Tom Jones Sun Protection Zone Paddling Gear

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Tom Jones, Photo, Peter Byrne

It’s easy to stay protected from the sun when we’re at home, even if we’re outside we can take shelter in outdoor storage buildings, but what about when we’re out about taking part in sports? Sun Protection Zone (SPZ) has been a leader in the industry of developing innovative sun protective clothing and products since 2005. Over the past several years the company has created multiple lines of 100% UVA & UVB maximum protection apparel and accessories for children and adults. Additionally, their product lines have been approved by the American Melanoma Foundation and the Melanoma International Foundation. Sun Protection Zone is also invested in spreading the message of sun safety through their sponsorship of charitable causes in order to help raise awareness for skin cancer.

In 2013, SPZ entered into a partnership with extreme endurance athlete Tom Jones to develop a head-to-toe Stand Up Paddling apparel line. This collaboration combined Jones’ extensive paddling experience thousands of miles with Sun Protection Zone’s expertise with sun protection fabrications to build product for the specific needs of stand up paddlers.

Sun Protection Zone SUP gear from the Tom Jones Collection

Women’s Long Sleeve UltraLite Shirt

Description

  • Ultra lightweight fabric for a “nearly naked” feel
  • No underarm seams means no armpit chafing or discomfort
  • Mesh underarms & sides maximize airflow, providing cooling
  • Breathable fabric with 4-way comfort stretch is UPF 30+
  • Water repellent fabric helps keep you dry
  • Thumb holes keep sleeves over hands for maximum UV protection
  • Palm pads enhance grip & protect fabric
  • Reflective piping enhances visibility in darkness

SUP Examiner’s Take

The Women’s Long Sleeve UltraLite Shirt is comfortable for all types of paddling from recreational jaunts on your local waterway to competitive SUP racing. Unlike some long sleeved tops, the UltraLite Shirt from Sun Protection Zone doesn’t bunch up or constrict your arms while paddling. The fabric dries quickly and does not absorb water should you get wet. Note, the sizes run on the small side. SUP Examiner recommends ordering this item one size larger than what you would normally wear.

Women’s Sand Sox

DescriptionSun Protection Zone Sand Sox Womens Pink Hibiscus

  • Lightweight and breathable fabric
  • Porous fabric promotes water drainage
  • Elasticized top keeps out sand, seaweed, pebbles & debris
  • UPF 50+ sun protection for ankles and feet
  • Prevents burns from hot sand or pavement
  • Ribbed sole provides traction on any surface

SUP Examiner’s Take

These fun and flirty sand sox from Sun Protection Zone will keep your feet protected from hot sand and also provide a small layer of protection from rocks and potential sharp objects in the water. The ribbed soles also give paddlers an added level of traction on your board which may help beginners feel at ease with their equipment while learning to balance. Note, the sizes run on the small side. SUP Examiner recommends ordering this item one size larger than what you would normally wear.

Men’s Long Sleeve MAC Shirt

Description

  • Breathable fabric with 4-way comfort stretch is UPF 50+
  • Front and rear venting promotes Motion Activated Cooling (MAC) during exercise
  • No underarm seams means no armpit chafing or discomfort
  • Mesh underarms and sides maximize airflow and cooling
  • Palm pads assist grip; Thumb holes extend sleeves over hands for maximum UV protection
  • Water repellent fabric helps keep you dry
  • Reflective piping enhances visibility in darkness

SUP Examiner’s Take

The Long Sleeve MAC Shirt from Sun Protection Zone provides a high degree of sun protection in a lightweight and comfortable design. The slanted rear venting doesn’t constrict your range of motion while paddling and creates a higher degree of airflow than other designs on the market. Additionally, the thumb holes enabling you to extend the sleeves is a nice feature for long days in the sun. They easily (and comfortably) fold up and out of the way if you don’t want to use them. This is a well thought out product that will keep you cool and protected from the sun. Note, the sizes run on the small side. SUP Examiner recommends ordering this item one size larger than what you would normally wear.

Men’s Short Sleeve UltraLite Shirt

Description

  • Ultra lightweight fabric for a “nearly naked” feel
  • No underarm seams means no armpit chafing or discomfort
  • Mesh underarms & sides maximize airflow, providing cooling
  • Breathable fabric with 4-way comfort stretch is UPF 30+
  • Water repellent fabric helps keep you dry
  • Reflective piping enhances visibility in darkness

SUP Examiner’s Take

Sun Protection Zone’s men’s short sleeve UltraLite Shirt is essentially the guys version of the women’s product we highlighted earlier. The UltraLite Shirt has quickly become our go to shirt for all types of paddling. The cut is perfectly designed to provide a tailored look while avoiding chafing and bunching up in the sleeves. Cool and comfortable, this shirt with 4-way stretch fabric is sure to please. Note, the sizes run on the small side. SUP Examiner recommends ordering this item one size larger than what you would normally wear.

Tom Jones Pro Sport’s Performance Gloves

Description

  • Double velcro closures for perfect fit
  • Raised “sticky” palm pads enhance grip
  • Faux leather thumb padding promotes “slide” while enhancing comfort for all paddling sports
  • Pre-curved design helps prevent carpal tunnel issues & provides excellent support for endurance sports
  • Open fingertips enable fine adjustments
  • UPF 50+ sun protection

SUP Examiner’s Take

Gloves are a matter of personal preference, but if you are the type of paddler who appreciates the comfort and protection from a well designed pair, than the Tom Jones Pro Sport’s Performance Gloves are a good option to consider. Unlike a lot of other gloves on the market, the Tom Jones Pro Sport’s Performance Gloves are designed with stand up paddling in mind. They have a comfortable, secure fit and will aid in maintaining a firm grip on your paddle no matter what the conditions. Note, the sizes run on the small side. SUP Examiner recommends ordering this item one size larger than what you would normally wear.

Tom Jones PRO Stable Stance Boots

Description

  • Prevents burns from hot sand or pavement
  • UPF 50+ sun protection for your feet and ankles
  • Porous toe panels promote water drainage
  • Ankle cinch strap keeps out sand, seaweed, pebbles and debris
  • Ribbed sole & heel design promotes better grip on board
  • Special heel and achilles support enhances ankle & foot stability

SUP Examiner’s Take

The Tom Jones PRO Stable Stance Boots from Sun Protection Zone are a great option for foot protection when SUP surfing in areas where you may encounter a reef or rocky bottom. If you are embarking on a long paddle, the boots Stable Stance Boots will offer your feet a high level of sun protection along with amazing comfort. The soles are grippy and if you normally paddle bare foot, you will no doubt notice the difference. The sizes for the Tom Jones PRO Stable Stance Boots fit as described.

Disclaimer: Sun Protection Zone provided SUP Examiner with the items evaluated in this review, however, the opinions expressed are our own.

 

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