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Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve Review

A tight-fitting rashguard with shorter sleeves to keep you protected while you play in the water
Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve
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Price:  $35 List | $24.93 at REI
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Pros:  Stays put in the water, flat shoulder seams, longer torso
Cons:  Very short sleeves, seams up in armpits, fabric could be smoother
Manufacturer:   Roxy
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 11, 2021
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#13 of 15
  • Comfort and Fit - 30% 5
  • Sun Protection - 25% 5
  • Breathability - 20% 5
  • Versatility - 15% 5
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Roxy Whole Hearted is a rashguard meant to hug you tightly while you're in the water. As a good in-water rashguard should be, it's tightly fitted to keep from creating too much drag as you swim laps or play Marco Polo. It has shorter sleeves than we'd like to see, leaving giant chunk of your wrists exposed but doesn't ride up too badly when totally soaked. Flat seams everywhere except the sides help it stay relatively comfortable, though it lacks the seamless armpit we prefer for paddling. If playing in the waves and enjoying bobbing in the surf sound like your cup of tea, this Roxy rashguard is a decent choice to keep you covered.

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Pros Stays put in the water, flat shoulder seams, longer torsoVery comfortable, good construction, hides dirt well, impressively soft, cute natural colorsAll seams are flat, very soft, comfortable, active-wear seams in armpits, dries quicklyStays put during in-water activities, excellent sun protection and coverage, off-center seams for comfortable wearVersatile cut, soft, solid coverage, tons of colors, inexpensive
Cons Very short sleeves, seams up in armpits, fabric could be smootherFew color choices, small hood, sleeves a bit shortLacks many features, holds onto body odor easilyOnly good for water activities, skin tight fit may be a bit unforgivingStinks easily, unimpressive durability, sleeves are short
Bottom Line A tight-fitting rashguard with shorter sleeves to keep you protected while you play in the waterA great everyday hooded sun shirt that's perfect for anyone who doesn't want thumbholesA comfortable shirt that's great to paddle in with bright colors for visibilityIf your friends call you a fish or you're always surfing, paddling, or swimming, this shirt might just be calling your nameAn inexpensive but solid option for casual activity
Rating Categories Roxy Whole Hearted... Patagonia Capilene... NRS H2Core Silkweight O'Neill Basic Skins... Baleaf UPF 50 Crew...
Comfort And Fit (30%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Sun Protection (25%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
Breathability (20%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Versatility (15%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (10%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
Specs Roxy Whole Hearted... Patagonia Capilene... NRS H2Core Silkweight O'Neill Basic Skins... Baleaf UPF 50 Crew...
Sun Protection Level (UPF) 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+
Coverage Long sleeve Long sleeve, hood Long sleeve, crew neck Long sleeve, crew neck Long sleeve, crew neck
Features Flat shoulder seams None Flat seams, seams removed from armpits Flat seams; rash guard placement Flat shoulder seams
Fit Performance fit Regular fit Relaxed fit Performance fit Relaxed fit
Material 92% polyester 8% elastane 100% polyester (50% recycled) 92% polyester 8% spandex Polyester spandex blend 100% polyester
Odor Control? No Yes No No No
Available Sizes XS - XXL XXS - XL XS - XL XS - XL S - 2XL

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.

Performance Comparison


The Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve fits like a true rashguard and is...
The Roxy Whole Hearted Long-Sleeve fits like a true rashguard and is ready for you to wear it in the water.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

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.

This Roxy rashguard is snug fitting and fairly smooth, helping it to...
This Roxy rashguard is snug fitting and fairly smooth, helping it to stay put in the water.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Sun Protection


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.

We wish these sleeves were a couple of inches longer.
We wish these sleeves were a couple of inches longer.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Breathability


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.

The seams up the sides of the shirt are the only ones not sewn flat.
The seams up the sides of the shirt are the only ones not sewn flat.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Versatility


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.

For light to moderate in water activities, the Roxy is well-suited...
For light to moderate in water activities, the Roxy is well-suited to staying in place and keeping you covered.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


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.

The crew neck and raglan sleeves help this Roxy rashguard be a solid...
The crew neck and raglan sleeves help this Roxy rashguard be a solid companion for a day in the lake.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Features


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Ready for a day on the lake with the Roxy Whole Hearted.
Ready for a day on the lake with the Roxy Whole Hearted.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg