As you can tell from my last two posts, the weather this weekend was just about as good as it gets. So good, in fact, that I sucked it up and decided I'd trunk it for Saturday's morning session. I was also really curious to try out the Kore Dry Shirt that the folks at www.Buy-Rash-Guards.com sent to me for review.
I was surprised to find a black colored shirt when I pulled it out of the UPS envelope. I hadn't specified a color (heck I hadn't even ordered it- it was just one of those cool surprises that sometime show up at the PaddleSurf.net command center) but I'd figured a UV protective paddle shirt (SPF 150+) would've definitely been a sun reflective white.
Another surprise was the loose fit- this is not your run of the mill rash guard. The Kore Dry is designed to fit loosely to facilitate air movement and breath-ability. I liked the loose fit, it was comfortable and it didn't hinder the paddling motion. In two hours of paddling I didn't experience any hot spots or chaffing.
I realized why a black shirt was a good idea when I paddled out in just trunks and shirt. The black, long sleeved shirt soaked up energy from the sun and provided a nice bit of warmth. It was just enough to take the edge off of a cool morning surf session. It's the perfect transition piece between paddling jacket and bare backing it completely. The fabric is designed so that the fibers remain dry at their core and continue to provide insulation even when wet. If splashed, the water beads up like mercury droplets and rolls right off the thing. When I did fall in, the shirt dried quickly and didn't seem to suck the heat right out of me like a clingy, lycra rash guard. I can vouch for the insulating effect of the shirt it kept me going when everybody else was in full suit mode. Granted, I wasn't warm and toasty- but I wasn't shivering either.
This is a product that I can recommend. The shirt is well made and doesn't bind, constrict or cling during paddling (I also used it for a couple of hours of kitesurfing- it worked great). If you're going to use it in temperate climates, such as California, I'd recommend the black Kore Dry- if you're doing big runs in full sunshine or are paddling in tropical areas, go with the white shirt. I'm paddling in the 18-Mile Hennessey's River Run in early May- I'm hoping another surprise finds its way to my doorstep- this time in white.
Check out Kore Dry shirts at www.Buy-Rash-Guards.com
Also, check out the last two video clips to see me surfing in the Kore Dry long sleeve black shirt- yeee haw!