Jan 12, 2014 at 10:55 am #1312038
Since even large brim hats arent good enough for keeping sun from my face i want to start using a bandana.Cotton bandanas are too thick and your breathing gets trapped and heats up your face.So im thinking of silk bandanas.Anyone use them?Jan 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm #2062738
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Probably not enough sun protection
Too many UV waves get through
Best to use some UPF rated fabricJan 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm #2062741
@bookLocale: Northern California
Sun Precautions has an excellent neck/face drape hat made from (by?) Solumbra fabric: very high spf. The drape has a series of velcro fasteners going up its length, so you can adjust it in a variety of ways; all the way over your nose if you want.` It's a larger drape than say Marmot's drape style hat. It's very good for bug protection as well as sun protection. It looks a little…unusual but I've gotten over that.Jan 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm #2062743
A buff is a much better alternative to a bandana. The coverage is better and less tight around my head. Checkout the link below which has a video on all of the incredible ways you can where them. They are made from polyester and dry very quickly and ultralight @ 1.3oz.Jan 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm #2062745
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
We have used both silk and cotton in the snow on very bright days.
Both worked, but both interefered with breathing.
CheersJan 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm #2062746
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Satin finish silk is considered to have good UV protection. Color and weave will have effect.
Desert folk have use the shemagh scarf for centuries. Too warm for my tastes, but it can have many uses. Typically a 3'x3' loose weave cotton square folded into a triangle and wrapped around the head and neck. There are dozens of sites showing how to wear one.Jan 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm #2062784
yeah this is what i hate about bandanas but im thinking of making slits in the fabric to ease restriction of breath.Jan 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm #2062785
@bolsterLocale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Dave, are you really a vampire, like your avatar shows?
If so, then television has taught me you shouldn't go in the sun at all, but if you do, you should raise your elbow over your face in a sinister fashion and laugh loudly, as a pipe organ plays in the background.
I'm sorry, that wasn't helpful at all. Seriously, have you considered any of the asian-inspired straw hats? They have pretty darned amazing coverage, in part because the brim comes down low around the exterior.
To wit:Jan 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm #2062791
no matter how wide your brim is youre getting rays reflected off the ground and from the side.i have a 6in brim on my hat and i get burned all the time.
my dad got skin cancer all over his face from hiking and has to get skin cut out often.He has to visit dermatologist every 3 months.Jan 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm #2062795
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I used a polyester buff last year in the sierras and it was fine for breathing. I put it over my face like a balaclava.Jan 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm #2062816
@bookLocale: Northern California
breathing: yep, can be a problem with bandana style facial coverage. Again, the Sun Precautions drape hat fits so loosely that breathing isn't a problem; alternatively, you can 'unzip' it via velcro fasteners to just below your nose, your chin, or over your ears and neck but not on your face at all, but still hanging down the side of your face.
I too had a cancerous melanoma sliced out of my cheek. Not at all pleasant and possibly dangerous–this stuff is deadly if it spreads. Plus, these things only start showing up after 20 or 25 years; there may be more in store for me down the road. So I'm a convert to sun protection for sure.
I use a wide brim hat and lots of sunscreen as a minimum.Jan 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm #2062825
@gardenheadLocale: Western NC
I've used a buff and was mostly pleased with it, but found my sunglasses fog with every breath. Kind of a pain, but probably depends on how you wear it.Jan 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm #2062841
@drusillaLocale: Wild Wild West
I use a large hat brim and Zinc rubbed into nose cheeks and chin.Jan 12, 2014 at 9:15 pm #2062892
@millonasLocale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Dave, FWIW, I have a white silk bandana, extra large, that I use in the desert (Mojave mostly), and think is just about perfect. It blocks plenty of sun for me, but then I have Mediterranean blood. Down side – silk is not much good at wiping/drying things so not as multi-use, but it is lighter than cotton and dries really fast.
Also when tied just right you get that romantic, trailing-in-the-wind, Peter O'toole-in-Lawrence-of-Arabia effect.Jan 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm #2062899
just Justin WhitsonMember
Have you ever considered a 100% linen bandanna? Has nice combo of properties–tends to be a bit looser weaved than regular cotton bandanna (won't be as UV protective unless you double it), fairly antimicrobial (definitely more than both cotton and silk), dries noticeably faster than cotton (i plan to do a dry test between a cotton shirt and linen in the near future), is conductive and cooling, and takes UV better than silk (silk while UV protective potentially, is considered a UV weak fabric–somewhat easily damaged by same).
Having Linen shorts, pants, button up long sleeve shirts, a t-shirt, bandanna, socks, underwear, bathrobe, and a towel i can't say enough nice stuff about it in general and especially for hot weather. While my regular cotton towels start to get funky after about a week of not washing, i once held out 3 weeks on my linen one (as a test) and it still smelled fine (but i washed it anyways).Jan 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm #2062904
@oiboyroiLocale: South West US
+1 for the Buff. If you fold it under your nose just right you can eliminate fogging. Works great!Jan 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm #2062906
@pitsyLocale: Central Texas
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