Sometimes... trends in apparel are not just trendy, they are functional. Sun protection fits that category. Based on the increasing sales of apparel offering sun protection at Outdoor Research (OR), it is safe to say that people are more concerned then ever about "covering up." Making it easier to do just that, OR is introducing key new pieces this Spring that not only fit well and look good, but keep you protected from the sun. The story is in the fast-drying, moisture-moving, sun-protecting fabrics in these key pieces that should be in your summer rotation.
Ensenada Sun Hoody – For being active in hot, sunny weather, the only thing that beats UPF 50 construction with wicking, fast-drying construction is adding a hood. The Ensenada Hoody keeps both heat and sun at bay by using lightweight Modal fabric with a unique terry backer that moves moisture quickly. It’s a home on the beach, on the trail or at the crag. Men’s and women’s fits. $79.
Men's Wayward Shirt - Modernized style lines and a new stretch fabric are the perfect updates to this traveler’s favorite. Still built with UPF 50+ sun protection, and equipped with a stealth security pocket, this shirt will keep you protected in the sun and looking stylish on the trail. $69
Women’s Playa Hoody – Offering serious sun protection for the beach, paddling or any situation where blocking the rays is crucial, the women’s Playa Hoody also minds the style side of the equation with attention to fit, super-soft fabric and vibrant color options. The polyester/spandex fabric offers 50 UPF. A close but comfortable fit with flat-seam construction prevents snagging on a PFD or spray skirt while allowing for unrestricted movement. Elasticized ruching on the sleeves adds a touch of style. It also means they will stay up when pulled up to the elbow. $75.
Women’s Ravendale Hat – A timeless, elegant silhouette with a beautiful and protective crown pairs with an airy paper straw fabric in the women’s Ravendale Hat. The result is a feminine hat that excels at warding off mid-day summer sun. $40.
Women’s Mojave Sun Hat – As beautiful as its desert namesake, the women’s Mojave Hat offers broad-brimmed, feminine-inspired shade. Perfect for music festivals and summer gatherings with friends, the Mojave is both graceful and functional. $38.