UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, is vital when it comes to swim shirts and rashguards. This factor determines the top’s ability to block out UV rays, with a UPF rating of 50 that blocks out 98% of the harmful rays. Brands like Columbia and Kanu Surf incorporate UPF into their fabrics to create long-sleeve shirts for boys that are perfect for beach days or any sunny outdoor excursion. In addition to offering sun protection, these tops all use breathable and quick-drying material to ensure comfort.
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1. Columbia PFG Terminal Tackle Tee
This long sleeve top from Columbia is designed with ultimate comfort and protection in mind.
Pros: Alongside a UPF 50 rating, this top features the brand’s Omni-Shade technology to block out UVA and UVB rays to help prevent sunburns and long-term skin damage. It also features breathable Omni-Wick fabric that dries fast and keeps moisture off the skin.
Cons: Colors may appear different in person than in photos.
2. Kanu Surf Platinum Rashguard
Kanu Surf’s lightweight long-sleeve top features a mock neck and a printed logo across the chest.
Pros: This shift includes UPF 50+ for ultimate protection from rays, formulated with quick-drying and breathable fabric.
Cons: The neck opening may be tighter and narrower than other tops.
3. O'Neill Basic Skins Sun Shirt
Whether you’re headed to the beach or out on a wet hike, O’Neil’s sun shirt has you covered.
Pros: This top includes UPF 50+ protection with a fit that hugs the body without being too tight. The style features minimalist seam placement for maximum rash protection when facing the ocean’s waves.
Cons: This top may run small.