UV exposure is serious stuff. Just like you.
As more and more people tend to work out longer, preparing for adventure races, marathons and ultra events, the sun and the heat are becoming increasingly decisive health and performance factors. If not properly screened out, harmful sun rays can even be lethal. Answering the growing demand for lightweight sun-protective sportswear, Shade includes thin, UV-blocking and cooling items designed for truly dedicated athletes.
There are basically two main external risks for runners: Road accidents and UV exposure. While car accidents hitting a runner reach the news, the other risk, which is UV exposure, usually does not. Nevertheless, it’s a fact that runners who run outside and work out for hours, are at a higher risk for skin cancer.
The usual outfit for long-distance runners includes traditional running shirt and shorts. Wearing these garments, however, leaves the body totally exposed to UV radiation. Running in hot summer conditions also comes with a big risk of overheating, which ruthlessly reduces your athletic performance.
Shade includes thin, comfortable and UV-blocking items – from UPF 40 and above – designed for athletes who enjoy long-distance workouts in sunny and warm conditions. The garments are made of extremely lightweight and highly functional fabrics that combine with bodymapped mesh to offer efficient ventilation and cooling. As a result, Shade will not only increase your sun protection, but improve your performance as well.
Danish triathlete and Craft-friend Torbjörn Sindballe once claimed that his performance was affected negatively by UV radiation – that he did swim, ride and run faster wearing a triathlon suit offering full UV protection.