UV protection even when wet.
The fabric of this OLAIAN anti-UV product blocks at least 98% of UVB radiation and 95% of UVA (UPF 50+). This guarantees effective protection from the sun. It can be used both in and out of the water, for water or nautical sports. The density of the textile fibres filters out UV rays, for long-lasting protection, even after washing.
What does UPF 50+ mean?
UPF is a sun protection factor (Ultra Violet Protection Factor) and is standardised worldwide. It defines the protection level of a fabric and more precisely the proportion of UV rays it lets through. To meet the standards, it must block at least 95% of UV rays. UPF 50+ means that the fabric blocks at least 95% of UVA and 98% of UVB rays.
These leggings help reduce rubbing against the board, especially around the knees when lying down on the board and inside the thighs when sitting on the board. We have confirmed that irritation was indeed limited during two-hour sessions.
Stable in waves
The body-shaping waistband helps the leggings stay in place even when you fall off the board in the waves. The cord located at the front of the waistband is designed to be attached to a UV protection T-shirt and prevent it from riding up. We recommend wearing a 500 UV protection T-shirt (available in short sleeve and long sleeve versions) in addition to these leggings in order to be well protected.
Warmth and wind
The minimum water temperature recommended for the use of these anti-UV leggings is 22°C. Air temperature may increase or decrease this recommendation. Our thermal models (over 2 hours) are made of either fleece, neoprene or both. The presence of wind can have an impact which can be uncomfortable as soon as the wind exceeds 15 km/h: In this case, choose a model with neoprene.
Multi water sports UV-protection cropped trousers
Our anti-UV leggings are designed to meet the needs of the most demanding surfers. Our design choices also make them compatible with other water sports such as swimming, kite surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, sea wading or SUP (stand up paddle boarding).
Protect the little ones!
Young skin is very sensitive to the sun as kids' defence systems are established after the age of 3. With identical exposure, the effects of the sun are 2 to 3 times stronger on a kid than on an adult. It is therefore important to protect them effectively.
Behaviour when in the sun
Although these leggings protect you from the sun, phenomena such as reflections (from water, sand, etc.), heat, time of day, etc. must be taken into account. Wearing these leggings does not exempt the wearer from following the relevant advice: wear a UV protection T-shirt, wear sunglasses, wear a hat or cap, regularly apply an appropriate sun cream, drink regularly, etc.
Sun protection guide
What is the OLAIAN brand?
OLAIAN, DECATHLON'S SURFING BRAND
Based in Hendaye, in South West France, OLAIAN is Decathlon's surfing brand. In our offices at the water's edge, we can design a sun-protection top and then on the same day go surfing and test it to check that it stays in place in the waves, and is comfortable and durable.