Solartex Sun Gear
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Sun Gear was formed by 2 moms, Lisa and Laurie, to
promote child safety products that make life easier for
parents. Solartex features cool, comfortable,
chemical-free 50+SPF sun-protective swimwear, activewear,
clothing and hats for
babies and children and
adults from sizes Newborn to Plus Size 8XL. We also
offer lots of accessories such as
sun hats ;baby,
kids and adults sunglasses ;
baby, special needs and adults swim diapers ;
UV gloves and sun sleeves ;
mineral and natural sunscreens ;
flotation suits for kids ; and a wide variety of
adult plus size items up to size 8XL.
had its genesis when Lisa, who has a fair-skinned,
red-headed son, wondered if she needed something more than
ordinary sunscreen to protect him from sunburns and the
damaging effects of the sun. In 1995, she saw some
sun-protective swimwear manufactured by C-wear
International of Australia for sale in a baby catalog. She
had grown up believing in sunscreen's safety and
effectiveness, so she was somewhat skeptical about whether
she should buy swimwear to protect her child's fair skin,
but she gave it a try. She ordered a 2-piece suit and
received it in time for their beach vacation. Her son was
3 & 1/2 at the time. When he got the blue C-Shirt and
C-Shorts in the mail, he wouldn't take them off--sleeping
in them and wearing them everywhere! At the beach, she
didn't have to repeatedly chase him and hold him down to
cover him with sunscreen and he didn't get sunburned or
freckled, even though he was outside all day, everyday. It
turned out that the shirt and shorts were well-made, too.
Even after three summers of wearing them to the local
pool, to theme parks like Busch Gardens and Water Country
and to the beach, they still look great!
1998, when her fair-skinned, red-headed daughter turned 2,
she decided to get her a suit like her son's. She had a
difficult time locating the company because their products
were no longer available by catalog in the United States.
However, because she was so impressed with their swimwear
she didn't want to buy an imitation, and after several days
of searching, she found the C-wear license-holder in Canada
and placed another order. She received the same quality
product, this time in a one-piece pink suit. Her daughter
loved hers, too! The Canadian license-holder asked if she'd
like to begin selling the swimwear in the United States.
Since she was already convinced that C-wear was a terrific
product and she had just reduced her schedule to part-time
in her job as a local government attorney, the timing seemed
right. Laurie, a pharmacist, shared Lisa's enthusiasm about
these suits and was impressed by their "healthsmart" value
Lisa and Laurie joined forces to begin educating the
public about the danger of too much sun exposure, the need
for reliable and effective sun protection and the sun
protective clothing alternative to sunscreen. This led to
the launch of our web site and store in 1999.
Since that time, we have begun to promote other unique
safety products for children and adults that are unique or
difficult to find. Solartex found its second product line in
the flotation swimsuit line for the pool,
My Pool Pal. Solartex has also begun carrying a number
of sun protective items from various manufacturers,
Physician Endorsed Hats and Sunglasses,
San Diego Hats ,
Wallaroo Hats and
Sunday Afternoon Hats.
2001 we added our Director of Operations, Robyn, who takes
care of all our customer service, shipping and inventory
requirements, plus so much more! She is the proud mother of
4 children and loves talking with our customers about their
sun protection needs.
We hope you will enjoy our web page and we know you'll
agree that our products foster peace of mind while making
your life a little easier and less stressful!
Solartex Sun Gear features unique products for safety
minded parents who want to make life easier for themselves
while protecting their children. We offer both C-wear,
Emporium 50+ SPF/UPF sun protective swimwear designed
for Australia's blistering summers but perfect for American
parents who want to protect their children from harmful
sunrays without all of the hassle and expense of messy
In addition, we have swimshirts and swimwear, sun
protective clothing and
hats for adults. We also carry a number of accessories
like goggles, water shoes and beach bags.
We also offer the Aqua
Force swimwear personal flotation device (PFD), a
one of a kind swimsuit that doubles as a Coast Guard approved
life preserver. Children love them because they don't
have to wear an uncomfortable life jacket and parents
love them because they don't have to struggle to get their
child to put on and keep on their life preserver! For
parents who prefer a flotation swimsuit for the pool,
we have My
Pool Pal swimwear, swim
diapers and other accessories.
was featured on the Today show with Katie Couric, in Earnshaws
Magazine, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and was recommended
as a best baby buy in In Style Magazine, and most recently
has been featured on CNN and across the country on various
local news shows - see video (High
quality 4.6MB - Windows Media, Dial-up
689KB - Windows Media). Newspapers, including
the Wall Street Journal, have also touted our sun protection
Force and My
Pool Pal have been featured in People, Parent's Magazine,
Baby Talk and on Oprah and Live with Regis & Kathie
||Our Stingray products are endorsed by the Skin &
Cancer Foundation of Australia.
||Solartex is the official sun protective clothing
company endorsed by the National Academy of
Dermatology Nurse Practitioners.
||Our Sunbusters products are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation.