What is the difference between a swim shirt and rash
Swim shirts are very similar to
rash guards. In fact, it is very possible that they are the same thing.
If you are looking for a difference, we would say that
swim shirts may have a looser fit than traditional
rash guards. However, it is important to
keep in mind that a swim shirt that is loose or tight can still serve as a rash
guard. And a rash guard that is loose or tight can also be a swim shirt.
Swim shirts cut down on the need to apply sunscreen or
sunblock on your torso. They are popular among vacationers and sport
enthusiasts alike and can be used for water activities as well as outdoor
activities on land.
Rash Guards are tight fitting athletic
shirts made primarily for water sports. They can also be utilized for
activities such as judo or other sports when a person’s skin comes in contact
with a mat or other material that can cause irritation to the skin. The
water sport rash guard is typically made from textile fibers such as Lycra and
Nylon. This provides stretch and other positive attributes. The
primary goal of the rash guard is to protect the user from rashes developed
through various water sports activities. For
example, protects the skin of a surfer when paddling on a surfboard. They
also have a built in UV protection that helps guard the skin from the sun. The
rash guard shirts materials are generally light weight with excellent wicking
properties. Rash guards are thought to have originated in Australia and at first
mainly used by surfers & boogieboarders.
In recent years, the rash guard has evolved and has
gained popularity due to its ability to provide sun protection. As more
Americans discovered this sun protective swimwear, many folks were a little put
off by the “skin tight" rashguard sizing and style. Consumers wanted looser
styles that fit more like t-shirts but still had the quick drying, stretchy,
breathable, sun protective fabric. The consumer desire for comfort and sun
protection, helped the development & growth of a new category of swimwear.
The swim shirt was born.
are an evolution of rash guards
and have gained an astonishing growth rate in popularity.
Swim shirts are usually more loose fitting and for
some more comfortable than the traditional rash guards.
Swim shirts come in both long and short sleeve styles.
They are available for men, women & kids. Some swim shirts are made with bright
colors to make the wearer easy to spot if out in the ocean and the fabric is
breathable, quick drying and stretchy.
In addition to protecting surfers from surfboard wax,
sand, UV rays, and possibly some jelly fish, swim shirts can also provide
emotional support in some ways. A swim shirt works as a fantastic cover up
if you don’t feel comfortable in just a swim suit or swim trunks. In other
words, for those of us that don’t have a rock hard six pack of abs on our
stomach, the swim shirt is a nice way to cover up our excess weight. Sure,
it is not an absolute fix, but some of us feel better with some of our flab
covered up. At the same time, we benefit from the sun blocking properties
of the swim top.
Put on a swim shirt, and go surfing, swimming, paddle
boarding, or snorkeling with the confidence that you are not going to get fried
by the sun. You can also play sports such as tennis, golfing, and beach
volleyball in this type of top. If you prefer to you can relax with a day
of sailing or simply lounge by the pool or at the beach.
Why is a swim shirt better than swimming in a t-shirt?
A shirt that is specifically designed to be a swim shirt
will typically provide better sun protection for various reasons. In
addition, they will hold onto less water which is very important. If a
cotton t-shirt soaks up water it becomes more heavy. You don’t want your
clothing to be holding onto extra weight when you are in the water if you enjoy
breathing comfortably. Also typical t-shirts become heavy, bulky and
uncomfortable when soaking wet.
The rash shirts were designed to be skin tight so that
they wouldn’t float up or get in the way of surfing activities like bulky, wet
More about the Sun Protection
In general clothing is sun protective. UV apparel
and clothes that is marketed as “sun protective clothing" typically would have
more sun protective properties.
Swim shirt are tops worn by men, women, and children to
help limit the exposer to the sun.
Both swim shirts and their tighter counterpart the rash
guard, often provide excellent sun protection. However, it is important to note
that they are not all created equal. Some fabrics will provide more
protection than others. It is important to read the labeling and garment
packaging carefully to determine the protective properties. Even if two
shirts come from the same company or brand, they can have different levels of
sun protection. If you are concerned about the harmful rays of the sun,
look for a rash guard or swim shirt sun protection shirt that has been UV tested
and rated 50+UPF for both wet and dry. Make sure to still use sun screen or sun
block on the parts of the body that are not covered by your sun protection
shirt. If you are very concern about blocking UV, it is generally OK to also
wear sun block under the garment. However, it is potentially possible that
the lotion could have a negative effect on the fabric.
If you are looking for sun
protection, you may want to also learn more about
When making your purchasing
decision take into account the quality of construction & style of the swim
shirts. In addition to providing sun protection, they can also enhance your
appearance. You want the shirt to be comfortable, durable, preferably
match your other beach attire.
enjoy sun protection, but we also like to stay stylish in all situations.
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