These shirts are made for the comfort and look that'll last with dye sublimation ink. These UPF 50+ (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) shirts have Cool and Dry 100% polyester wicking fabric. Above all, they offer the ultimate comfort and sun safety in hot, humid climates. Excellent moisture wicking first layer in cold climates. Double stitched (very durable). Antimicrobial (odor resistant).
Men's or Lady's Shirt Artic Blue
Machine wash: cold water, separate colors. No softeners. No bleach. Do not dry clean. Hang to dry or tumble dry low.
Stains: Avoid contact with sunscreen, which stains all fabric. Stains can be addressed promptly by applying full-strength liquid laundry detergent with no fabric softener and let sit before laundering. Vigorous rubbing the fabric together with the soap can dislodge stains and will not stretch the fabric or remove the decoration.
Iron: with a cool iron when necessary. Use the lowest (coolest) steam setting, over the whole shirt, including the image usually marked “WOOL”. Avoid the decoration when ironing. Do not iron when turned inside out. Iron only one layer at a time.
Snags: All Polyester performance wicking fabric is vulnerable to snags. Push a needle threader through the fabric from the underside. Then put the snagged thread through the needle threader. Pull the needle threader back through while pulling the snag to the underside of the fabric to make it less visible.
Breathability: Because it is dye sublimated, your performance wear shirt is breathable everywhere, including the decoration. It is not decorated with a large rubber silkscreen stamp. Instead, the color is dyed into the fabric. It will not crack or peel and the garment will not warp, as a cotton t-shirt might do.
SPF vs UPF:
To cut the threat of cancer, we must reduce exposure to the sun. Custom UPF Fishing Shirts are required to be tested to determine the amount of UVA and UVB radiation that it allows to pass through to the skin. This rating is called UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor and is determined with a standardized test. In contrast, SPF or Sun Protection Factor is a rating that is given to liquid sunscreens for direct application to the skin. UPF numbers are not equal to SPF numbers.
About Liquid Sunscreen:
UVB radiation causes most sunburns. However, UVA radiation passes further into the skin and is thought to cause the most dangerous cancers like melanoma. It is important that your sunscreen protect you from both UVA and UVB. Therefore look for a broad spectrum sunscreen. Liquid sunscreen may provide effective sun protection for the first 2 or so hours. However, SPF liquid sunscreen has to be re-applied, stains things it comes in contact with, including the boat, your clothing, and most fishing gear.
In contrast, long sleeve sun protection shirts with the correct UPF will protect you all day long. The American Cancer Society says that a garment with UPF 40 to 50 will prevent exposure to UVA and UVB and provide all day protection. Combine with UPF 50 Sun Mask UPF 50 sun gloves, wide brimmed hat, UV sunglasses and of course pants for ultimate cancer prevention.