thanks for the comment on my blog. i understand about umbrellas for rainy walks, but this is more like a windy rain that blows your umbrella sideways lol. it has more to do with the slickness of my walking track when wet. i dont know what kind of coating they poured over it but when its wet, its slick and with the injuries i have suffered, i fear another. besides, my glasses get wet and i cant see where im going and i just really hate rain. but i will walk, even if its in place. thanks again.