is more and more common to see my fishing brethren bundled up like it’s
a cool winter’s morning while stalking their prey… In the summertime.
Yes it has been said that the sun causes cancer, but alas, so does
everything else. I being the product of 5 generations of Floridian, and
with a substantial amount of Cherokee in my blood from my biological
mother’s side of the family I tend to handle the sun better than most.
Don’t get me wrong, with thirty something…err I mean twenty something
years of being in the sun and on the water; my skin is showing signs of
too much sun. Sun damage can be as minimal as freckles, to as deadly as
melanoma. Luckily I have freckles, which add to my uber good looks and
I am not much on the “catalogue” looks
while fishing, in fact I seem to uphold the image of “white trash”
while on the water. For me, a t-shirt minus the sleeves, a pair of
shorts and flip flops (with the bottle opener of course) makes my
fishing ensemble. Folks tend to expect to see me dressed as such even
at fishing shows I sometimes work. Hey, it fits me, what can I say?
to the damage sun can cause. I know many friends whom have had to
endure painful treatments to reduce the damage the sun can cause, and I
for one do not want to experience. When offered an opportunity to try
out some new fishing apparel I jumped at the chance. I Hunt Fish (www.ihuntfish.net) was kind enough to let me take a couple shirts out for a spin so to speak.
first thought when opening the package was Hot. The shirts are made
with heavy prewashed cotton. The specs according to the designer and
owner of I Hunt Fish states that his garments weigh 11 oz compared to
typical long sleeve t-shirts at 4-8 oz. That is substantial when
considering the heat of summer. The key to his product isn’t in the
weight of the garment but the benefits. The shirts provide UPF +50
protection from the rays that hurt! UPF, SPF, I don’t know. I took the
liberty to look it up. Here it what I found:
Ultraviolet Protection Factor (or “UPF”) rating system measures the UV
protection provided by fabric. It is very similar to the SPF rating
system used for sunscreens. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows
1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to
pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV
Ok, that helped. SPF is for
sunscreen… I don’t use it, but I should. I would very much like to
retain my stunning good looks for a while longer. UPF is for fabric,
which I tend to use less of, yet again, I should use more of to retain
said good looks.
getting the shirts out of the package as well as a couple decals with
the company logo I noticed a really simple yet cool design on the
shirts. With the words “I HUNT FISH” on the front with a redfish inside
the letters as well as one with the snook inside the letters. Really
subtle, yet speaks volumes on this guys love for fishing. The logo on
the back as well struck me as cool. A simple all black shadow of a man
on a poling platform with his boat underneath. It is quite apparent
that these were designed for us skinny water guys!
now for my testing. I can not lie. The shirts were hot, however a
little extra sweat to ensure I wouldn’t have to endure some sort of
treatment at a hospital isn’t going to hurt me. The first day on the
water the temps topped out around 92° and not a cloud nor a breeze to
cool you down. I used no sunscreen and didn’t cut the sleeves out of my
new shirt. I spent nearly 6 hours out and surprisingly my hands and
neck showed significantly darker than my already tanned and muscular
arms. Not bad I thought, however I needed to test out another long
sleeve shirt to see if the UPF +50 really made a difference.
next test was with a Brandon Thomas Benefit Redfish Tournament shirt.
(One of the coolest shirts EVER) This is just your standard Haynes
Beefy Tee, long sleeve in white. The weather this day was not much
different than the previous other than a little more cloud cover, and
breeze. Still, I was hot; regardless I must push forward in the
interest of science. After about 5.5 hours my neck was fairly red, as
where my hands. Keep in mind my skin tends to have a red hue due to the
Indian. After removing the shirt to see if I had the Hank Hill tan, I
realized that I did, however my stripes only appeared to be where the
collar and cuffs of the shirt were. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t burned,
but it was noticeable.
Now, what did I prove? Did I
prove that the I Hunt Fish line was the superior choice in sun
protection? I don’t think so; however I did prove that other t-shirts
tend to let a lot of the harmful rays through. I Hunt Fish’s line tends
to do a good job or reflecting theses rays and it does so with a pretty
cool design too!
Now as always I have a pros and cons
list for anything I may review. Me being a regular guy, hopefully these
points help you decide whether a product is good or not. I do not get
paid for these, and I do not get more freebies for a “good” report. I
try to be hard on anything I review much like I am on the things I
don’t review. You know a real honest review for the real average guy.