Whether you are going to the beach for the weekend with your family or you plan on hitting the waves hard, a quality rash guard will protect you from the harsh elements that mother nature will inevitably throw at you.
Typically constructed from highly effective synthetic materials, rash guards not only wick away excess moisture that rests on the surface of your skin (which left untreated could cause uncomfortable chaffing under your arms), but also provides ample protection from the sun.
While the re-application of sunscreen can be quite laborious (especially if you are by yourself sans spray sunscreen), many of the top rash guards we rounded-up below contain some form of sun protection.
So, what’s the deal with UPF?
…and why you should care:
A Quick Look At UPF Protection
Many men reading are likely scratching their heads over the difference between UPF and UVA/UVB rays (don’t worry we were too when we were researching rash guards).
Here’s the quick run down:
UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.
This designation is specifically geared for clothing. Like many of the rash guard’s featured in this article, a UPF rating stated by the manufacturer designates that the clothing was constructed in a way to prohibit the sun’s rays from hitting your skin.
The rating directly correlates to the ratio of ultraviolet rays that will be blocked when the clothing is worn.
A designation of UPF 25 means that 1 out of every 25 rays of the sun will pass through the clothing (i.e. 4%).
Therefore, a rating of UPF 50 means that a rash guard will be able to ward off approximately 98% of the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.
To put it simply – the higher the UPF rating, the better protection you will get from the sun.
Is Over Heating A Concern?
Surely if this fabric can block out 98% of the suns rays, it’s gotta feel like you are wearing a lead vest right?
In fact just the opposite is true.
Rash guards are designed for summer use, and therefore are incredibly light and airy.
As you can often see in many reviews of the rash guards we linked to below, many men have exclaimed that these shirts felt unbelievably lightweight.
So even if you sweat so much that it looks like someone just opened up a hose on you after sitting out in the sun for only a few minutes, don’t fret.
The material in these rash guards will pull the moisture from your skin making you feel incredibly cool.
But it gets better…
Nearly all of the rash guards we rounded up don’t leave sweat marks either. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about any embarrassing rings under your arms, chest, or back as those long summer days at the beach wane on.
Trust us, once you put that rash guard on, you will never want to go to the beach without it.
So without further ado:
Presenting The Best Rash Guards For Men