Velho Barbudo wrote:Hi guys, what do you wear during the summer for outside work?
This topic is for people living in places with temperatures above 30ºC or 40ºC during the summer time.
What kind of hats, shirts and pants and from which materials?
Great question! We don't get to 40 where I live, thankfully. About 33 or 34 is the hottest it gets. But I'm a 30 minute drive from the Atlantic so it can get pretty humid. When it's really hot I wear synthetic t-shirts that I find on close-out sales on Amazon (ugly colors and they don't fit, but they're cheap and far more comfortable than cotton). If it's light-duty outdoor work I have synthetic hiking pants that are far cooler than denim, but they are expensive and not-at-all tough (Exoficio, meant for hiking!)... so if I have hard work I either just wear denim and feel miserable, or I just wear shorts (if I'm not working on my knees).
I hate sunscreen but try to not expose my skin to UV so I wear long pants and long sleeved shirts as long as I can stand to. Again I have synthetic hiking overshirts (Exoficio again... I used to do a LOT of back packing) for light duty days... super comfortable on hot days but you wouldn't want to move logs in them, they'd tear easily. If I'm doing something hard (like carrying logs) I'll wear a long-sleeved cotton overshirt even on the hottest days and, again, just feel miserable.
All my synthetics are either polyester or a polyester/nylon blend.
But there's times it's still just too hot and I resign myself to just baking in the sun in shorts and a t-shirt and start using sunscreen. Man I REALLY hate sunscreen...
We have the privilage of having fairly hot temps AND a lot of biting flies, so in hot weather I have this:
Keeps the sun off, it's fairly cool and if I don't need the bug net I just tuck it up into the hat. Again, fairly expensive, so the rest of the time I wear crappy cotton "boonie" hats because I just happen to have two. But when they wear out I'm sure something like this would be MUCH nicer:
I'm on a VERY tight budget. I just happen to have some "high tech" stuff from my old affluent, backpacking days. Nowadays - apart from underwear - pretty much everything I buy is from the closest thrift stores. So it's pretty much guaranteed to be cotton. So I just plan on being soggy, dirty, stinky, and uncomfortable for much of the summer. But hey - at least it's cheap!
I've tried different types of conventional hats including straw hats, but they are just too irritating for me. If the heat is getting to me, I'll usually tie a spare t-shirt around my head.
So yeah, basically all cotton here. :)
All the hats i tried are bad, the heat the head too much, at 11 am with 35ºC i feel better without them!
So for you guys cotton or linen is not confortable?
Jarret is your summe humid or dry?
Velho Barbudo wrote:Jarret is your summe humid or dry?
Last year was 80 days of no rain from mid-june to the end of august with pretty much every day between 28'C and 40'C. It's not typically that dry, but you get the picture.
I value flexibility a lot while I'm working, so this is another reason I use cotton. I forgot to mention I do use a long-sleeved cotton shirt in the morning until about noon. (I would rather be a bit hot than have mosquito bites)
I find the cotton quite comfortable, but maybe it's because I buy the better quality apparel. The Fruit Of The Loom brand that's usually in wal-mart/amazon isn't the same as these ones. They hold their form really well and a tighter fit allows the sweat to be wicked off your skin much faster. That's what I found anyways.
Shirts - t-shirt or pull over top (preferably cotton), a size larger than my usual fit so that it is very loose fitting. On hot sunny days, I'll often dampen the shirt before putting on so that it helps keep me cool.
Pants - shorts, cut offs, or men's swimming trunks (I'm not proud. Just about anything will do.) I prefer them fitting at the waist and baggy otherwise.
Hat - a straw cowboy hat or a straw/bamboo coolie style hat. I like straw because I can dip the hat in water to help keep my head cooler. I like a wide enough brim to keep the sun glare out of my eyes and the direct sun off of my ears.
For bottoms, sometimes I wear shorts and sometimes I wear long pants. Mostly it depends on what kind of work I'm doing. The long pants are almost invariably a lightish-weight cotton twill; denim is too heavy.
If I'm wearing boots, then it's wool socks. Cotton socks have no place on my feet in work situations. Wool wicks moisture and keeps me much more comfortable.
Sometimes I wear a cotton ball cap, sometimes a wide-brimmed straw hat. In either case, a soaking in cold water is especially helpful when it's particularly hot.
Perhaps the most important bit is timing the work. I'll take a good two to four hour break at midday when it's hottest. But I'm up early and out until sundown, so I can afford it. In any case, if I try to work through the hot part of the day I find I don't get any more work done than if I take a break, since I'll start to drag.
28-45 degree days, no rain etc for about 80 days also Nov to March
The best thing I can add to the conversation is drinking water.
So often in Australia people forget to drink water on hot days, I have been through as much as 6 L on very hot days and I certainly notice my energy and tolerance levels are badly effected if I do not top up all day.
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