Best UV Protection for Fishing

UPF 50+ UV Protection Fishing Shirt in the Sun

The best sun protection for fishing is with UV protection fishing shirts. Not only are UV fishing shirts great for their reliable sun blocking performance, but they’re also stylish and comfortable. And let’s face it, the better you feel while fishing, the more you’ll want to keep fishing! Of course, UV protection fishing shirts aren’t your only option for fishing sun protection, but they are your best option. Continue below to find out why!

You Never Need to Reapply UV Protection Fishing Shirts

Unlike with sunscreen, UV protection shirts don’t need to be reapplied every two hours. This means less time putting on sunscreen and more time actually spent fishing. In addition to saving time, fishing with UV shirts will save you money. In the long run, and especially if you participate in extended outdoor activities like fishing, UV shirts can save you and your wallet from costly sunscreen purchases. Properly applied every two hours, a $12 tube of sunscreen may only last one day. After just a few days or weekends of fishing, your sunscreen costs could exceed the price of a quality UV protection fishing shirt.

Surf Fishing with UV Protection Shirt

Fewer Sunscreen Applications = Less Greasy Hands

Although modern sunscreens are much improved compared to those of the last century, they still have their flaws. A common flaw of sunscreen, especially for fishing, is the greasy residue that’s often left on your hands. Slippery hands are bad for several reasons while fishing, not the least of which is your ability to hold your rod and reel. Don’t let the big one (or your entire rod) slip away because you can’t keep the sunblock off of your hands. Instead, keep your palms grease-free and trust the dependable sun protection of UV fishing shirts.

More Than Just Long Sleeves

What’s better than long sleeves? Long sleeves with hidden thumb loops! Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound collection of UV protection fishing shirts feature hidden thumb loops. These ensure that your sleeve cuff stays at your wrist, offering as much protection as possible. While fishing, you’ll spend lots of time with your arms up, whether casting, reeling or toasting your big catch, so choose a UV fishing shirt that’s designed for an active person.

In addition to long sleeves and thumb loops, the best UV protection fishing shirts feature hoods. These lightweight, UV-protective hoods offer even more protection from the sun’s harmful rays. When you’re on the water, and especially when you’re fishing and looking out over the water’s surface, a UV-protective hood is important. With a hood, your ears and neck are protected from both direct and reflected UV rays.

Don’t Settle for Less Than UPF 50+ Protection

The ideal UV protection fishing shirt offers UPF 50+ sun protection. UPF 50+ is the highest certified rating, and is reserved for fabrics which block greater than 98% of UV rays. All of Rayward Apparel’s products are certified UPF 50+, providing the clothing equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen. However, in contrast to sunscreen, our UPF fishing shirts offer all-day protection from the instant you put them on.

UPF 50+ UV Protection Fishing Shirt in the Sun

Comfort Matters for UV Protection Fishing Shirts

When it comes to choosing your go-to UV protection fishing shirt, don’t skimp on quality fabrics. Look for something that’s soft and lightweight so you look forward to wearing it all day. Equally important, especially around the water, is fast-drying and moisture-wicking apparel. Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound sun protection hoodie offers all of these advantages with a lightweight, 170 GSM fabric you can wear all day long.

Rayward Apparel’s UV protection fishing shirts are available now in both men’s and women’s. They’re ultra soft, lightweight, breathable and provide UPF 50+ sun protection—ideal for day after day of fishing.

Why You’ll Love Our Sun Protection Hoodie

Friends wearing sun protection hoodies at sunset

Our Sun Bound Bamboo sun protection hoodie has quickly become a fan-favorite of the Rayward Apparel team. We wear it both outdoors and inside, day or night, and regardless of whether we’re lounging around or active. More than a year in the making, the design and creation of our Sun Bound Bamboo sun protection hoodie was a labor of love. And now that we’re able to introduce it to you, we’re confident you’ll love it just as much. Continue below to find out why you’ll love our new sun hoodie, the Sun Bound Bamboo Hooded Long Sleeve UPF Shirt from Rayward Apparel.

Sun Protection That’ll Make Your Sunscreen Jealous

Our sun protection hoodie is rated UPF 50+, which is the highest possible UV protection rating for textiles. We achieved this rating using viscose from bamboo. Think of this as the clothing equivalent of SPF 50+ sunscreen. But, unlike your sunscreen, our UPF fabrics last all day, don’t require reapplication and are effective the instant you put them on. In fact, we’ve outlined additional advantages to using UPF apparel instead of sunscreen in a companion piece, 5 Reasons a UPF Shirt Is Better Than Sunscreen.

Did We Mention It’s Soft?

Thanks to our premium fabrics made with viscose from bamboo, our sun protection hoodie features an incredibly soft feel. The buttery smooth touch is achieved with our perfect blend of cotton and bamboo viscose. Together, the cotton and bamboo viscose create a lightweight, breathable and durable fabric. It’s perfect for various activities, but also soft enough that you’ll enjoy it just as much while lounging at home!

You’ll Love Our Sun Protection Hoodie’s Tailored Fit

A lot of thought went into the tailored fit of our UV protection hoodies. The elongated cut provides a slimming profile, while also ensuring better protection for your waist and lower back during various activities. Meanwhile, the raglan sleeves offer improved range of motion, which is also enhanced with our stretchable UPF fabrics. Altogether, it’s the perfect joining of fit, function and form.

Breathable and Lightweight

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound sun protection hoodie offers breathable performance in a lightweight package. The 170 GSM fabric allows for airflow and temperature regulation, while also wicking moisture away to keep you dry. This effectively forms a thin insulating layer that keeps you cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s cold.

Sun Protection That’s Built to Last

Machine wash, and tumble dry. It’s as simple as that. Thanks to its durable construction, our sun protection hoodie features easy care instructions and can handle the most common laundering treatments. Plus, since the UPF is inherent in the fabric (as opposed to a spray-on application), the protection lasts as long as the threads themselves! This amounts to significant cost savings versus frequent sunscreen applications.

You’ll Love the Versatility of Our Sun Protection Hoodie

No matter the season, you’ll appreciate the versatility of Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound sun protection hoodie. Whether you’re layering with our moisture-wicking hoodie in the colder months, or looking for UPF protection hoodies.

Rayward Apparel’s Sun Bound Hoodie is on sale now, and available in both men’s and women’s styles. Soft, lightweight, breathable sun protection—all from the perfect hooded shirt to keep you safe in the sun without sacrificing comfort or style.

How To Protect Your Neck From The Sun

Sun Protection for Exposed Neck

Your neck is one of the most exposed parts of your skin, and therefore extremely vulnerable and susceptible to UV damage and sunburn. However, with the proper precautions and protection, you can protect your neck from the sun, even while outside all day. Continue reading to learn about the three most important steps for effective sun protection for your neck.

#1 – Apply Sunscreen to Your Neck

The first step in protecting your neck from the sun is to wear broad spectrum sunscreen. If you plan on spending even as little as 15 minutes out in the sun, then you need a broad spectrum sunscreen with a rating of at least SPF 30. However, don’t just apply your sunscreen and then leave it at home while you go out. Instead, take it with you because you’ll need to reapply every two hours in order to maintain its effectiveness. If the sunscreen reapplication part sounds like a hassle (and a mess), then consider our second measure for neck sun protection…

#2 – Guard Your Neck with a Sun Gaiter

Sun gaiters are essentially tube headwear that protect your neck and face from damaging UV rays. By placing one around your neck, you’ll have 360-degree UV protection for your neck. Moreover, you’ll have the option to pull the neck gaiter up over your face and ears for additional sun protection. And as we pointed out above, while sunscreen is essential, it can be difficult to properly apply to the parts of your body that you can’t see, such as your neck. At home, you’ll likely have the assistance of a mirror, but that probably won’t be the case outside. 

Additionally, UPF 50+ neck gaiters utilize protective fabrics that block over 98% of UV rays, and their effectiveness is instant and constant. That means you don’t have to wait 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun (as you should with sunscreen). Plus, if you’re using a UPF gaiter for neck sun protection, you also don’t have to worry about your UV protection running out after two hours (as you would with sunscreen, thus the frequent reapplications). Therefore, leave nothing to chance and wear a sun gaiter for your foolproof neck sun protection.*

Sun Protection for Your Neck with Rayward Apparel's UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter

#3 – Wear a Hooded UPF Shirt for Neck Sun Protection

A third way to protect your neck from the sun is to wear a UPF sun shirt with a hood. Of course, a hooded sun shirt is only protecting your neck if the hood is up, so put it up and use it! The hoods on our UPF shirts, such as our Sun Bound Hooded Long Sleeve Bamboo Shirt, are lightweight and an easy way to transform a shirt into something that also protects your neck from the sun.

By using at least one, but ideally all three, of the methods above, you’ll have the best sun protection for your neck. Together, these methods significantly reduce your neck’s exposure to UV rays by blocking the sun with the combined efforts of UPF fabrics and SPF lotions, a winning combination to defeat sunburn.

To get the best sun protection for your neck, shop Rayward Apparel’s UPF 50+ neck gaiters and UPF 50+ hooded shirts today!

Bonus: Interested in some of the science behind what causes sunburn? Check out the video below and you’ll understand why sun protection is so important for your neck:

* Rayward Apparel’s neck gaiters are not designed for preventing the spread of disease. Our UPF neck gaiters have been tested for UV protection, but have not been tested for their effectiveness at preventing the spread of disease, such as COVID19, and should therefore not be used as an alternative to any appropriately-rated face masks.

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. 

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!

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!

Is UPF Clothing Better Than Sunscreen?

Running in UPF Clothing

If you are looking for the best coverage and cost savings, UPF clothing is the way to go. However, even when wearing UV protection clothing, it’s important you still have a quality sunscreen on hand. This is because even with the best clothing, it’s difficult to keep areas like your face and hands protected. Regardless of what you use for the rest of your body, make sure you have sunscreen handy for any exposed areas.

Better And More Effective Coverage

With sun protective gear, there’s no question about the amount of coverage you are getting. There’s much less guesswork, and it’s impossible to miss a spot. For long days in the sun, UPF clothing is a no-brainer, you can ensure you are fully covered without ever having to re-apply. Keep in mind, if you are wearing a t-shirt without a UPF rating UV rays can still penetrate the shirt and it’s recommended you apply sunscreen underneath the shirt as well on any exposed areas.

UPF Clothing Coverage Advantages:

  • Wherever the clothing covers, you have proper protection. You can’t miss a spot, and you don’t need someone else to help you get your back
  • Longer lasting. Sunscreens have a maximum effective use of 2 hours before reapplication is needed, and that number is much shorter when wet. UV protection clothing provides coverage for the life of the fabric and you won’t need to continually re-apply throughout the day

Sunscreen Coverage Advantages

  • Can get areas of your body clothing does not cover – face, neck, and hands are some of the usual suspects
  • If unprepared, can easily be bought in any convenience store (make sure to buy a broad-spectrum and waterproof version)
  • In extreme heat, sunscreen might keep you a bit cooler. However, many sun protection clothing options are extremely breathable and lightweight – just make sure you choose a shirt color that will suit your needs.

**Keep in mind, if you are wearing a t-shirt without a UPF rating, it’s recommended you apply sunscreen underneath the shirt as well as on any exposed areas.

Cost Savings

Cost Savings UV CLothing

The cheapest sunscreens you can buy online generally sell for about $1 per ounce, and can go all the way up to $5+ per ounce. Considering most adults need at least 1 ounce of sunscreen for full coverage, the costs can add up quickly. This is especially true if you are reapplying multiple times throughout the day. Quality UV protection clothing may run you about $50 at the time of purchase, but will keep you covered for years to come, saving you on sunscreen costs each and every time you wear it. 

Top recommendations to maximize cost savings:

  • Wear a UPF shirt that maximizes your coverage. A hooded long sleeve shirt will not only cover your torso, but your neck and arms as well.
  • Wear a sun protective bucket hat. This will keep your head and ears protected as well without needing sunscreen in those areas.
  • Do you research and find the most cost effective sunscreen for your needs. Make sure it’s broad spectrum to keep you properly protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • For more ideas, dive in a little deeper on ways to limit your sunscreen use.

Always Stay Protected

Regardless of whether you choose to wear UV protection clothing or sunscreen, just make sure you stay covered. Any sun protection is better than none. It’s a well known fact that protecting yourself from UV rays will decrease the likelihood of skin cancer. And if you don’t believe us, check out the video to the left and maybe our Australian friend Sid the Seagull can convince you otherwise. Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide!

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.

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.

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