May 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm #1302585
Max DiltheyBPL Member
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
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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