A hands-free umbrella designed to withstand winds of up to 50mph could help cyclists battling through April showers.
The Nubrella, which resembles a bubble wrapped around the user's head and shoulders, works by strapping on a shoulder support and extending a canopy around the head.
Weighing just over 1kg, it costs £40 and comes in either black or see-through style.
Inventor Alan Kaufman, 49, from Florida, said: "The major advantage is the wearer doesn't have to carry anything when not in use as it goes behind the head like a hood.
"The umbrella was long overdue for some innovation, now people can ride their bikes and work outdoors completely hands free while staying protected.
"Millions of people are required to work outdoors no matter what the conditions are and simply can't hold an umbrella and perform their tasks.
"We believe this will revolutionise the industry and are targeting people who can't use an umbrella or are too tired to hold an umbrella."
It comes as, after a spell of unseasonable March sunshine, Britons endured a washout Easter weekend.
Britain's seaside resorts, last year thronged with visitors as temperatures climbed higher than Spain and Greece, presented a sorry picture with just the odd hardy dog walker braving the soggy conditions.
Forecasters say the damp weather is set to continue with showers predicted for the rest of the week.