While I have a drawer (OK, a couple drawers) full of tennis specific clothes, some of my recent go-to pieces are ones that I can wear casually, for tennis and for other outdoor activities.
One of my favorite new finds is tasc. The styles are simple, making them versatile, and the fabric is so comfortable that as soon as I wash my tees, I want to wear them again. The fabric is the star with tasc clothing. The signature fabric is a bamboo-organic cotton combo that offers comfort and performance. With the summer rays shining down, it’s more important than ever to think of sun protection. All of tasc’s clothing provides UPF 50+ protection. The feel is amazing. The fabric is lightweight and breathable — two musts for hot weather.
On our Pinterest page, we have a fun board called “UV got style!” Not only a great play on words (acronyms?), this board is also a great place to check out some of our favorite UV protective styles. We pinned the long-sleeve top, and someone asked if you could really play comfortably in the summer in it. Well, I suppose it probably does rely somewhat on what your summers are like. Where we’re based — San Luis Obispo, Calif. — our summers are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. Most of the time, the highs don’t top the mid-80s.
I’ve been wearing my white tasc long-sleeve on the court comfortably this summer. We may not have searing temperatures here, but our UV Index is off the charts. I don’t sunburn easily in most places, but the sun burns brightly here and I can burn in an hour if I forget to apply sunblock or cover up. I’m planning on picking up more longsleeve tasc tops for this summer’s backpacking trip, too.
You’re probably wondering about the sweat factor. tasc’s fabric is more than 50 percent cotton, and cotton has a nasty reputation for sticking. Some women don’t sweat. I’m not one of those women. I sweat, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I work hard! The bamboo does offer wicking enough for me, but it may not for all.
I’m not the only tasc fan in the playtesting office, and Jason has been wearing tasc to play tennis. Overall he loves his shirt. He says, “I thought the fit/cut was great; it’s not as boxy as other brands. It was very lightweight, breathable and very soft.”
But when it came to sweat, it did the job but maybe not as well as pieces that are 100 percent polyester. Still, it’s not enough to deter him from playing in tasc.
“The one downside that I found was that even though the shirt did a great job wicking away sweat from my body, the sweat didn’t evaporate as quickly as I would’ve liked from the shirt itself,” Jason explains. “But I’d definitely add more tasc shirts to my tennis wardrobe.”
I’m with Jason. I, too, will be adding more tasc tops to my wardrobe, but I’ll be mixing them into my daily wardrobe as an active, working mom!
We’re lucky enough here at Tennis Warehouse to be based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., where the sun shines an average of 315 days a year. Certainly we have no room to complain about our weather, but really all that sunshine is a double-edged sword. It’s great for outdoor lovers and tennis players, but all that time out in the sun can also wreak havoc on the skin.
These days a lot of brands offer tennis apparel with UV protection. We’ve just started carrying a brand called SunSoul, which offers protection from the sun but with a twist. The SunSoul items are meant not only to protect you from the sun, but they’re also meant to get those rays to help improve your skin. They do this by filtering specific wavelengths of light. So all you fashionistas out there, don’t expect to see this apparel coming in a range of colors. They’re a very specific color of blue and yellow for a reason.
Though both blumöd and yelomöd items are rated UPF 50+, each combats specific skin problems. Blumöd items use blue light to diminish blemishes on the skin like acne. Yelomöd pieces are intended to improve skin tone and reduce discoloration from aging or sun damage. The items are fully meant for you to play in and have all the wicking features you’d expect from performance apparel. Which all means, of course, that you’ll be washing these items. SunSoul recommends washing in cold water on the delicate cycle and letting the items air dry. Over time, washing the items will change the color and the beneficial effects will lessen. However, because the harmful UV rays are filtered through the fabric, the sun protection factor will not disappear.
As I get older, I’m much more conscious about covering up and staying out of the sun so SunSoul’s story really piqued my interest. I obediently slather on my daily SPF moisturizer and apply even more sunscreen if I’m going to be outdoors for any length of time. However, I also grew up in sunny California and wasn’t always so good about using sunscreen. When I was younger there didn’t seem to be nearly as many cautionary tales of sun damage, or I just didn’t pay heed, and I tanned easily so my parents were never too concerned about slapping on the SPF stuff, either. On the flip side, I’ve never been one to use tanning oil because as I said I tan easily, plus I’ve never had a desire to look like George Hamilton.
Though those days as a teenager playing tennis with little to no sun protection are visible — at least in my own eyes — on my skin. I picked up the yelomöd Bucket Hat. So far I’ve worn it to the beach and during gardening. I am not sure if I will take it to the court because the brim is large, which is great for blocking sun, but I’m easily distracted by headgear during play. It’s really lightweight so it can let light through, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to feel the sun protection, but I didn’t get a sunburn when I was out at Avila Beach where the UV factor is usually really high. I haven’t put in enough hours to see any changes in my skin, but I am impressed enough with the UPF factor so will continue to wear it.
So let me know, are there any SunSoul devotees out there?