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    Sleeves or no sleeves for Heat?

    I have heard loose fitting long sleeve clothing is cooler when the temperatures rise. I typically wear short sleeves when riding in heat, well So Cal heat anything above 90 we head to the coast to ride the road bikes.

    What do you all do in places it gets hot? What about hot and humid?
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    IMO sleeves or not doesn't make much difference other than protecting from the sun, the key is to use moisture wicking clothing. They breathe well and keep you dry(ish) when you get the sweat going, avoid cotton.

    Long sleeves make me sweat more.

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    ^^ Me too. I actually don't own any long sleeves, as it is I hate wearing knee protection.
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    Maybe if something was made specifically for that. Like this shirt in a long sleeve. It's very light, lose and it has a lot of holes in it for air to pass. This is what I wear when it's hot. Or at night I put it over a base shirt. I have always thought of designing a long sleeve shirt to be worn in the summer and you could use fabrics that reflect light.

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    This is the first summer I haven't done any DH. For DH I always wore 3/4 sleeves jersey plus armour. Riding through shaded trails was comfortable. Heat wasn't an issue

    This season, I've been riding mainly trails and some road so I've been experimenting with riding wear. I like wearing breathable synthetics and jersey's with sleeves.

    Last weekend for the first time I wore a sleeveless yoga tanktop. The good news is, despite sun block, I got a bit of a tan, which was nice instead of my usual farmer's tan

    Heatwise it felt the same as wearing a loose top with sleeves. The only drawback to sleeveless was I got some scratches on my arms when I brushed some raspberry bushes along the trail
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    When I bought my helmet it was pay for shipping or pay for a jersey to get free shipping, so I got a Fly long sleeve. Wore it this week 80*+ and was no warmer or cooler than I would have been in a short sleeve. Like mentioned, any breathable moisture wicking material will help, I can definitely feel any slight breeze through it, but my arms don't really overheat in any jersey, my core does.
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    Wife-beater I run hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    Wife-beater I run hot.
    Me too - and you get a lot of air flow through the arm holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matuchi View Post
    Me too - and you get a lot of air flow through the arm holes.

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    No sleeves
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    Short rides I go sleeveless. For long rides, I use sun sleeves. They are supposed to have a cooling effect. I think they do, especially if you can keep them wet (HOT/DRY climates). I hate applying greasy sunscreen.

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    Does any one make padded sun sleeves, "cooling", similar to the PI's with the pads of the Troy Lee Speed Elbow Sleeves?
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    I do find that a loose fitting breathable long sleeve jersey can be cooler than a conventional jersey. Mostly because there's skin being heated by the direct sunlight. Sleeveless jerseys are great but can also fry your arms. Additionally there's tons of insects out here so you ride into them and get covered completely. The sun sleeves work well if they are wet and have some minimal warming properties that you can use in the winter as well.

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    I don't find moto/DH style jerseys to be any hotter than my short sleeved riding clothes while out riding in summer afternoons, at least for the inland SoCal area.

    When it's humid, just carry towels or make it brief and head indoors. If it's just regular dry heat, I've no problems. I just make sure I don't let myself get used to indoor temps that are drastically different than outdoor temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvdabeach2001 View Post
    What do you all do in places it gets hot? What about hot and humid?
    No sleeves if I am out of the sun. Sleeves if I am in the sun all day - especially multiple days in a row. The sleeves are for the sun. They don't help with the heat.
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    always long sleeves, biking or otherwise. My fav is Stoic Breathe 90 when it's bright out.

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    always sleeves. Not for the heat, but for the poison oak, the bees, and other trail mementos I pick up along the way. I'm in SoCal too and ride a lot in the Pasadena area where I live.

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    i wear sleeves on sunny days when i wear short sleeves. i feel weird when people look at my tan lines on the arms. the sleeves don't really prevent the tans but they do reduce the effects of the burn. one will still have the lines, but a bit faint compared to none at all.

    but instead of just wearing the sleeves, i'd just wear dri fit long sleeve shirts.
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    I always wear long sleeve, I ride in the woods with lots of sticker bushes. They also block the sun and give you a place to wipe you nose. I wear Troy Lee & Seven Motocross jerseys their are designed for hot weather. Long sleeve cycling jerseys are for cool weather.


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    Always short sleeves. If it's cold/rainy I've got my arm warmers and /or a packable shell.
    I always bunch up long sleeves anyway so what's the point. I might as well get more airflow.

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    I wear long sleeves as much as possible , great for the Vegas heat

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    "low humidity" rides where I live are probably what you desert folks would still consider high. High humidity here means you're practically swimming. long sleeves are a great idea if you want to bathe in even more of your own sweat.

    Plus, with our forest cover, sun sleeves don't really make any sense, anyway. Those make more sense if you're out riding on farm roads with no tree cover.

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    Long white/light sleeves and wool undershirt.

    For hot and dry layers is the ticket for me. Keeps me from being so swampy and more fabric to hold the moist and cool it off.

    That is without a backpack btw. The turtleshell is just no good in the heat. Fannypack and 2 layers is better than one layer and backpack.

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    I don't own any sleevless shirts. All of my jerseys are either short or long sleeve.

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    loose fitting WHITE long sleeve can be cooler

    there is a reason desert dwellers wear white, long loose full body robes

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