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Old 04-14-2019, 02:22 PM
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Default Sun protection and staying cool

Hey guys. So I’ve been wearing the cheap Reel legend long sleeve shirts on the boat for years. I need to get something that will keep me cool ( some sort of technology that makes the shirt cool when it gets wet) and most importantly protect me from the sun. Ideally something with no buttons so the castnet won’t get caught and will really protect me and keep me cool. I guess I’m getting old and just can’t handle the heat anymore.

So out with the the cheap shirts, shorts and knock off buffs I need real protection.

What is everyone wearing?

Thanks,

Nick
Old 04-14-2019, 02:27 PM
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I nominate Columbia Omni Freeze Zero. I have several, and they do seem to work as advertised.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:31 PM
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I have a few field and stream button down short sleeves that are SPF rated and they really do keep me cooler than wearing a cotton T shirt. I also heard good things about aftcos or huk's shirts as well. Although they're a bit pricey.
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Go on Amazon or Hanes website and order Hanes Dri fits. Same shirt as everyone else wearing without the fancy picture. Cost about 7 bucks each.
You can get hoo rags and SA company buffs for like 5 each, or for free from many companies and tourney buckets.
Hooded dri fits are the BOMB
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Buckets of water work great. I'm done being hot.

That skin cancer you got at age 15. It's not the daily sun it's the sunburn.
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Cycling shirts are very good at that, they are designed to wick off moisture (sweat) and many have UPF 25 to 50 for sun protection. They can be expensive.

I'm not sure on what the material is, some make it look like some proprietary thing.
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Originally Posted by Jumpsummo View Post
Buckets of water work great. I'm done being hot.

That skin cancer you got at age 15. It's not the daily sun it's the sunburn.
Sunburn is mother nature's way of telling you that you've absorbed too much UV.

With regard to sun protection the problem here is that popular chemically based sunscreens do a great job of preventing sunburn. Why is that a problem? It is a problem because the way it works is these chemical sunscreens absorb into your skin and chemically attract/absorb the UV rays converting these rays into heat rather than a sunburn. UV absorption into the deeper layers of the epidermis is very harmful, not to mention the heat you feel.

The smarter, healthier and cooler choice for avoiding UV damage and skin cancer is to use reflective sunscreens and sun blocks (titanium dioxide/zinc oxide based) that naturally reflect UV away from your skin altogether. Not only are you better protected from skin cancer and sunburns, you are way more comfortable as your skin is cooler and you sweat less.

The best and coolest combination for sun projection is wearing sun protective clothing AND using reflective sunscreens/sunblocks rather than the chemically based products which make you hot and lull you into a sense of false protection.

I just wanted to pass this on as it is too late for me. My UV damage is done. I donate regularly at my dermatologist. I grew up before there was such a thing as sunscreens. Hell, we used baby oil to get as dark as possible.

Save your kids. Use the good stuff.

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Thanks guys
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Vapor Apparel. They make my company shirts. Bonafide SPF50. Effective, lightweight, cool. Can also check out Coolibar but I haven't worn that stuff.
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Originally Posted by glacierbay2 View Post
I nominate Columbia Omni Freeze Zero. I have several, and they do seem to work as advertised.


If you put 200+ hours on your boat (boats) always use Long sleeve UPF 50 shirts with Neutrogena spf 110 Total sun protection on face neck and body, UPF 50 Face masks , UPF 50 Nylon long pants. While at it, Carpet the bow sides and seats or paint a darker color to cut of this solar reflector. Do it now and don't stop. Avoid time of day where the sun reflects off every freaking wavelet.

Dude on "Out on the Reef" youtube videos has the right idea. Fish at night and you don't have to worry about sun or heat.

Use a water spray bottle on yourself or misters.

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I use a bunch of the o’neill Surf wear 24/7 shirts. Come in long sleeve, short sleeve, with/without hoods. Check them out
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Google flyfishing appereal .... that will boggle you mind and wallet.
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Google flyfishing appereal .... that will boggle you mind and wallet.
I have. Some of the simms stuff is crazy expensive but very nice.
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I don't do buffs and have been wearing the AFTCO hooded shirts.

Has anyone seen any hooded performance shirts for a reasonable price?
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HUK. Best stuff out there for wicking away moisture and heat. SPF protection too. Wear it all the time offshore. Most of the time I can wear it all day, even when it is humid. I wear the Reel Legend stuff in the Winter. Keeps you warm. Denali also keeps you warm. Can't wear Denali or Reel Legend when it is humid.
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there is about to be a sunscreen scandal on chemicals used in sunscreens in the USA

i actually started reading into it and its alarming

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