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mgnswaus

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Muxia 2012. Arles to Puente la Reina 2013. Puente la Reina to SdC 2014 European Peace Walk 2016 Portuguese 2017 Ingles 2017

smj6

Siempre hay que ver el positivo
Camino(s) past & future
Oct/Nov 2016 (Via Podensis/ Frances)
Oct 2018 (Via Francigena stage)
@mgnswaus, if you search the forum with a key tag such as umbrella, you will find various threads discussing this, e.g click here
Hope this helps
Suzanne :)
 

ricitosdeplata

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Camino(s) past & future
09/2015: Via de la Plata
I'm using the expandable hands free euroschirm in 32 to 35°C so far while training and not on the camino. Have used it straight up and haven't tried angling it east or west yet. I think it helps a lot. My arms are still in the sun so am wearing some biking sleeves as someone suggested on this forum. I'm taking a waterproof top and a rain skirt since I don't think I will be protected from rain. My shoes are not waterproof since I've read that waterproof shoes once wet take a long time to dry and they can make your feet very hot. Using ankle high stockings and smartwool socks as a 2 part system. My backpack has its own rain cover and my thinks will be in waterproof stuff sacks.
 

Sheesh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(CF 2009, 2013) (?-2020)
Have just sourced what looks like 2 great umbrella/ sunshades (teleScope and Swing) which attach to most backpacks.

Email danilo.rahn@birdiepal.com for advice on shipping, depending where you live. Neither is available in Australia so will have to be shipped from the US.

The website is :
http:// www.euroschirm.com/schirm/teleScope_handsfree/info.cgi?session=i78rCuXE36M29&sprache_land=usa

Has anyone any experience of either of these?
I have long been interested in these umbrellas though have yet to commit.

On the Euroschirm website Australia appears as a choice under the Union Jack drop down. However, when it is chosen as if to order the following message pops up:

"For all requests from Australia, please contact our Australian distributor Zen Imports Pty Ltd: support@zenimports.zendesk.com, phone: (02) 8878 3600"
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome
Using the handsfree Euroschirm at the moment on the VdlP. It was 35 to 38 deg last week and the umbrella was a godsend! Used it this morning to protect from the rain this time (the weather has changed drastically).
I was doubtful because of the extra weight but so far it's been fantastic.

I ordered it direct from Euroschirm but of course I live in Europe.
 

Donna Sch

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Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Levante-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
England Camino routes ?2024
I'm using the expandable hands free euroschirm in 32 to 35°C so far while training and not on the camino. Have used it straight up and haven't tried angling it east or west yet. I think it helps a lot. My arms are still in the sun so am wearing some biking sleeves as someone suggested on this forum. I'm taking a waterproof top and a rain skirt since I don't think I will be protected from rain. My shoes are not waterproof since I've read that waterproof shoes once wet take a long time to dry and they can make your feet very hot. Using ankle high stockings and smartwool socks as a 2 part system. My backpack has its own rain cover and my thinks will be in waterproof stuff sacks.
The sleeves are a good idea. That is something I would recommend for a summer VDLP. I have been wearing a thin Adidas running shirt which is brilliant in the sun but I noticed last night that I had copped a little sunburn through it as it is quite thin. I have a Long sleeved thin merino top which I would not wear hiking but is great to change into for these cooler temps post arrival.

The Euroschirm umbrella is a godsend. I've used it in the sun and with my Aarn pack you can jam the handle down the back (and not feel it) and it is quite secure.

Using the handsfree Euroschirm at the moment on the VdlP. It was 35 to 38 deg last week and the umbrella was a godsend! Used it this morning to protect from the rain this time (the weather has changed drastically).
I was doubtful because of the extra weight but so far it's been fantastic.

I ordered it direct from Euroschirm but of course I live in Europe.
Isn't the rain fantastic! Where are you at the moment? I'm heading to Almadén today.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
I just use a regular sturdy stick umbrella that I buy in Spain for usually around 8 euros. I slip it through the front straps of my backpack and it works fine.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome
Isn't the rain fantastic! Where are you at the moment? I'm heading to Almadén today.
Am in Fuenterroble tonight and wearing my merino long sleeve top plus fleece!!! Lovely temp. to walk though. I cursed myself for having brought warm clothes when it was
35 + (how can I be so STUPID sort of thing) but now I'm quite pleased ..
Buen camino Donna, thinking of you!
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome
Have just sourced what looks like 2 great umbrella/ sunshades (teleScope and Swing) which attach to most backpacks.

Email danilo.rahn@birdiepal.com for advice on shipping, depending where you live. Neither is available in Australia so will have to be shipped from the US.

The website is :
http:// www.euroschirm.com/schirm/teleScope_handsfree/info.cgi?session=i78rCuXE36M29&sprache_land=usa

Has anyone any experience of either of these?
Just thought about this... Should have asked which camino you were doing and when...
 

ricitosdeplata

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/2015: Via de la Plata
I'm adding an some elastic cord around the shaft of the umbrella since it moves too much if I'm on uneven terrain. Donna, sounds like your backpack is even better for carrying an umbrella. Btw, I'm really curious about the area around Almaden. If I ever do this again, I'd like to explore the wildlife, trails, and telescopes there.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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My arms are still in the sun so am wearing some biking sleeves as someone suggested on this forum.
Thank you for the heads up. I got quite sunburned, for the first time, on this Camino, despite using sunscreen. Perhaps it's getting a little old and the active ingredients are no longer working? But I would have been disappointed to order this umbrella and to learn it does not help covering arms. Next Camino: UVproof longsleeves of some sort for sure!
 

Melensdad

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 SJPdP to Santiago, Finisterre. Hadrian's Way, 2015. Sections of the AT + National & State Park trails.
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ricitosdeplata

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
09/2015: Via de la Plata
Melensdad, I liked your photos. Will try your way of attaching the umbrella. I'm finding that my umbrella has a little more movement that I like every time I make a step. Hadn't been able to fix the problem.

Another problem that developed was that the first half of the shaft was constantly shortening so that the umbella was touching my head. I tied a couple of wide, long rubber bands together and put a knot on each end. Then I wrapped the 2 rubber bands just below the extension ring. This did the trick.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome
Have we got the same umbrella Ricitos? Because if so you just need to twist the handle and it locks the 'extension' in place...
 

mgnswaus

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Muxia 2012. Arles to Puente la Reina 2013. Puente la Reina to SdC 2014 European Peace Walk 2016 Portuguese 2017 Ingles 2017
Just thought about this... Should have asked which camino you were doing and when...
The European Peace walk from Vienna to Trieste/ Venice in August/September. A new part of the world.
 

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