Effective sun protection clothing for days spent outside

Sunburns can ruin a camping trip.

grass in the sun
Sun protection when you need it.Glenn Carstens-Peters via Unsplash

By now, most of us know that too much sun is not a good thing. We also know that most of our clothes aren’t actually protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays. Fortunately, more and more athletic apparel recognizes the need for UPF and incorporates it into their pants, shirts, hats, and buffs. Check out these four items to protect yourself from top to bottom.

Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody
This shirt has your back.Amazon

Do you dream of a shirt that keeps you cool while covering you up? This could be the one. It’s rated to UPF 50, but also has a mineral-based, in-fiber cooling system. The so-called Polygiene odor control means even when you sweat your shirt won’t smell like it, and underarm gussets offer added range of motion. For intense sun, flip up the hood and protect your neck, ears, and head.

Buff Coolnet Uv+ Multifunctional Headwear
Protect your face.Amazon

Not all buffs are created equal. When you want proper sun protection for long days on the water or snow, think about this one with UPF 50 sun protection. It’s made of performance microfiber with cooling technology and odor control to keep away stench build-up. For anyone creative enough to work with it, the buff can also be worn 12 different ways.

Filson Summer Packer Hat
Stay cool.Amazon

There’s a reason people who live and work outside wear hats with a circular brim. The sun can be unmerciful, and the best way to protect yourself is to simply keep it off your skin. This Filson hat is light, water-repellent, and breathable. It has UPF protection of 50 and is lined with a cotton sweatband. It’s also made in the U.S.A.

Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Cargo Pant
Play outside. Look good.Amazon

These cargo pants look good enough for a casual office setting, but they’re also perfect for any outdoor pursuit. They’re durable, lightweight, and breathable while offering UPF 50 sun protection. They have a one-zip security pocket and side pockets with hook and loop closure. Look good and keep your legs safe from sun.

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