As for shirts, I like a cheap ($3 from Walmart) cotton tank top.
I choose this because I have such a severe case of "farmer's tan" most of the time. This looks like crap with a sleeveless dress. I am hoping to even up my arm color.
...I choose this because I have such a severe case of "farmer's tan" most of the time. This looks like crap with a sleeveless dress. I am hoping to even up my arm color.
Speaking as a guy with dark forearms and a pasty white torso...I understand. If I go to the beach, I wear a T-shirt. Add in the size of my girth, and going without the T-shirt causes me to be mistaken for a beached whale with dark fins...
This is why I live in area where I can trailer 20 minutes and climb 3,000 foot elevation and loose 20°.
It can be 95° at home and when I unload the horses out of the trailer it is 75° and by the end of 3-4 hours of riding, it has dropped to 65°. I usually have a light jacket tied behind the cantle even in July.
Even the elk go hang out on the remain snow at the higher elevations to stay cool.
For me cotton works very well to stay cool. If any kind of storm is threatening, the new fabrics will dry faster and not kill you like cotton does if it gets wet.
Don't know if you or someone has already mentioned this, so I apologize. I have insulated saddle bags, which I highly recommend. They keep everything ice cold.
I would pack a ton of water, of course, and some ice packs. The best way to cool off in a pinch is apply something very cold to these areas:
Your wrists, the crooks of your arms, and your armpits. These are the locations of major blood flow that is close to the skin, and putting something cold here cools the blood very quickly. You can feel yourself cool, literally, within seconds.
Just reading this thread made me cringe - I hate intense heat. I went to Las Vegas one summer and was pretty sure I was going to die. Thank God I live in Indiana!