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The Nomad Shadow Leaf leaves you made in the shade

The importance of proper protection from the sun at the beach cannot be understated. While it’s easy to have a good time and lose sight of protecting the body, most people usually apply some sun tan lotion once or twice, and call it a day. Others keep themselves under large, unstable umbrellas that are too small for the entire family and prone to being knocked over or blown away by strong winds.

Thanks to the magic of crowdfunding, even the beachside umbrella is due for a complete overhaul. Leaf for Life’s Nomad Shadow Leaf is that overhaul — a lightweight, portable sun shade with a wide variety of clever features for more beachside comfort. One of the parasol’s defining features is its anti-fungal, water-repellent canopy that uses a tensioning system to instantly open by simply unravelling it. When fully opened, the canopy seems small but is designed to sit at an angle that produces a larger area of shade.

The Nomad Shadow Leaf also boasts a sun following system that lets users easily change the angle of the canopy depending on where the sun goes, perfect in combination with the product’s removable solar panel. Users can take advantage of the power generated with two USB ports that supply 16 watts of power to use with q smartphone, Bluetooth speakers, or anything else worth charging up.  $225 gets beach-goers a Nomad Shadow Leaf in one of many available colors along with a carrying bag and three carabiners to hold beach gear up, all slated to ship in August 2016. The Kickstarter campaign is looking for $28,000 by August 5th, 2016.

The Nomad Shadow Leaf’s combination of ample shade with solar technology to charge gadgets is a winning combination, especially since everything can be packed up into a slim package that can easily be carried around. Something like this stands in contrast to the Bungalow Beach Chair, an all-in-one built for a single person in mind that lacks the charging potential of Shadow Leaf.

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