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Old 07-15-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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I moved to Florida and practically live in White T-shirts and
shorts in order to help stay cool ; the White T-shirts are far cooler than colored T-shirts ...
but why hasnt someone come up with reflective T-shirts ?? Im sure
Roofers, A/C repairmen, Landscapers, Boaters, and youre average Sunbelt
resident ... would buy them up like crazy. I sure would. Have you run
across any such thing ? Thanks
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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I don't know about reflective but I know that O'Neil makes shirts (http://www.myspfshirts.com/Beach-Depot-UPF-50-Mens-Short/M/B000NP2F7S.htm - broken link) with SPF in them. Alot of the surfers wear them.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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Reflective usually means polyester, and polyester does not absorb sweat.
In other words, if you will want to make a reflective t-shirt,you probably will end up compensating the loss of heat through reflection,with the added heat of other build or manufacture materials. So it'd be a zero operation.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Lands End makes a line of SPF clothing as well: T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, pants. There are many other manufacturers that do the same.

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Reflective usually means polyester, and polyester does not absorb sweat.
Certain weaves of synthetic fabrics wick moisture away from the skin, where it can evaporate.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:26 PM
 
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I moved to Florida and practically live in White T-shirts and
shorts in order to help stay cool ; the White T-shirts are far cooler than colored T-shirts ...
but why hasnt someone come up with reflective T-shirts ?? Im sure
Roofers, A/C repairmen, Landscapers, Boaters, and youre average Sunbelt
resident ... would buy them up like crazy. I sure would. Have you run
across any such thing ? Thanks
There are companies that make cooling clothing. I have used these (see below link) and was using one the other day doing yard work. I used one in Valley of fire at over 110 degrees and it worked great. Interesting product.

North America's Leading Manufacturer of Cooling Vests :: TechNiche International
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:19 AM
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Forest fire fighters carry reflective "tents" they can hide in if they get surrounded by a fire.

I know Florida is hot, but is it THAT hot?
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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Forest fire fighters carry reflective "tents" they can hide in if they get surrounded by a fire.

I know Florida is hot, but is it THAT hot?
The suns rays are very intense...even when its just 80 f. outside. When its 98 f. outside and humid in the summertime, your t shirt gets drenched in about 20 minutes .
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The suns rays are very intense...even when its just 80 f. outside. When its 98 f. outside and humid in the summertime, your t shirt gets drenched in about 20 minutes .
What you need is a wicking fabric. SPF clothing isn't going to make the air temps any cooler.

Look for athletic gear, etc. CoolMax is one brand of wicking yarn to look for on labels.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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I love gauze fabric ! It was popular a few years back. Of course, you have to be sure to wear some light underclothing to offset the see through effect. I live in the Mohave desert, and believe it, or not, we do experience humid days during our monsoon season, which happens to be now. I wear a brimmed hat, and I also drape a white cloth over it as I walk, and the veil effect catches the breeze, and cools me off.
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