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  • Suggestions for lightweight long-sleeved summer shirts

    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!

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    I live in these shirts in the warm months: http://www.columbia.com/Women%E2%80%...fault,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.

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    • #3
      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...
      “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

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      • #4
        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
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        • #5
          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

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          • #6
            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.
            Originally posted by Silverbridge
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            • #7
              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.

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              • #8
                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!).

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                • #9
                  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.
                  --
                  Wendy
                  ... and Patrick

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                  • #10
                    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.
                    My life motto now is "You can't fix stupid!"

                    Are you going to cowboy up, or lie there and bleed

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                    • #11
                      http://www.sierratradingpost.com/red...colorFamily=01

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

                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

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                      • #12
                        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...
                        “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

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                        • #13
                          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.
                          It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.

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                          • #14
                            Mosey, learning about cooking with tequila and sun protection shirts!
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                              Originally posted by Mosey_2003 View Post
                              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.
                              Ring the bells that still can ring
                              Forget your perfect offering
                              There is a crack in everything
                              That's how the light gets in.

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                              • #16
                                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-N...item519d2b35ac

                                http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Womens-N...item3f132daa71

                                Super COOL!!!
                                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                Equine & Pet Portrait Artist
                                www.elainehickman.com
                                **Morgans Do It All**

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                                • #17
                                  Check out 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...ategoryId=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.
                                  The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
                                  Winston Churchill

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                                  • #18
                                    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!

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                                    • #19
                                      I just picked up 2 Sunshield Shirts from Smartpak.

                                      http://www.smartpakequine.com/sunshi...x?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

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by JB View Post
                                        Mosey, learning about cooking with tequila and sun protection shirts!
                                        I know, right?! So much new information!

                                        Originally posted by MelantheLLC View Post
                                        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.
                                        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.
                                        It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.

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