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Bandana or Buff in Linen ? Neck sun protection? Photo prints?


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    Anonymous
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    Currently I’m using one of those super nerdy hats and experimenting with sun hoodies for extreme hot weather 110* desert travel

     

    I’ve also seen people wear Banda’s or buffs for sun protection

     

    Any recommendations out there for a linen, hemp or otherwise breathable le material that’s lightweight?

     

    Also I see Topo map bandanas but most are cotton…

     

    Finally I’ve been looking a Declan bandana with a sweet print of a sliding flying down a mountain peak – any good sources of photo print Bandanas or Too maps or other designs that are made from linen or hemp?

    #3487593
    Brad P
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    @brawndo

    I’m follically challenged and usually wear a hat.  I just bought a Buff (original) for the versatility everyone raves about.  I don’t yet have real world testing yet, but it looks pretty flexible.  I got the “Metal Tribal”.

    It’s lightweight and breathable.  They make heavier weights for really cold weather.

    #3487638
    Edward John M
    BPL Member

    @moondog55

    I would simply go to a good fabric store and buy 2+ yards of a light silk and linen blend fabric, hem the edges or not and wear it folded to suit, over a hat or under a hat, simply draped or tied as you need

    My beloved wife makes my bandanas from this fabric and I can’t praise it enough for hot weather use, cotton silk is OK but linen silk is so much lighter and stronger.

     

    #3487688
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    I have an original UV Insect Shield Buff and love it.  Very light, keeps the sun (and critters) off, and reasonably breezy. I wear it tucked under my collar and over my head “Cornholio-style” with an light ballcap on top. Bonus points for performing double-duty as my pillow case :)

    #3487690
    Dena Kelley
    BPL Member

    @eagleriverdee

    Locale: Eagle River, Alaska

    Get the knock off Buffs, those are made out of polyester microfiber and breathe quite well, plus they’re way cheaper (12 for $16 on Amazon).

    #3487695
    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member

    @here

    Locale: Right there

    “any good sources of photo print Bandanas or Too maps or other designs that are made from linen or hemp?”

    I haven’t seen any.

    #3487702
    HkNewman
    BPL Member

    @hknewman

    Locale: Western US

    I’ll wear a synthetic ball cap and knock-off buff (got one free from an Altra display stand) when wintry with potential wind-blown rain, but not in the summer.  Personally I’ve found buffs and the Pata tropical hoody too restrictive in summer, holding in heat. I keep going back to a wide brimmed hat when it’s sunny and hot.

     

    Then again everyone has differing physiology (I run hot when hiking), so YMMV.

    #3490599
    Anonymous
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    I run very hot. I think the idea of buying a swatch of fabric will be my best bet – may as well make my own.

     

    Does anyone have any recommendations for insect shield brands?

    #3490625
    jscott
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    @book

    Locale: Northern California

    According to my dermatologist–the one who sliced sun induced melanoma off my face–cotton isn’t worth anything as a sun screen.

    Solumbra is an excellent fabric for UV protection. Sun Precautions sells hats and clothes made from this fabric. I own their entirely nerdy looking drape hat, which has a HUGE drape that is very very useful indeed during mosquito season–you can draw it up over your nose and have your entire face and neck covered. Once clear of the bugs, you can unfasten the velcro fasteners and let it hang loose. And because it hangs loose while still shading your face and neck,  it stays relatively cool. Oh, and it’s great in snow.

    I wear a big brimmed hat with sun screen at altitude as well.

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