A rash vest, or rash guard, is a thin top or t shirt that protects you from chafing, rashes and harmful UV rays. All our uv rash vests are UV50+ which blocks 98% of sun rays. Our wide range of uv rash guards includes long sleeve and short sleeve, loose-fitting and tight-fitting, and a full range of sizes. Tight-fitting rash tops are usually worn under a wetsuit whereas loose-fitting uv t shirts are usually paired with some boardshorts or a swimsuit. We stock all the major brands including O’Neill, Rip Curl and Gul. If you’re looking for something to keep you a little warmer, shop thermal tops or wetsuit tops. If you’re looking for something to pair your rash vest with, check out our wetsuit trousers or wetsuit shorts. If you want to find out more about rash vests, read our ultimate guide to rash vests.
A rash vest is essentially a t-shirt or top you can wear in the water. It has a few great uses that will make you reach for it every time you're heading out on the water – especially in the summer. Originally, rash guards were designed to protect surfers from the irritation they'd get on their torsos from the surf wax on their boards. However, they also provide protection from the sun, which means you don't have to keep running up the beach to reapply a full body of sun cream. When it's less sunny, they're a good layer to pop on under a wetsuit to prevent any seams rubbing.
Rash vests are brilliant for swimming and also snorkelling, as it's easy not to feel your skin burning if you're in cool water. For snorkelling especially, when you're face down in the water for longer periods of time, wearing a rash vest will provide much better protection for your torso than sunscreen alone.
A standard rash vest will provide an extra layer, but it isn't designed for warmth. However, we also stock a good selection of thermal rash vests and neoprene tops, some of which include polypro linings. These can be worn with or without other layers to provide more thermal insulation than a basic rashie.
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