What Is The Best Sun Protection Clothing?

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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 Crescent City collection’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 45.

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 Crescent City collection is designed with a modern, relaxed fit that looks as good as it feels. Plus, a tagless, itch-free collar rounds out the design. The result? What we believe to be the best t-shirt and long sleeve 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 (but don’t forget these 10 hiking essentials). 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 Crescent City 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 30+ apparel blocks over 97% 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 30 or greater, the fabric equivalent of SPF 30+, and very good UV protection.


Shirts with UV protection that meet the criteria outlined above, like Rayward Apparel’s Crescent City shirts, are your best option for high performance sun protective clothing. Not only do our Crescent City UPF shirts look great, fit comfortably and hold up to the demands of an active lifestyle, they meet the highest standards of UV protection, rated at UPF 45. To learn more and shop Rayward Apparel’s UV protection shirts, CLICK HERE.

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