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Is UV Protection Clothing Important For Fishing?

What is Sun Protective Clothing?
 

Sun Protective Clothing is specifically designed to block the sunís harmful UV radiation from damaging the skin (widely known as UVA/UVB/UVC rays).  Exposure to such UV radiation can not only cause sunburn, but also long lasting damage resulting in premature skin aging and/or skin cancer. To help the consumer better determine the protection a garment has, a UPF rating system has been developed. Shoppers should only consider buying a UV garment that as a UPF rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) and moreover, from a reputable company and/or manufacturer that promotes the UPF rating system.  This ensures that they are getting only the very best protection from their UV sun protective apparel item.

 

Below is the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Sun Protective Clothing which is now considered the industry standard in rating such sun protective clothing

 

UPF Ratings and Protection Categories

UPF Rating

Protection Category

% UV radiation Blocked

UPF 15 Ė 24

Good

93.3 - 95.9

UPF 25 Ė 39

Very Good

96.0 - 97.4

UPF 40 and over

Excellent

97.5 or more

UPF50+

Considered the Ultimate in UV Sun Protection

 
UPF Rating System
 

The Australian Goverment, a leader is UV research for over two decades, has stated that, "Over-exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) can cause sunburn, skin damage and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Clothing provides one of the most convenient forms of protection against UVR but not all garments offer sufficient sun protection.

 
What is SPF as opposed to UPF:
 

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Some manufacturers and even some websites describe their clothing as SPF protective.  This is a false claim as SPF describes only a Sunscreens protectiveness. The number is determined experimentally indoors by exposing humans to a light spectrum that simulates the sun. Some people then use sunscreen and others do not. The amount of light that induces a tan/redness in sunscreen-protected skin, divided by the amount of light that induces redness in unprotected skin is the SPF rating. It is mainly a measure of UVB protection and ranges from 1 to 45 or above.

A sunscreen with an SPF of 15 filters 92% of the UVB. In other words, using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 will delay the onset of a tan/burn in a person who would otherwise burn in 10 minutes to burn in 150 minutes. The SPF 15 sunscreen allows a person to stay out in the sun 15 times longer.

On a side note, there is currently no uniform measure of UVA absorption. There are broad-spectrum sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB radiation although it is important to remember that the SPF does not predict UVA protection and again, one should be very very skeptical of ANY sunscreen that say its UVA/UVB protective.

 
SPF is for Sunscreen; UPF is for Clothing & Swimwear
 

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Some manufacturers and even some websites describe their clothing as SPF protective.  However, as we all know, SPF describes a sunscreen's protectiveness.

UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. To help the consumer better determine the protection a garment has, a UPF rating system has been developed. Shoppers should only consider buying a UV garment that as a UPF rating (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) and moreover, from a reputable company and/or manufacturer that promotes the UPF rating system.  This ensures that they are getting only the very best protection from their UV sun protective apparel item.

 
Rashguards / Swim Shirts / Sun Shirts?
 

What is the difference?  Well it all comes down to fit!

Rashguards were originally designed to protect surfers from getting a rash as they paddled on their surfboards.  However, now many of our customers wear these rashguards at the pool or sitting on the beach with the added benefit/security of the UPF rating preventing sunburn. 

Swim Shirts were originally designed to fit a bit loser so if one was not surfing, they didnít have to wear such a tight fitting top.  These shirts then evolved into being designed for children.  This gives a parent great advantages in that a child could get more use out of the UPF shirt as they grow.  Swim Shirts can also be bought to fit as a rashguard, which can also give them great type of use flexibility.  In fact, many swim shirts are called rashguards and vise versa. 

Sun Shirts are simply a regular t-shirt or oxford type shirt that are UPF certified and may or may not be water proof.  This allows those who are use to wearing such types of shirts a similar feel at the beach or pool while the also being protected.

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
 

 

 

 
         
     

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