May 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm #1303323
I am look for a special shirt to wear in the summer heat that meets these criterion
Thin breathable material (I would like to wear this in hot 75+ weather)
good sun protection (For high alititude and spring skiing use)
available in white or some other light reflecting color
and this is the tricky part hooded (to protect my ears and neck form burning)
The closest I have found is the Patagonia Tropic Comfort Sun Hoody
I have not seen this in person, my only reservation is that I do not know what the weight of the material is or if it would be comfortable to wear alone.
Have any of you found a shirt matching what I am looking for
EricMay 23, 2013 at 5:52 pm #1989254
Avery SBPL Member
A similar shirt was the First Ascent Solar Foil, which has been discontinued:
I thought about buying one, but the mediums were apparently huge and they didn't make the small size in a tall length.
I'm also looking for something like this.May 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm #1989257
You might check out the Lightweight Sun Hoody. I've seen this garment in person and its very light and somewhat loose fitting. Looks like a little more of an open weave than the Tropic Comfort. Also has 35 UPF while I didn't see any UPF rating on the Tropic Comfort.
JessMay 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm #1989258
I purchased the Patagonia Tropic Comfort Sun Hoody last year. I used it for general travel (not backpacking) in temperatures over 100 degrees, with and without a baselayer.
FYI, the Tropic Comfort Sun Hoody does not have an official UPF rating. Check out the Lightweight Sun Hoody (http://www.patagonia.com/us/product/mens-lightweight-sun-hoody?p=26653-0-950) if you want rated UPF. I opted for the Tropic Comfort because I liked the chest pocket and thumb loops. I don't know if I would make the same choice again.May 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm #1989259
Steven ParisBPL Member
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
Kuhl made a hooded button-down shirt a few years ago but I don't think they make it anymore (of course).
Why not get the shirt you want and add a buff or sun scarf?
It seems marketed to women but it wouldn't look out of place on top of a white/light-colored sun shirt.Jun 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #1993305
I found this online, I have always though that ExOffico was stupid but this actually look to just what I am looking for, have any of you ever seen this?
EricJun 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm #1993334
Rick MBPL Member
delJun 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm #1993355
I guess that brings me back to comparing the tropic comfort vs the lightweight sun hoody. I wish I could try on both and decide which I liked better.
EricJun 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm #1993361
I would check with your local store and see if they have them both to try. Or order them online and mail back the one you don't like.
But I would look more closely at the lightweight sun hoody. I may sell my tropic comfort and pick up the UPF rating.Jun 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm #1993362
Does anyone know how much difference a light vs. dark color can make in a sun shirt? For example, navy vs. light grey?Jun 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm #1993363
Rick MBPL Member
delJun 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm #1993392
Dustin ShortBPL Member
The lighter the better (in color). From someone that lives in a high insolation region, you definitely will notice how much heat a black shirt will absorb (and then release onto your skin) versus a light shirt.
At the same time the absorption of light by colors is not quite linear. There have been some studies on car color that showed a red car heats up almost as much as a black car and both significantly more than a white color. The take away is that you need a fairly light color to notice any benefit by the color. The darkest I would try is a solid yellow but would suggest nothing darker than khaki to be on the safe side.
Also there is supposedly some new fabric technology (dark cool or something like that) coming from I believe Schoeller that reflects solar radiation just like a white shirt, regardless of the actual color it is dyed. Seems feasible from a physics standpoint but I haven't seen many commercial products with the fabric just yet (I think MHW may have had a few shirts but nothing I could remember by name so no help there).Jun 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm #1993398
Dustin ShortBPL Member
Did some quick google searching and came up with ColdBlack, which apparently UnderArmour uses in some clothing.
For tech specs look at this schoeller site:
I'd still go with a light color though, but if you do care about it enough there are "options" for you.Jun 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm #1993414
I had a visit with my dermatologist this afternoon. She also confirmed that most any (dry) shirt material will be sufficient at blocking harmful UV unless you have particularly pale skin. I guess I may end up keeping the tropic comfort hoody but I'm still a bit paranoid.Jun 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm #1993657
@robertm2sLocale: Lake Tahoe
I love the mesh panels on my BoneFlats shirt that run up the inside of the sleeve and down the side of the body. They let in the breeze but not the sunlight.Jun 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm #1993759
@dsmith87Locale: Bethesda, MD
I have both the Patagonia Tropic Comfort (crew version not the hoody) and the First Ascent Solar Foil hoody. I actually really like both. The Tropic Comfort was my shirt of choice last summer in the 90+ degree Florida heat. It's also cut a bit better than the FA hoody. The FA hoody is randomly a bit short in the torso in my experience. That being said, due to the hood, the FA hoody is what will be in my bag on Rainier in August.
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