SAN ANTONIO – It's a common rainy day challenge: getting in and out of a car while struggling with a big umbrella. The Better Brella, one of those "as-seen-on-TV" products, claims to be the solution. But does it really work?
The product uses reverse technology. It doesn't open and close like a conventional umbrella and looks more like it's upside down and inside out.
"Closed, it forms a waterproof cone and all the wetness stays inside," the ad claims.
KSAT meteorologist Sarah Spivey agreed to check it out on a rainy day. She took it for a soggy stroll and gave it the get-in-and-out-of-the-car test.
"One of the problems I've had with umbrellas is if I open it up, I have to open the door all the way and I end up completely covered with rain," Spivey said.
With the Better Brella, she was able to crack the door a few inches and open the umbrella before getting out of the car in the rain.
"That's pretty awesome," she said.
In the quick umbrella test drive, the product worked. It's also lightweight, easy to open and has a comfortable handle. However, online reviews are mixed. Some customers said they were disappointed in the quality.
The Better Brella is sold at various retailers for approximately $20. It is also sold online.