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    Arm Coolers/Sun Sleeves?

    It is early season and my arms are showing the effects of too much sun, despite liberal doses of sunscreen. In addition to trying a different and I hope more effective sunscreen, I am considering sun sleeves/arm coolers as a way to protect my arms during the 2-4 hour rides I do, often in the heat of the day. Brands I know about are Sugoi, CEP, Desoto, and an assortment of other cycling specific ones. Anyone have opinions or experiences with these things as a way to protect arms against sun damage?

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    I wear my thinnest, long-sleeve base layer pretty much year round. I get the puzzled looks, but honestly, up until almost 90-degrees (if it isn't humid), it's just as comfortable as no sleeves. I usually nab some lesser brands on sale for $10-15 (online or big sporting goods stores). The big names (Under Armour and Nike Heat Gear) are a bit higher quality and last longer... I'll grab those if they are under $25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac View Post
    I wear my thinnest, long-sleeve base layer pretty much year round. I get the puzzled looks, but honestly, up until almost 90-degrees (if it isn't humid), it's just as comfortable as no sleeves. I usually nab some lesser brands on sale for $10-15 (online or big sporting goods stores). The big names (Under Armour and Nike Heat Gear) are a bit higher quality and last longer... I'll grab those if they are under $25.
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    Even at 90f+, a white base layer helps keep me cooler. A good base layer transports perspiration and cools better than bare skin. It also allows me to ride in the mid afternoon without the risk of skin damage on my arms.

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    No. Sunscreen works well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metalheart44 View Post
    It is early season and my arms are showing the effects of too much sun, despite liberal doses of sunscreen. In addition to trying a different and I hope more effective sunscreen, I am considering sun sleeves/arm coolers as a way to protect my arms during the 2-4 hour rides I do, often in the heat of the day. Brands I know about are Sugoi, CEP, Desoto, and an assortment of other cycling specific ones. Anyone have opinions or experiences with these things as a way to protect arms against sun damage?
    I use the Desoto leg coolers, (in black, so they look like tights), in fact I just used them today.
    I use the long-sleeved summer jersey I bought from Performance which is similar to this: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...36_-1___202490

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    I use Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves. I like them during the ride. They work well.

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    I would just like it to be warm enough to be able to ride without a long sleeve jersey.

    Last summer and I doubt I did many rides in temps over 70f and the start was a lot cooler. In fact looking at pics of last year and in most of them I had my lightweight showerproof that is also wind resistant. Just hope this summer is an improvement.

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    I tend to use sun screen to protect the skin, and clothing to keep me warm. I find that the cooling effect of evaporation is enhanced more by how fast I'm riding vs what I wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
    I use Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves. I like them during the ride. They work well.
    Several threads in road forum on various sun sleeves. I have PI, but they are heavy and very long compared to some others. I ride a lot at 7k+ ft., and find that they work very well as long as air is moving over them for evaporation. On long, steep climbs, not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
    I use Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves. I like them during the ride. They work well.
    I have them and I like them, too. The sun protection is very good, but they do get a bit warm when the weather heats up.
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    WIth the humidity we have here, even short sleeve jerseys are miserable in the summer months. On some days, I just wear a stay dry tank top.
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    Fortunately for my route, most of it is shaded--some parts in rather deep shade. I usually start my ride really early in the Summer, between 5:30 to 6:30 AM, as it is very humid around here in the hot season.

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    Here's another option. They're rather loose and floppy, though.

    http://www.sunprecautions.com/product/31800

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