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    UV protection for legs

    I'm looking for UV protection. The "Sun Sleeves" I've found look good for the arms, but unless I'm not understanding something, the "Sun Knees" for the legs seem to be just about the most sand-poundingly stupid idea going. Because they stop halfway down your calves.

    I'm trying to imagine what the R&D team were thinking with this.

    R&D Guy A: Okay, UV protection is now de rigeur for people spending any length of time in the sun, and cyclists are no exception. They need UV protection for their legs. We need to come up with a tight-fitting fabric that keeps the sun's rays out while being breathable and cool in the heat.
    R&D Guy B: I think we can do that. Should it cover the entire leg?
    R&D Guy A: Nah, let's not get carried away! Make it short so that it only goes partway down the calf. Leave the bottom half of the lower leg exposed. I mean, the whole point of this product is to protect against the sun, but, you know, not for the whole leg.

    The idiotic "Sun Knees" is a complete waste of time and money. I've been searching for leg tights that actually cover the entire leg, but no luck. Any ideas?
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    I think Voler does, or at least they used to, make some that went down to the ankle.
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    I live in Florida and am fair skinned so I burn pretty quick. I don't seem to get much sun on my legs below the knee so I haven't had a need to cover them. I suppose that's why those sun protectors don't cover the entire leg. I have a fairly aggressive position so my body pretty well shades my legs anyway.
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    Desoto's go down to the ankle

    https://www.desotosport.com/product/LC

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    I use these: De Soto Leg Coolers

    I ordered the black ones;
    They look like you're wearing tights at a distance, and they don't show chainring imprints.

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    Great recommendations, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    I use these: De Soto Leg Coolers

    I ordered the black ones;
    They look like you're wearing tights at a distance, and they don't show chainring imprints.
    Just wear the black leg on drive train side only. Problem solved.
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    Please forgive me for asking, but why not apply sunblock to the lower legs, and cover the upper parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
    Please forgive me for asking, but why not apply sunblock to the lower legs, and cover the upper parts?
    Personally, I can't stand putting lotion on my skin, especially if I'm going to be exercising and sweating. Wearing the arm and leg "coolers" is a way to avoid having to use that goopy stuff.
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    But sunblock is awesome! You smell like da beach, mon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Personally, I can't stand putting lotion on my skin, especially if I'm going to be exercising and sweating. Wearing the arm and leg "coolers" is a way to avoid having to use that goopy stuff.
    +1
    And:
    - Coolers are quicker to put on.
    - You don't need to "reapply" them periodically if you are on an all-day ride.
    - They cost less since they are not a consumable like lotion. The ones I bought several years ago are still in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    +1
    And:
    - Coolers are quicker to put on.
    - You don't need to "reapply" them periodically if you are on an all-day ride.
    - They cost less since they are not a consumable like lotion. The ones I bought several years ago are still in use.
    I agree.

    So what is so hard about covering up the upper parts of you legs, and a little sunblock on the lower parts that get much less exposure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    +1
    And:
    - Coolers are quicker to put on.
    - You don't need to "reapply" them periodically if you are on an all-day ride.
    - They cost less since they are not a consumable like lotion. The ones I bought several years ago are still in use.
    All good points but I find the "coolers" are rather warm. I stopped once and soaked them with water and that helped for all of about 10 minutes before they dried and were once again "warmers".
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
    All good points but I find the "coolers" are rather warm. I stopped once and soaked them with water and that helped for all of about 10 minutes before they dried and were once again "warmers".
    The Under Armour Heatgear tights I currently use are great for the heat. But I had to cut the top part of them off at the crotch area to produce two separate leg garments, and they tend to slip down the leg because there's no elastic ring at the top holding them in place. Hence my search for "leg coolers" that were specifically designed as such.
    The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

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    You could always go for the Village people look - black leather chaps, great for road rash prevention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatorfreak View Post
    I live in Florida and am fair skinned so I burn pretty quick. I don't seem to get much sun on my legs below the knee so I haven't had a need to cover them. I suppose that's why those sun protectors don't cover the entire leg. I have a fairly aggressive position so my body pretty well shades my legs anyway.
    I concur. I'm currently sporting tan knees and pale calves.

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    I've got the Sugoi leg coolers. They work fine in the TX heat and humidity. Plus you can slip some ice into them for a longer lasting chill (same as with the arm coolers).
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