Selecting your Rash
Rash guard shirts, also commonly known as rashies, are those
body-hugging lightweight sports shirts that come in different brilliant colours
that you often see being worn by swimmers and surfers on the beach. They are made
of very light durable quick drying materials – nylon, spandex, neoprene or
polyester – capable of withstanding the impact of wind pressure, body contact
with equipment or a jelly fish sting and can thus prevent skin rashes and
irritations caused by abrasions.
Protection versus UV
Rash guard shirts also generally have built-in protection
features against the sun’s ultra violet radiation to prevent damage to the
skin. Most rash guards carry UV protection rating of UPF +50 which keeps off
98% of the sun’s harmful radiation from reaching the skin.
Even for Non-Water
Owing to their protective features versus damage to the
skin, rash guard shirts have become popular not only in swimming and surfing
but also in other water sports such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking,
sailing, and even non-water sports such as baseball, football, golf, tennis,
and gardening. Naturally, given people’s love for the beach and the sun, the
outfits have become the favorite wear among all ages especially because of the
excellent protection they get against the damaging rays of the sun.
Special Stitch Method
The manufacture of rash guard uses a special flatlock
stitching that keeps the stitches flat to the garment instead of being
protruded as with most stitches. This method is intended to provide maximum
strength to the finished shirt against intense movement and external pressure.
Short or Long Sleeves
Rash guard shirts come in both short and long sleeves, each
version having an advantage of its own. Some sports enthusiasts prefer the
short sleeved shirts or even the sleeveless vests for the maximum freedom of
movement they can have with their arms and bodies. Others prefer the long
sleeves as this style gives them a perfect covering for most parts of the body
and would therefore require less sunscreen applications.
Various Styles and
Rash guard shirts are available in different styles,
designs, colours, sizes and materials. For all their intended functionality,
rash guards are worn tight-fit. Those who might feel uncomfortable with
tight-fitting wear can always upgrade their natural size to get a freer fit,
although a loose-fit rash guard may not be suitable for the more strenuous of
One for Cold Weather
Also, depending on weather conditions, you may choose the
rash guard that is meant as added wear under a wetsuit in cold climates or by
itself in hot weather conditions. For chilly cold water conditions there is a
thermal rash guard made from thicker thermal materials such as neoprene that
can provide extra warmth to the body.
Full Body Rash Guard
If your sport involves some physical exposure against strong
wind pressure or against an equipment part such as in surfing, canoeing, wake
boarding, kayaking, water skiing, kite surfing or wind surfing, you might
prefer to use the full body rash guard to protect most parts of your body not
only against abrasions and bruises but also against the sun’s harmful
Whatever your favourite outdoor sport or activity is,
whether it’s dry or wet, whether it is for competition or for recreation,
whatever your age or gender, you can be sure there is a rash guard that you
will find suitable to your tastes, needs and involvement. Before you run to the
beach and jump into the water, be sure you are wearing your favourite rash
guard shirt. Enjoy the summer!
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