Rash Vests

Rash Vest

Originally developed for surfers, rash vests have become hugely popular among various water enthusiasts, including swimmers, divers, kayakers, and snorkellers. They offer several benefits and features that contribute to comfort, protection, and performance in the water.

The primary purpose of a rash vest is to protect the skin from irritations and rashes caused by prolonged exposure to the sun, abrasive surfaces, and contact with marine life such as jellyfish or coral. Made from lightweight and quick-drying materials such as nylon or spandex, rash vests act as a barrier between the skin and potential irritants. They offer UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to shield the skin from harmful UV rays, providing an added layer of sun protection.

Rash vests are typically designed with a snug fit to minimize drag in the water, allowing for optimal movement and performance. The stretchy nature of the fabric ensures flexibility and freedom of movement without restricting the wearer. The sleeves of a rash vest are often long, providing coverage and protection to the arms. Some models may have short sleeves or be sleeveless, catering to individual preferences and varying water temperatures.

The smooth and flat seams of rash vests prevent chafing and irritation, enhancing overall comfort during extended periods of wear. They are designed to minimize rubbing against the skin, reducing the risk of skin abrasions and discomfort, particularly during repetitive movements or activities that involve equipment such as paddle boards or kayaks.

Rash vests are versatile garments that can be worn alone or as a base layer under wetsuits or other water sports gear. When worn under a wetsuit, they offer an additional layer of insulation, help to prevent chafing, and make it easier to put on and take off the wetsuit. As a standalone piece, rash vests provide protection against the sun and minor scrapes while allowing for maximum mobility and breathability.

Why shop with Pirates Cave Chandlery?

Founded in 1991, we're Kent's largest chandlery with a superb range of deck shoes & boots and sailing clothing in stock at our Rochester and Gillingham Marina stores. 

Overall, rash vests are a practical and essential piece of clothing for water sports enthusiasts. With their sun protection, abrasion resistance, flexibility, and versatility, they provide comfort and peace of mind, enabling individuals to enjoy their favourite water activities while safeguarding their skin from potential irritations and harmful UV rays. If you're unsure which rash vest is most suitable for your requirements - whether that be men's rash vest, women's rash vest, or junior rash vest - do not hesitate to contact us. Reach out to our team on 01634 295 233, email [email protected], or visit our Rochester store, one of the largest chandlery stores in the UK!




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