Louis Vuitton, $475
With a palladium metal spine, it resists the strongest winds and has a satisfyingly smooth release. But where’s the luxe, aside from the tan leather handle? (1 E. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-758-8877.)
Daisy Hill, $250
Weather-resistant Ultrasuede keeps you dry in style, and the laminated interior is as supple as a broken-in jacket. Almost too fancy to soil. (At William-Wayne & Co., 846 Lexington Ave., at 64th St.; 212-737-8934.)
Duncan Quinn, $145
Enough coverage to keep you dry, yet small enough for sidewalk negotiations. Treated polyester hood dries fast, and the ombré effect on the Lucite handle is a nice detail (8 Spring St., nr. Mott St.; 212-226-7030).
Cath Kidston, $85
The floral-printed tarp material will combat the heaviest rainfall, but it’s a little too southern belle—and heavy to tote around (201 Mulberry St., nr. Spring St.; 212-343-0223).
This adorable pint-size number easily fits intoa back pocket. Unfortunately, it takes the strength of two to open, leaving you drenched before keeping you dry. (At Saks Fifth Avenue.)
The handle doubles as a clip, so this sturdy umbrella hooks onto anything. Quick release increases the probability of knocking someone out. (At Mxyplyzyk, 125 Greenwich Ave., at 13th St.; 212-989-4300.)
The wrist strap tangles into bracelets and twists enough to cut off circulation within minutes. A cheery design, but for light rain and wind only. (At Olive & Bette’s stores; oliveandbettes.com.)
London Fog, $14.99
Conveniently fits in a medium-size purse and has a comfy gel handle that gives good grip. But it’s flimsy: Be prepared for the dreaded inside-out flip. (At Target stores; target.com.)
Street-Vendor Model, $3 and up
For those who eschew branding, it’s readily available on street corners during a rainstorm and easy to open. Price not guaranteed, though. And likely to collapse within minutes.