Sun protection standards in comparison
UPF 50+, UPF 80 and why your skin is only optimally protected with UV STANDARD 801.
Not all functional textiles deliver what they promise. For example, some UV shirts have a UPF (Ultra Violet Protection Factor) of 200 and above. However, if these are tested when wet or stretched instead of just unused, the value sometimes drops dramatically.
Reliable UV protection depends on a number of factors, including the color, fiber and weave of the fabric, and can be reduced by abrasion, stretching and washing. Therefore, the testing procedure and consistently good results are important, as the graph shows:
As the measured values in the test procedure show, a pure UV protection certification on new goods cannot guarantee reliable UV protection for your skin. That is why we have been testing our entire UV protection collection since 2001 according to UV STANDARD 801. This is the only way to ensure 100% reliable UV protection and is an important building block for our excellent UV protection clothing.
That is why for us the UV STANDARD 801 is the only test procedure to ensure excellent UV protective clothing.
Why the test seal is worth a closer look
Good to know
The FI Hohenstein test label shows the level of UV protection (UPF) in the middle. This measures the sun protection factor (UPF) that textiles offer even under the worst conditions such as abrasion, stretching and wetness. The lowest value achieved in all tests is then certified.
The test label must contain a test number in the footer. If the test number is missing, it may indicate that only one product from the manufacturer's entire range was tested - but not necessarily this one.
Test procedures at a glance
UV STANDARD 801 thus certifies safe sun protection even in wet, stretched and used condition of clothing. The certificate is reviewed annually. New fabrics and new colors are also retested.
The Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZ is the oldest developed standard. It tests according to the Melbourne solar spectrum on January 1. The test is not carried out under conditions of use, but only on the new textile.
The European standard EN 13758-1:2007-03 is based on the American standard AATCC TM 183-2000 with Albuquerque solar spectrum. The test is not carried out under conditions of use, but only on the new textile.
The CE marking indicates that the product to which it is affixed meets the requirements of all EC Directives applicable to that product. It initially serves as an "EU passport" for this product. This means that this product may be placed on the market in any Member State within the EU. The CE mark is usually affixed by the manufacturer himself and makes no statement about UV protection.
TÜV - tested
Unfortunately, we do not know according to which criteria the TÜV tests the UV protection of clothing and for which period and under which conditions the test is valid.