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Review of Lands’ End Sun.Life UPF50 Cardigan

Posted by minnemom on Mar 8, 2009 in Clothing

Even in northern climates, sun protection is important.  I’m concerned with sun safety for my kids and for myself.  In the past that has meant sunscreen and sun hats and staying out of the sun when it’s at its highest in the sky.

Recently, Lands’ End offered to send me an item from their Sun.Life UPF50 line of clothing.  I chose the Long Sleeve Cotton Full-Zip Cardigan Sweater.  The Sun.Life line also contains many other items, ranging from shorts to t-shirts to hats, for men, women, and children.

As far as the cardigan goes, it’s a decent sweater.  The fabric is soft and comfortable, a cotton knit that doesn’t have little fuzzies to tickle my nose as many sweaters do.  The fit is true-to-size and the color as described on the Lands’ End website.  I haven’t tried to wash it yet, but the label says machine wash delicate, dry flat.

The idea of UPF clothing baffles me to some extent, as I don’t recall ever being sunburned through a piece of clothing.  Apparently, though, there is research saying that UV rays can pass through many types of clothing, so this additional layer of sun protection may be beneficial.  Other companies have introduced UPF clothing in the past few years, and Lands’ End prices are competitive. Prices are currently discounted on many of their Sun.Life items, including a women’s t-shirt for $11.60, so many of the items are reasonably-priced.

I’ve been a fan of Lands’ End for many years.  Their quality is consistent and their return policy (including returns at Sears for any Lands’ End item) can’t be beat.  I’m going to look at more Sun.Life items for my family.  While I won’t pay a lot extra for this feature, if I can find reasonable prices for this additional protection, it will be worth it.

To learn more about Sun.Life, you can watch this video.

Lands’ End provided this item for me to review.

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