UV Protection Series

Macro’s UV protection series sports fabrics include several different fabrics that all possess UPF ratings ranging from 40-50+.  All our UV protection series fabrics are either a polyester/Spandex® blend or a nylon/Spandex® blend.  Our UV protectant fabrics come in a myriad of colors and offer excellent UV protection perfect for any outdoor exercise and lifestyle wearable.  Our UV Protection Series fabrics are rated by the AS/NZS 7399-1996 (Australian Standards) test.

UVA vs. UVB vs. UVC

UVA (Ultraviolet A) rays are long-wave rays that usually do not cause burns but penetrate the skin deeply.  This deep penetrating characteristic of UVA rays are thought to be the main culprits behind the wrinkling and leathering of skin.  UVA rays are NOT blocked by the ozone layer.

UVB (Ultraviolet B) rays are short-wave rays that cause sun burns.  These UVB rays strike your skin more forcefully but do not penetrate deeply.  UVB rays are partially blocked by the ozone layer but the recent thinning of the ozone layer can cause these UVB rays to cause more damage than previously thought.

UVC (Ultraviolet C) rays are even shorter-wave rays that are seen to be more powerful rays.  UVC rays are lethal to plant life and small organisms.  However, these UVC rays are completely blocked by the ozone layer.  As the ozone layer thins, UVC rays could play a more significant factor in sun protection.

What is UPF?

UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor, is a rating system for clothing and textiles especially designed for sun protection. The ratings measure how much ultraviolet light is allowed to penetrate the fabric.  For example, a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the amount of light through.

Please reference the below chart on all our UV Protection Series Fabrics to see which item best fits your particular need:

UV Protection Fabrics Information:
Item Number Alias Content Weight UPF Stretchability
(Length / Width)
UV0500-0650 FJJ 92% Nylon /8% Spandex 220 g/m2 ; 6.5 oz/yd2 50+ 110% / 160%
UV0510-0605 FKB 85% Polyester /15% Spandex 205 g/m2 ; 6.0 oz/yd2 50+ 210% / 180%
UV0520-0800 FJK 88% Nylon / 12% Spandex 271 g/m2 ; 8.0 oz/yd2 50+ 120% / 145%
UV0530-0660 FSG 93% Polyester / 7% Spandex 224 g/m2 ; 6.6 oz/yd2 50+ 95% / 120%
UV0540-0600 FIB 86% Polyester / 14% Spandex 203 g/m2 ; 6.0 oz/yd2 50+ 140% / 180%
UV0550-0844 FKC 92% Polyester / 8% Spandex 286 g/m2 ; 8.4 oz/yd2 50+ 120% / 140%
UV0560-0630 FSL 86% Nylon / 14% Spandex 214 g/m2 ; 6.3 oz/yd2 40+ 140% / 140%
UV0570-0800 FSK 81% Nylon / 19% Spandex 271 g/m2 ; 8.0 oz/yd2 40+ 160% / 140%
Note: width for all fabrics is 60″. Color fastness grade for all the fabrics in this series is: 4 in wash, 4 in water, 4 in overdying and 4 in light.