Yes, you heard us correctly. You can in fact get sun burn through your clothing. Believe it or not, it's common.
How is this possible?
While it's true that clothing does provide you some sun protection, it does not provide as much as you would think. Especially when it comes to clothing you can see through, you better believe you're at risk of sunburn. Fact: a typical shirt provides only 7 UPF sun protection. Although this is better than not wearing any clothes at all, it means you can and will get a sunburn if exposed to cancer causing UV rays for long. There are a few general rules of thumb that you can keep in mind for increased UV protection. I'll list those as bullet points below.
- Wear darker clothes. Darker clothes provide more protection than lighter clothes.
- Wear heavier material. This provides more protection.
- Tighter weave improves protection.
- Stretchy/flexible material decreases protection.
- The same material provides less protection when wet.
But all of those solution sound very uncomfortable in hot weather.
Well that's because those things are very uncomfortable! There is a HUGE difference between uv protection and heat exhaustion. Wearing dark, heavy, stiff clothing in the hot sun would be absolutely miserable. Yes, it might protect you from cancer causing UV rays, but YOU WILL BE BURNING UP! To make it worse, if you get wet while fishing your now stuck a soggy mess, and you lose your UV protection.
So what do you wear?
I think our answer is pretty obvious at this point. The only way to avoid being hot, wet, and to block cancer causing rays is to wear a high quality polyester shirt designed specifically to block UV rays. We happen to make a wide variety of shirts that do this and much more!