Safeguard Your Skin: Our Favorite Sun Protection Pieces

The sun's warm rays, shining down on us, provide light and life to our planet. However, prolonged exposure to the sun can pose a serious risk to our skin. In order to enjoy the outdoors white safeguarding our skin, we delve into our favorite Sun Protection Gear


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by the sun is a major contributor to skin damage, fading of products, and weakening of plastic and rubber. Sun protection apparel, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and skirts, acts as a physical barrier against these harmful rays. These products are specially designed with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) technology, which blocks a significant amount of UV radiation, in turn reducing your skin's exposure and minimizing the risk of sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer. 

Embrace the Fashionable Sun Hat

A stylish and wide-brimmed sun hat is not only a fashion statement but also a great shield for your face, neck and scalp. The delicate skin on your face is particularly vulnerable to the sun. 

Tula Sun Hat for UV Protection on the River

Check out the Tula Lifeguard Hat, it is a cheesy but perfect way to hide from the sun. I even swam the run out of Granite Rapid wearing one and the chinstrap kept it on my head!

If big and bold fashion statements are not your thing, our CKS Colorado Flag Water Hat fits perfectly under most whitewater helmets and looks great on its own. It even floats! I have one in my car on standby to keep the sun at bay while SUPing on the lake or doing wavehopper cadence paddles. 

Look Fly with Quick Drying UPF Protection Apparel

Sun protection clothing is crafted with cutting-edge UPF technology. The garments act as impenetrable shields which effectively block the harmful sun's UV radiation. Most are quick drying and look pretty darn good too!

Silkweight Sun Hoodie for Men and Women for UV Protection on the River

Check out the NRS Silkweight Sun Hoodie for women and men!


The ladies at CKS having been loving the Carve Designs Women's Alani Sunshirt. Think of it as an athletic hoodie perfect for those sunny afternoons floating on the river, hanging at camp, or walking the dog. 

My personal favorite I wear a couple times a week, guiding rafts with friends, mountain biking and coaching at the gym is the NRS Men's Long Sleeve Guide Shirt. It gets the job done, dries fast and makes you look pretty fly!

Gear and Bare Skin Need Help Too

I swear by 303 Aerospace Protectant! It keeps my kayaks looking new and even gives them a little slick to sling that mega boof off rocks in the Southeast. Quoted as "SPF for your stuff," it really keeps the sun at bay if you lubricate those precious gaskets on your dry suit and dry top, or any inflatable craft!

Sunning the toes on the river

You'll want to make sure you lube up the hands and face with staff pick Rocky Mountain Sunscreen 2oz Coral Isles as well! It fits perfectly in your PFD pocket, and the oxybenzone-free and reef friendly formula keeps our rivers and oceans safe while blocking those harmful UV rays!


Wrapping up this long winded jawn, these items provide a solution that combines fashion, functionality, and unwavering UV defense. We will see you out on the water, not getting sunburned!

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