Garments are classified based on the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The UV protection of fabric depends on the content, weave, density and colour. A UPF rating is an indication of the length of time a garment will protect the average skin from turning red when subject to maximum intensity UV radiation.

For example, a garment with a UPF 24 will provide 240 minutes pre/redness times the average skin’s unprotected pre/redness time of 10 minutes. Most garments in this catalongue have a UPF rating provided next to the product descriptions.

For garments that do not show a UPF rating please refer to the table on the next page as a guide. UPF fabric tests have been conducted in accordance with Australian and NZ Standards AS/NZ 4399:1996.

The UPF rating is for the fabric and does not address the amount of protection which is afforded by the design of the article. The manipulation involved in garment manufacture such as stretching and sewing may lower the UPF of the material. Articles which have been designed to cover the maximum area of the body are recommended.

The protection offered by garments may be lessened:

  1. at points where the fabric is in close contact with the skin such as across the shoulders;
  2. if the fabric is stretched; if the fabric is wet; and
  3. with time, due to the effects of normal wear. Fabric has been rated in accordance to AS/NZ 4399:1996.

Good Protection 15, 20
Very Good Protection 25, 30, 35
Excellent Protection 40, 45, 50, 50+