In hot weather, clothing can make a difference. With rising summer temperature setting records, who isn’t looking for ways to stay cooler and drier in the sun without sacrificing long-awaited outdoor time.
Clothing with built-in sunblock and versatile wardrobe options such as zip-on-and-off pant legs make being outdoors with less gear easy. L.L. Bean’s Tropicwear shirt and zip-leg pants (presto change-o: shorts!) with SunSmart UPF 50 protection block are high performers for the active wearer, or for simply enjoying an easy shopping day. The fabric is cited as keeping you cooler and is quick-drying as well.
For extreme days when you don’t want to miss out on the run or hike, Arizona-based Chill Factor Clothing makes hats with hydro-crystal technology. The wearer is instructed to soak the product in water for 20 minutes, activating crystals which absorb 400 times their weight, becoming a cooling gel which reportedly keeps your head cool by evaporation. Said to be similar to diaper material, the crystals absorb heat and cool you down simultaneously. When placed in the freezer just before wearing, the hat (also available in neckwear) produces maximum cooling.
Ever hear of a swimsuit that protects you from the sun?
Coolibar and Solartex are among the manufacturers that make swim shorts for men and women, along with other warm weather clothing, that block up to 98 percent of the sun’s harmful rays.
Cotton, linen and silk are good choices for cooler fabrics to wear during the warm months, each with its pros and cons. Loose fitting, long flowing garments can help keep you cool as can lighter colored clothes.
Skip the hat unless it’s straw as you want the heat to escape (the hat will keep it in).