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UPF Ratings

Garments are classified based on the ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The UV protection of fabric depends on the content, weave, density and colour. A UPF rating is an indication of the fabric’s ability to block out UV radiation.

For example, a UPF of 50 means only 1/50th or 2% of the UV rays will penetrate through the clothing thus giving a protection of 98% of where the fabric is in contact on the body.

Hard Yakka have a selection of garments that are rated as UPF Excellent 50+ and meet the minimum body coverage as per the updated 2017 standard.

All fabrics used in our UPF rated garments have been tested to AS/NZS 4399:1996 and meet the requirements to the updated standard AS/NZS 4399:2017

Articles which have been designed to cover the maximum area of the body are recommended. For garments which are constructed of multi-components excluding those areas not exposed to sunlight (i.e. armpits) the lower UPF rating achieved in testing will be claimed on the garment.

The protection offered by garments may be lessened:

  1. At points where the fabric is in close contact with the skin such as across the shoulders;
  2. If the fabric is stretched; if the fabric is wet; and
  3. With time, due to the effects of normal wear. Fabric has been rated in accordance to AS/NZ 4399:2017.

Minimum 15
Good 30
Excellent 50, 50+