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Why We Build Hydrophobic (Water Repellent) Shirts

Bluesmiths Hydrophobic NanoSphere Water Repellent Technology

BLUESMITHS HYDROPHOBIC SHIRTS

Non Bluesmiths shirt not water repellent

NORMAL surfING SHIRT

THE END TO COLD, WET RASH GUARDS

Tired of wind-chill from clingy, wet sun shirts? 

We were. So we created Bluesmiths Hydrophobic Shirts: A collection of water repellent, yet highly breathable shirts.

They stay drier for longer, meaning you perform better -  both on and off the water.

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    Men's and Women's Styles

  • Short and Long Sleeved Options

  • Optimized for Alternating Wet & Dry Activities

WHY WE DEVELOPED HYDROPHOBIC SHIRTS

Ever had a session on the water cut short due to cold, wet clothing? Or copped a spray on the boat and felt miserable the entire day?

We have. It's not pleasant. 

Traditional surf and water shirts get wet and stay wet. They're typically made of a wicking fabric designed to transit water from your body.  Great for athletes off the water, but bad for anyone in and out of the water. Why? They saturate immediately and have a hard time drying. They're clingy, restrictive and immediately bring on wind chill, even when it's hot.

We worked with a legendary Swiss fabric laboratory to develop a highly water repellent fabric which breathes incredibly well and feels great on the body.

Our shirts allow for more comfort, better performance and better safety. 

Bluesmiths Hydrophobic Sun Shirts are a game-changer for anyone in and out of the water, or in changeable weather on land.

STAY DRIER. STAY SUN PROTECTED. PERFORM BETTER.

- FEATURES AND BENEFITS -

NANOTECHNOLGY COMES AS STANDARD

 

Water repellent - NanoSphere® Technology from Schoeller of Switzerland

NanoSphere is the best and most durable Durable Water Repellency (DWR) we have found to date. It's also a BlueSign® approved application, meaning it's ecologically sound.

Functionally, you stay drier longer, and you perform better as a result.

ULTRA-FAST DRYING - 

NANOSPHERE® WATER REPELLENT NANO TECHNOLOGY

In order to build a game-changing garment, we needed a serious technology partner. We found one in a fabric laboratory in Switzerland.

We pioneered the use of NanoSphere® , Schoeller's legendary water repellent technology, in knit fabrics and in ocean sports. 

It's the best performing Durable Water Repellent technology we have tested, and we tested everything we could find - to exhaustion. 

In fact, NanoSphere is the only technology which met our standards.

It's a BlueSign® approved finish, meaning production occurs with a minimum impact on people and environment.  

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UPF 35 SUN PROTECTION

Dry or *Wet.

* Very important.

HIGHLY BREATHABLE

Proprietary, high-performance polyester knit.

 

UPF 35 SUN PROTECTION

Dry or *Wet.

* Very important.

HIGHLY BREATHABLE

Proprietary, high-performance polyester knit.

IMPECCABLE CONSTRUCTION

BUILT TO LAST IN CANADA

Beautifully crafted by our factory partners in Canada.

Pocket with KeyLeash & Cable Management.

Recycled, non-corrosive zipper.

No self-destructive velcro.

(Just like in our multi Award-Winning Spartan Board Shorts)

EXTREMELY VERSATILE +

TAILORED TO PERFECTION 

Tailored, versatile fit for use on land or in the water.

Maximum performance on and off the water thanks to a combination of movement-enhancing flatlock needlework and Bluesmiths' signature double-needle stitching.

Available in: 

Men's & Women's Styles 

Long Sleeve (The Kanaha) & Short Sleeve (The Lane)

The most versatile garment you likely do not have in your closet.

EXTREMELY VERSATILE +

TAILORED TO PERFECTION 

Tailored, versatile fit for use on land or in the water.

Maximum performance on and off the water thanks to a combination of movement-enhancing flatlock needlework and Bluesmiths' signature double-needle stitching.

Available in: 

Men's & Women's Styles 

Long Sleeve (The Kanaha) & Short Sleeve (The Lane)

The most versatile garment you likely do not have in your closet.

VERSATILITY REDFINED

 

Designed to work in many sports and activities:

Sailing, stand-up paddling (SUP), kiting, windsurfing, outrigger canoe paddling (OC), hiking, backcountry adventures, skiing & snowboarding (base layer), cycling and mountain biking, fitness training etc.

 

Built to work on land, in the ocean, and everywhere in-between.

what the PRESS sayS

“You need a shirt that will dry out fast, protect you from the sun, and that breathes. That takes technology and ingenuity. The Kanaha shirt is all that."  ”In a nutshell: It's awesome!  Verdict: Buy this Shirt”  

The Distressed Mullet Online Magazine

"It's how you manage wetness that separates  the contenders from the pretenders in the backcountry."

"I'm relying on ....a hydrophobic but breathable Bluesmiths Kanaha shirt.... Spray beads right off the shirt."

Wired Magazine

"It keeps users cool during activity but warm by drying very quickly"

“ideal for any watersports activities including sailing, stand up paddleboarding, kite surfing or kayaking…  and most of all it looks good” 

Forbes

“Schoeller NanoSphere hydrophobic coating also means this shirt repels dirt, dust, and rain. What could possibly be more useful than that for multi-day desert or early season Pacific Northwest riding?”  

The Gear Caster - "Mountain Bike Essentials"

“a hydrophobic must-have for stand-up paddlers and other watersports enthusiasts” 

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

SELECT YOUR HYDROPHOBIC SHIRT

THE Kanaha
MEN’S LONG SLEEVE

THE Kanaha
WOMEN’S LONG SLEEVE

THE lane
MEN’S SHORT SLEEVE

THE lane
WOMEN'S SHORT SLEEVE

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Sizing Guide

SIZE CHART & GUIDE

Condition: Measure ones body without the weight or bulk of clothes that may affect dimensions.

Height Target: Physical height.

Weight Target: Physical weight.

Chest Target (Men): Chest dimension at widest point, measured over peak of pectoral and lat muscles.

Chest Target (Women): Chest dimension at widest point, on Women usually measured at peak of bust.

Waist Target: Actual true waist dimension (the narrowest part of the torso, above the high hip bone, above where one normally

wears the waist of one's pants).

Full Hip Target: At the widest point of the low hips, at the fullest point of the seat or buttocks.

Inseam Target: With the pant snugged firmly into the crotch, from the center seam of the crotch, measure down along the leg,

past the ankle bone, to the floor, standing with feet at shoulder width.