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    SoCal heat clothing question

    Summer is here in SoCal, and the heat -- anywhere but along the coast -- is already oppressive. For sun protection, I like wearing long sleeves when out riding, but I struggle to find lightweight, long-sleeve jerseys.

    I generally don't like cotton, as it gets soaked, so I try to find synthetic sport jerseys. Have a few Zoics, etc., but weirdly hard to find anything light and decent.

    What do other people wear, and where do you find them?
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    Try more sunscreen....should block out the UV rays and help not feel so hot.

    Otherwise I don't ride with sleeves....but I do run an undershirt under my jersey. Helps keep me cool.
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    I just have my butler ride alongside me holding up a parasol.

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    What time do you usually ride? Maybe your butler can run between us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timbenz View Post
    Summer is here in SoCal, and the heat -- anywhere but along the coast -- is already oppressive. For sun protection, I like wearing long sleeves when out riding, but I struggle to find lightweight, long-sleeve jerseys.

    I generally don't like cotton, as it gets soaked, so I try to find synthetic sport jerseys. Have a few Zoics, etc., but weirdly hard to find anything light and decent.

    What do other people wear, and where do you find them?
    I just use lots of sunscreen but I have seen others wearing stuff like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Protection-Bas...on+arm+sleeves

    No need for special, long sleeve jerseys.

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    Consider what us AZ folks do:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/arizona/what-...er-971374.html

    Personally I use sun sleeves when it gets above 95°. I ride in the afternoon after work until it hits about 108°. I was surprised that keeping the intense sun rays off my arms would help that much.

    With low humidity I take an extra bottle of water just to dump over my head or shirt.

    I wear lightweight nylon jerseys, but some prefer cotton to retain the moisture for cooling.

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    I wear C9 moisture wicking shirts from Target. Cheap and effective.
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    I use this beaded wrap around my neck I get from REI. You soak it in ice water for about 30 minutes, put it on your neck and it keeps your body temperature down for about an hour or so into the start of the ride. Huge help. Some last a lot longer
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    I just wait till the late afternoon to go ride. Usually around 5 or 6pm. At that point the sun is no longer directly above you and the temps are a much cooler.

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    I just went to the local Performance bike shop and picked up a Pearl Izumi all white roadie jersey with long sleeves. I can be out all day in that one as it is very light weight. It's just a sun layer, not much more. It was on the discount rack too for $40.

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    I live in the SoCal high desert, which is about as brutal as it gets. I purchased one of these, and could not be happier. I chose white to reflect as much as possible, at the expense of getting dirty easier:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o07_s00

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    My fav by far is Stoic Breathe 90 long sleeves. I have several both in long and short sleeves and they are impossibly thin compared to many other dry-fit type shirts and unlike many, they have antimicrobial treatment and have yet to dev a bad skunk.

    To keep it from going bad, I put in bucket w/ some detergent to soak til the next wash load or a quick rinse and hang to dry.

    Currently on sale $19 on steepandcheap, I need to get more...

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    Try Fox Racing moto jerseys. Long sleeves and light weight.

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    and for shorts, my current fav are the DaHui from Costco, $20. Ultra thin, super comfy, 4way stretch, better than my Fox/TLD/Oakleys in that regard. Durability unknown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29er4ever View Post
    ...I use sun sleeves when it gets above 95°...was surprised that keeping the intense sun rays off my arms would help that much.
    Agree.

    I've always worn LS synth tops like Patagucci Capeline and others from North Face and Mtn Hardwear, but my Pearl Izumi sun sleeves feel cooler than any. I would not have thought a form-fitting garment could be cooler than loose, but the sleeves do. With bonus ventilation from the short sleeves. I'll be picking up another pair of sleeves and getting more biking use out of my short sleeve shirts.

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    thin nylon mesh jersey...


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    Sun sleeves help out a ton

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    I like long sleeved "DH/moto" styled jerseys from Royal Racing. I have 4 that I rotate between, from their SP247 and Race line. They are the best quality ones I've found. I wash cold and they hang dry very quickly. They do get roughened up quite a bit from my hydration pack through. 2 are about 3 years old now, and 1's looking pretty ragged, but then again most of my other gear is pretty ragged from being used for multiple years. They regulate temps pretty well, despite being mostly black or dark colored.

    I tried sun sleeves but it's hard to find one that doesn't slip down my arms in the bumps.

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    I wear a long-sleeved mesh motocross jersey in the heat. I prefer the sun not directly hitting my skin, if possible.

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    Agreed, sun sleeves work well. I think I'm going to try one of those stoic jerseys too.

    Anyone have any good tips for keeping the sun on the back of my neck? I like to wear a headsweat skull cap, but it'd be nice if there was one that covered the back of my neck for midday rides.

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    You can use a bandana, cowboy style. I also just put an unfolded bandana over my head, and then put a hat or helmet over it. Really helps to shade the neck.

    Quote Originally Posted by westeast View Post
    Agreed, sun sleeves work well. I think I'm going to try one of those stoic jerseys too.

    Anyone have any good tips for keeping the sun on the back of my neck? I like to wear a headsweat skull cap, but it'd be nice if there was one that covered the back of my neck for midday rides.

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    The peeling skin in the shape of my tri top from my 45 mile ride on the TT will tell you how I handle the sun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by westeast View Post
    Anyone have any good tips for keeping the sun on the back of my neck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDMTB'er View Post
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