Rashguards - who needs 'em?

11:20 a.m. on August 20, 2010 (EDT)
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I never knew there was any such thing as a rashguard till I started adding them to our new paddling section. I can see why you'd need a layer between your skin and a wetsuit or spray skirt -- what I can't figure out is why any ol' wicking baselayer would not be just fine.

So my question is, what sets apart a rashguard from other baselayers?

6:27 p.m. on August 20, 2010 (EDT)
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I have one I wear while using a boogie board at the beach, mine is part nylon, part spandex. The rash guard I have fits tight, you wouldn't want anything loose fitting or absorbent for surfing or boogie boarding. You need to be slick and aerodynamic. Or is that aquadynamic?

That's the only answer I can offer. Maybe some of the kayakers have a different take on it.

3:02 a.m. on August 21, 2010 (EDT)
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That would be hydrodynamic...

9:31 a.m. on August 21, 2010 (EDT)
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Thank you BigRed!

When I wear my rash guard in the water I am hydrodynamic.

4:36 p.m. on August 23, 2010 (EDT)
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Rash guards are something that I used to wear dinghy sailing. They are extremely lightweight and protect from UV, as well as abrasion from a wet suit. However, for paddling, few wear a full wet suit. A farmer john, or short farmer john is preferred, or a dry suit, or a dry top for closed boats. Rash guards are tight and can be so tight as to be somewhat uncomfortable. They do not provide insulation the way a poly top does. If you are paddling in very hot conditions in a kayak, it might be worth it. But for canoes or most kayaking, they are unnecessary. Hope that helps.


10:13 p.m. on August 23, 2010 (EDT)
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Thanks everybody ... rashguards don't sound so redundant after all.

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