As wake-lovers, we’re on the water a lot, which usually means we’re in the sun just as much. While nothing beats some fun in the sun, now more than ever we understand the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun’s harsh rays. Fortunately there are more options for sun-protection than ever as companies continue to find quality ways to help us enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want the ultra-technical hoodie to offer maximum all-day protection and breathability, a shirt you can ride in, or a hat to keep some sun off your head, there is something out there for you. We’ve come up with a list of some of our favorite sun-protection pieces of clothing, so check these out as you start your search.
Ronix Solar Barrier Hoodie
What’s cool: Baggy and breathable, this sun shirt from Ronix is comfortable, even in stifling temps. A big hood helps cover up your face when needed, and the front pocket can hold some essentials. This shirt is great for chilling in the boat or on the dock while your friends ride. And if you ride Ronix it’s a no-brainer.
Radar Billy Bass Bucket Hat
What’s cool: A classic bucket hat can do a lot, and this version from Radar is lightweight and can compress to fit in any bag for any trip. Chin strap keeps it from flying off when you’re racing to your favorite section of the lake. Note, if you have a big dome the squeeze can be a bit tight.
Dakine Inlet Longsleeve Rash Guard
What’s cool: Designed for short sessions in the boat or all-day excursions, the UPF 50+ rated Dakine Inlet shirt will keep you comfortable no matter what. Full-zip makes it easy to take on and off, and to open up breathability when desired. The ultra soft material is super breathable and dries quickly, so you can wear the Inlet in the boat, while swimming, or even when riding. The hood has drawstrings to secure the fit, and zippered pockets on the sides and back add a ton of convenience. I’ve worn a lot of sun shirts in my days and the Inlet takes the cake for serious sun protection and comfort.
Liquid Force Avalon Straw Hat
What’s cool: Straw hats and summertime, the two go together like, well, straw hats and summertime. With an extra big brim, the Avalon from Liquid Force keeps your face covered from the hot rays of that burning ball in the sky. Plus, you get that classic look that will never go out of style.
Jetty Seacraft & Cruise Director Solar Longsleeve
What’s cool: Created with UPF +50 microfiber polyester, the sun protection shirts from Jetty bring a little fashion to go with the function, and they are available in short and long sleeve varieties. Pick your style and wear it in comfort – and confidence. These shirts are more “shirt like” than a lot of other sun protection shirts, which is nice, because you don’t always want to have a hood or zippers – that’s what hats and shorts are for. Around town, in the pool, on the boat, etc; these can be worn anywhere, and I would know because I have.
Mystic Star Quickdry Shirts
MSRP: $43 (long sleeve) / $38 (short sleeve)
What’s cool: Made of ultra-lightweight materials, the Star shirts from Mystic are really comfortable, both in and out of the water. These were made specifically for riding with, but because of their quick-dry capabilities, they can be worn off the water just as easily. If you do wear one on the water you will hardly notice it’s there. On extra hot days these are nice to get wet and then put on to help keep yourself cool.
What’s cool: Like the name suggests, the Amphibian is designed to go in and out of the water. Wear it while you’re in the boat, swimming, or even riding, the Amphibian will do it all. Thanks to its high-quality neoprene construction, a visor material that doesn’t hold water, and the moisture-wicking interior liner, this hat is the perfect head accessory for being out on the boat, at the cable park, or anywhere else. The classic trucker cap style makes it look good, too.
What’s cool: The Trenches is similar to the Amphibian, just without the neoprene crown and visor. Think of it as a sport/casual hat made to help keep you cool with more high-quality materials and construction. The back panel is extra breathable with the oversized perforations, and the lightweight slub cotton front looks awesome without trapping heat.