Understanding a Rash guard
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Understanding a Rash guard


You're staring out to sea, watching the surfers, boogie-boarders, and swimmers. As you watch them dive under the waves and tread along the tide, you notice that some are wearing a shirts rather than suit tops. Rash guards, generally known as an additional type of water wear, are a fitted athletic shirt made of spandex, nylon or polyester. Why? A rash guard has many purposes under the blazing sun and cool waves. Worn as a protective layer, a rash guard is used to shield from damaging sun-rays, harsh ocean conditions and uncomfortable chafing. Below are the top reasons you should rock a rashie this season.

    Rash Prevention

    A rash guard's primary purpose is to protect surfers from the abrasions that can be caused by sand and waxy residue on their surfboards. Although the typical rash is caused by sliding on and off a rough board, rash guards also protect children from their enthusiastic days on the sandy shore. Orchestrated with flatlock stitching and lightweight, quick drying material, wave enthusiasts can endure a longer, more comfortable ride.

    Sea Armor

    No matter how warm the sun feels on the sand, it is always colder under water. Not to be confused with a wetsuit, a rash guard's basic purpose is not to keep you warm; the extra layer that a rash guard provides is an easy alternative when the weather a too warm for a full wetsuit. Temperature aside, a rashie can also serve as a defense against foreign sea particles. With its added coverage, a rash guard will keep your heat in and ocean scraps out.

    Sun Safety

    Whether you are waiting for the perfect wave or building a state of the art sand castle, you are exposed to damaging sun-rays. Today, rash guards are designed to add extra coverage to your basic swimwear in order to prevent sunburns. In order to ensure efficient sun protection, most rashies are manufactured with Ultraviolet Protection Factors (UPF). Rash guards are not used to replace sunscreen lotion, but the two preventatives serve as a dynamic duo when worn together.

    Swim Shirts

    In variation from a classic rash guard, a swim shirt is a relatively new addition to the swimwear family. Although it is not a traditional rashie, a swim shirt is growing in popularity as an alternative form of sun protection. The loose fit makes it a more versatile, casual derivative of the rash guard.

As if the benefits of rash guards are not enough, today rashies are seen making a splash in surf, sport and swim fashion. Varying in colors, shapes and sizes, brands are taking these rash preventing, sun protecting shirts to a new level. Whether you want short, long or sleeveless, there is a rash guard to fit your every summer style. Don't let the cold water and hot weather put a damper on your fun in the sun; rock a rashie to your next water excursion.

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Lily Wong
2 months ago.
Is Rashguard suitable for Open water swim? Can wear it in swimming pool with chloride? If wear in Open water Swim, would it be dragging? Is Rashguard originally designed for surfing purpose only?
Swimoutlet.com
2 months ago.
Hello,
Rashguards are meant to protect your skin from the sun and from coral/jellyfish. They are intended for open water/outdoor use.
Linda
7 months ago.
I have sun damage on my arms from years of being in the southern sun. If I don't wear long sleeves in the sun, I get an unbearably itchy skin which my dermatologist says is sun damage. However, I also have a hard time staying cool in the heat so I need a long sleeve shirt that I will remain as cool as possible. I'm mainly jet sking, but we do get in the water at times. Should I choose a tight fitting shirt or loose fitting shirt. Are some shirts cooler than others?
Swimoutlet.com
7 months ago.
Hello Linda,
Since you will be jet skiing, we recommend a tight fitting rash guard. As long as you do not purchase the thermal type, it won't make you over heated.
Virginia
7 months ago.
I'm going kayaking (in a Norwegian fjord!) and the trip leaders will provide a wetsuit, which they say has short sleeves. They say some people wear T-shirts under it. I plan to wear a one-piece bathing suit. If I also wear a T, what kind would be best?
Swimoutlet.com
7 months ago.
Hello Virginia!
You would want a tight fitting swim shirt, you can view our options at https://www.swimoutlet.com/womens-rash-guards-c14025/.
Sam
8 months ago.
I want to cover up a surgical scar but still go swimming. Will the rash guard work for me better than a t shirt?
Thanks
swimoutlet.com
8 months ago.
Hello Sam,
Yes, a rash guard would definitely be better than a t shirt as the material is intended to be exposed to water/chlorine where the material in a t shirt is not. Plus you get the added benefit of UV protection!
Yoko Kato
8 months ago.
Hi! How often should rashguards be replaced? What is their longevity with UPF? Thank you!
Swimoutlet.com
8 months ago.
Hello Yoko!
Typically around two years of normal wash and wear.
Yoko
8 months ago.
Thank you!
Yoko
8 months ago.
Thank you so much, have a great day!
H
10 months ago.
Can you use rash guards as swimsuits ir are they only cover ups
swimoutlet.com
10 months ago.
Hello!
Many people use them for swimsuits or cover ups. You can really do both with these.
Stephanie
11 months ago.
Is there a rash guard that will allow a little bit of sun through?
swimoutlet.com
10 months ago.
Hi Stephanie,
None of our rash guards allow sun through as they are manufactured with Ultraviolet Protection Factors (UPF).
Carla
1 year ago.
If I purchase a rash guard shirt, will I still need to wear a top beneath it (ie. bikini or one piece) or can I just wear bikini bottoms with it?
swimoutlet.com
11 months ago.
Hi Carla,
Wearing a bikini top underneath a rash guard is more of a preference, but most women choose to for the extra support.
Astrid
1 year ago.
Hi,

What kind of rash guard is recommended for swim practice during the winter months in cold water for my 10 years old boy.

Thanks
swimoutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Astrid,
The thermal rashguards would be the best option since they are meant to provide warmth. At the moment, we are not carrying any in kids sizes only adults. Also, these thermals last the longest when used in non chlorinated water. I hope this helps!
Rain
1 year ago.
I would like to know what is better suited for swimming in the open water, a Rashguard or a Wetsuit?
swimoutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hi Rain,
A wetsuit is better suited. You would choose a thicker millimeter for colder temperature. Here is the link for what millimeter to choose for what temperature range: https://www.swimoutlet.com/helpcenter/articles/202924340-Wetsuit-Buying-Guide It will be under "Thickness and Warmth."
DxNx
1 year ago.
Is rash guard allowed to use for swimming competition instead of one piece
Swimoutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hello!
Generally, no they are not.
Holly
2 years ago.
What about cropped rash guards for women? Do you think they are practical?
swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Holly,
The cropped rash guards are not as practical as your standard rash guard or swim shirt. If you have further questions, feel free to reach us anytime!
Daniel
2 years ago.
Hello,
I do laps everyday in a pool so I would like to know what is better suited for doing laps, a Rashguard or a Swim shirt.
Tks
swimoutlet.com
2 years ago.
Hi Daniel,
I would suggest the rash guard as it will be a tight fit and reduce drag compared to a swim shirt. If you have further questions, feel free to reach us anytime!
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