you for your question.

  • an
    3/9/2011 5:47 PM

    where are the umbrellas manufactured?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 6:01 PM

    @an: All Blunt umbrellas are made with care in Xiamen, China. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth
    3/9/2011 7:37 PM

    How long are the umbrellas when folded? I am looking for an umbrella that is wind resistant and easy to carry when not in use.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/9/2011 8:41 PM

    @Elizabeth: The Blunt Lite is 31 inches long when not in use and has a handle strap to aid when umbrella is not in use. Thank you

  • Lynne Sutherland
    Lynne Sutherland
    3/9/2011 9:44 PM

    No question - just a comment to say that this product is well wind tested here in Wellington, NZ!! Great to see it on team.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/11/2011 11:43 AM

    @Lynne Sutherland: Thank you for your comments Lynne and hope everything is all good back home.

  • Barbara Thomas
    Barbara Thomas
    3/10/2011 5:53 PM

    I saw this product at NYIGF and was most impressed. Put it on my "Must Have" list and here it is. Beautiful design. Terrific product. Looking forward to the next big wind and rain !

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/11/2011 11:44 AM

    @Barbara Thomas: Really appreciate your comment Barbara. Hope your Blunt serves you well.

  • Joe Greenman
    Joe Greenman
    3/11/2011 2:17 PM

    Very impressed with the video, however most umbrellas are damaged when wind get under the umbrella and turns it inside out. I didn't see anything in the video that suggests the blunt is more durable to prevent this from happening.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/11/2011 3:38 PM

    @Joe Greenman: Great Comment Joe. Take a look at this youtube clip showing some wind testing. The Blunt Umbrella frame is made of polycarbonate which allows the ribs to bend and flex, this means if the umbrella did invert the ribs and canopy will not break like traditional designs. As you can see by the video it would take a lot to invert the Blunt Umbrella. Thank You.

  • Merle Jacobs
    Merle Jacobs
    3/25/2011 3:50 PM

    Looks like a great umbrella, and I'm wondering if you are thinking of making a model that would be more suited for traveling, i.e. compact? Thank you!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/25/2011 4:26 PM

    @Merle Jacobs: I have sent a note to Mark and will let you know what he says. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    3/27/2011 1:59 PM

    @Merle Jacobs: we do have compact designs in the pipeline and will be released once the prototypes have been through rigorous testing. Thank you for your question Merle.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    4/7/2011 3:05 PM

    A nice gentleman stopped by our office today to get a closer look at the Blunt Classic Umbrella. He had it in mind for his wife. It takes a manual motion to open the umbrella. To open, you have to give a pretty firm push until you hear a “click” (It is not an automatic/push-button mechanism). To close the umbrella, you twist to release and then pull it closed. He was impressed with the durability of the umbrella design, but because of the manual aspect it was not right his wife. Let us know if you have questions. We are happy to help you decide if this or other products are a good fit for you.

  • Daniel
    5/18/2011 8:14 AM

    I had an opportunity to test the umbrella under conditions of pretty strong wind last night, and it works great, unlike any umbrella I have ever owned!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/18/2011 9:05 AM

    @Daniel: Wonderful! We are glad it stood up to the test.

  • Carol
    5/19/2011 1:41 PM

    could you tell me more about the light one, such as weight and length when folded up?

    Thank you.

  • Carol
    5/19/2011 1:46 PM

    I'm sorry. I just read some of the other questions about the lite, length and weight and you already answered my questions!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/19/2011 2:14 PM

    @Carol Anderson: We are glad you found the answers. Let us know what other questions you may have!

  • Michele S.
    Michele S.
    11/21/2011 10:45 PM

    I have not tried the Blunt performance umbrella yet but look forward to buying it! I have recently moved from the suburbs into the city...Chicago, The Windy City. I was walking in the rain with an of those smaller collapsible ones..and I had forgotten what close quarters the sidewalks can be. I was terrified I was going to poke someone in the eye with my umbrella not to mention the flimsy quality of those collapsible jobs. What a great umbrella that's not going to invert in the wind plus no danger of poking someone with the spokes! Thank you, Mark Duffin, and thank you Daily Grommet for bringing the Blunt to us!

    Michele Oldfield

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/22/2011 12:19 AM

    @Michele S. Oldfield: And thank YOU for stopping by today and taking the time to post. I think the Blunt umbrella would be perfect for you. Have fun exploring your new home.

  • sp
    12/1/2011 1:44 PM

    i recently purchased a blunt and blunt lite - the blunt was defective (swinging/moving the umbrella slightly would cause it to unlatch from it's fully open position) but the retailer was quick to offer a replacement. the blunt lite seems to function perfectly, and doesn't require nearly as much effort to open. however, the slightest downward pressure on the push/pull runner is all it takes to disengage the umbrella from it's open position. i was able to test my blunt lite right away and it withstood the force of the wind nicely, but it's comforting to know the regular blunt model will require a twist before it will may be harder to open, but i'm glad it's also harder to close!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/1/2011 2:14 PM

    @sp: Thank you for stopping by to share your first-hand experience with the Blunt Umbrellas.

  • Roy
    12/7/2011 2:12 AM

    When will you be getting in the XL Blunt umbrellas in? I want to buy one and it's raining here!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/7/2011 4:06 PM

    @Roy McAlpine: Unfortunately, they won't be back in stock until February.

  •  Kate
    10/16/2012 12:47 PM

    The details tab does not include information on the XS version. Can give dimensions open and folded?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/16/2012 2:15 PM

    @ Kate: Thank you for your eagle eyes. Here's the info that's now on the Details tab for the Blunt XS Metro:

    - 6 Ribs

    - Folded Length: 365 MM / 14 IN

    - Diameter Opened: 950 MM / 37 IN

    - Weight: 0.82 lbs

  •  Susan
    10/27/2012 11:18 AM

    Are there plans to design a white sun Blunt with built-in spf 50 protection for those of us who sunburn easily or are prone to skin cancer?

  •  Rachel
    11/4/2012 5:30 PM

    I LOVE my original Blunt umbrella and its high quality design. My old umbrella wouldn't stand a chance in comparison. I'm ordering the Metro XS as a gift for my dad, who travels a lot.

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