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Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
Shirts on 01/02/2013 20:38:44 MST Print View

I'm apparently very lucky in that I don't stink while backpacking. That or my sense of smell is gone but same difference. Champion C9 long sleeves ploy shirts from Target for me. Tried more expensive shirts and got tired of putting snags in them. At $12 a pop, I don't worry about that. They don't have an SPF rating AFAIK but they provide very good coverage and I haven't seen a hint of evidence that I need sunblock under them. I've had skin cancer issues so I stay on top of that. Some permethrin spray during bug season and I'm good to go.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Long sleeve shirt for sun protection on 01/02/2013 20:54:56 MST Print View

I just paint my torso and arms reflective silver. No need for a shirt at all.

Works so far.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
sun protection on 01/02/2013 21:38:13 MST Print View

>> I just paint my torso and arms reflective silver. No need for a shirt at all.<<

Looking good Doug!!

Doug heads out in the sun

Susan Papuga
(veganaloha) - M

Locale: USA
Columbia PFG L/S Shirt on 01/03/2013 01:51:34 MST Print View

I just checked the label, the model name is Timiami II.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
sun hoody on 01/03/2013 07:23:57 MST Print View

disappointed that Pat sun hoody is too warm as I was looking at that as a possibility. I can tell you can cross off the Ibex Indie for warm sun protection- it's too warm, great mid-layer (or a base layer in very cold weather).

the Merino 1 long sleeve does pretty good in warm, but probably not hot. Mine is a darker color, so maybe a lighter color??

the long sleeve shirt I'm looking at now is the OR Echo- it's UPF rated and only weighs 3.9 oz in a men's large

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: sun hoody on 01/03/2013 08:36:07 MST Print View

Mike, like I mentioned at the top of this thread the Lightweight Sun Hoody is an excellent top for alpine hiking at elevation where average daytime temps are ~27c and RH<50%. It looks like a blend of smooth cap 1 on the inner surface and cap 2 mesh on the outside. Whatever it is, it has some mojo as I actually feel cooler in the sun wearing it than not. Breathes well enough because when the wind kicks up I inevitably need to put on the Houdini. Of course I still sweat in it but the sleeves are easy to yank up for quick venting too. Kangaroo pocket is quite useful. My size XL weighs 330g, so about the same as a typical LS nylon fishing shirt. Paid $30 for it during one of Patagonia's semi annual 50% off sales.

Edited by rmjapan on 01/03/2013 08:38:50 MST.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: sun hoody on 01/03/2013 08:42:42 MST Print View

^ thanks for the clarification, looks like I'll put it back on the list :) if it can handle 80's, I'm good to go

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: sun hoody on 01/03/2013 16:44:26 MST Print View

And like I mentioned earlier in the thread, I've got a few and don't find I use them for hiking and think they're too hot to wear in hot sunny conditions, but I don't regret buying them in the least. They're a great article of clothing.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: Re: sun hoody on 01/03/2013 18:24:16 MST Print View

Nathan- what would you say is the upper limit for you w/ the hoody? If it will get me into the low 80's, we really don't get much hotter than that in the mountains and rarely that hot.

thanks

Mike

Randy Cain
(bagboy) - MLife

Locale: Palmdale, CA
Nylon shirts on 11/23/2013 20:09:59 MST Print View

I used to live back east and hike in the miserable humidity. Because it was hot, I initially felt that a short-sleeved polyester shirt would be best, so that's what I used for a long time. But bugs (flies, horseflies, gnats, mosquitoes, etc) drove me nuts having exposed arms. And the biting types can nail you right through the fabric. When I switched to a long-sleeve RailRiders Madison River shirt, life was instantly better! The shirt dried extremely fast, and I was pretty amazed that I didn't really feel any hotter in it. And the bugs can't bite through the nylon, so that was a HUGE advantage. I eventually moved west and now spend my time in the High Sierras and find that the same Madison River shirt is my favorite. It provides great sun and bug protection and dries in minutes. So as I go in and out of buggy zones along the hike, I'm not a bit bothered if I look down and see 5 mosquitoes on the front of my shirt, because I know they can't bite through it. Not the case with other fabrics. I also love that I can unbutton the front for ventilation while hiking, and the mesh strip up the sides helps with this as well. I wear not only a long-sleeve nylon shirt, but also nylon pants and a big ole Sunday Afternoons sun hat, so in terms of exposed skin, that really just leaves my hands and front of my face from maybe the nose downward. So I don't need much sunscreen. I read online this year of people complaining of the terrible mosquito pressure in the Sierras, yet I spent a considerable amount of time in the Sierras this year without a single bite...no doubt because I'm wearing stuff they can't bite through. I never once resorted to using DEET, which I had with me just in case. Sometimes when hiking, I'd look down and see 8-10 mosquitoes on my pant legs. I wouldn't even bother to swat them, because they'd just eventually go away on their own. The folks with lots of exposed skin were being eaten alive apparently.


I'll also add a note on the R.R. Madison River shirt compared to the Bone Flats shirt. Despite what R.R. advertises about the Bone Flats being "ultralight," it actually weighs almost an ounce MORE than then Madison River shirt. The fabric on the Bone Flats IS noticeably thinner, but the response I got from R.R. was that it weighs more because there is additional fabric in the shirt. Where? I have no idea. And why their advertised weight of the Bone Flats isn't even CLOSE to its real weight is also a mystery. I'm not too happy about their failure to correct the weight of the Bone Flats shirt in their product description. Regardless, I'll keep on loving my Madison River shirt. It freakin' rocks!!

Edited by bagboy on 11/23/2013 20:12:35 MST.