Rash Guards & Tops

GENERAL PURPOSE

  • Provide warmth, sun protection, and rash protection.
  • Can be worn under a wetsuit for rash protection.
  • Protection from harmful UV rays.
    (both directly from the sun and reflected by the water)
  • Protection against jelly fish stings.
  • Prevent wax-based chafing from sliding on and off of the surf board.
  • Use with modest swimwear and as additional top coverage.
  • Lightweight and are made to fit tight/ snug.

THERMAL RASH GUARDS

  • Provide some extra warmth in cold water.
  • Commonly used for aqua aerobics and watersports. 
    (in water that is too warm for a wetsuit, but too cold for bare skin).
  • Made of thick, insulating fabric used for warmth.
  • The "mm" designates the thickness of the material in millimeters.
    (Choose a higher thickness for extra warmth)

MATERIAL

  • Typically composed of a synthetic blend of fibers
  • Mainly feature Lycra, neoprene, polyester or a nylon-spandex blend.
  • Each offer different levels of stretch, warmth, and breathability,

LYCRA

  • Breathable with optimal stretch.
  • Prevent chafing and dry quickly.

NEOPRENE

  • Insulate the body in cooler waters.
  • Provide both insulation and stretch for flexibility of movement.

POLYESTER

  • Offer maximum breathability and sweat wicking.
  • Lack the same stretch and flexibility of those composed of a lycra blend.

NYLON-SPANDEX

  • Surfer will get stretch
  • Tight fit, breathability, and a quick drying.

RASH GUARD SIZING

FIT

  • Supposed to fit tight to the body to keep chafing or uncomfortable rubbing at a minimum.
  • Some styles are made to fit a little looser to be more forgiving to the body-image conscious.

STITCHING

  • Flat-lock stitching and a six-panel construction for the best fit.

SLEEVE LENGTH

  • Available in tanks, short sleeves and long sleeves. 
TANKS 
  • Great for hot and sunny days when over-heating can be an issue.
  • Lots of flexibility and a greater range of movement—plus no farmer’s tan.
SHORT SLEEVES:
  • Great for hot days.
  • Optimal for beating the heat and for protection from the sun’s rays.
LONG SLEEVES:
  • Best for protection against cooler temperatures.
  • Keep the surfer insulated and warm.
  • Providing UV protection.







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