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William McAlpine
(virtu) - F
longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 09:06:44 MDT Print View

What are the lightest weight long-sleeve t-shirts for HOT weather (>90 degrees) that still offer sun protection?

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 09:18:38 MDT Print View

I don't know if it's THE lightest, but I have an old (& fading fast) polyester LS T from Wally World (Starter Brand) that is the thinnest, lightest I've seen.

That said, if you're not stuck on a T shirt, then Columbia makes some very light and airy LS buttondown fishing apparel that I prefer, as it is cooler and has venting options and a fold-up collar for some sun protection. One of these worked great for me on a very sunny 5 day trip.

That said, don't just grab the first "light" one you see, but feel the different styles to see which is lightest as they do vary from style to style.

Jon Hancock
(bigjackbrass)

Locale: Northwest England
Any colour you like... on 04/20/2013 09:26:03 MDT Print View

Possibly the lightest you'll find that has actually been tested for sun protection may be Rohan's Ultra Silver Crew: http://www.rohan.co.uk/Product/Detail/MensBaseLayers_03075?ocode=03075595

Mine weighs 79g (2.8 oz) for a men's size large. A remarkably light yet dense material. It's intended as underwear, of course, so don't expect miraculous durability if dragging it through the bush, but so far I've been very impressed with how tough it is.

Main problems for people in the USA are likely to be price and availability. And they only make it in black.

Edited by bigjackbrass on 04/20/2013 09:29:39 MDT.

John Harper
(johnnyh88) - M

Locale: PNW
Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 09:52:49 MDT Print View

I really like my Patagonia Sun Hoody. At temperatures > 90 F, every shirt will feel hot if you're moving with a pack on. I'd consider using an umbrella in your conditions.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Patagonia SW Crew on 04/20/2013 10:25:00 MDT Print View

White Patagonia Silkweight Capilene Crew. Best desert/sunny hiking shirt in the universe IMHO. My medium is 4.2 oz. SUPER durable. I have a few that are 10 years old and they look like new. You will probably stain the white one before you wear it out.

I don't know what SPF they would rate, but no sun issue under it for me at all after hiking all day in the Mohave, so I'm sure it is enough. And the long sleeves don't even register since it breathes so well, so free arm protection.

If I could afford enough of them that is all I would ever wear as a base layer, even in the "real" world! Then I'd just switch to the merino blend version in cold weather. LOL

+1 on UL umbrella. Put some Mylar space blanket on top a la Jardine. When others see you they will be insanely jealous ... after they stop laughing and think about how frekin' hot it is out.

Edited by millonas on 04/20/2013 10:38:09 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 11:06:45 MDT Print View

In hot weather I don't care for a tight shirt, as most T's seem to be. As for material, most people are going to be most comfortable in a 60/40 cotton/poly blend -- which is good, you can buy a standard dress shirt; no special expensive clothing. Note that most of my hot weather hiking is in deserts, not Louisiana.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 12:03:07 MDT Print View

For a closer fitting tee I love my arc'teryx phase sl. It wicks so fast that it feels like an AC system when there's a slight breeze. If you want something with venting and more airy look at any of the vented travel shirts (MHW Canyon, ExOfficio Air Strip Lite, REI Sahara, Columbias...) or as Nick says a standard 60/40 dress shirt. Just make sure the color is light. Anything darker than yellow absorbs enough solar radiation to feel hot on the skin.

Also like Nick my primary experience is in the Desert and not the Swamps (although I argue the monsoon is just as humid and hotter).

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 12:38:00 MDT Print View

"As for material, most people are going to be most comfortable in a 60/40 cotton/poly blend"

Wow, couldn't disagree more on that one, personally. I agree with Dustin that a very light (not skin tight) synthetic can feel like an AC system with a slight breeze. Might possibly be due, as he suggests, to the evaporative cooling since they also seem to cut wind chill on cooler days when I'm not sweating. You get the original advantage of sweating minus the heat from the sun.

My advise to the OP is to get one and see if he likes it in the sun.

Edited by millonas on 04/20/2013 12:39:39 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 13:48:13 MDT Print View

Go to a thrift shop and find a thin dress shirt. The best hot weather shirt you can find.

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Patagonia Capilene on 04/20/2013 14:35:26 MDT Print View

Patagonia Capilene Stretch weight. I have a couple and they are perfect for hot, sunny weather. They have a stretch and not stretch version. The stretch version is UPF 50, vs 15 or something for non stretch.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: longsleeve t-shirt that offers sun protection in hot weather on 04/20/2013 15:28:19 MDT Print View

I like arcteryx phase sl and exofficio sol cool.

David H
(Amarony) - F

Locale: South Dakota
Marmot LS on 04/20/2013 15:50:53 MDT Print View

I pulled the trigger on this cheap Marmot alternative on STP, have yet to test it but while looking at it the material does seem dense enough to stand up to the 50spf claim.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot-windridge-graphic-shirt-upf-50-long-sleeve-for-men~p~4937c/?filterString=s~marmot-long-sleeve%2F&colorFamily=01