I am always on the hunt for new and exciting water sports gear that will rock my world. I find it challenging as a diver in a male-dominated industry, to find female apparel that is form-fitting, flattering AND colourful. You can imagine the over-the-moon-with-excitement demeanor I had when I discovered a brand that more than embodied this aspiration. I mean why blend in when you were born to stand out.
Spacefish Army is a clothing and rashguard line that specializes in unique high-quality apparel for divers, snorkelers, surfers and ocean lovers of all shapes and sizes. They create and sell rashguards, leggings, shirts, socks, headbands and hats. The Spacefish apparel has a wide range of measurement options, spanning across both men’s and women’s body types for optimal fitting. They even have a kids section!
When it comes to products, their designs are colourful, fun and incredibly unique, focusing on patterns and images centered around marine creatures. All Spacefish Army’s leggings and rashguards are super comfy, quick-dry and have SPF 50 protection. Thanks to some of these ideal characteristics, the apparel has a versatile application both in and out of the water.
Get Your Lionfish Rashguard: This lionfish rashguard ROARS with color, stripes and lots of rainbow fishies. The rashguard is great for all kinds of active lifestyles – it’s tight-fitting and made with 4-way stretch fabric for maximum flexibility and comfort.
Spacefish Army is a small-scale USA business founded in 2018 by traveler, clothing designer and scuba diver Morgan Oughton. The inspiration for the Spacefish brand stemmed from Morgan’s life as a divemaster, where she was always looking for something fun to wear. Through the Spacefish Army, Morgan unexpectedly combined her past career as a clothing designer in NYC with her newfound passion for the ocean.
Now, Morgan runs the company alongside her partner RJ, whom she met working on the Kona Aggressor. In addition to being the owners of Spacefish, the couple also considers themselves as clients – constantly pushing and testing the limits of their products.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a pretty harty collection of cold water scuba gear. This includes a drysuit, BCD, hood and fins – all of which happen to be a dull monochromatic shade of black. YUCK! It has only been in the last few years that I have begun to branch out, expanding my scuba collection to include items of warm water diving – all of which seems to have a funner, flashier flare.
I unexpectedly stumbled across the Spacefish Army brand per happenstance via an Instagram rashguard giveaway. What immediately drew me to the company was their wild and colourful outlook on life, reflected in the neat designs that their apparel seem to broadcast. As a marine biologist, underwater photographer and avid scuba diver, I love clothing patterns that are a direct reflection of one of my favourite environments.
After receiving my lionfish rashguard in the mail over Canada’s winter, I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer for our lakes and rivers to warm up, allowing me the opportunity to finally test out this psychedelic piece of clothing.
In terms of size, first putting on my rashguard, I was pleased to find out that the fit was near perfect. Being a 30-year-old female with a “manly” upper body, I often find myself on the spacious spectrum of women’s gear as I need to compensate for broad swimmer shoulders while having a smaller waist and legs. As a rashguard should, my Spacefish Army lionfish rashguard fit my arms and shoulders to a tee while also hugging my lower back, abdomen and hips. I was happy that there was no excess material that would drag in the water.
The style of the rashguard was also very nice. The design was a black slimming waist paired with the vibrant watercolour lionfish along the arms, shoulders and upper chest. The material was a combination of 82% polyester and 18% spandex. When worn, the rashguard material had a light, comfortable and stretchy feel, however, the quality of the fabric seemed to be hardy and resilient. I also appreciated how when wet, the rashguard maintained its elasticity.
Wearing the rashguard for watersports in Canada, I haven’t had to worry about sunscreen as the material has an SPF 50 protection. This is a feature that translates to all leggings and rashguards from the Spacefish brand. Though I haven’t worn it for a full summer season yet, I’m pleased to report that thus far, the material hasn’t shown much deterioration and colour fading due to UV exposure.
A final review worthy feature of the Spacefish company is their ecological integrity. All Spacefish clothing is created from recycled polyester fabric. What this means is that water bottles and other single-use plastics, that would otherwise end up in a landfill or the ocean, are repurposed and broken down for use in the fabrics of this brand.
You are unique. You are special. And you were born to stand out. So why not have clothes that reflect these traits?
The beautiful and colourful apparel from Spacefish Army, are the PERFECT fit for anyone’s dive wardrobe. They create the kind of stuff that makes you want to go out and buy the entire design line because it’s too hard to choose a favourite. Suffice to say that when we back roll off a dive boat, even if there wasn’t gravity, we’d still be falling fins up for this amazing product!
What are some of your favourite scuba clothing, rashguard and wetsuit brands on the market? Are they as colourful and fun as the Spacefish Army? Let us know in the comments below and maybe they will become Dive Buddies newest partner.
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