BoatingLAB Tests: UPF-Rated Clothing
Design: This cape-back shirt has bellows pockets and secure, hidden zippered pockets. The square-cut tail is plenty long for tucking and staying. Nylon fabric is quick to dry, making handwashing for next-day wear practical.
Microscopic: The tight weave allows little UV penetration, and the darker color absorbs UV light as well. UV protection comes from the nylon weave and will last as long as the fabric.
Odin Series Polo
Design: The black polyamide fabric was nearly impenetrable, stopping nearly 97 percent of all light and, in our test, 99.35 percent of UV light, living up to its 50-plus UPF rating. It has the soft feel of microfiber and wicks quickly, feeling cool to the skin. Zippered collar is retro, as is the snug fit. Buy a size larger for a looser fit.
Microscopic: A looser weave allows some UV penetration, but dark colors absorb more UV light, balancing the act.
Sun Guard Long Sleeve
Design: We think the simple tee construction makes for added comfort and easy care. Columbia’s Omni-Wick design is fast-drying and aided by ventilated mesh sides and underarms. The form-fitting shirt can double as a rash guard or “go under” in cooler weather as a base layer.
Microscopic: UV-absorbing black dye and a tight weave give this shirt a high protection factor.
Odin Series S/S
Design: A soft microfiber texture gives this garment a cool, comfortable feeling when worn. It wicks quickly. Its dense weave gives superior sun protection. True to size, this sporty shirt offers protection to the torso and shoulders and the comfort of short sleeves. Snap closures are ideal for boating. Buy a size larger for added freedom of movement.
Microscopic: Dark dyes like red or black plus this tight weave allowed the shirt to test above its UPF grade.