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Old 07-13-10, 09:38 PM
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Sun Sleeves? Anyone try them?

The sun has been unbearable lately especially when stopped at a light. I've resulted to stopping under trees by the curb 20 yards away from the line or timing my stop right underneath a road sign or something.
I do use sunscreen but I'm looking for an alternative.

I saw these


Anyone has any experience with these? Do they actually make you cooler? It seems to me that any covering you have will just make it warmer when you ride.
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Old 07-13-10, 09:42 PM
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Funny, there is a thread in the Road forum about baselayers in the heat.

Anyways, it isn't my experience these make you cooler. They do keep the sun off though. I think the road guys like them because they are tight and thus a bit more aero.

The better choice for a commute or beating the sunburn in general is a loose thin knit long-sleeved jersey that has a collar and a UPF coating.
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Old 07-14-10, 07:43 AM
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I wear them. I don't know if I can say they actually make me cooler, but they do keep the sun off which is nice. I've also been known to wear loose fitting long sleeves in the middle of summer for the same reason, plus being loose you get a nice breeze that runs over your sweaty skin. It's like riding in the shade almost. Seersucker is great for this.
The main reason i got these arm coolers was to protect my tattoo sleeve from the sun. They're made by De Soto.
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
I mentioned it in the "beating the heat" thread, but a long-sleeve, white, wicking shirt is great. I love my Champion "Duo Dry" (Under Armor knock-off, found at Target) shirt. Wicks sweat away very quick (fits snug), feels very cool (compared to no shirt or cotton), and blocks the sun very well.
I love the Champion shirts at Target. As a clyde, it doesn't accentuate my food stores. A few years ago, they had some ridiculously light shirts. I should have gotten more, but I didn't, the newer stuff isn't as soft (like cotton), is thicker and has rougher seams.
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Old 07-14-10, 08:10 AM
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I think PI and Defeet make versions now. I intend to try them sometime in the near future due to having skin removed last winter.
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Old 07-14-10, 08:48 AM
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I wear the De Soto sun sleeves on sunny brevets and weekend training rides - they aren't particularly cooling, but they don't function as arm warmers either - mainly they just help prevent sunburn - I don't use sunscreen on my arms when I wear them.

The only thing I've worn so far that actually makes me feel cooler is an Under Armour HeatGear shirt.
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Old 07-14-10, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
I mentioned it in the "beating the heat" thread, but a long-sleeve, white, wicking shirt is great. I love my Champion "Duo Dry" (Under Armor knock-off, found at Target) shirt. Wicks sweat away very quick (fits snug), feels very cool (compared to no shirt or cotton), and blocks the sun very well.
The problem with the synthetic stuff is they stink to high heaven after one use, and then you need to wash them in special detergent to get the stink out.
This is why i always wear micro weight wool tops with these sleeves, or the seersucker occasionally. I can wear one wool shirt all week if I want and it still doesn't smell.
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Old 07-14-10, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by d2create View Post
The problem with the synthetic stuff is they stink to high heaven after one use, and then you need to wash them in special detergent to get the stink out.
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I've had one set of synthetic baselayer drawers that had this problem, but otherwise the synthetic stuff has been fine.
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I searched for and read the Road forum thread and it looks like the consensus is pretty positive. I'll give these a try, if I can find them locally, and give a report back here. I do like the idea of not having my arms exposed to the sun when stopped at a light.
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
I've had one set of synthetic baselayer drawers that had this problem, but otherwise the synthetic stuff has been fine.
I have not had this issue as well. Virtually all my stuff is synthetic with a few wools items.
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If you hand wash your synthetics with soap and let them sit for a while with the soap on them it does a far better job than your machine. It's also the only way to get spot grease out of your nice white synthetics.
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My secret to non-stinky synthetics is..........hang em to dry right after use for 24 hours. No moisture means no place for the bacteria to grow.
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Originally Posted by electrik View Post
Funny, there is a thread in the Road forum about baselayers in the heat.
Oh god. You're helping to confirm my fear that I'm a roadie.

I wear a merino wool base layer in the heat, with long sleeves. They keep the sun off my skin, form a barrier to keep the heated air out to some extent, and all of that wonderfulness. But more to the point, if my arms sweat, or any sweat drips on them from my brow, I don't feel it. Wool just feels dry. It's much more comfortable. Once the fabric gets wet, though, it's a little bit like A/C thanks to the evaporative cooling.

Also, wool is the strongest deodorant I know of.
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Old 07-15-10, 07:58 PM
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After reading this, I think I'm gonna go back to REI and get a pair. I'm tired of sunblock and half the time I forget to apply it before leaving for home anyway.
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Old 07-15-10, 10:39 PM
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+1 on Under Armour (either loose fit or form fit) or some of the knock offs work well for me. If it is really hot, I will put a frozen bladder in a CamelBak to keep my back cool.
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
Anything I wear while riding will stink, I don't really mind.
Wool will not stink. Trust me.
I have a wool shirt sitting here right next to me to prove it.
It just saw it's 4th day in a row of lunchtime mtn biking in 95 degree heat and 50% humidity.
Smells like I just took it out of the closet.
I can definitely not say the same for the shorts!

I have a synthetic shirt sitting here that I lifted weights in for 20 minutes in the airconditioned gym on monday and it was kinda smelly already when I was thru.
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It's really important to keep the sun off in summer - if you have 30 mins each way, it might not feel like a lot of sun, but you add it up, and it's potentially 7 hours of hardcore unprotected sun, and that's a lot... Skin cancer ain't no joke.
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After reading this thread, I picked up a pair of these Zensah compression arm-sleeves
at City Sports. I just came back from a 4-hour ride with them, and they seem to have performed as advertised.
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I have them, and they are pretty good. Not hugely cooler, but I bought them for the sun protection.
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