About UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor):
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.
With proper protection, fishing can be a rewarding lifetime pursuit.
When it comes to the sun, let the shirt do the work.
What is the safest UPF value? First of all, it is advised by the American Cancer Society that a UPF of 40 to 50 in clothing is excellent all day protection from the sun’s radiation. Custom UPF long sleeve shirts are rated Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 50+ which is the highest rating that can be advertised. Be confident that you can easily cut exposure to solar radiation when worn. Combine with a wide-brimmed hat, sun mask, sunglasses and fishing gloves for ultimate safety from UV exposure. Fish as long as you want!