I’ve come to the conclusion that a hiking umbrella is an indespensable piece of kit for hikers. Not only do they keep rain off but they shield the hiker from ultraviolet too when the sun is out, provide welcome shade and keep you far cooler than any hat will. They can be pressed in to service as a lunch stop shelter or to block rain and wind from entering the entry of your tarp. Spectacle wearers don’t get wet lenses and maps stay dry when you read them. They can even double as an emergency tarp pole.
The obvious disadvantage to using one is that a hand is needed to hold the brolly when it’s deployed. However, some pieces of shockcord fastened to the shoulder strap of your pack solves that. The other disadvantage is using them in high winds. Not recommended! But, by and large, we hikers don’t experience high winds that much in relation to the amount of time we are in the rain so it tends not to be a problem. I always carry backup waterproofs anyway.
I was sceptical about using a brolly until I used one. Now I wouldn’t be without one as its just too useful in all kinds of weather apart from high winds. I wouldn’t use on when scrambling up mountains or walking on ridges/ near big drops so common sense is needed. Nevertheless, I can recommend using a brolly.
Mine is made by Euroschirm who, I think, made the Golite Chrome Dome. At any rate, apart from the logo it is identical to the Golite. Here is a link to the manufacturer showing the chrome one and different coloured versions too.