Designed By Adventure: The ActiveIce Collection

Sunscreen? Yuck. It’s thick, smelly, and sticky. It gets all over your gear. It runs when you sweat. In dripping heat, it requires you to reapply over and over again, laminating your skin with a thick veneer coating that you won’t be able to scrub clean for days. But in sun-soaked environments where solar exposure is a real and dangerous threat, your options are limited.

Even so, an alternative exists. One that allows you to sweat more and cool faster: Our ActiveIce Collection.

We developed our ActiveIce products for adventurers, like us, who loathe sunscreen. These pieces pack in our highest sun protection rating of UPF 50+, for fabric that shields skin from harmful UV rays without the messy lotion. Each piece in our ActiveIce collection contains a 91% polyester and 9% spandex stretch knit mix for fabric that’s breathable, lightweight, quick-drying, and wicks sweat.

The best part: Our proprietary ActiveIce fabric actively lowers skin temperature an average of four degrees as you sweat via active cooling technology.

This groundbreaking technology works by using xylitol, which releases the same endothermic cooling reaction you get from chewing gum. That refreshing tingle you feel when you bite into a fresh piece of gum? That’s the same effect your skin feels when our ActiveIce products come into contact with water. The ActiveIce fabric collects moisture – or sweat – and actually uses that moisture to cool you down.

High-intensity athletics in high temperatures demand the highest level of sun protection. Find out which ActiveIce piece is the perfect fit for your favorite outdoor rec activity.

Vantage Sprint Cap with ActiveIce

Starting with where the sun hits you first, our Vantage Sprint Cap gives your face and scalp all-around protection from harmful UV rays. A super easy shock cord adjuster means you can loosen or cinch up your sizing with a single hand, and side vents let out excess heat. Thru-hikers and backpackers love this piece paired with the Removable Sun Cape so they don’t have to reapply sunscreen day after day for weeks at a time... especially in hard-to-clean areas like ears and hairlines.

A model wears the Vantage Air Cap with ActiveIce.

Vantage Air Cap with ActiveIce

The mostly-mesh construction of the Vantage Air Cap with ActiveIce gives you superbly breathable venting, with just enough of a brim to keep the sun off your face. ActiveIce technology in the sweatband cools you down and a super easy shock cord adjuster means you can loosen or cinch up your sizing with a single hand. A reflective logo keeps you seen during dawn and dusk missions.

ActiveIce Chroma Sun Gloves and ActiveIce Full Finger Chroma Gloves

Both styles of the Chroma Sun Gloves use a silicone perforated, vented synthetic suede for durability while gripping a kayak or SUP paddle, trekking pole or handlebars. Mountain bikers, kayakers, and SUPers opt for the Chroma gloves to provide better grip on their handles when they’re slaying brown pow or charging over rough waters. Touchscreen-compatibility allows you to leave them on while snapping photos with your phone while UPF 50+ fabric gives the back of your hands the very best UV ray protection.

ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves and ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves With Print

The Spectrum Sun Gloves are our lightest glove in the ActiveIce collection, stripped of any extra padding, to give athletes minimalist sun shielding for maximum protection. These palms are infused with a silicone print for better grip without the bulk. Alpinists choose the Spectrum Sun Gloves on a scorching glacier climb when slick sweat weakens their grip on an ice axe, while also avoiding the touch of bare skin on sun-baked steel. Now you can also express your style and celebrate public lands by choosing the Winter Wildland or Doodle options on our Spectrum Sun Gloves With Print.

Two runners wear ActiveIce sun sleeves in the mountains.

ActiveIce Sun Sleeves and ActiveIce Full Fingered Sun Sleeves

Our innovative ActiveIce Sun Sleeve designs are a favorite for water sports and other activities where athletes need an easy-on, easy-off sun protective solutions for their arms. Runners, hikers, and anglers prefer our sun sleeves for their three adjustable lengths. Stretchy silicone grips around your bicep  can be pulled down to your wrist, looped around your thumb, or pulled down and secured over your middle finger to lock the sleeve down. Now you can also express your style and celebrate public lands by choosing the Winter Wildland or Doodle options on our Spectrum Sun Gloves With Print.

ActiveIce Ubertube

The ActiveIce Ubertube is the best choice for multi-functional sun protective headwear. The Ubertube can be worn as a beanie, balaclava, neck gaiter, and more.Springtime skiers and snowboarders love these pieces because their lightweight breathability literally lets you breathe through the sun protective fabric – without fogging up goggles.

The ActiveIce Collection are the athlete essentials you’ll reach for when the last thing you want to do is put another layer on, but sunscreen just won’t cut it. Remember to wash these pieces sparingly: The cooling treatment on each ActiveIce lasts about 20 washes.

For complete cooling head to toe, shop our entire ActiveIce Collection today.