The Best Sun Protection Gear of 2018
Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.
Because sometimes you don’t want to catch some rays.
Nau Twisted Long Sleeve Shirt ($115)
This wears like your favorite breezy cotton button-front, but with fabric that includes built-in sun protection and an ultralong cut that blocks rays from easy-to-miss areas.
Electric Stacker Ohm+ Sunglasses ($180 and up)
When it comes to eye protection, go big or go home. The Stacker’s removable side blinders cut peripheral glare and shield you from wind and sand, while the oversize lenses reduce brightness on both land and sea.
Avasol Surfer’s Barrier Stick SPF 50+ Sunscreen ($20)
Finally, a formula that doesn’t leave ghostly war paint all over your face. The Surfer’s Barrier Stick comes in three tints for different skin tones, all of which are unbeatably eco-friendly and made with ocean-safe ingredients.
Seea Swami’s Playsuit One-Piece ($150)
Rash guards are good, but this UPF 50+ long-sleeve suit is better. It doesn’t ride up or drag in the water, and the extra bum coverage was appreciated while snorkeling.
Sunday Afternoons Excursion Hat ($42)
This wide-brimmed, crush-resistant fedora shades your face and neck to avoid burns in sneaky spots. And at just under three inches, the brim isn’t so large that it gets in the way of the view.
Coolcore Chill Sleeves ($20)
It’s easy to forget to protect your hands and forearms, but these are highly sensitive areas. Instead of constantly reapplying sunscreen, use Coolcore’s UPF 30+ sleeves, which block rays while wicking sweat. Even better: get them wet and proprietary cooling tech makes them feel almost like ice.
Patagonia L/S R0 Long-Sleeved Shirt ($49)
The R0 is a perennial favorite for a few reasons: it’s made of UPF 50+ fabric, it breathes exceptionally well, and it’s lightweight even when soaked.
Carve Salters Tights ($58)
Playing hard on a board or in the sand? Watch out for blotchy burns. These UPF 50+ leggings are the best defense against lobster calves.