Kate Bangs founded Bold Babe SPF shirts for women to help get us outside, even during times of intense sun. She wanted to create stylish, multi-functional clothing that provides UV protection organically.
Now, more than five years after its launch, Bold Babe offers a full line of short and long sleeve shirts, skirts and dresses – all made with an “attitude of gratitude” in Denver, Colorado.
During the past six months I’ve had the opportunity to test the Flower Power Long Sleeve Zip Neck SPF/UPF 50+ shirt.
I used it during my first ever surfing lesson, in Costa Rica. I also used in on a scorching hot boat ride during that same trip. Back here in the Tetons, I’ve used it for canoeing and hanging out at the swimming pool. My 4-year-old daughter loves the water and it’s not uncommon for us to spend an entire weekend splashing in (er umm ... hiding from) the sun.
Overall, I’ve been quite impressed. Here are the shirt’s pros and cons, in my humble opinion.
- Does exactly what it’s supposed to do – protect you from the sun!
- Comfortable to wear in the water
- Fun designs offer a unique, mountain lifestyle look
- Fits well. I’m wearing a size small in these pictures.
- The colors in the shirt have not faded at all, thanks to sublimation printing
- Made in Colorado. It is definitely a quality, well sewn shirt.
- Family owned and run business
- I’m not wild about the golf ball design in the Echinacea flower. I’d prefer just the flower. Then again, I’m not a golfer.
- In general, it would be cool to see a wider variety of designs. I liked a lot of the designs, but wasn’t head-over-heels in love with any of them.
- The fabric has a sticky feel. This is not a problem at all for water play. But I’ve never been able to bring myself to use the shirt as a base layer in winter, as suggested in the product description.
Bottom line: Here at Garage Grown Gear, there’s nothing we love more than somebody seeing a hole in the market and going for it. Bold Babe embodies that story. When Kate couldn’t find a rash guard or other sun protective clothing that fit her body and style, she created her own SPF shirts for women. And, she did it in a way that aligns with her values. To that we give a high five.