Snikwah Sailing - Dress for the Occasion

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

I'm mostly a t-shirt sailor, which is to say I'm not picky about what attire I wear when I'm sailing (and I have little influence on society). But I find that the older I get the more sensitive my skin seems to be to UV and wind rash, which is exactly why I was excited to try out a shirt from Snikwah that offers sun protection (UPF 50+) and an extendable/convertible collar to keep my neck, ears and even face protected on the water if I so choose.

No, I'm not robbing a bank - I'm outfitted for sun/wind/bug/spray
protection on the water!

Snikwah's claim to fame is their proprietary blend of Dri-Release fabric that adds excellent moisture wicking ability to the UV protection. I don't know exactly what the material is made of, but it's been comfortable and airy during the last two weekends of sailing.  I'm also happy to report that Lake Michigan's black flies couldn't bite through the shirts either. So how do they feel? My best description would be to say the Snikwah "original" shirts feel like a form fitting soft cotton tee. They stretch just enough to not feel restrictive but still hold to your body.  Even better - Snikwah offers their shirts in kids sizes and designs. Hannah went with the "Sea, Land, Air" shirt while I choose the tarpon design to remind me of how much I enjoy visiting my folks in Boca Grande in the winter.


If you're looking for a quality, comfortable shirt that's right at home with your life on the water, browse the selections at I know I'll be using mine on windy passages when I want to keep the spray and sun off my skin. I'm also looking forward to wearing it on the ski slopes this winter since the wicking properties, convertible collar and thumb holes on the sleeves should be equally useful for cold Michigan winter weather too.


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