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    05-14-2012, 06:10 AM
Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
Silk. Shirts and pants. Pulls the water to it immediately and dries almost as quick, cooling the wearer in the process.
I agree
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    05-14-2012, 06:13 AM
Originally Posted by bsms    
I've seen modern stuff to keep one WARM that is very good. I haven't seen anything for HOT weather that matches a loose fitting cotton shirt - and hot weather is the subject of this thread.
Hot weather in the AZ desert is far different from the humid east/south. It is actually easier to stay cool when your sweat evaporates almost instantly. Your problem might be too rapid a water loss.

For humid locations nothing beats wicking lightweight fabrics. Not all of them are clingy. None of mine are.
    05-14-2012, 07:10 AM
To me summer means bareback time! Men's thin business shirt (super loose) with shorts and low activity levels. And LOTS of invisible zinc!
    05-14-2012, 10:35 AM
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.
    05-14-2012, 02:00 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
...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...
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    05-14-2012, 02:01 PM
Heat and Humidity, What's that?

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.
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    05-14-2012, 02:05 PM
I miss northern Utah. Lived in Logan from 76-82. The Manti Mtns in the middle of the state are also beautiful & almost deserted most of the year.
    05-15-2012, 01:48 AM
Well this chick rides western and I perfer the straw hat cotton tank and daisey dukes in the summer! Gotta love kansas hicks!
    05-15-2012, 02:21 PM
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!
    05-15-2012, 05:51 PM
Very nice! I was worried about this to! :)

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