Rash vests, also known as rash guards, are staple equipments for surfers. The main objective of a rash vest is to prevent a surfer from getting a rash. Rubbing against the board will result to chaffing without adequate protective gear. It also serves as protection against the sun. When you’re spending that much time on the beach, sunburn is an imminent threat. A rash guard also provides warmth and can be used by scuba divers. Although not as good an insulator as wetsuits, a rashie still gets the job done when you are diving under warm water.
The best tip when it comes to buying a rash vest is to consider the UV protection. Another is the size, you must ensure that the vest fits perfectly with your physique otherwise water will get inside the suit. Below is a short list of some of the best rash guards available on the market today:
Body Glove 6oz. Basic Lycra Short Sleeve Shirt
Body Glove’s 6 oz. short sleeve shirt offers SPF UV protection. This means that you don’t have to worry about the sun’s harmful rays from harming your skin. This is especially good for fair skinned people which are most sensitive to the sun’s rays. By itself, it offers enough warmth for diving under warm water. For colder water, you need to use a wetsuit on top of this rash guard to added insulation.
Quiksilver – Cypher PS + Heat Vest System
Perhaps one of the most innovative rash guards currently sold today is Quicksilver’s Cypher PS with a Heat Vest System. Unlike most rash guards and wetsuits, the Cypher PS is equipped with a battery operated heating system that uses infra red technology. With a push of a button the Heat Vest System maintains your body’s temperature which means you can last longer in colder temperature.
The vest itself is suitable for surfing and scuba diving. It can be worn on its own or under any wetsuit. The vest is made from lightweight polypropylene which so your body will not be restricted from any kind of movement.
The heating system is placed in a pad on the lower part of the vest. It has two heat settings: low and high. Press it once to get to the high setting; the red light will let you know it’s on high. Press it twice for low setting; the green light will tell you it’s on low. Hold the button for 4 seconds to turn it off.
XCEL Hooded Polypro
Know for producing quality wetsuits, XCEL has another addition to their collection: the XCEL Hooded Polypro Vest. If you have a wetsuit without a hood, this one’s especially for you. The hood is lined with Titanium which prevents any water from entering your suit and fits perfectly to the contours of your face.
Like every wetsuit made by XCEL, the vest itself is comfortable, flexible and warm. The collar around the vest can be worn both inside and outside of your wetsuit but to ensure that no water enters your suit, it is recommended keeping it outside. Not only is it a quality rash vest, is reasonably priced as well.