We are firm believers in the “suns out, guns out” motto (see our tank top roundup), but we also think it’s smart to put a layer of protection between you and that big ball of fire in the sky. In case you haven’t heard, the exposure that you can endure on a long river trip or a scramble above tree line can do permanent damage. We found five killer shirts with UPF 50+ ratings that are built to perform on the trail or water while keeping you safe from those harmful rays.
Patagonia R0 Sun Hoodie ($70)
Sometimes you’re in the water, sometimes you’re out of the water. Either way, you need sun protection. Enter the light, quick-dry R0, made from a Fair Trade Certified blend of polyester and spandex that’s designed for sun protection during amphibious pursuits, whether you’re fishing or paddleboarding. The hood gives you total protection when you need to hide from the sun the most.
Outdoor Research Astroman Sun Shirt ($95)
Built for long days of climbing and belaying in the sun, the Astroman has plenty of stretch, thanks to a mix of nylon and spandex, in a package that wicks and dries fast while providing UPF 50+ sun protection. We dig the collar, which pops up and stays upright for added protection around your neck.
Stio Men’s Eddy Shirt ($100)
You don’t always want to wear long sleeves. Made from Conflux, a super-lightweight blend of nylon and polyester with a DWR finish, the Eddy is stretchy, dries fast, and has a UPF 50+ rating. It’s as performance-minded as your favorite tech tee but good-looking enough to wear about town. Check out those pearl snaps!
Flylow Women’s Hawkins Shirt ($65)
Don’t let the mellow aesthetic fool you, this shirt performs. Designed for women who shred singletrack, this three-quarter-sleeve vixen has a UPF 50+ rating and a drop-tail hem to provide coverage while you’re in the saddle. Its poly/spandex mix that stretches and wicks fast when you need it most.
Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoodie ($85)
If you’re spending time in the desert, or above tree line, or maybe pulling an exposed climb, you want this lightweight layer with all the tech chops. It’s a fast-wicking cover-up with a UPF 50+ rating, underarm gussets for total mobility, and a hood that fits beneath a helmet. It’s even treated with Polygiene for odor control.
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