Rayward Apparel Launches New Products: Sun Protective Hats And Neck Gaiters

Rayward Apparel continues its commitment to providing high performance sun protection apparel with new sun protective hats and gaiters. 

Headquartered in New Orleans, Rayward Apparel continues to expand its product offerings by launching brand new lines of sun protective hats and gaiters. Designed for functionality and comfort, both accessories maintain a UV protective rating of UPF 50+. In fact, Rayward Apparel exclusively produces UPF 50+ sun protection products. The new UV protective bucket hats and neck gaiters are on sale now, available for both men and women. 

Rayward Apparel’s expansion into sun protective hats comes with the premier of a lightweight bucket hat. The new Sun Ops bucket hat features a 3” brim, as well as an adjustable drawcord and chin strap. The Sun Ops bucket hat is also available in multiple sizes and colorways.

Likewise, the sun protection apparel brand’s new one-size-fits-all UPF tube neck gaiters are also available in various colors. “Our goal is to provide a wide variety of high quality sun protective options for our customers,” says Devin Regan, Rayward Apparel’s founder. “If you’re going to be out in the sun, you should keep all areas of your body properly protected. Our UPF 50+ hats and gaiters will provide UV protection for some of the most vulnerable areas of the body—the head, ears, face and neck. The right UPF apparel eliminates the need to constantly reapply sunscreen throughout the day, something people often forget to do. The more coverage you can get from sun protective apparel, the better.”

Making Sun Protection Personal

Founded in 2019, Rayward Apparel designs performance apparel that reduces the wearer’s risk of skin cancer and sun damage. Rayward Apparel accomplishes this through UV-blocking fabrics and apparel designs. This mission is personal to Rayward Apparel and its founder, Devin Regan, diagnosed with melanoma himself at a young age. Through this life-altering diagnosis, he realized the true dangers of UV exposure. Now, this is something he’s helping others understand and address before it’s too late.

“If I had been more diligent about skin protection when I was younger, I may have avoided my melanoma diagnosis altogether. UV exposure, often from the sun, is directly linked to skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Still, I’d never recommend anyone avoid the outdoors—people just need to wear apparel designed for the outdoors,” explains Devin. “There’s too much beauty and fun to be had in the sun to simply avoid it. Fortunately, with the right sun protective apparel, you don’t have to.”

Rayward Apparel is committed to fighting skin cancer, dedicating 5% of profits to support organizations researching and treating skin cancer. This includes sales from the new sun protective bucket hats and neck gaiters, as well as every other product sold.

About Rayward Apparel

Rayward Apparel believes that staying protected from the sun shouldn’t mean staying indoors, and sun safety shouldn’t mean compromising style, comfort or performance. Focused exclusively on providing UPF 50+ sun clothing, Rayward Apparel’s promise is therefore simple: More Adventure. Less Exposure. Learn more at https://www.raywardapparel.com/

Introducing Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

Rayward Apparel's Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

Rayward Apparel has launched the newest piece of our sun protection collection, the Del Mar UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter. Designed for all-day sun protection, our Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiter does so much more. In addition to protecting your head and face from harmful UV rays, this multi-purpose tube headwear insulates, cools and comforts in a variety of wearable styles. Best of all, our Del Mar UPF neck gaiter is on sale now so you can experience it for yourself!

Visit our online store for available colors, or continue below for key features of Rayward Apparel’s new UPF neck gaiter!

Rayward Apparel's Del Mar UPF 50 Neck Gaiters

UPF 50+ Protection

First and foremost, the Del Mar neck gaiter safely protects your skin from damaging UV rays. Our neck gaiter has the highest possible UV protection rating, UPF 50+. This is based on the U.S. testing standard for sun protective fabrics, AATCC Test Method 183. This means it blocks more than 98% of the sun’s ultraviolet light. In effect, wearing our Del Mar UPF neck gaiter is like having constant SPF 50 sunscreen, minus the smell, greasy feeling and frequent reapplications.

Lightweight & Breathable Neck Gaiter

Our UPF 50+ neck gaiter feature a lightweight blend of polyester (87%) and spandex (13%). A major advantage of polyester in this application is weight reduction and breathability. This fabric pulls moisture, like sweat, away from your skin to quickly evaporate. This exchange of moisture and air keeps you comfortable in a range of weather conditions, cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Additionally, our neck gaiter’s fabric is extremely soft and breathable, as one needs for something worn over the mouth.

Versatility by Design

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiter might seem like just a neckband. However, its practical tube-shaped design allows for more than a dozen wearable styles. Potential uses include: neck gaiter, face mask, bandana, beanie, balaclava, headband, hood, foulard, do-rag, sahariane, hair tie scarf and more.*

One Size Fits All

We carefully chose our Del Mar neck gaiter’s dimensions to maximize protection, performance and fit. Its 16” length makes possible all of the wearable styles described above. Any longer would leave too much fabric for your neck, but any shorter and a balaclava style wouldn’t be possible. The 9.5” width is equally intentional, as this determines how well the neck gaiter fits around your head and neck. This width, paired with the fabric’s flexibility and stretch, provides a secure, but unrestrictive fit.

Perfectly Portable

Good luck finding more portable UV protection than Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar neck gaiter. As previously mentioned, it can be worn in a variety of manners, including as a headband or wristband. Therefore, if you step inside and no longer need its UPF 50+ protection, just wrap the gaiter around your wrist (or throw it in a pocket). Plus, its trivial 1.6 oz weight won’t burden your pack, so don’t hesitate to take this sun protection essential wherever you go.

Designed for Durability

Unlike some multi-functional headwear, the Del Mar neck gaiter features durable finished seams. Utilized not just for aesthetics, these soft finished seams prevent unraveling and unsightly curls. Without finished seams, t along the edges of the closed tube. Additionally, and for your convenience, we’ve designed our Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiter to be machine-washable and safe for tumble dryers. You shouldn’t have to read a novel of care instructions to launder your sun protection clothing, and with Rayward Apparel’s UPF neck gaiters, you don’t. Simply machine wash, and tumble dry.

Kissable Comfort

The Del Mar UPF neck gaiter is ultra soft and smooth upon your face, which is essential for anything worn at length directly against your skin. Regardless of whether you’re bearded, clean-shaven or hairless, our neck gaiter provides comfort you can kiss. Additionally, the tagless design means no itchy fabric scratching your face and neck. Rayward Apparel’s sun-blocking neck gaiters are so comfortable, you might even forget that you’re wearing one!

Del Mar UPF Neck Gaiters Are On Sale Now!

Rayward Apparel’s Del Mar UPF 50+ neck gaiters are on sale now. For the ultimate in all-day UV protection and outdoor comfort, pair our neck gaiter with a sun hat and lightweight hooded shirt, also available now!

At Rayward Apparel, our vision reaches beyond clothing. In fact, 5% of all profits, including those from sales of the Del Mar neck gaiter, are donated to organizations fighting skin cancer. Your support makes this possible, and drives us to pursue our mission: More Adventure. Less Exposure.

* Rayward Apparel’s neck gaiters are not rated for medical use, nor have they been tested for their effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19.

Introducing Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat

Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat, Glacier Gray

Great news—we’ve expanded the Rayward Apparel sun protection collection with the launch of our first hat, the Sun Ops UPF Bucket Hat. Designed for all-day UV protection, the Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket hat blends performance with multi-season comfort and style. You can shop our highly-anticipated Sun Ops bucket hat now, or continue below for product features!

UPF 50+ Protection

The Sun Ops bucket hat features everything you need in wearable sun protection (and nothing you don’t). Of its many features, the most critical is its UPF 50+ sun protection rating. This is achieved through a semi-reflective polyester fabric that blocks greater than 98% of damaging UV rays.

Lightweight & Breathable

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops bucket hat features a lightweight polyester/spandex blend to keep weight down (and sun out). The unlined interior serves as a vent, minimizing trapped heat and allowing your head to regulate its temperature. Additionally, the polyester blend helps wick moisture away from your head. Your sweat, for example, will be drawn into the quick-drying fabric where it can quickly evaporate to keep you dry.

Shapeable 3” Brim on the Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat

A 360-degree brim wraps around the crown, supported by a soft, shapeable foam layer. This allows you to angle the brim up or down to suit your sun protection needs. The Sun Ops bucket hat’s 3” brim is perfect for all-purpose sun protection. Any smaller and you sacrifice all-important sun protection, but any larger and weight or bulk could become an issue.

Rayward Apparel's Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat, Navy Blue

Adjustable Fit

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ bucket hat is available in two sizes, Small/Medium (S/M) and Large/Extra Large (L/XL), based on head circumference. The S/M measures 58 cm around the crown, while the L/XL measures 62 cm around. The circumference is further adjustable with an elastic drawcord, allowing for a custom fit. This discreet drawcord is at the rear of the crown, directly above the brim, and can be adjusted with ease. An adjustable chin strap provides additional security and can be tightened to prevent the bucket hat from flying away.

The Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat is Travel-friendly & Packable

Sun protection apparel is no good if left at home. With that in mind, we prioritized both portability and packability with the Sun Ops UPF bucket hat. Thanks to its soft brim and crushable crown, simply roll, fold or toss the Sun Ops bucket hat into any bag. Additionally, its trivial weight won’t burden your pack (or your head) when traveling light.

Sensible Style

One thing you’ll notice right away about Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ bucket hat is its minimalistic, yet sensible style. The front of the crown features a single embroidered ‘Rayward Apparel’ logo, and our lightweight fabric allowed us to do away with eyelets. The fabric color options are equally sensible, launching in both Navy Blue and Glacier Gray. For reduced glare, each color pairs with a dark underbrim.

Most Importantly… Our Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hat is Available Now!

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Ops UPF 50+ Bucket Hats are available now. For maximum sun protection and outdoor comfort, pair the Sun Ops bucket hat with our new UV-protective neck gaiter and lightweight sun hoodie, both available now!

Remember, 5% of Rayward Apparel’s profits, including those from purchases of the Sun Ops bucket hat, are donated to organizations leading the fight against skin cancer. You make this possible, all while encouraging us to pursue our mission: More Adventure. Less Exposure.

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 because it’s built to perform. These shirts are designed as activewear, 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 everyone will love, while providing a UPF protection rating of which any mom would approve. While it’s not hard to find UPF 50 shirts with either sufficient sun protection or acceptable performance, the SUN BOUND collection stands out for accomplishing 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 too tight
  • Raglan sleeves for better movement
  • 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. 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 Greater Mission

5% of all profits from sales of our SUN BOUND collection (and all other products) is donated to organizations helping treat and prevent skin cancer. For more details on the foundations we support and our charitable donations, click here.

To shop our SUN BOUND collection of UPF 50+ shirts, click here.

Rayward Apparel Launches Its First UPF Performance Clothing Line

Rayward Apparel debuts new collection of sun protective clothing, compromising neither comfort nor performance in the process.

NEW ORLEANS, LA, March 26, 2020. With the launch of its new UV protective clothing line, Rayward Apparel sees a bright future. With a unique fabric utilizing bamboo’s natural properties, the company’s first UPF sun shirts blend comfort, performance and protection.

Founded in 2019, Rayward Apparel began with a simple mission of designing better UPF sun protection clothing. That mission quickly grew beyond apparel, however. “I wanted to start a company bigger than myself—one that could create a positive impact on as many lives as possible, while encouraging and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle,” says Devin Regan, Rayward Apparel’s founder. “Many apparel brands reinforce the ‘active’ component, but too few address health and the hidden dangers of UV exposure.”

A Wakeup Call No One Wants

Devin, a former collegiate track and field athlete at the University of Maryland (’09), spent hours training in the sun. More than a decade after graduating, he still enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle. However, this almost came to a sudden stop after a melanoma diagnosis at age 32. “The diagnosis was a wakeup call, and the quick discovery probably saved my life, but I knew I needed to do something to help prevent others from suffering a worse fate,” explains Devin. “My goal was simple: create the type of apparel I should have been wearing all along—one that protects as well as it performs.”

After thorough design and testing, Rayward Apparel’s debut line of performance sun protection is available for an exclusive pre-sale. The Sun Bound Collection, as its called, is available in three styles—short sleeve, long sleeve or hooded. Inspired by the company’s year-round sun chasing, the Sun Bound Collection is lightweight, ultra soft and, most importantly, protective. Rayward Apparel is finalizing production now and expecting the first batch of orders to ship out this summer.

“I’m unbelievably proud of the hard work and research that went into producing our first line of UPF apparel, but even more proud of the positive impact we hope to make as a business,” says Devin, alluding to Rayward Apparel’s commitment to donating 5% of all company profits to organizations researching and treating skin cancer.

About Rayward Apparel

Rayward Apparel believes staying protected shouldn’t mean staying indoors. Likewise, sun safety shouldn’t mean compromising comfort, style or performance. Focusing exclusively on UPF 50+ sun clothing, Rayward Apparel’s promise is simple: More Adventure. Less Exposure. Learn more at https://www.raywardapparel.com/

UPF Sun Hoodie in Tidal Blue

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