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Looking for long sleeved sun protection

Old 04-25-17, 08:49 PM
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Looking for long sleeved sun protection

Turns out I am prone to polymorphic light eruption (aka sun rash) in some areas of my arms and have been advised by the dermatologist to cover up when riding.

I have tried sun sleeves, but find their grip around the biceps a tad uncomfortable. Switched to using a base layer instead, works great ... except the sleeves are a bit short (tried both the medium and large)

Any suggestions on what to try next?

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Performance Sun Pro II Long Sleeve Jersey

I bought one several years ago, and liked it so much that I bought a second one, so I would always have a clean one ready in case one was in the laundry.
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Have a look at the Clubride Go Long. Yeah, it looks like a normal shirt, but it's nice to ride in...
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Velocio (velocio.cc) make arm sun sleeves.

I have not tried them, but the rest of their products have been very high quality.
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Wow, this might be what my friend has! I'll have to let him know.
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I use the Castelli Seamless Arm Skins, it has no band around the bicep so it may come loose until you generate a bit sweat
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Not cycling specific, but look up the company Coolibar.

https://www.coolibar.com/
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Special sun clothes are a scam. They hardly provide more protection than simple fabric. Your need is real, but it can be satisfied by any long-sleeved jersey. I'm not understanding the problem. Why would you look for a special garment when lightweight long-sleeved jerseys are everywhere?
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Will look them up.

[MENTION=183557]rpenmanparker[/MENTION] I have a ton of (short sleeve) jerseys that I really like. Using a sun sleeve or baselayer will allow me to continue using them

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Special sun clothes are a scam. They hardly provide more protection than simple fabric. Your need is real, but it can be satisfied by any long-sleeved jersey. I'm not understanding the problem. Why would you look for a special garment when lightweight long-sleeved jerseys are everywhere?
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better price on the same product.

https://www.backcountry.com/pearl-iz...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Under Armor Heat Gear is quite good.
https://www.amazon.com/Under-Armour-...dp/B00KHTNMEU/
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I found that sun sleeves worked well when riding at speeds above, say, 13-14mph, but not when climbing long/steep hills at single-digit speeds.
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I found that sun sleeves worked well when riding at speeds above, say, 13-14mph, but not when climbing long/steep hills at single-digit speeds.
The key is using white sun-sleeves. Anything else and you roast due to absorption. Also, climbing long/steep hills is unpleasant in the best conditions...
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Originally Posted by gsa103
The key is using white sun-sleeves. Anything else and you roast due to absorption. Also, climbing long/steep hills is unpleasant in the best conditions...
Mine were white (Pearl Izumi).

Might have to bust out the long sleeve seersucker shirt this year.
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Originally Posted by SWorksRoubaix
Thanks for all the suggestions. Will look them up.

[MENTION=183557]rpenmanparker[/MENTION] I have a ton of (short sleeve) jerseys that I really like. Using a sun sleeve or baselayer will allow me to continue using them
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I didn't have a problem with the sleeves themselves (wasn't getting too hot), but the elastic band at the biceps was uncomfortable.

Ditto for the baselayer, except that the sleeves were a bit short

Originally Posted by FrontRanger
I found that sun sleeves worked well when riding at speeds above, say, 13-14mph, but not when climbing long/steep hills at single-digit speeds.
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https://www.jakroo.com/custom-produc...y-arm-warmers/

There's a sun protection version and a thermal version (for colder days)
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My Patagonia base layer is labeled "UPF 50" on the sleeve cuff. (but this Patagonia link doesn't mention any UPF numbers). The sleeves are a little longer than my other base layers -- this one comes with thumb loops (for rock climbers?) that I cut off.
The size medium has sleeves that measure 21.75 inches from the underarm seam.

I haven't tried it in hot weather. It's very nice from mid-50F to about 70F under a shortsleeve jersey on cool spring or fall days. It does breathe very well, so might work in hot weather too. It's a smooth fabric, very easy to use with other layers when it gets cold.

I don't see it on rei.com any more (I purchased it there about 2 years ago). They have a similar model labeled UPF 35, also with thumb loops.

EDIT -- I wore the Patagonia layer today. The sleeves seem quite long when walking around, but just barely reached my gloves when riding -- the bike position stretches out shirts. And my arms are fairly short.


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Performance Sun Pro II Long Sleeve Jersey

I bought one several years ago, and liked it so much that I bought a second one, so I would always have a clean one ready in case one was in the laundry.
This single layer long sleeve jersey sounds like the best solution when it's really hot.

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I use Bellwether sun sleeves and they are great. They even stay in place on my wimpy little arms.

They aren't magically cooler than bare skin, but definitely thin enough that I barely notice them. Way more convenient than sunscreen and probably cheaper in the long run, too.
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I bought several cheap 99 cent ebay arm sun sleeves to test ou. They work decently, but quality varies a lot. Same ones sold on amazon 3rd party market for around $5-10. My arms didn't get tanned, but my wrist did from the opening between my gloves.
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Somebody mentioned wristbands on another thread, going to try them out.

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I bought several cheap 99 cent ebay arm sun sleeves to test ou. They work decently, but quality varies a lot. Same ones sold on amazon 3rd party market for around $5-10. My arms didn't get tanned, but my wrist did from the opening between my gloves.
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Originally Posted by SWorksRoubaix
Somebody mentioned wristbands on another thread, going to try them out.
wristband seem it would be hot. Thinking about maybe cutting down one of my arm sleeves, i got many cheap 99c ones, but think the fabric might get frayed if it didn't hemmed.
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wristband seem it would be hot. Thinking about maybe cutting down one of my arm sleeves, i got many cheap 99c ones, but think the fabric might get frayed if it didn't hemmed.
I bought the wristbands mentioned on the other thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...favorites.html

I tried them out on an 86° day and they were in fact too hot. They made my hands uncomfortably warm. Going in the free box.

I've done long climbs in the mountains in up 104° temps and I climb in the single digits. White PI sunsleeves were better than bare arms IMO. They reflect more light and after they're wet with sweat, they seem to evaporate at about the same rate. The only thing I don't like is that I can't see the sweat on my arms, a measure of hydration.
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You can use these to protect yourself from the sun while also attracting certain types of women

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