It’s that time of year again, when the weather is warm and the sun is in full force. Instead of wasting valuable time re-applying sunscreen or worrying about the sun’s harmful rays hurting your delicate skin, you can wear clothing that has Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) in the fabric.
While sunscreen provides Sun Protection Factor (SPF), which measures the amount of time it takes for UV radiation to produce recognizable redness on your skin, UPF measures how effective the fabric is at blocking UV rays. The items below are a few of the products on the Equestrian Collections website that offer UPF protection.
If you are in need of a hat to protect your face from UV rays, you can wear the Outback Shy Game Tassy Crusher Hat. This hat not only has UPF 50, but it also has water protection and will keep its shape after it has been crushed. If your horse steps on it, you can give it a quick flick in the air, and smooth it out. This hat will protect your scalp, which is difficult to apply sunscreen to, and shade your face, to help prevent the skin on your face from turning into leather.
If you are looking for a great polo shirt to school in, look no further than the Asmar Ladies Short Sleeve Polo Shirt. This silky, wrinkle resistant shirt has a longer length so you can tuck this shirt into your breeches with ease. The absorbent,breathable and durable fabric also has UPF 50 protection to make sure that you stay as comfortable as possible.
For show days, the Tredstep Symphony Futura Competition Shirt is a great choice. It is available in both a long and short sleeve version to fit your preferences. The AIRSILK 4 way stretch fabric which converts perspiration to cooling energy, is moisture-wicking, fast drying, and has 2-way air circulation, while also offering UV protection. This show shirt also includes exquisite features such as a stitched collar and cuff, as well as snap closures to make you look stylish without sacrificing comfort.
Although show coats act as a shield from the sun, the RJ Classics Xtreme Washable Crossover Softshell Show Coat also offers the added bonus of UV Protection in the fabric to ensure that UV rays don’t sneak in. This wrinkle-free show coat offers ultimate stretch to allow you maximum freedom of movement, has 4 snaps, and is double vented to give you a sharp look in the show ring.
The Kerrit’s Ice Fil Tech Tights are a great way to keep cool and protected from UV rays when in the saddle. These breeches are comfortable to wear all day long, have a UPF of 50+, and include side pockets to hold your phone as well as any treats you have for your horse. Instead of patches, these breeches have anti-slip dots in the shape of carrots in a full seat to keep you from slipping around in the saddle. The Ice Fil technology also ensures that you stay nice and cool in the saddle by quickly wicking your sweat and then using that sweat to give you a cooling sensation. This technology can also lower your body temperature by 3 degrees, to make it the coolest ride of the summer!