Do I Need A Rashguard?
If you plan to be soaking up the sun this summer, it's a good idea to have a rash guard or UV t-shirt on hand. The term "rash guard" comes from the surfing world. A rash guard will protect your stomach and chest from rubbing against the wax on the board and giving you a rash. Another benefit of a rash guard is the protection it offers from the sun. Unlike a typical t-shirt, most rash guards have a SPF rating of 30-50 or more, making them great for any summer outdoor activity. Here are some tips to help you find the right rash guard for all your summer needs.
Will you be surfing or swimming?
If so, we recommend a tighter fitting rash guard. This type of fit will hug your body and stay in place better than a loose fitting one. Keep in mind that rash guards run snug to begin with and it's not unusual to go up one size from shirts that you usually wear.
Are you stand up paddle boarding?
The SUP crowd loves more loose fitting t-shirt style rash guards. These run more true to size and fit like a classic t-shirt. Since you are not submersed, there is no need for the super tight fit. Keep in mind most t-shirt style rash guards still have a pull tab that can be tied to the drawstring on your boardshorts for a more secure fit.
Looking for a little extra insulation?
Neoprene rash guards are the perfect fix for chilly water conditions that don't quite require a full wetsuit. These tops can range in weight and although they have a tighter, more constrictive fit, they work perfect for adding a little warmth.
Short sleeve versus long sleeve?
This one is personal preference but if you have sensitive (or very pale) skin, we would recommend going for long sleeves. Keep in mind that when you are in the water, the sun is reflected and magnified making your chances of burning much higher.