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Top-recommended sun protection styles

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The sun is shining down and it’s a lovely day to get outside. The last thing you want to worry about is a sunburn. Thankfully, there are more ways to get head-to-toe protection than sunscreen. Here’s our list of expert-approved sun protection products.  

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With over 1,000 reviews on ExpertVoice, the HOLBROOK™ is a clear favorite, and experts praise its classic, comfortable design. You’ll find PRIZM technology and the ability to add a prescription to many of the options. 

“I’ve owned many different pairs of sunglasses, but I’ve never owned a pair of Holbrook sunglasses. I didn’t realize how much I was missing out. I got the Steel / Prizm Daily Polarized and am very happy with them. I’m in the military and we are only authorized to wear certain colors of frames and lenses. This combo of frame…” Read More

Kyle Martinez
U.S. Army – Military
ExpertVoice member since 2022

Ray-Ban Erika

The Ray-Ban Erika also earns expert accolades for its lightweight design and lens clarity. It offers an oversized design and 100% UV protection. Looking for a polarized version? Check for the “P” on the lens.

“As a person who actively hikes, boats and is prone to migraines I SWEAR by ray bans. The Erika and Classic Aviator polarized lenses helps protect my eyes from the sun, all while being light weight. The only negative is if you are doing outdoor activities I HIGHLY recommend buying a pair of chums and, while on the water, floating…” Read More 

Coby Porter
Outdoor Activities and Camp Employees
ExpertVoice member since 2023

Sun Hat

Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat

With the word adventure in its name, it’s no wonder this sun hat is billed as a great choice for hiking, running rapids, beach days and beyond. With UPF 50+ water-resistant fabric and a neck cape for extra protection, this hat is sure to be a summertime staple.  

“Hat is lightweight and does an excellent job blocking the sun. The ventilation is pretty good but it can still be a bit warm on hot days. Love the adjustable cinch and chin strap, it stands up to most of Wyoming’s crazy winds. I’ve been using this hat for a couple months for field work and general travel so I don’t have to…” Read More

Abigail Stemmler
U.S. Department of Interior
ExpertVoice member since 2022

Sun Hoodie

Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie

Available in men’s and women’s versions and dubbed “the ultimate sun shirt” and “perfect outdoor travel shirt” by experts, this sun hoodie offers UPF protection in an ultralight, quick-drying, bluesign-approved fabric.  

“I loved this shirt so much, I bought more! It’s super light weight, relatively durable and completely sun proof. I wore this shirt floating the Grand Canyon in July in 110+ degrees and was comfortable wet or dry. I wore this for 17 days straight with the exception of one day where I tried a different brand (which I hated cause…” Read More

Xaela Walden
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
ExpertVoice member since 2017


Sun Shirts

Vortex Sun Slayer Shirt

Frequently called out for its moisture-wicking properties, this expert-favorite sun shirt from Vortex offers both UPF 50 sun protection and an antimicrobial fabric that inhibits stink.  

“I live in Clovis CA where summers get 110 plus degrees and the sun is relentless. I bought this shirt a long with several sun slayer shirts. I just ordered more of them. These are pretty much all I wear in the summer. They are so comfortable, breathable and keep the sun off you. Don’t think about buying this, just order it …” Read More

Scott Stagis
Law Enforcement
ExpertVoice member since 2018

Outdoor Research Astroman Short Sleeve Sun Shirt

The Astroman is named after the legendary route in Yosemite Valley and offers UPF protection, breathability and movement-mirroring stretch. Experts enjoy it for travel, hiking, on-water adventures and even the office.

“This is a great shirt for travel or for beating the heat. It’s very lightweight and comfortable. Have been wearing it in Djibouti where the temperatures often reach 110° with 40-80% humidity and wearing this shirt helps beat the heat and humidity. Quick drying and packable, this is definitely my goto travel shirt.”

Ryan Byrnes
U.S. Air Force – Military
ExpertVoice member since 2017


prAna Stretch Zion Pant

Keep the sun off your legs with these pants, which are designed to move with you as you climb, hike and more. A PFAS-free DWR finish repels water, while UPF 50+ protection blocks UV rays.  

“These pants have served me well in every situation. They are breathable yet water resistant making them perfect even when there is snow on the ground or there is rain in the forecast. They are perfectly stretchy for climbing and tough enough to withstand being dragged against any harsh surface. In addition…” Read More

Maximilian Goldfarb
Wilderness First Responders and AIARE
ExpertVoice member since 2021


Cotopaxi Brinco Short

For those who prefer a little less coverage, the UPF 50+ Brinco is activity-ready with a mobility-boosting hem slit and a snap back pocket with drain holes for on-water adventures.  

“Very versatile outdoor shorts. I’ve used them for hiking, swimming and biking. I like the material and it’s held up very well so far. Some very fun color ways as well. Would definitely recommend.”

Aidan Mooney
Rack N Road Retail Employees
ExpertVoice member since 2022


Badger Sport Mineral Sunscreen

This ocean-friendly sunscreen is made with four ingredients and offers water-resistant SPF 40 protection. As a bonus, Vitamin E keeps your skin moisturized as you soak up the sun — safely, of course.  

“I bought this sunscreen because I heard the most popular sunscreen brands have chemicals that can stay in your system forever. When I read up on this brand I noticed that it was the most clean type of sunscreen as zinc protects your skin the most and does not seep into it. I have worn it recently and do not get burned. I noticed that it protects longer than the spray bottles and is very easy to use. I would recommend. …” Read More

Natalie Smith
ExpertVoice member since 2021

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