Best Sun Protection Shirts For Hiking

Hikers on Summit on Sunny Day

The best sun shirts for hiking combine breathability, lightweight and UPF 50+ UV protection, all of which you’ll get with Rayward Apparel’s lightweight sun protection shirts. Keep reading to find out why these traits are important for your go-to hiking shirt. Furthermore, discover why Rayward Apparel’s UPF shirts stand above the competition and are the best bet for your next hike.

UPF Hiking Shirts for Varied Weather Condition

Whether you’re hiking in the wetlands of the Southeastern United States, or up in the Canadian Rockies, you need a hiking shirt that can handle different conditions and temperature ranges. Fortunately, Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection is up to the task. Made of viscose from bamboo, our UPF 50+ hiking shirts are breathable, lightweight and quick-drying. Continue below and discover more about how we designed the best lightweight sun protection shirts for hiking.

Couple Hiking Along Sunny Ridge

Breathable Comfort for Your Next Hike

Bamboo fibers help you regulate your temperature by helping your body vent properly. In hot weather, this means collecting cool air to keep you from overheating. Meanwhile, in colder weather, the bamboo fibers help trap warm air. In either hot or cold temperatures, the thermal regulating properties of bamboo help you stay comfortable. As a result, when you’re out hiking, you’ll feel great wearing our lightweight sun protection shirts from dawn till dusk.

Lightweight Hiking Sun Protection Shirts 

Another great thing about our sun shirts made from bamboo viscose is that they’re lightweight. As a result, they won’t weigh you down, whether on your back or in your pack. We know that the weight of every worn and packed item quickly adds up. Given this, our fabric blend balances protection with weight to make sure you are protected, but not burdened. Plus, our shirts are tailored with an athletic fit to avoid bulk. We also forgo unnecessary buttons, straps and fasteners for a clean, thoughtful design that gives you everything you need, and nothing you don’t! 

Hiking Wet Forest Trail

Quick-drying, Moisture-wicking Sun Shirts for Hiking

Any dependable hiking sun shirt needs to wick moisture and dry quickly. Why? Because eventually, at some point, you’re going to get wet! Whether that moisture is from a waterfall’s mist, a sudden rainstorm, or simply your sweat–the consequence is the same: you’re wet, and soon to be uncomfortable. Therefore, Rayward Apparel’s lightweight sun protection shirts use a fast-drying blend of lycra, natural cotton and viscose from bamboo. This carefully chosen blend excels at pulling moisture away from your body, which allows it to then quickly evaporate away. Rather than blocking sweat or making you sweat more than you should, our UPF hiking shirts allow your body to sweat naturally. Then, our moisture-wicking fabric assists your body’s natural process by quickly pulling the sweat away from your skin. Plus, the same process that works for sweat works for other moisture, including that rainstorm you couldn’t out-hike!

UPF 50+ Protection You Can Trust on Any Hike

Perhaps you already have a lightweight, moisture-wicking hiking shirt, but is it UPF rated? All of Rayward Apparel’s sun shirts, including our lightweight Sun Bound collection, are UPF 50+ rated. This means they block over 98% of UV rays, the equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen! Plus, our sun clothing’s UPF rating lasts wash after wash, and even when wet.

In conclusion, the best hiking shirt is one you can trust. Not just for its lightweight breathability and well-fit design, but also for how it protects your hide. For your next hike, perhaps to one on the top 5 hikes in the vide below, trust nothing less than the lightweight, UPF 50+ rated sun shirts from Rayward Apparel. 

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Best Sun Protection Shirts For Hot Weather

Arches National Park in Hot Weather

The best sun shirts for hot weather balance lightweight breathability with trustworthy UV protection, both of which you’ll get with the men’s long sleeve sun protection shirts from Rayward Apparel. But what exactly makes this the BEST sun protection shirt for hot weather? Continue reading as we outline the many benefits of our UPF 50+ Sun Bound collection, not the least of which is an ultraviolet protection factor rating that blocks over 98% of harmful UV rays.

Sun Shirts to Stay Cool in Hot Weather

For many, the natural response to combat hot weather and rising temperatures is to wear fewer layers, exposing more skin. While this feels good momentarily, exposing more skin increases your risk of sunburn and harmful UV damage. To combat this while staying cool and safe, we recommend UPF50+ lightweight long sleeve sun protection shirts. While it may seem counterintuitive to wear a long sleeve shirt in hot weather, when the fabric blend is as lightweight and breathable as our combination of cotton, viscose from bamboo and lycra, then the finished product is surprisingly cool. Of course, if needed, our Sun Bound UPF 50+ short sleeve t-shirt is always an option. Just remember that any short sleeve sun shirts should always be paired with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Just remember, unlike UPF apparel, sunscreens must be reapplied every 2 hours, and more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.

Bamboo Plant for UPF Apparel

Tough Weather Demands a Tougher Sun Shirt

If it’s hot enough, you’re going to sweat—even in the most breathable of shirts. The benefit of quick-drying, moisture-wicking apparel like our men’s and women’s long sleeve sun protection shirts is that you won’t stay wet. As the sun shirt absorbs moisture, it will pull it away from your skin. This helps wetness quickly evaporated, keeping you both cool and dry. Plus, even wet, our sun shirts with viscose from bamboo still protect from the sun’s UV rays (unlike typical clothing). A sun shirt as tough as our women’s and men’s long sleeve sun protection shirts can handle the hottest of weather, even when hiking!

Sun Protection Shirts with a UPF 50+ Rating

The most critical factor in selecting the best sun protection shirt for hot weather is its Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF rating. In the hottest of weather, you could be most susceptible to sun damage. Therefore, depend on sun protection clothing with the highest possible sun protection rating, UPF 50+. Our women’s and men’s long sleeve sun protection shirts block over 98% of the sun’s UV rays, the equivalent of a broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen. However, compared to SPF lotions, UPF apparel doesn’t have to be reapplied every 2 hours!

When the temperatures rise the highest, resist the urge to grab a sleeveless tank top or muscle shirt. Instead, make the right decision for your skin. Choose the comfortable, dependable and affordable protection of Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ men’s and women’s long sleeve sun protection shirts. And for added protection, check out our hooded variation!

Best Sun Shirts For The Beach

Sunny, Sandy Beach Aerial View

A day at the beach should be fun, relaxing and safe. It should not, however, be shortened by lack of sun protection or ruined by fears of sunburn. Whether you’re spending the day at your local beach, or miles from home and on vacation, you need to wear the best sun shirts for the beach: lightweight hoodies. 

Hopefully your beach is the sunny escape you need, but even perfect beaches are full of invisible, damaging UV rays. These harmful UV rays pour down from above, reflect up from sand, and even penetrate through and bounce off water. With little relief from the sun, even underneath an umbrella, your best protection is a high-performance sun shirt. We recommend Rayward Apparel’s lightweight hoodies with UPF 50+ protection.

To find out why our UPF 50+ lightweight hoodies are the best sun shirts for the beach, continue below. From the breathable fabric to the dependable UV protection, our Sun Bound long sleeve hooded shirt is your best bet for the beach!

Lightweight & Breathable Beachwear Hoodies

A hot, sunny day at the shore requires a breathable shirt that feels lightweight and cool. Our Sun Bound collection of UPF 50+ shirts blends natural cottons and viscose from bamboo for a lightweight fabric. As a result, it’s as perfectly suited for beach volleyball as it is for post-game drinks at the club house!

Beach Volleyball Court with Sand

Durable in the Sand, Soft on Your Skin

For active beachgoers, your best shirt is one that stands up to your abuse, day after day, wash after wash. By blending cotton, viscose from bamboo and lycra, we’ve created an ultra soft, yet extremely durable fabric. Plus, it stretches while resisting pilling. Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound lightweight hoodies, for instance, benefit from the best traits of each fabric type. Therefore, you benefit from shirts perfectly suited for whatever your beach day brings—from frisbee to fishing, paddleboarding to reading. Whatsmore, the long sleeve hooded Sun Bound collection is great because of its simple care instructions and machine-washable construction!

Our Beach Sun Shirts & Hoodies Dry Quick

Beaches = water, so the best sun shirts for the beach need to be fast drying. The quick-dry lightweight shirts of Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection do just that! Even with our long sleeve shirt or our lightweight hoodie—which offer the largest area of protection and are the best suited for a long day in the sun—you aren’t walking around with a heavy, wet shirt stuck to your skin all day. Plus, you can feel free to jump in the water while wearing this shirt. Even more importantly, you can do so knowing that your UV protection holds up even when wet. 

Sun Shirts Save You Money on Sunscreen

A full day at the beach is going to call for several applications of sunscreen, which consume your time, require help and cost a lot of money. It’s not uncommon to go through an entire bottle of sunscreen lotion during just a single day at the beach—and that’s before you start passing it around for all your friends and family that forgot their own sun protection. The full, reliable protection offered by our lightweight hoodies ensures proper UV protection without the need to cover your entire body with sunscreen. Of course, all exposed areas, such as your face and hands, still need the UV protection of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, but your bottle will last a lot longer when you aren’t using an entire tub on your torso and arms!

Rayward Apparel Sun Bound Hoodie, Back

UPF 50+ UV Protection

The biggest factor in choosing the best sun protection shirt for the beach is in the UPF rating. Nothing can ruin the perfect day at the beach quite like a nasty sunburn, and you’re especially vulnerable in or on the water, so choose the highest possible UV protection rating with a lightweight shirt rated at UPF 50+. A UPF 50+ protection rating tells you that an article of clothing blocks 98% of the sun’s damaging UV rays, the equivalent of constantly wearing SPF 50 sunscreen, but without the greasiness, odor, cost and time-consuming applications (and reapplication, and reapplication, and reapplication…).

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound long sleeve lightweight hoodies check every box for effective, sun-protective beachwear, and we trust they will become your go-to beach shirt for years to come!

Best Sun Shirts For Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing Rod and Reel

Of all our favorite outdoor activities, fishing might demand the most constant sun protection. Whether out on the boat, off the pier, from the shore out or in the middle of the stream, you’re exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays from not only above, but also from reflections bouncing off the surface of the water. Plus, the last thing you want for an eventful fishing outing is for it to end early. And especially not because of inadequate sun protection or fear of sunburn. Thus the need for comfortable, all day sun protection provided by UPF apparel. The question, then, is what is the best sun shirt for fishing? Continue below to learn about the long sleeve lightweight shirts perfect for your next fishing trip.

Lightweight and Breathable Fishing Shirts

A sunny day of fishing demands a cool, lightweight shirt that doesn’t feel heavy. It also shouldn’t make you feel like you’re trapped in a plastic bag. To address this, Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection uses a unique blend of natural cottons and viscose from bamboo. The result? Long sleeve lightweight shirts that feel equally appropriate fishing all day or grilling your catch.

Kayak Fishing at Sunset

Soft, Yet Durable UV Protection

For those relaxing fishing retreats, your best shirt is one that makes you feel as comfortable as possible. Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection of UPF 50+ shirts, for example, achieves its ultra soft feel with a blend of cotton and bamboo viscose. Of course, a soft shirt is no good if it doesn’t last. Fortunately, our fabric blend was also chosen for its stretch, durability and resistance to pilling. As a result, it could be your go-to fishing shirt for years. Plus, it has easy care instructions so you don’t have to fear washing your sun shirt with your typical laundry. Talk about activewear with easy care!

Quick Drying and Moisture Wicking Sun Shirts

It’s hard to go fishing without getting wet, so choose a fast-drying shirt that wicks moisture and keeps you dry. Long sleeves are ideal for protecting your arms from sun damage, but when your cuff or sleeve gets wet, you need a long sleeve lightweight shirt that dries fast and stays light, allowing you to focus on reeling in the big one! Shirts made with viscose from bamboo, such as Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection, dry quickly to keep you comfortable.

Boat with Fishing Rods

Range of Motion for Easy Casting

The best fishing shirt is tailored to avoid bulk, bagginess and excess weight, but with enough stretch and room for movement so you aren’t restricted from making the perfect cast, over and over and over. A raglan shoulder and sleeve design allows for the maximum range of motion with both style and performance with your sun protective apparel.

Long Sleeve UPF 50+ Sun Protection

The final and most important factor in finding the best sun protection shirt for fishing is in the UPF rating. The sun can be brutal, especially out on the water, so look for the maximum UV protection signified by a UPF 50+ rating, which indicates an effective filtering of 98% of harmful UV rays.

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound long sleeve lightweight shirts meet all of the above criteria, culminating in the best UV protection fishing shirts. Cool, breathable, soft, quick drying and UPF 50+, our long sleeve sun shirts are your perfect fishing buddy.

What Is The Best Sun Protection Clothing?

Paddleboarding on River at Sunset

The most reliable sun protection comes from quality UPF apparel, but what makes for the best sun protection clothing? Not all apparel offers equal protection against damaging UV rays. In fact, some of the clothing labeled and rated for sun protection isn’t ideal for active wear. Shirts with UV protection should be comfortable, stylish, versatile, long-lasting and, above all else, UV protective. Continue below as we dig deeper into what makes for the best sun protection clothing.

Comfortable Sun Protection Clothing

The perfect sun protection clothing needs to be as comfortable as it is protective. You want a shirt so comfortable that you’d wear it even if you weren’t leaving your house. All too often, choosing a shirt with UV protection means sacrificing comfort for the sake of a higher UPF rating. This is how you end up with sun shirts that feel like plastic, aren’t breathable and fit poorly. In reality, comfort and protection should go hand in hand. Fortunately, Rayward Apparel’s blend of viscose from bamboo provides the best of both worlds for an ultra soft buttery feel that still ensures a UV shield rated at UPF 50+.

Bamboo forest

Stylish UPF Apparel Designed for Any Occasion

The best sun protection clothing also needs a stylish design and quality finish. Without style, even your most protective shirts with UV protection would just sit in your dresser. With this in mind, Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Collection is designed with a modern, athletic fit that looks as good as it feels. Plus, a timeless raglan sleeve and tagless collar round out the design. The result? What we believe to be the best t-shirt, long sleeve shirt and hooded shirt for all day sun protection. Speaking of which…

Versatility Equals Utility

Ideal sun protection clothing fits your needs, rather than the other way around. For some, that means full body cover from the waist up, and therefore a long sleeve hooded shirt is best. For others, a long sleeve shirt paired with a sun protective hat fits the bill. Or maybe you’re gearing up for a strenuous outdoor workout or stepping out into extremely hot weather. In either case, a short sleeve UV shirt and proper sunscreen application could be the most appropriate. Just as with the design, the fabric must also be versatile enough to handle whatever life brings, from a hot day at the beach or a long fishing trip, to a run in the rain or a hike through multiple climate zones. This is where the perfect blend of fabrics, including viscose from bamboo, balances lightweight, quick-drying breathability and broad spectrum UV protection. Ultimately, the best shirts with UV protection need the versatility to meet your lifestyle.

Durable, Long-lasting UV Protection

What good is UV protection if it doesn’t last as long as you need it? The best sun protection clothing is built to last, both in terms of UV protection and general apparel construction. Rayward Apparel’s design team goes to great lengths to find fabric blends that resist pilling. As a result, your shirts look great wash after wash. Plus, our Sun Bound shirts with UV protection are made to stretch and withstand the abuse of a wide range of activities, both wet and dry, hot or cold.

Hiking mountains on a sunny day

Broad Spectrum UV Protection

Ultimately, the best sun protection clothing needs to effectively protect you from the sun’s damaging UV rays, both UVA and UVB. This means dependable broad spectrum protection when and where you need it most. Unlike typical lightweight clothing, UPF 50+ apparel blocks over 98% of the harmful UV radiation that would otherwise cause sunburns, or worse. To find the best sun protection clothing, look for product labels that indicate a UPF rating of 50+, the fabric equivalent of SPF 50, and the highest possible UV protection.

Shirts with UV protection that meet the criteria outlined above, like Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound shirts, are your best option for high performance sun protective clothing. Not only do our Sun Bound UPF shirts look great, fit comfortably and hold up to the demands of an active lifestyle, they meet the highest standards of UPF protection, rated at UPF 50+. To learn more and shop our Sun Bound UPF 50+ shirts, CLICK HERE.

Rayward Apparel’s SUN BOUND Collection

SUN BOUND Collection UPF 50 Apparel

We recently launched our first product line of sun protective bamboo shirts – the SUN BOUND Collection. But what makes this line of sun shirts so unique?

While we only recently officially launched the SUN BOUND collection, it’s been months in the making. Creating a high performing shirt that also achieves a high UV Protection rating (UPF) requires a very specific fiber blend. It must be lightweight and breathable to handle the heat, but also protective enough to protect against harmful UV rays. After prototyping dozens of shirts and fiber blends from suppliers around the world, we’re proudly releasing the SUN BOUND Collection. The collection includes three styles of shirts, available in both men’s and women’s sizes: Short sleeve, long sleeve, and hooded.

Performance AND Protection

The SUN BOUND collection is more than just a high quality UPF 50 shirt, but it’s built to perform. These shirts are built for athletes, but comfortable and stylish enough for the casual wearer. Our unique blend of cotton, viscose from bamboo, and lycra create a lightweight and moisture wicking shirt any athlete would love, while providing a UPF protection rating any mom would approve of. While there may be other UPF 50 shirts out there that provide sufficient sun protection, there are very few that would be suitable for training. The SUN BOUND collection accomplishes both.


You don’t have to be an athlete to fall in love with this collection. Not only is it one of the softest shirts you’ll ever wear, but we’ve designed every element of the shirt to make it as comfortable as possible. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tailored athletic fit to ensure it’s not too loose and not to tight
  • Raglan sleeves for better movement with thumb loops stitched inside of the long sleeves to keep your arms protected regardless of your activity
  • Single layered fabric hood to provide substantial sun protection without overheating
  • Tag-free collar


These shirts are made to last. While lightweight and breathable, our blend of fibers is durable and strong enough to withstand the toughest conditions. In addition to developing an extremely durable fabric, we reinforce all our seams to prevent any tears or splitting.  Also, you can rest assured with our hassle-free returns & exchanges policy – If you are not entirely satisfied with your order we offer a free exchange or refund for the full cost of your returned items.


A portion of all purchases of the SUN BOUND collection (and all other products we sell now or in the future) will be donated to charities with a vision similar to ours to help treat and prevent skin cancer. For more details on the foundations we support and our charitable donations, click here.

We are finalizing the production of our shirts now, and expect all pre-sale orders to ship out upon completion. If you’d like to guarantee your shirt in a specific color and size, please order now and we will notify you as soon as we have it ready. As a thanks for your support and patience we are providing a 25% discount and free shipping for anyone who places a pre-sale order, just enter “PRESALE25” at checkout – the coupon code will be valid through May. To see the various styles, colors, and sizes available click here.

5 Reasons a UPF Shirt Is Better Than Sunscreen

Sunset Paddleboarding with UPF Apparel

We love sunscreen and we love sun shirts, but which one is better? Generally, a combination of both will be your best option. There are always going to be parts of your body which will need protection that a shirt won’t cover. For instance, your face, hands, neck and legs. However, for areas like your chest, back, and arms, UPF shirts are a better option for a few reasons:

1. UPF Shirts provide FULL coverage so you can’t miss a spot

Rubbing in sunscreen over your entire body is not always a thorough process and spots are often missed, resulting in red streaks and blotches on your skin in areas which were accidentally unprotected. And unless you have the flexibility of an Olympic gymnast, it’s nearly impossible to get your entire back without recruiting someone else to help. A sun protective shirt, on the other hand, eliminates both of these issues, ensuring you are fully protected everywhere the shirt sits.

2. No reapplication needed

Sunscreens often have a water resistance rating listed on the bottle, stating the amount of time you should be protected regardless of the circumstances. However, this does not guarantee you are fully covered for that length of time, especially if you are swimming or sweating. At a minimum, regardless of your activity, you should be re-applying every two hours—which is often forgotten or ignored. Also, re-application is never an easy process. Once you’re covered in sand or start sweating, it’s never easy to completely dry off to properly reapply sunscreen. A UPF shirt avoids both of these issues because it doesn’t ever need reapplication—so have fun in the sun without the need to strictly monitor your exposure time.

Sunset Paddleboarding with UPF Apparel

3. Sunscreen costs add up quickly, so UPF shirts pay for themselves

To cover their entire body, most adults need to apply approximately 1oz of sunscreen. The average cost of 1oz of sunscreen is around $3 / oz, so about $3 per application. If you are out in the sun for 6 hours, those three applications throughout the day cost about $9 for just one day of proper protection. A high quality UPF 50+ shirt will cost more up front, but will last a LONG time and quickly prove its value as it allows you to use merely a fraction of the sunscreen you would otherwise use every time you’re out in the sun.

4. UPF Shirts are always broad spectrum, providing full protection

It’s important that whatever you decide to do, you protect yourself with a broad spectrum option. Any sunscreen that does not provide broad spectrum coverage is only protecting you from half of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Unlike sunscreen, sun protective fabric is always broad spectrum.

Climbing with UPF Apparel Sun Protection

5. Ease of coverage – UPF Shirts are quicker and easier to put on

With a sun protective shirt, you can immediately get proper coverage. You won’t need to recruit your friend to get your back, and you can get out the door faster. This means you get onto whatever fun activity you had planned without having to stop and lather up. We still recommend you take a moment to hit any exposed skin with sunscreen, but putting on a sun shirt is certainly easier and faster than trying to get proper coverage on your back, chest, and arms.

Rayward Apparel focuses exclusively on UPF 50+ apparel, specializing in sun protective shirts that are as comfortable as they are protective. Shop Rayward Apparel today!

Our vision sees through the sun’s glare and extends far beyond clothing. Dedicated to supporting the fight against skin cancer, Rayward Apparel donates 5% of all profits to charities with a similar vision to ours. Click here to learn more about how we give back.

Sources: Fox News, Sunscreen Study; American Academy of Dermatology, Sunscreen FAQs


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