Rash vests are what surfers wear under a wetsuit to prevent rashes from wetsuit rubs. Although surfers still use them under wetsuits, their main usage now is to serve as a sun protection top on the beach, especially for ladies. The great thing about rash vests is that they offer sun protection of Factor 50+, so you have no need to apply sun lotion where wearing the garment.
The major brands such as O'Neill, Billabong, Rip Curl, and Roxy all produce very stylish tops and make full use of colours and patterns. So the choices we offer at Wetsuit Centre will not leave you disappointed, as there is so much to choose from! If you feel the cold, then check out our thermal rash vest range, which uses polypro thermal material. You can wear it under a wetsuit for extra warmth.
Rash vests were invented in Australia in the 1970s to help surfers prevent nasty wetsuit rashes when the material would rub against their skin in the water. Since then, the neoprenes have become far better and softer, so rashes from wetsuits are far less of a problem today. Rash vests or sun protection tops are now more about protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun during the summer months. They come in very cool designs that look fabulous while also protecting your skin from sunburn. The other advantage of these tops is you can also use them in the water without losing their shape. They also dry pretty quickly.