O’Neill Hybrid Athletic Wear: Protection & Comfort for Paddlers

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Looking for a way to stay protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays while and remain comfortable while on the water? Check out the O’Neill Hybrid series of athletic wear including rash guards and athletic tees. Full review by Tom Taylor of Paddleboard Orlando below.

Tom Taylor Florida SUP Oneill product review jacket

O’Neill’s “Don’t Get Burned” Athletic Wear for Paddlers

In a revolutionary design, O’Neill protects paddlers on the water using a Hydrophobic HyperDry Technology in their rash guard series with a 4-way stretch and overlock stitching. O’Neill’s fabric is soft to the touch and dries faster than standard cotton. It’s a great looking defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Each product in the Hybrid series is made using a super lightweight material that keeps a paddler feeling cool and fresh all day long.

O’Neill’s Hybrid Men’s Hoodie:  4-way stretch & lightweight for paddling

Tom Taylor of Paddleboard Orlando says:

“After using the Hybrid series in my own outdoor lifestyle, I can attest to the outstanding quality and construction. I first used O’Neill’s Hybrid full zip hoodie for a Florida padding adventure along the Silver River. The hoodie was very cozy on a brisk, cool morning.  I appreciated the durable full-zip up the front to adjust the fit and feel to my liking as I paddled.

Also, the zippable pockets kept my snacks and car keys safe from falling out. O’Neill’s 4-way stretch fabric made the hoodie SUPer comfortable and easy to paddle in. I wore it throughout the 5-mile paddle and its U.P.F. 50+ Ultraviolet Protection kept me safe & shielded from the Florida sun. After loading our boards, my wife and I decided to end our trip at a popular lunch spot. I was still dry even after the long paddle and felt stylish enough in the hoodie to wear it up onto the docks and to lunch. We were both so impressed with this product!”

Oneill womens zip hoodie back view

O’Neill Women’s Hybrid Full Zip Hoodie & Long Sleeve V-neck success

My wife tested the Women’s Long Sleeve Full Zip Hoodie and Women’s Long Sleeve V-neck sun shirt. Both performed above standard both on and off the water. From pre-dawn surf sessions to sunset paddles on the lake, the O’Neill Hybrid Series kept my wife protected from biting insects and the harsh sun.

Both of us loved the comfort and feel of O’Neill’s tech 4-way stretch fabric every time we paddled. These items will continue to be worn to many of our outdoor paddle adventures.”

Written by, Tom Taylor

O’Neill Hybrid Athletic Wear Specs

  • U.P.F. 50+ Ultraviolet Protection
  • Hydrophobic HyperDry Technology
  • 4-way stretch
  • Protection from the Elements
  • Insect Protection
  • Slim Fit
  • Reduces Fatigue From Sun Exposure
  • 5oz Heathered HyperDry
  • Overlock Stitched: Super-Strong Seam

Other Articles by Tom Taylor:

The Islands Bounce Back:  Spotlight on St. John

Thanks Tom!  You’re a trusted source of information for Florida paddling and an excellent resource and gear guide for anyone who needs questions answered.  Aloha.


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.