Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Stays put in the water, flat shoulder seams, longer torso
Cons: Very short sleeves, seams up in armpits, fabric could be smoother
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Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve
|Price||$35.00 at REI|
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|$59.95 at Backcountry|
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|$60 List||$69.00 at Backcountry|
|Pros||Stays put in the water, flat shoulder seams, longer torso||Incredibly lightweight, very breathable, great coverage, super stretchy||Super lightweight, built in hand covers, extremely breathable, ponytail hole in hood||Flex fabric/vent in armpit, attractive cut and style, good for diverse activities||Thin smooth material, great neck coverage, drawstring on hood, slim pocket design|
|Cons||Very short sleeves, seams up in armpits, fabric could be smoother||Gets dirty easily, too stretchy to keep heavy items in the pocket||Snags easily, very low UPF||Wrinkles relatively easily, sleeve tab extremely high||Poor thumbhole execution, slender shape isn't ideal for everyone, limited colors|
|Bottom Line||A tight-fitting rashguard with shorter sleeves to keep you protected while you play in the water||A really useful sun shirt that's a great choice for just about any sunny activity||A super breathable shirt with handy functions that keeps you both warm AND cool||Comfortable and stylish, this sun shirt is great for both indoor and outdoor use||Thin and lightweight, this slender-fit shirt is buttery soft and comfy, with a great adjustable hood|
|Rating Categories||Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve||Crater Lake Long Sleeve Hoody||Echo Hoody||Co-op Sahara Long-Sleeve||Tropic Comfort Hoody|
|Comfort And Fit (30%)|
|Sun Protection (25%)|
|Specs||Whole Hearted...||Crater Lake Long...||Echo Hoody||Co-op Sahara...||Tropic Comfort Hoody|
|Sun Protection Level (UPF)||50+||50+||15||35||50+|
|Coverage||Long sleeve||Long sleeve, hood, thumb holes||Long sleeve, hood, hand cuffs||Long sleeve, collar||Long sleeve, hood, thumb holes|
|Features||Flat shoulder seams||Extra large hood, draw string at waist, hip pocket (zipper)||Fold-over mitt cuffs, ponytail hole in hood||Chest pockets (snap), tab sleeves, back vent, vented underarm, sunglasses loop, seams removed from arm pit||Zippered pocket, drawstring on hood|
|Fit||Performance fit||Standard fit||Trim fit||Classic fit||Slim fit|
|Material||92% polyester 8% elastane||88% polyester 12% elastane||100% polyester||95% nylon 5% spandex||100% recycled polyester jersey|
|Available Sizes||XS - XXL||XS - XL||XXS - XL||XS - XL||XS - XL|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Roxy Whole Hearted is a stretchy tight-fitting rashguard that intentionally squeezes tight to stay put in the water. It's made of 92% polyester and 8% elastane, with a crew neck and long sleeves.
Comfort and Fit
If you're searching for a loose-fitting long sleeve shirt to wear to the beach, stop right here. The Roxy Whole Hearted is a rashguard, meant to fit very tightly and stay put even if you're swimming through choppy waves. If you are searching for a rashguard, this one stays put better than average as you swim around. We've tested some others that are slightly silkier, but this one isn't too far off. Where it falls short — literally — is in the shockingly short sleeves. In a size small on our 5'4" main tester (with a 5'7" wingspan), they're more like a long 3/4 length option than a full sleeve. If you're searching for a paddling rashguard, the Roxy's flat seams only go across the shoulders, with regular seams down the sides that come all the way up into your armpits. For swimming and playing around in the waves, this isn't a big issue, but over hours of paddling, this rashguard quickly created the rash it's meant to stop.
Like most modern sun shirts, this model has a UPF rating of 50+. The tight crew neck stays in place to keep your chest covered. However, this is another area where we wish the sleeves were just a bit longer. If you're truly in the water the whole time (which is what this shirt is intended for), you probably won't have to worry about your wrists and hands burning. But time spent out of the water in these too-short long sleeves begs for sunscreen on your wrists.
For a rashguard, this top provides the level of breathability we're looking for. That is, it offers a small layer of warmth in chilly waters without being a warm top we immediately want to strip off in the sun. Even testing it a black color, we think the breathability of this rashguard is just fine.
Like just about any specific-use item, the Roxy Whole Hearted isn't particularly versatile across activities or social situations. Among typical lake day activities, it's a pretty solid choice for hanging out in the water. It's alright for short stints on the beach, between aquatic adventures, and does okay through short paddles. Though mostly for beach days, it's a bit warm, and for long paddles, it doesn't have quite the right seams. But for keeping up with friends or children and playing in the shallows, it's a solid bet.
With decently woven fabric and numerous reinforced seams, the Roxy rashguard is reasonably durable. We wore it through lake adventures, wearing PFDs, and basking in the sunny sand after a refreshing dip. We laundered it repeatedly with no visible ill effects. We read a few online testimonies that mentioned some being see-through or picking up stains, but ours did neither.
Just a crew neck and long sleeves keep this rashguard a simple yet effective sun shirt. If you can call it a "feature," it does stay put pretty well, even in the waves, which we greatly appreciate.
Even among rashguards, this model isn't particularly expensive. It's not the most activewear-specific rashguard we've tested, but unless you're planning a ton of swimming, surfing, or paddling, it's still a pretty solid option for getting out in the water and enjoying your lake or ocean adventures to the fullest.
The Roxy Whole Hearted Long Sleeve is a dependable rashguard for staying protected from the sun while splashing around and enjoying the water. Though its sleeves are shorter than we prefer, and the armpit seams aren't ideal for long days of surfing or paddling, there's still a lot we love about this top. It's smooth, stays put well when wet, doesn't float around our body in the water, and stops us from having to apply water-polluting sunscreen every 90 minutes — all for a pretty reasonable price.
— Maggie Brandenburg