May 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm #1302585
I'm making this the Summer of Cancer Prevention.
I'm gonna be wearing an OR Sun Runner cap, long sleeves, and some sun gloves in place of sunscreen. Can I wear regular running shorts while hiking, or do I really need long pants to ensure I won't burn?
Experiences?May 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm #1983509
For short hikes shorts are fine (time is dependent on altitude, tree cover, and how quickly you burn) for longer hikes you need long pants.
I use convertible pants. If it gets hot I zip off the legs. Unfortunately I burn very easily so later in the day start to burn.May 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm #1983517
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
If you are already going to be wearing sun gloves, then it would make sense to wear pants.
I think that sun gloves are excessive and unnecessary unless it's 120 degrees and you are hiking in the Sahara.May 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm #1983523
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Years ago, I used to backpack while wearing shorts. But then I needed something for sun protection, mosquito protection, and maybe for a slight bit of warmth underneath rain pants.
I used some ultra-thin men's pajama bottoms that were made out of cotton thinner than a handkerchief.
–B.G.–May 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm #1983541
to add on to what Bob said, scrub pants (medical uniform) are super light, thin, dry fast, and cheap.May 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm #1983548
Jeffrey McConnellBPL Member
I throw on pants and call it good. I hate wearing sunscreen and always forget to reapply.May 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm #1983563
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
For years I've been using Neutrogena sunblock.
Last year Consumer reports tested sunblocks and rated Neutrogena #1 for UV A and UV B protection.May 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm #1983642
Mike In SocalBPL Member
Although I don't worry about burning, I wear lightweight Craghoppers NosiLife Lite trousers when hiking. They keep me cleaner and protect me from brush. I also like the Columbia Tamiami long sleeve fishing shirts for sun protection. They work for me out here in the west but don't think I'd be as comfortable in a humid climate.May 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm #1983981
Ethan A.BPL Member
@mountainwalkerLocale: SF Bay Area & New England
Pants. I simply don't hike in shorts. Hate having to apply sunblock to such a large area.
Eric Neutrogena has some nasty stuff in it – check for the best rated sunblocks on EWG's website which have the least nasty additives. I'll check the one my wife and I use when I get a chance.May 7, 2013 at 6:09 am #1984021
Steven McAllisterBPL Member
@brooklynkayakLocale: South West US
Pants designed for sun like the RailRyder Ecomesh and other brands.
I have come to the point that I wear sun pants all the time for sun and bug protection.
The Ecomesh are also lighter than most convertible hiking pants, but I bet less durable.
I disturbed a hornets nest last year, the one time that I wore shorts. They only stung my exposed legs.
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