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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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