???? SUN SLEEVES vs SUN LOTIONS: UV sleeve users tell us that they gave up on sun creams and sprays because of the frustration of continually having to lotion up while out enjoying the sun, and what if you forget. Sun lotions lose their effectiveness over time, while sun protection sleeves keep a constant level of protection from harmful UV rays. Sun Lotions are also known to hold your sweat in causing your arms to heat up while sun sleeves wick the moisture away causing a cooling effect.
???? ARM SLEEVES vs LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS: An important benefit of arm sleeves is that they move freely with your arms. This is great for golfers because these sun sleeves won't restrict your swing the way that long sleeve golf shirts would. They also provide slight compression on your elbows, which actually helps to keep you leading arm from bending during the backswing. Every bit of help we can get with our swing is truly welcomed. Compression in the right places and sun protection ... WOW!
???? WHAT KEEPS THE SLEEVES IN PLACE? Our UV sleeves are designed in a wedge shape, similar to the shape of our arms and apply increasing compression up to the bicep area. Elastic bands are sewn into the hems at either end of the sleeves to help hold them in place and are designed to help hold the sleeves in place, while not creating any pinching feeling. The sleeve compression combined with the upper and lower elastic bands works together to keep the sleeve from sliding downwards or upwards.
???? HOW ARE UPF RATINGS DETERMINED? The terms SPF and UPF are often used interchangeably however they are not the same at all. SPF ratings calculate the percentage of UV rays that penetrate the chemical composition of any sun lotions or sprays. UPF ratings calculate the percentage of harmful UV rays that penetrate the cloth fibers of any materials. Our sun sleeves are made from polyester and spandex. Each of these materials have a UPF rating of 50 +, which blocks close to 98% of UV rays.
???? WHAT CAN CHANGE A UPF RATING? Arm sleeves for men and women are by design meant to stretch. Stretching any material increases the potential for UV rays to penetrate. The more you stretch the material the lower the UPF rating. Sleeves that are designed with maximum stretch in mind often do so by compromising the UPF rating. Our sun sleeves are designed to maximize both comfort and UV protection. Limiting the spandex to 15% allows for decent stretch but not enough to impact the UPF rating.