My dermatologist told me to stay out of the sun, not well received advice by a committed recreational athlete. Does anyone make a summer-weight, long-sleeved cycling jersey with UV protection? I need full coverage, because I tend sweat off sunscreen pretty quickly. Michael San Francisco, California
Eh, thats not very helpful at all. And youre in California, with lots of sun and very warm weather.
Sun Precautions Solumbra Full Zip Cycle Shirt
Solumbra Full Zip Cycle Shirt
But you raise a good point. Given current concerns over skin cancer and other sun-related problems, it makes sense that there would be long-sleeve cycling jerseys for warm weather, not just cool weather. Jersey makers, take note.
Fortunately, a few have. Sun Precautions makes just what you need: the Solumbra Full Zip Cycle Shirt ($89; sunprecautions.com). Its a cool, well-ventilated, long-sleeve jersey made from material with a 30+ SPF rating. It even has three deep back pockets, like any decent bike jersey should have.
A new brand in the United States, CW-X, also makes a sun-protective, light cycling jersey. Its Long Sleeve Team Cycling Jersey ($90; available at paragonsports.com) uses three different high-tech fabrics that cool, protect, and stretch so youre comfortable even on hot days. Its design is a little more elaborate than the lemon-yellow Sun Precautions shirt. But, try one of each.
Personally, I find it hard to believe that you sweat so much on your arms that you wash off all sunscreen. I think youd be fine oiling up with All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen SPF 30+ ($10; allterrainco.com), and throwing the tube in your jersey pocket for a second coat. That stuff is really tenacious and should get you through a three-hour ride, keeping you cool and your dermatologist happy.
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