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    Quote Originally Posted by hopm View Post
    Do any of you wear gloves also?
    I do. Finger and half finger.
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    This thread has been really helpful and got me thinking about upping my fishing clothing. I have one of those simple tube buff (a stocking stuffer from my kids) and used it a few times, but it doesn't fit quite right and does not cover enough of the neck and collar area.

    From this thread, I started looking for a new buff, some of others came up, such as shirts (I was gonna go with long sleeves and collared), and a pair of fingerless sun gloves (will the synthetic leader palm and finger patches hurt the fish when C&R?) Then I noticed the arm sleeves....ugh, so many choices and expense. But they are definitely better than having to put on sunscreens (and melanoma).

    Any suggestions in addition to the buff from your experience?
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    I am still working on sungear myself. I tried using a wide-brim hat with a buff, but the hat just got too heavy and hot. Maybe it was the wrong brand or style. I find that the buff pulled up over the back of a trucker hat is a lot more comfortable. And the baseball style visor seems to do a better job shielding the eyes.

    I have one of those vented long sleeved button down collar fishing shirts. Its ok - I don't know if its the brand or style (gander mt guide series) but it gets hot. I think I might try out the spf long sleeved T-shirts. But the long sleeves really do make a difference, I was out fishing last week and and my hands were noticeably burned/tanned starting where the cuffs end. I might want to try gloves - if for nothing else than the windburn which actually bothers me more.

    Finally, don't overlook pants. I hardly ever wear shorts when fishing anymore. Get some kind of technical or columbia style pants, they really make a difference. There are times when they feel hot but most other times I truly believe they help stay cool, especially if there is any breeze.
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    I have been very happy with long sleeve shirts sold by Orvis called DriRelease. I like the zip up style. In hot weather they are great by themselves and are something like SPF 20. I have worn these on some long fishing days and never had any issue with sunburn. In colder weather they make for a great base layer. I buy them on sale when I can, they are stupid expensive otherwise.

    The Columbia PFG choices are pretty good too and those are available at Academy and other brick and mortar stores to try on. Getting the shirts with the caped back and mesh liners, etc makes them comfortable in hot weather, and you can still wear them in winter with proper layering. The SPF on most of the Columbia stuff is more like 50. They are making styles with incorporated hoods now that offer even more sun protection.

    I'm still stubborn about my shorts but have picked up a pair or two of the quick-dry, convertible long pants from Columbia. There are different fabric thicknesses to these types of pants so be cautious if buying online. I've been disappointed a time or two because the item was not comfortable in summer conditions. Being able to zip off the legs and have a pair of shorts is a nice feature IMO.

    I tried some of the SA sleeves but they weren't all that comfortable to me, and I looked sort of dorky in them. But I look dorky in everything so....
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    https://www.hanes.com/shop/hanes/han...egoryId=129551

    Kayaker here. I have 3 or 4 of the fishing shirts, different brands, with the vent in back and I never wear them. You can buy a weeks worth of the long sleeve tees, in link above, with upf 50 for what one of the fishing shirts cost. Never been burnt wearing one. Trucker hat with one buff over ears and face and another around the neck. Good to go. Spray mist bottle of water kept in the cooler helps cool me down.
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    I would like to share, I really would, but it's important to me that my style remain uniquely my own.
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    Look at Outdoor research hats. All I've worn for the past few years.

    https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/e...-hats-sun-hats
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    Me too. Their XL size will fit anyone.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firennc View Post
    Look at Outdoor research hats. All I've worn for the past few years.

    https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/e...-hats-sun-hats
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    sandbar - this topic has come up before on the forum and those Hanes T-shirts were always a big hit. I am definitely going to try them out. I have seen comments on Amazon that the sizes don't necessarily correlate to those of other shirts, like XL is gigantic compared to normal XL. Do you have any comments on that? I hate buying online for reasons like that, and I don't feel like running all over town trying to find them and figure out the size.


    Quote Originally Posted by sandbar View Post
    https://www.hanes.com/shop/hanes/han...egoryId=129551

    Kayaker here. I have 3 or 4 of the fishing shirts, different brands, with the vent in back and I never wear them. You can buy a weeks worth of the long sleeve tees, in link above, with upf 50 for what one of the fishing shirts cost. Never been burnt wearing one. Trucker hat with one buff over ears and face and another around the neck. Good to go. Spray mist bottle of water kept in the cooler helps cool me down.
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    +1 Hanes shirts
    Coppertone Sport sunscreen is about all I will use.
    I do fine with a straw hat... get em’ at Northern Tool.

    [QUOTE=sandbar;1211811]https://www.hanes.com/shop/hanes/han...egoryId=129551
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    Jonathan take a look at Henschell hats. I have one from Sportsman’s Guide that everyone keeps thinking is a Tilly Air flo. About $20-$25.
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    I fall in medium/large size group body wise. A medium cotton tee is snug and a large hangs kinda loose. The large in these cool/dry shirts fit even more loose and it's long in the trunk. The sleeves come past my knuckles down to the mid finger joints but it's not uncomfortably large. If you are a true large in other shirts then the large in these should fit you good. So, yeah they run a little big. They use to offer free shipping about every other week. I haven't returned anything to them so I can't speak of their return policy. Made in the USA and I think here in NC.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    sandbar - this topic has come up before on the forum and those Hanes T-shirts were always a big hit. I am definitely going to try them out. I have seen comments on Amazon that the sizes don't necessarily correlate to those of other shirts, like XL is gigantic compared to normal XL. Do you have any comments on that? I hate buying online for reasons like that, and I don't feel like running all over town trying to find them and figure out the size.
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    Baseball cap and a decent mullet haircut

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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts and suggestions. I've just ordered a couple of Hanes cool dri (can't beat the price if they truly are what you said), a pair of sun gloves, and a neck buff that covers down the neck more. I have a trucker cap already. I'll have to save up for the more hi-tech shirts and pants from Orvis and Columbia, or keep looking for sales.

    Here's to many more years of fishing to all of us......
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    I think a Tilley is the bomb. Lifetime warranty, airflow, waterproof. Has a comfortable strap that tucks up inside it but mine fits so well I havenít ever used it. Yes they are expensive but they last forever. As for a bargain I found a long sleeve Simms a few years ago at Neuse Sports shop thatís super light and cool. It was on clearance for $25. Wish Iíd have bought more than one. I also like the zip off Columbia pants. They are light and dry super fast.


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