Compact X1 Pod Umbrella

High and Dry

To tote or not to tote? Umbrella strategy is tricky. Full-size models aren’t worth carrying except when it’s really pouring rain, and the compact versions are never really compact enough to keep in your bag at all times. Plus, after a rain shower, there’s no ideal place to stash a drippy umbrella. Until now. The X1 Pod is changing our perception of the compact umbrella.

Created by Knirps, a German company, the X1 Pod is a truly compact umbrella -- without sacrificing quality or functionality. When it’s closed, the X1
Pod measures just 7 inches long and fits into its own sunglass-style case (no more drips in your handbag). When it’s open, it has a generous 37-inch canopy that stands up to the rain and the wind.

Over the last 80+ years since founder Hans Haupt created his first compact umbrella, Knirps has earned a reputation for solid German engineering. The company also stands out for its unique graphics. Vibrant, colorful prints turn everyday umbrellas into design statements.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mary

    Hello, everyone! My name is Mary Hunter, and I am thrilled that Daily Grommet is featuring our Knirps umbrellas. Have you ever heard a weather report for “scattered showers throughout the day” and found yourself actually smiling? If not, you’ve probably never had a Knirps! Please take a look at our award-winning X1 Pod design - it’s the most uniquely adorable thing to come out of Germany since the Dachshund. Send me a note and tell me what you think.

  •  Bill
    10/16/2012 12:01 PM

    I love these umbrellas!

  • Mary
    Mary – Special Guest
    10/16/2012 12:47 PM

    @ Bill

    Thanks, Bill! Tell us about what style you have.

  •  Bill
    10/16/2012 1:46 PM

    @Mary Hunter

    I have the basic black. It fits perfectly in my glovebox.

  • Donna Lee
    Donna Lee
    10/16/2012 1:12 PM

    @ Mary Hunter: 1 problem. They're manually opened. For someone with Multiple Sclerosis like me. I ned an umbrella that opens at the push of a button. I just don't have the strength to push them open :-( .

  • Mary
    Mary – Special Guest
    10/16/2012 2:05 PM

    @Donna Lee Orosz

    Donna - Thanks for your message. I'm sorry to hear of your difficulties. Sorry that this particular X1 style does not work for you. Keep your eye out for other options from Knirps!

  • Mary
    Mary – Special Guest
    10/16/2012 2:08 PM

    @Donna Lee Orosz

    Sorry that this particular X1 style does not work for you. Keep your eye out for other options from Knirps!

  •  Irene
    10/17/2012 10:12 AM

    I have loved Knirps umbrellas for many years. They were not always available for purchase her in the US unless a German imports store carried them. Marshall Field's used to sell them once in awhile. My grandmother lived with my aunt in Germany and they used to send us little care packages every now and then, especially at Christmas. Every so often the package contained a brand new Knirps umbrella for my mom, sister and me. I loved it because it was so unique. Back in the 70's kids, especially girls, still used umbrellas when walking to and from school in the rain. All of my friends used to think my umbrella was 'cool' because of the way it folded up and fit into its sleeve. I liked it because Knirps always had beautiful and unusual designs. Of course it also kept me nice and dry, no matter which way the rain was falling. I still have the last Knirps my Oma sent me, probably in the early 1980s. I will never part with it, but I will certainly buy another (or I will ask my aunt to send it in her next 'care package' to us).

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/20/2012 9:31 AM

    @ Irene What a lovely story you wrote. I have such a beautiful image of your Oma sharing this tradition with you and can certainly understand your attachment to the last Knirps you were given. Thanks for sharing this.

  •  Mary
    11/12/2012 7:03 PM

    While I did like the style and the small size of the umbrella, I don't understand how it is hands free. It takes both hands to open and it is not easy..nor is it easy to retract. The shaft is so thin it seems hard to hold on to...surprised something like this would cost so much. Very disappointed that I have to pay to return it. Wish it would have worked out! Sorry..

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