Trying to decide between a Long and a Compact umbrella? In general, we recommend a Compact umbrella when folding to a small size is required (e.g. stashing it in a bag or purse in case of rain or for a trip/travel or for a stocking stuffer). On the other hand, we recommend Long umbrellas for someone who is going to be using the umbrella frequently (e.g. walking a dog or commuting to work every day) because of its greater durability.