Here's a breakdown of what you need to know about paddle and watersports gloves and sun protection:

1. Paddle and Watersports Gloves:

  • Purpose: Paddle and watersports gloves are designed to provide comfort, grip, and protection while participating in water-related activities.
  • Materials: They are typically made from neoprene, synthetic leather, or a combination of materials to provide a balance between flexibility, durability, and insulation.
  • Features:
    • Grip: Many gloves have textured or rubberized palms to enhance grip on paddles or equipment.
    • Fingerless vs. Full-Finger: You can choose between fingerless gloves for better dexterity or full-finger gloves for added protection against cold water and abrasions.
    • Wrist Closure: Some gloves have adjustable wrist closures to ensure a secure fit and prevent water from entering.
  • Sizing: Proper sizing is crucial for comfort and performance. Refer to the manufacturer's sizing chart to find the right fit.
  • Maintenance: Rinse your gloves with fresh water after each use and let them air dry to prevent odors and prolong their lifespan.

2. Sun Protection Gear:

  • Sun-Protective Clothing: Consider wearing clothing made of UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) fabric that provides sun protection. Long-sleeved rash guards, board shorts, and sun shirts are common choices.
  • Sun Hats: Wide-brimmed hats or caps with neck flaps can protect your face, neck, and ears from the sun. Shop Sun Protection Hats
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Remember that sun protection is crucial even on cloudy days because UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. Prioritize safety and protection to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable paddle or watersports experience. Additionally, consult with local experts or instructors for specific recommendations based on your chosen water activity and the local climate conditions.