Hooded Rash Guards?

by John
(St Paul, MN)

Do hooded rash guards provide sun protection or do they just get in the way? My hair is thinning and others with whom I snorkel have bald spots. Can they be obtained without visors?

Thank you for any insights.

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Mar 10, 2016
by: Nicole & Galen

Though we have no personal experience with hooded rash guards, if the fabric is the same, it will provide sun protection for your head, yes.

As for it being in the way, it is possible that it would limit comfortable movement of your neck while snorkeling. There is a picture at the bottom of our snorkeling rash guards page of the stinger suits that are commonly worn in Australia. They have hoods without visors. Maybe using stinger suit as your search would help.

Galen does not have thinning or balding hair, but he usually has me put some sunscreen in the part of his hair to prevent sunburn and that works.

I, Nicole, use a lycra swim cap, initially to keep my hair out of my face, but I quickly discovered the added benefit of sun protection for my head and ears. I wrote more about that on this page.

Good luck!

Mar 11, 2016
Hooded Rash Guards
by: John

I have 3 that I use. I hope they're providing adequate SPF protection. I am bald and go out for hours at a time and I have yet to have my scalp burnt with any of them. They are rated SPF 30.

Mar 11, 2016
by: Anonymous

I use a buff (kind of a tube of nylon that can be worn on your head in various ways) to cover my head while snorkeling and it works great.

Mar 12, 2016
Agree With Nicole
by: Nica Bryan

I agree with Nicole. I have an orange lycra swim cap on my Amazon wish list. It will not only protect my balding head, I think it will also improve my visibility.

Jun 26, 2016
We have separate hoods
by: Sally

My husband has balding hair so has worn a hood for years, and I got one in 2007 in Australia for a liveaboard trip for a cow lick on the back of my head; great protection for head, neck, and face. No sunburns! I think a separate hood would provide much more flexibility than a hooded rash shirt because you can wear it with your wetsuit as well. I like flexibility for different water conditions.

Apr 05, 2018
Hooded stinger suit
by: Beth

For a trip to the Great Barrier reef a few years ago, my Australian friend researched stinger suits, and we both purchased hooded suits with stirrup feet and mittens for the hands. I found it so helpful to have a little extra warmth and not worry about sunscreen. I especially liked the hood because not only was it not constricting, but I didn't have to worry about my hair getting tangled in the mask strap. I always snorkel in my stinger suit now, wherever I go.

I don't know if there's anything better at this point, but we got lycra suits by Adrenalin that are 80% nylon & 20% spandex.

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