We carry several brands of clothing that offer UPF protection with ratings from 15 to 50+ UPF. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric. UPF is similar to SPF (Sun Protection Factor) ratings for sunscreen.
A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it allows 2% of the UV rays to pass through the garment and it blocks 98% of the UV radiation. The higher the UPF rating, the lower the amount of UV rays will reach your skin. Wearing a UPF fabric greatly reduces your exposure to UV rays.
In addition to UPF shirts and pants, a
wide-brimmed hat will protect the ears and scalp and help shield the face from the sun's rays. Sunglasses with ultraviolet protection not only make it comfortable to see amidst the brightness and intensity of midday sun, they also shield the eyes from the damaging rays that can lead to the formation of cataracts. When it comes to protective clothing, the tighter the weave of the article of clothing, the more protection you will receive. With sun protective clothing, as long as the fabric covers your skin you are protected, unlike sunscreen which can wash or wear off and which should be reapplied every two hours.
Pistil, Marmot, Columbia, Carhart, Under Armour, Outdoor Research, Grundens, Buff (look for our July 3-17 coupon featuring 20% off Buff Headwear)
Smith, Oakley, Native, Suncloud, Forecast
UPF 15-50+, Mountain Khakis, TYR, Outdoor Research, Marmot, Exofficio, Smartwool, Prana, Columbia, Royal Robbins, Kuhl