Blocking harmful UV rays and protecting exposed skin is one reason to pull on a sun hoodie, but there are plenty of others. A well-designed sun hoodie can be one of your most comfortable articles of clothing, and layers well under heavier garments. The hood can also provide added warmth on a chilly day, and high-tech hoodies built with extra features for physical activities will increase your comfort and performance. Here are three things to look for when choosing the perfect warm-weather pullover.


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The point of wearing a sun hoodie is sun protection, so make sure the fabric provides a significant UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor, which is similar to an SPF rating for sunscreen. A fabric with a UPF 50 rating allows only 1/50th of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays to penetrate the fabric.


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Many sun hoodie designs are intended for technical performance in harsh conditions like all-day fishing trips, long stints on a sun-drenched boat, or hot hikes. Look for active use features like thumbholes near the cuffs that let you pull the material over your palms for added sun protection on the back of your hands. Technical fabrics also move moisture away from your body to keep you dry and cool.


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When you’re hot, sweaty, and on the move, the smallest design features can make a big difference in comfort. If high performance is at the top of your shopping criteria, look for products sewn with flat-lock seams and tagless collars to avoid any nagging scratches at the base of your neck, and beware of oversized hoods that can tug at the neckline.