Clothing for sunny days?

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  • 06-30-2010
    p nut
    Clothing for sunny days?
    I didn't see a "clothing" forum, so just posting here. I ride in the extreme heat sometimes (90+ degrees) with the sun beating down. A friend of mine was diagnosed with skin cancer a year ago and now I'm taking precautions to protect myself from the sun. I regularly wear sunblock, but thought I'd invest in some long-sleeve shirts to cover up my arms.

    My question: Anyone know of a company that makes long-sleeve bike shirts to be used in hot weather? (READ: Light clothing with good UV protection). Not sure if such item exists. Thanks for any input.
  • 06-30-2010
    truble911
    http://www.tgw.com/customer/category...2/refScid/1720

    Nike makes these for golf. No reason you could not use them for biking.
  • 06-30-2010
    salpic
    Don't most modern hot weather shirts also provide UV protection? It may not be a bike-specific shirt, but Under Armour, Nike and the like all make short- and long-sleeved shirts like this (see http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/e..._sell=1201086).
  • 06-30-2010
    p nut
    That Nike Dri-FIT on the first link might just be the ticket. Thanks for posting that up. I'm going to call my local golf shops to see if they carry them and try them on.
  • 06-30-2010
    truble911
    I have the assos arm warmers I use for road riding and they are very thin but no not think they have UV protection. Arm warmers are nice too because they roll off and fit well in your jersey pocket.
  • 06-30-2010
    p nut
    Yeah, I like the sleeve idea better than a long-sleeved shirt for the reason you stated. At $24, it's a no-brainer.
  • 06-30-2010
    Robb Thundr
    i had a mountain hardware longsleeve and it had an spf rating, it was also real thin for summertime use. I think it was meant for hiking.
  • 06-30-2010
    Nat
    I like the feel and light weight of the Craft garments.

    http://www.craft-usa.com/cra_shop_zo...d=794&bcsex=m#
  • 06-30-2010
    Robb Thundr
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nat
    I like the feel and light weight of the Craft garments.

    http://www.craft-usa.com/cra_shop_zo...d=794&bcsex=m#

    yeah craft makes some good stuff. I baselayer up with it when i snowboard or if im doing cold weather riding.
  • 06-30-2010
    Dion
    I am dark skinned and I protect myself from the sun in a big way.

    I wear a long sleeve, lightweight baselayer under my jersey. Then I lather up in 50SPF sport sunscreen.
  • 06-30-2010
    alexrex20
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rmanla
    i had a mountain hardware longsleeve and it had an spf rating, it was also real thin for summertime use. I think it was meant for hiking.


    +1 for Mountain Hardwear. they're summertime hiking shirts, have an SPF rating, but aren't cheap!

    fishing shirts will also work really well.
  • 06-30-2010
    MTB ABQ
    fishing shirt!
    I fly fish as my first passion, that industry has it figured out: nylon blends that wick, dry quickly, rollup sleeves, high collars, vented backs/sides, most recently with UPF factors of 30-50. Cabela's, Orvis, REI, Columbia, Ex Officio, whatever. Plus you'll be stylin like those North Shore-denim jeans-510 shredding dudes. ;)

    I've been wearing mine for afternoon rides around ABQ this summer,they're just as cool, and offer way more sun protection on those longer rides.
  • 06-30-2010
    muddytire
    Under-Armour Heat Gear...long sleeve, loose fitting, and so breathable it feels like you're not wearing a shirt.

    I rode for the first time in one of these shirts last week. The heat index was 108 and it was so humid that you'd sweat through your shirt just standing in the shade...no lie.

    The Under-Armour shirt is awesome. Blocks the sun, so light it's like it's not there and it actually does "wick" sweat away from your body and speeds the evaporation process.

    Up until last week I had just been riding in whatever old cotton T-shirt I could find...they get soaked and stick to you and they just suck.

    +1 for Under-Armour. I hope I never have to ride in the heat without it again.
  • 06-30-2010
    clutch_08
    i have these for riding
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Fr+Jersey.aspx
    there on sale for $9
  • 07-01-2010
    p nut
    I went by some stores to find those sleeves, but came up with nothing. But I did find those UA Heatgear long-sleeve shirts. I bought one (although they only had blue--would've rather gotten a lighter color), so I'll try it out this weekend.

    Also, I'm sorry, but I don't think I could wear those button-down fishing shirts biking! :D
  • 07-01-2010
    Mtn-Rider
    Best I've ever used were the lightweight, long-sleeve dirt biking jerseys. Don't know the material but I know it was synthetic something magic. Haven't seen anything else like it, wish it hadn't gone out in the last donation. They're easy to find in the motocross catalogs.