I think you’ll agree with me when i say:
It’s REALLY irritating to be hiking in hot weather with all those heavy sweating and pale skin.
Which you know can lead to fast and weak pulse rate, muscle weakness, tiredness etc.
Well, it turns out that using a long sleeve shirt can drastically reduce the effects of hot weather on your body when hiking seeing that it provides more coverage coupled with it’s Sun Protection Factor plus other factors.
In today’s post I’m going to show you the best long sleeve shirts that can help you achieve this which has these factors.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRT
Let’s start with the most obvious.
- Reduces excessive sweating which could lead to fainting.
- For better protection from sun rays.
- Protection from blowing sand and thorny bushes.
- Protection from scratch when going over boulders.
- It can easily be turned into a short sleeve when rolled up.
- You can easily pair up a long sleeve shirt with shorts, trousers or jeans etc.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRT FOR HOT WEATHER
When looking for a nice long sleeve for hiking in hot weather, you must carefully look out for some certain criteria first.
The shirts you choose must satisfy these conditions so you would know you have your money’s worth.
Ultraviolet Protection Factor
First and foremost, the UPF. This is the bane of everything. There’s no other reason to look for long sleeves for hot weather if not this.
The ultraviolet protection factor in itself is not what protects you from the rays of the sun but it’s the number that determines the ratio of sunburn caused by UV rays.
The UPF rating goes up from 15 to 50+ which denotes that the UV radiation blocked also goes higher from 93.3 to 98+
In a testing done by Consumer reports, they said that protective fabrics typically have a UPF rating of 30.
Therefore, this is the number or higher you should look out for.
Anything hot weather including this one should be made from materials that allows breath-ability (ability to allow moisture vapor to be drawn away from your body through the material). It should be lightweight.
The material should be flexible enough to that it doesn’t restrict your movement. Which means the material must also be stretchable so it can adjust as you move with it.
One of such material that can do this is the high-tech polyester. Avoid cotton!
The other thing to look out for is if the material has antimicrobial properties.
Antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth.
Without it, the shirt will be contaminated leading to odor when in use.
The durability of the shirt will also be compromised.
It’s already established that you need long sleeve.
In addition to this, long sleeve provides more coverage and adds an extra layer of protection for your arms when the rays of the sun hits you. This is called Sun protective measure.
The only constraint here is if you want a long sleeve that’s a T-shirt (neck-saving collar) or a button front along with pockets.
This is already contained in the material section when we talked about the breathability etc.
Nevertheless, there are some certain technology put in place for hot-weather clothing called the Cooling-compound technology.
As of 2012 the first cooling shirt that lowers body temperature was made. As perspiration evaporates, it draws heat away from the body, then wicking fabrics facilitate this process by distributing sweat evenly over the fabric so that it dries more quickly.
TOP 5 LONG SLEEVE HIKING SHIRTS FOR HOT WEATHER
This particular shirt is custom made with Omni-Shade. The Omni-Shade is a Sun deflector that uses the body’s natural cooling process to evaporate the sweat around instead of the normal cooling fabrics.
It has a UPF of 40 which means that one-fortieth of the sun’s UV rays reach the skin which also means that the radiation passing through the fabric is very low.
In addition to the Omni-Shade, it also has Omni-Wick that makes the fabric (polyester) quick to dry, extremely lightweight and keeps your skin cool.
The fabric has antimicrobial treatment and it’s a roll-up sleeve.
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- UPF 40 sun protection
- Quick drying with antimicrobial properties
- Good breathability
- It can be worn on and off trail
- Brightly colored therefore stains can be seen easily.
- Be cautious of size misinformation
This shirt is made of polyester fabric. It also features wicking technology which enables moisture to be taken away from the body which leads to quick evaporation of sweat.
As with the others, the collar can be lifted for extra uv protection. The UPF is 40/50.
It also feature antimicrobial treatment.
- Dries out quickly
- Very good breathability
- Not durable
- A bit pricey
It’s fabric material is made mostly of nylon (it’s important cause of its elasticity, resistance to mildew, strength etc.) and polyester.
It’s Sun Protection Factor remains intact up to about 40 washings i.e UPF 30.
This shirt is highly loose fitting thereby making it very comfortable.
Just like the Columbia Silver Ridge, it features Sun collar for extra UV protection.
- Extremely lightweight
- Absolutely comfortable.
- Dries fast and keep cool
- It’s see-through
- Quality issue
It features UPF 50+ which means that one-fiftieth of the sun’s UV rays reach the skin. Which also means that at least 97.5 – 98+ percent Ultraviolet radiation are blocked every time the shirt is exposed to the sun.
The fabric is 100 percent polyester which as you already know is very good for hiking in hot weather.
- Dries very fast
- Accurate size measurement
- Low priced
- Made of very thin material
It features UPF of 50+. I guess you already know what this means.
Plus every other thing we’ve been talking about since; moisture management system, antimicrobial properties, stain release technology.
Another thing noteworthy is it’s Melanoma International Foundation seal of approval.
The Melanoma International Foundation is an organization that promotes melanoma (malignant skin cancer) treatment.
Therefore, for every product which has there seals must have undergone a rigorously testing at an independent laboratory and is proved to be effective in preventing sun damage to the skin.
- Very durable
- Highest UV protection
- Fashion is boring
- It doesn’t fit as wanted
The importance of wearing long sleeve when hiking in hot weather condition cannot be overemphasized.
It’s paramount that you keep yourself cool and comfortable.
The ball is now in your court. Make your decision from the list of long sleeve shirts we’ve highlighted for you.
I personally love the Columbia Men’s Tamiami II.