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1ofEach
May. 21, 2012, 06:49 AM
So I was wondering if anyone knew of some good lightweight shirts that are cool enough to wear in the summer heat? I know I typically settle for the hundreds of hay scratches on my arms and legs from wearing shorts and a tank top rather than wear long sleeves when its 80 or 90 out. I do have a history of melanoma in my family and even though I'm pretty diligent about sunscreen, wearing long sleeves when I'm riding and gardening would be a good idea.

Also, please suggest shirts for men too, not just women. I was helping my dad plant his garden this weekend. It was in the 80s and he had a sweatshirt on. Obviously he was sweating a lot and I think some nice lightweight shirts would be a good Father's Day gift. Thanks!

SLW
May. 21, 2012, 08:58 AM
I live in these shirts in the warm months: http://www.columbia.com/Women%E2%80%99s-Tamiami%E2%84%A2-II-Short-Sleeve-Shirt/FL7277,default,pd.html# Columbia has several styles of shirts that give UV protection and they make men's clothing too. I'm sure if you dig through Columbia's website you will find a long sleeve version. Bass Pro Shops and Cabellas have a nice selection of UV clothing designed for outdoor work.

LL Bean also makes UV protection shirts and I have some of those. The best thing about these shirts is when you get wet hosing down a horse, as your shirt dries it doesn't get "wet horse" smelly.

cowboymom
May. 21, 2012, 09:01 AM
The Colombia sun shirts are really good-http://www.columbia.com/Omni-Shade/Technology_Omni-Shade,default,pg.html

They have clothing for men and women, nothing too fancy but the fabric is light and airy, like microfiber only lightweight. They hold up well too. I like 'em.

ETA the bargain basement at Cabelas often has them for much reduced prices...

JB
May. 21, 2012, 10:04 AM
I live in shirts similar to the Columbia, but from Sun Precautions. However, SP is much more $$ than many other brands now (about twice that Columbia shirt) so I'll be getting Columbia or something else when I need to replace. But, this shirt IS quite cool - when you sweat, just your movement allows/causes evaporation even if the weather isn't all that conducive to it, and it's quite cool. They dry FAST, and yes, the UV protection is important :)

Heart's Journey
May. 21, 2012, 10:08 AM
Bealles Outlets have a different brand than Columbia, less money and are just as nice. I wear them year round and love that they dry so quickly, but offer great sun protection

netg
May. 21, 2012, 10:34 AM
If it's in your budget, going with the specialty UV protection styles given is your best bet.

If you get something which is long sleeved but not UV protecting, still use sunscreen - the material just gives you added protection, but isn't necessarily enough on its own!

I love my long sleeved Old Navy tops with stretch jersey material on the sides - they are nice enough to wear to work, but are light enough to wear around the horses. There was a thread about them at one point - the parent company had two much more expensive lines with the same shirts, one of which was a horsey line. Right now I see other lightweight shirts but not those specifically, but I tend to fit well in their tops compared to other brands.

candico
May. 21, 2012, 10:43 AM
A neighbor of mine has a upf 50 long sleeved shirt with an ice collar to help keep you even cooler specifically designed for riding. Will get you the ordering info.

tollertwins
May. 21, 2012, 11:12 AM
railriders.com

slightly more expensive - but a LOT more ventilated and lighter weight fabric.

ones like columbia and ex-officio can sometimes be found at Sierra Trading Post for cheap!

I always buy a size larger than I need - the 'tent factor' makes a big difference, too!

(PS - I live in Houston, the land of the totally unreasonable summer!).

wsmoak
May. 21, 2012, 11:17 AM
My current favorite is Ex Officio, but I also have some LL Bean shirts.

I don't like the new styling of the Columbia sun shirts, they changed the front pockets into tiny useless things.

Check Sierra Trading Post and get on their mailing list so you get the X% off promotions. You can often find things there for very little.

Eleanor
May. 21, 2012, 01:10 PM
I buy used mens dress shirts, lite cotton or silk. I wear a tank top under and then knot the shirt at my waste. I find they work just fine. But then I use tons of sunscreen.

INoMrEd
May. 21, 2012, 03:02 PM
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/redington-ruby-fishing-shirt-upf-30-long-sleeve-for-women~p~4215d/?filterString=s~uv-long-sleeve-womens%2F&colorFamily=01

These look like a great deal. And if you spend $100 you get an extra 25% off!

cowboymom
May. 21, 2012, 03:18 PM
I also used to wear my husband's lightweight wrangler western shirts-any time I had the chance I would just soak it in cold water (creek crossings) and wring it out then wear it until it was dry again. They're a very lightweight cotton and were very cool-worked great until they invented the SPF clothing...

Mosey_2003
May. 21, 2012, 04:01 PM
Ooooh, I had no idea such things existed! I'm having a terrible time with eczema on my forearms and it seems to get really angry after sun exposure, I'm going to have to give these a go.

JB
May. 21, 2012, 04:02 PM
Mosey, learning about cooking with tequila and sun protection shirts! :D

MelantheLLC
May. 21, 2012, 05:31 PM
Ooooh, I had no idea such things existed! I'm having a terrible time with eczema on my forearms and it seems to get really angry after sun exposure, I'm going to have to give these a go.

A year or two ago, I started getting angry red bumps on my arms after sun exposure. I've religiously worn sunscreen for decades, because I'm very fair. The bumps would go away in the winter, but first sun of the year on my arms, they'd be back.

Turns out some sunscreens CAUSE the bumps, particularly after you've been wearing the same brand for awhile.

I switched to a sunscreen formula for infants. The bumps went away after about a week, and do not come back with sun exposure. :yes:

Fancy That
May. 21, 2012, 07:06 PM
I just bought a nice Nike Dri-Fit summer long sleeved shirt in a technical fabric. LOVE IT for being out in the hot sun and protecting my skin.

It's this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Womens-Nike-Dri-Fit-Legend-Longsleeve-Tee-Gray-Size-Medium-/350529205676?pt=US_Womens_Athleticwear&hash=item519d2b35ac

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Womens-Nike-Dri-Fit-Legend-Longsleeve-Tee-Gray-Size-Small-/270904699505?pt=US_Womens_Athleticwear&hash=item3f132daa71

Super COOL!!!

Frank B
May. 21, 2012, 10:05 PM
Check out www.deergear.com (http://www.deergear.com)
They have a wide selection of clothing for both men and women.

For a short sleeve shirt, this is one of the most comfortable I've run across. The material is very soft and under-sleeve mesh vents cause fresh air to flow into the shirt whenever the arms are moved: http://www.deergear.com/product/Mens/Casual-Shirts/Button-Downs/Pathfinder-SS-Shirt/pc/2431/c/2445/sc/2496/157192.uts?refineByCategoryId=2496 It's a nice looking shirt, too. I even wear mine to church. (We're a small country church.)

Of course, there's always Tractor Supply.

goodhors
May. 21, 2012, 10:57 PM
If you can find them, the old Farmer type, light blue chambray shirts of light fabric made with 100% cotton, are great sun protection. Might be available at Farm stores and I did see them at the Meijer's stores last year on sale. So cheap that I bought a TON of them, enough for years! They are like regular mens shirts, long tails, collars, long sleeves, no stretch. Opaque fabric, so no sunburn thru them.

Not a technical fabric, no special treatments, but they HAVE been the choice for outdoor work for LOTS of years before science got involved! They do wear well, last for a long time. Best choice for "farmer's tan" if you like that look!

I use Bullfrog Gel Sunscreen, which doesn't make my face break out. All the cream ones give me problems, even the best brands. I just got some of the "newest" Bullfrog gel, which is SPF 50, and did a great job with the sun on Saturday and Sunday here. No redness at all on my face or hands, despite being out in the sun all afternoon. I liked the various gels from other years, but only seem able to find Bullfrog gel lately. I think they have an alcohol base, don't make me slimy with use!

TBs4ME
May. 21, 2012, 11:21 PM
I just picked up 2 Sunshield Shirts from Smartpak.

http://www.smartpakequine.com/sunshield-long-sleeve-shirt-by-smartpak-10137p.aspx?cm_vc=Search

I haven't tried them out yet, but am anxious too!!! They are running a special if you have autoship smartpaks buy 1 get 2nd 50% off, through end of May. Code : UPFCal12

Mosey_2003
May. 22, 2012, 06:59 AM
Mosey, learning about cooking with tequila and sun protection shirts! :D
I know, right?! :lol: So much new information!


A year or two ago, I started getting angry red bumps on my arms after sun exposure. I've religiously worn sunscreen for decades, because I'm very fair. The bumps would go away in the winter, but first sun of the year on my arms, they'd be back.

Turns out some sunscreens CAUSE the bumps, particularly after you've been wearing the same brand for awhile.

I switched to a sunscreen formula for infants. The bumps went away after about a week, and do not come back with sun exposure. :yes:
Thank you for posting this, but mine really and truly is eczema :( Started out on my feet and hands, diagnosed dishydrotic eczema (evil stuff!) and since that cleared up it seems to have taken up permanent residence on my forearms. I look like I have leprosy or something, ugh. I haven't worn sunscreen since I was a kid, either, don't really believe in the stuff.

Aggie4Bar
May. 22, 2012, 01:16 PM
A friend of mine used to go to Good Will and pick up men's dress shirts. She looked for the really worn ones, where the fabric doesn't really hold itself up anymore. And she wore a lot of sunscreen.

I was actually thinking about this over the weekend. Never crossed my mind to grab a hat or take sunscreen when headed out to a show on Saturday, so I look like a red and white raccoon. Face is already peeling, arms probably will. I've been avoiding the sun like a vampire (old school, not the new fangled sun-dwelling sparklies) and waited till almost dark to ride last night.

Bellissimo
May. 22, 2012, 04:09 PM
I don't want to hijack this whole topic but wanted to ask those who recommended shirts a question.

It may seem silly but of the shirts recommended do any of them also do a decent job of hiding sweat? I have happened across a few of these new fabrics that don't seem to change color when wet, it just sort of beads up and evaporates I guess. I LOVE when I can find one like that so I can actually wear a light color and not have it look like someone dumped a bucket of water on me 10 mins after I walk outside in the heat.

I have the lovely luck to sweat - excessively - so I always try to stick to black but that gets so hot in the summer!

lol gross, I know! :lol:

tollertwins
May. 22, 2012, 04:44 PM
RE: men's dress shirts.

SPF is about 8....you CAN get stuff to wash them in that will up it to SPF 25 or so.

However, I find the cotton much, much, MUCH hotter than the synthetic shirts - esp. when I'm pouring sweat.

rmh_rider
May. 22, 2012, 06:57 PM
My husband hated one shirt he has we got about 7 years or so ago, and was gonna toss it out. He has alot of dress shirts btw, so they last forever just about.

He hates it because it wrinkles so bad. Even after ironing.

It is my new "boyfriend" type shirt, not sure that is the correct terminology, I am far from a fashioneesta. And my new go to shirt for any long sleeve riding or pasture mowing or when I need a long sleeved shirt.

Jos A Banks.

Off white long sleeve cotton, very nice fabric, nice styling too. Mint condition.

Perfect. Not hot for the deep south either. I do not notice to wrinkles. Don't care.

JB
May. 22, 2012, 08:43 PM
But, keep in mind, those shirts, *especially* white/light colors, offer really poor sunscreen protection

Chall
May. 22, 2012, 08:55 PM
Solumbra, http://www.sunprecautions.com/product/17700
The poet shirt, which has vents for us sweat- ers. I have the shirt, two jackets and two(fantastic) skirts. I find when I block UV I stay cooler.

I never wear sunscreen because I never stay in the sun, I can't tolerate heat at all.
I have a great Canadian hat ( foster?) that I got at the sun protection store.
My sister has the gloves too. You can really cover up with all the products.

jazzalbart
May. 23, 2012, 02:59 AM
I am a big fan of Nike’s long sleeve fit tee shirts. Its loose fitting, provides sun protection, breaths well and wicks moisture. So I would like to suggest you to try this shirt.
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TBs4ME
May. 23, 2012, 11:09 PM
Ok, wore the Sunshield shirt all day today. It was HUMID today and in the 80s. It was surprisingly comfortable!!! Highly recommend. I think my two will be well worn quickly :)

Sonesta
May. 24, 2012, 10:52 AM
I have one of these and like it quite a lot.

http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/womens-bugsaway-halo-check-long-sleeve-shirt

The fabric is made with built in insect repellant and 30 SPF sun block. Vented mesh in the back and under the arms.

birdsong
May. 24, 2012, 11:19 AM
I'm a GoodWill lover! My local store is huge, modern and filled with fantastic designer clothing for $2-4!!

I have also picked up wonderful Columbia shirts on sale at various sport stores...Dick's, Sports Authority...They are thin, vented, very cool, yet stylish shirts.

I am a black/white dresser and get so many compliments...some of these Columbia shirts have the collar that will pull up higher. and the extended cuffs to cover your hands even.

I also have several of the wick-away type shirts that fit tightly...but for our horrendous heat/humidity I just feel more comfortable with the airiness of the Columbia!

SLW
May. 25, 2012, 08:10 PM
I don't want to hijack this whole topic but wanted to ask those who recommended shirts a question.

It may seem silly but of the shirts recommended do any of them also do a decent job of hiding sweat? I have happened across a few of these new fabrics that don't seem to change color when wet, it just sort of beads up and evaporates I guess. I LOVE when I can find one like that so I can actually wear a light color and not have it look like someone dumped a bucket of water on me 10 mins after I walk outside in the heat.

I have the lovely luck to sweat - excessively - so I always try to stick to black but that gets so hot in the summer!

lol gross, I know! :lol:

I don't sweat to excess so all I can add is that when I get one of these shirts wet while working around the horses, it dries off very quickly.

Kestrel
May. 25, 2012, 10:13 PM
Sun Precautions even uses a dressage rider and farrier in their catalog: http://www.sunprecautions.com/. Their fabric is SPF 100. I think they even have some shirts with mesh under the arms.

I bought some shirts down at Thermal that are (I think) SPF 50, and have mesh under the arms. I'm looking forward to being more comfortable while standing on 100 degree pavement at DH's car races this summer.

Renae
May. 25, 2012, 10:59 PM
Duluth Trading Company makes great outdoor clothing:
http://women.duluthtrading.com/store/womens/womens-collections/sun-protective-clothing/45011.aspx
http://women.duluthtrading.com/store/womens/womens-collections/sun-protective-clothing/43301.aspx
http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/mens-shirts/mens-button-up-shirts/81006.aspx

JB
May. 26, 2012, 10:27 AM
Sun Precautions even uses a dressage rider and farrier in their catalog: http://www.sunprecautions.com/. Their fabric is SPF 100. I think they even have some shirts with mesh under the arms.

I bought some shirts down at Thermal that are (I think) SPF 50, and have mesh under the arms. I'm looking forward to being more comfortable while standing on 100 degree pavement at DH's car races this summer.

This again brings up the point that it's really not enough to put a long sleeve shirt on, especially a light colored one. White "dress shirts" might be ok for a little time outside, but they offer really poor sun protection. Even colored ones offer very little.

I don't know that you need 100 SPF, 50 is quite ok for most folks. 30 would be my bottom number for buying and it would have to be CHEAP, given you can get 50 for under $50 or so these days

smithjhon
Jun. 22, 2012, 09:40 AM
I have some OLD NAVY light weighted long-sleeve shirts. I usually wear them in summer. They are comfortable and completely fabricated with cotton.
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Ridinwyoming
Jun. 22, 2012, 02:57 PM
I have a couple shirts from NoZone Clothing based out of Canada (they do have a U.S. website). The fabric keeps me cool and comfortable without being clingy, SPF 50+. They even sell an equestrian styled shirt that you could wear to shows or just around the barn.

neversaynever
Jun. 22, 2012, 06:46 PM
I get some from Gander Mountain. They have lots of different styles in their fishing apparel

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=White-Sierra-Womens-Catch-Release-Long-Sleeve-Fishing-Shirt&i=449628&str=Fishing+shirt&merchID=4005

pluvinel
Jun. 22, 2012, 08:21 PM
Bealles Outlets have a different brand than Columbia, less money and are just as nice. I wear them year round and love that they dry so quickly, but offer great sun protection
THIS^^^^

Beall's brand name is "Reel Legends". I have a collection in assorted colors...and about half the price of Columbia.....the shirts are not only good to prevent sunburn, but also help keeping off flies.

http://www.beallsflorida.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product__10151_-1_12003_344709