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What's the Difference Between SPF and UPF?
Serious Sun Protection
UPF Fabric Protection

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What's the Difference Between SPF and UPF?

It's a Sunny Life. Wear Your Hat.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is the rating for sunscreens and other sun-protective products. It measures the amount of time it takes for sun-exposed skin to redden. SPF is for creams and cosmetics.

UPF measures the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin. The tightness of the weave, the weight, type of fiber, color and amount of skin covered all affect the amount of protection provided. UPF is for clothes and fabrics.

Serious Sun Protection

Skin Cancer Foundation Recommendation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer. To earn the Seal of Recommendation, a manufacturer must provide scientific data showing that its product sufficiently and safely, “aids in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin.” The data is reviewed by a volunteer committee of photo-biologists — experts in the study of the interaction between UV radiatio

UPF Fabric Protection

Look for our sun icon on our sun protection hats to determine which ones have a UPF rating of 30+ or 50+. These fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 96 to 97.5% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV. Always remember that a Wallaroo hat only protects the skin it covers. Safeguard the rest of your body by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the material of every Wallaroo hat with a UPF rating and a 3+ inch brim as an effective UV protectant. The criteria to earn The Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation includes:

  • An ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 30 or higher
  • Acceptable test results according to the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists method or AS/NZS Standard
  • For hats, in addition to the fabric requirements specified above, a minimum brim width of 3 inches

The Wallaroo Story

When Wallaroo started 19 years ago, they were sure of their purpose — to craft sun-protective hats that make you look and feel great. Inspired by visits to friends and family in Australia — where the threat of skin cancer has long been understood — they wanted to share that awareness far and wide. From their home base in Colorado, Wallaroo focuses on quality craftsmanship and functional, fashionable designs — adjustable, packable and comfortable. Business with purpose is a mighty goal.

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