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Sockeye Salmon Sun Mask

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Whether hitting the water for a sunny day adventure or tackling that long postponed yard project at high noon, our silky smooth sun masks (neck gaiter) protect your nose, ears, lips, cheeks, and neck from UV exposure.

Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, spend a portion of their life in both fresh and salt water and play a significant role in the health of both ecosystems. As ocean inhabitants, sockeye are shades of silver and blue. However, as they journey back to their freshwater spawning grounds their head turns green and changes shape, while the red-orange pigments from their flesh move to their skin, transforming the color of their bodies into a bright, brilliant red.

    1. Ultra lightweight and breathable
    2. Adjustable tie so you can dial in the perfect fit or fasten to a hat or ponytail
    3. Scooped front and back for full chest and neck coverage
    4. Certified UPF 50+, blocking >98% of the fireball’s harmful rays
    5. Fabric mechanically engineered for quick dry, moisture wicking and breathability
    6. 100% fade proof, chlorine, sun, salt water, and sunscreen resistant
    7. Tag-less for comfort
  • Made from recycled materials and knitted into an ultra fine, lightweight fabric, think of it as the working persons stretchy silk. So silky smooth and cool to the touch, your skin literally gets goosebumps when you put it on, but stays shielded from the sun all day on the water. You can stand in an asphalt parking lot on a hot, humid, sunny day in Miami in July at noon and still feel cool. Yep, our test team tested it…reluctantly.

    91% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 9% spandex

UPF 50+ Sun Protection (Max Rating Achievable)

100% Fade-Proof From Chlorine, Sun & Saltwater

Anti-Microbial = Smell-Resistant

Fibers Mechanically Engineered For Quick-Dry & Moisture-Wicking

Made From Recycled Materials

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We ship orders same or next business day. Free priority shipping on all U.S. orders over $150, free express international shipping over $300.

Packaged responsibly

We lovingly prepare each one of our orders for its journey to you using the best packaging materials we can find with the least environmental impact.

Free returns + exchanges

Free within the U.S. International orders must pay return postage. Exchanges orders can be placed immediately with an instant credit.

Happiness Guaranteed

We stand behind every product we make. If you have a problem, we will solve it with the relentless determination of a salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

Advocate Apparel Inspired by Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus Nerka)

Sockeye salmon are a keystone species, an ecological term that refers to species that are critical to the survival of other species in their ecosystem. From birds to bears, and the forests and communities that surround them, so many depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon bring to the region.

Sockeye are born in rivers, lakes and streams, but soon venture out into the ocean where they spend most of their lives. When it's time to spawn, they swim hundreds of miles - from the ocean back to the precise location where they were born. For stream spawners, finding the mouth of the stream is only the beginning, as they then must “run the gauntlet” as researchers call it, swimming upstream in exposed waters where they are vulnerable to predators like bears, eagles, and gulls. This predation may seem tragic, but it is part of what makes sockeye so important to the ecosystem.

Vast numbers of salmon struggling to make headway up the river to spawn after arduous journeys from the ocean is arguably the most powerful example of a will to survive that we’ve ever witnessed in the animal kingdom. We humans often underestimate fish in the grand scheme of Earth’s living beings. To some, they seem foreign, unintelligent, and disposable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sockeye are absolutely amazing, full of secrets, and keystone contributors to the planet’s ecosystem.

10% of profits from your purchase of this product are donated to the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

"The Alaska Salmon Program is excited to partner with Waterlust to widely share our education and research missions.  Waterlust's unique approach to science communication allows us to showcase over 70 years of data and knowledge that bear on management and conservation of salmon ecosystems and fisheries in a format that is engaging and accessible to a broad audience. We look forward to continue merging our passion for salmon education and science with their passion for advocacy.”

Daniel Schindler

the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington

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