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Technical Shirts and Rash Guards
Nothing can ruin a day of sailing faster than uncomfortable or inappropriate clothing. From technical shirts to rash guards, sailing clothing can make a big difference. By wearing active shirts designed for sailing, experienced sailors can prevent any number of potential issues that come as a result of wet, chafing clothing. There are many kinds of active shirts designed for sailing; the most widely used are technical shirts and rash guards. More durable than regular clothing, active shirts are comfortable and wicking. Constructed of a stretch material for the greatest range of motion. Active shirts that are designed specifically for sailing generally provide more water protection than others, and are constructed of fibers that dry extremely quickly.
The most basic type of active shirt is a technical t-shirt or polo and come in a short and long sleeve shirts. We have technical shirts from Crügear, Gill, Henri Lloyd, Camet, SLAM, Patagonia and Musto. Technical shirts come in a variety of styles and materials, both natural and synthetic. Designed for athletic activity, technical shirts can be worn as a base layer to wick away moisture from the body, or on their own, as many have a water resistant finish. Many technical shirts designed for sailing also include anti-microbial technology and are mildew resistant, a must for any serious sailor. Extremely importantly, technical shirts also provide UV protection far beyond that of regular shirts, some even up to 50 SPF, making them great for sailing.
Another essential, especially for dinghy sailing, rash guards protect the body from irritation caused by a harness or PFD. We carry high quality brands like Zhik, Gill and APS. Also called rashies or chafe shirts, rash guards provide a high degree of UV protection, and can be worn in place of technical shirts--some even layer technical shirts with rash guards for warmth. Typically made of Lycra or a similar water resistant material and have flatlock seams rather than the usual seam that stick up. This prevents any possibility of irritation or chafing from the seam. Also, most rash guards are made with a six panel construction, which allows for a greater range of motion.
With all of their benefits, active shirts are simply essential for sailors. Through their high degree of functionality and design, they keep sailors comfortable and dry without sacrificing fashion.