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Why Wear a Rashguard?

   January 4th, 2024   Posted In: Articles, FAQs  

Why Wear a Rashguard?

You’ve learned in a previous post how to buy a rashguard and now you might be wondering… but WHY wear a rashguard? Well, there are actually a few reasons why you’d want to wear one.

UV & Rash Protection.

We know, this one is kind of a given, but we want to make it known. Rashguards have a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating of 50+ meaning you get serious protection from harmful UV rays. Rashguards also act as a protective layer from board rash and abrasion. Not sure what board rash is? Have you or your child used a boogie board or a surfboard only to come out of the water with scrapes and redness on the torso? Yep, that’s board rash. It’s painful, uncomfortable, and downright ugly. By wearing a rashguard, you are protected from said issues. So your choice – do you want to be scraped up or not scraped up? Or, would you be interested in full body rashguard protection? We’ve got a bodysuit rashguard from Akona!

Getting In and Out of a Wetsuit.

If you choose a rashguard with a regular/clingy fit that means it’s like a performance and tight fit. So why wear a rashguard under a wetsuit? People like to wear rashguards (especially a regular fit one) under a suit because it can make the process of getting into and out easier. And if you want a loose fit rashguard, they are great for a more relaxed and comfortable fit. This type of fit is more preferred for laid back activities like relaxing on the beach or stand up paddle boarding.

why wear a rashguard
This little dude knows what’s up with this rashguard!


Some people might just like having a top that can be worn just like a cover-up but with the UV ray protection. And as mentioned in reason #2, we offer a variety of rashguards that have a regular/performance fit or a loose/clingy fit. We’ve also got long sleeve rashguards, short sleeve rashguards, and even sleeveless rashguards.

Quick Drying.

Did we mention that rashguards are not only anti-microbial but also fast drying? That’s right, you don’t have to worry about stinking or about wearing a soaking wet top all day. Quick drying rashguards are great for boating and even an after surf cool down.

There you have it – a few reasons to explain the importance of wearing a rashguard. Whether you want to protect yourself or your little one or you just want awesome rashguard you can wear from beach to boardwalk, we’ve got you covered!

Editor’s Note

This article was originally published in 2017 and has since been reviewed and updated.

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″


  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

  • Marco says:


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