Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Disagree about the faults of cotton. For running shorts, where there is friction, I prefer modern miracle fabrics. For socks and shirts, I strongly prefer cotton.
I can't speak to east Texas, because I've never lived there & most of my hot weather living has been in deserts - California, Arizona, Utah, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. I did spend 4 years in the Philippines, though, and it has plenty of humidity.
A loose, long-sleeve cotton shirt works better than any of the modern stuff I've tried. It isn't simply a matter of wicking or not wicking. Loose cotton allows air flow under it, allowing the sweat on the skin to evaporate. When there is enough sweat, the cotton does absorb it - but if it is thin cotton, that isn't a problem. Long sleeves provide shade.
Someone who feels otherwise can wear otherwise. I posted the old pictures, tho, because back then people LIVED in the heat. They didn't leave their air conditioned home and go running for 30 minutes, then go back into their air conditioned homes.
Modern athletic clothing isn't designed for long hours outdoors. It isn't designed for spending 12 hours in the sun. Those who lived outdoors may have something to contribute to our modern living. Or not. Everyone makes their own choice, and I choose loose fitting, long sleeve cotton shirts over modern sports gear.
Oh - and I wear jeans. If I'm outside in something else, I'm jogging when the temperature is above 80 deg or so. And leather boots work for me while riding horses.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."