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Shirts that allow UV rays?

Answered on December 15, 2014
Created March 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

So the big rage nowadays is clothing that blocks UV rays. What I'd like is the opposite -- clothing (shirts in particular) specifically designed to allow UV rays through. Anyone heard of anything like this?

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 16, 2012
at 04:27 PM

any idea where we can find more frugal alternatives? I'm traveling this summer and will be inside for classes. I would like better sun exposure, plus staying cool while in the desert.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 11, 2010
at 11:55 PM

Jiminy crickets those are expensive shirts! I'm not spending 50 bucks for a lightweight shirt, although it's funny that they charge $5 extra for stripes :)

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on April 08, 2010
at 10:01 PM

I am very unimpressed by this product- it basically just seems see-through like any other material with a low thread count.

715c5e3d51c30df7399642e5d0d18a35

(48)

on March 21, 2010
at 04:13 PM

I haven't tried them yet, I've had them on my list of things to test for awhile. I live in AZ and don't get tanned through white T-shirts, so I think my T-shirts block more than these.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 21, 2010
at 11:36 AM

Go to an 'ethnic' shop, a shop selling punk clothes, a market stall that has Indonesian sarongs, they sometimes have very lightweight shirts or an Indian sari shop, a lightweight silk shirt will do just as well.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 21, 2010
at 11:32 AM

these are great, would be nicer to have a more exciting style for women though....

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on March 21, 2010
at 10:17 AM

Thanks Don. These shirts have an SPF of 6 which is supposedly close to your standard white t-shirt, but at least with this product you know what you're getting (t-shirts can vary).

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on March 21, 2010
at 10:16 AM

Thanks! No luck finding any open thread t-shirts for men, but I'm still looking.

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 21, 2010
at 03:05 AM

any experience with these shirts?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:49 PM

Maybe I'll add a sash and look like a Klingon.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:32 PM

A cycling shirt maybe treated for UV protection though, many of them are as a matter of course, check on the tag if you still have it....and did you say something about MC Hammer earlier? You are very near to completing that whole look, you know ;)

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:26 PM

Great suggestions, Louisa. I've read that an untreated basic cotton t-shirt has a upf of ~8, so your suggestions should bring it down to much less than 8. Also, you can just wear mesh, which has visible holes in it. I own a cycling shirt by InSport that has a tasteful hole-to-fabric ratio, so that it doesn't really look like mesh.

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715c5e3d51c30df7399642e5d0d18a35

on March 21, 2010
at 12:01 AM

Here you go:

http://www.tanthrough.com/shirtafct.htm

Cordially,

Don Matesz

www.donmatesz.blogspot.com

www.thepaleodietsite.com

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 21, 2010
at 11:32 AM

these are great, would be nicer to have a more exciting style for women though....

715c5e3d51c30df7399642e5d0d18a35

(48)

on March 21, 2010
at 04:13 PM

I haven't tried them yet, I've had them on my list of things to test for awhile. I live in AZ and don't get tanned through white T-shirts, so I think my T-shirts block more than these.

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on March 21, 2010
at 10:17 AM

Thanks Don. These shirts have an SPF of 6 which is supposedly close to your standard white t-shirt, but at least with this product you know what you're getting (t-shirts can vary).

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 21, 2010
at 03:05 AM

any experience with these shirts?

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on April 08, 2010
at 10:01 PM

I am very unimpressed by this product- it basically just seems see-through like any other material with a low thread count.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 11, 2010
at 11:55 PM

Jiminy crickets those are expensive shirts! I'm not spending 50 bucks for a lightweight shirt, although it's funny that they charge $5 extra for stripes :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 16, 2012
at 04:27 PM

any idea where we can find more frugal alternatives? I'm traveling this summer and will be inside for classes. I would like better sun exposure, plus staying cool while in the desert.

5
33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:06 PM

If you wear clothes made out of a very lightweight cheesecloth, cotton voile, muslin or another such weave that has a very open thread count (less than 100 per inch), then you are actually wearing a garment that has very low UV protection anyway. No untreated/natural fabric can guarantee protection from the sun, that is why synthetic UV shirts have taken off in the way they have - the tightness of the weave/knit (synthetics can weave up tighter than natural fabrics) and the fact that the yarns are impregnated with various substances (silicones, ceramic or glass fibres) before weaving, gives them sun filtration properties, which can then be rated a certain SPF factor.

Buy (or make) a shirt out of cotton voile for instance and you will be allowing sunlight to reach your skin. In addition, wearing clothes out of this kind of airy fabric will allow sweat to escape from your body and keep you cool.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:49 PM

Maybe I'll add a sash and look like a Klingon.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:26 PM

Great suggestions, Louisa. I've read that an untreated basic cotton t-shirt has a upf of ~8, so your suggestions should bring it down to much less than 8. Also, you can just wear mesh, which has visible holes in it. I own a cycling shirt by InSport that has a tasteful hole-to-fabric ratio, so that it doesn't really look like mesh.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 20, 2010
at 06:32 PM

A cycling shirt maybe treated for UV protection though, many of them are as a matter of course, check on the tag if you still have it....and did you say something about MC Hammer earlier? You are very near to completing that whole look, you know ;)

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on March 21, 2010
at 10:16 AM

Thanks! No luck finding any open thread t-shirts for men, but I'm still looking.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on March 21, 2010
at 11:36 AM

Go to an 'ethnic' shop, a shop selling punk clothes, a market stall that has Indonesian sarongs, they sometimes have very lightweight shirts or an Indian sari shop, a lightweight silk shirt will do just as well.

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0f476c0467fc4917c3b0ad213d4f53b4

on December 15, 2014
at 03:21 PM

Hey guys,

here is yet another company i found during my research against tanning lines ;)

Check TanMeOn(dot)com

Best regards,

 

Andy

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on March 20, 2010
at 05:50 PM

Interesting idea! Don't know the answer, but I would like one too.

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