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White vs. Black Arm & Leg UV Sleeves
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What color in summer, sleeves (SL), is there any difference? White or Black?
Need those experienced with riding in the sun/heat/humidity (TX, AZ, etc.) who wear SLs for UV protection. I'm looking at Castelli UPF 50+ Light leg and arm SLs. I don't like white personally for me and it stains easily. But . . . is there any appreciable difference with 90's˚F and 100's˚F + temps. with no telling what Heat Index? And what's the best summer heat cycling bib brand/model out there as far as quality chamois for longer rides. I'm female so I'll be getting the women's bib, and yes I know most cyclists are men, but need all opinions. In the heat I suffer, but have to have UV protection, and have to ride, hot or not.

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I have a number of UV sleeves that I find work pretty well without getting hot in NC summers where it's commonly 90+ (100+ on the asphalt) and often very high humidity. They are generally silver/white or hi-viz yellow in color.

The silver or white are various vintage of Sugoi and Pearl Izumi sleeves. The first set I had were shiny silver/white Sugoi that were decent, but a little hot in humid conditions. They stretched out so I now use them in cooler temps as an outer layer for visibility over black arm warmers.

The current Sugoi ones are my favorites, except they're a little short and I might have needed to size up (though I don't want to give up the close-fit I currently have. I don't feel hot in them at all.

The Pearl Izumi ones are maybe their first generation of UV sleeves. They're matte white with some mesh venting for the underside of your forearms that's supposed to help keep you cool, but they are still noticeably warmer than the Sugoi. I might wear them in the spring or fall, but not summer.

The hi-viz are Missing Link brand, color/model is called "Turn Signals". They are a little thicker than the Sugoi ones I have, but they are still comfy in summer. If white isn't for you, maybe look at this brand for not just hi-viz, but lots of other fun patterns like fake sleeve tattoo.

I also have a pair of black Pearl Izumi leg sleeves and I can wear them in summer, but not if it's humid. So I wear them more in spring and fall, and rely on sunscreen on the legs in summer.

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ok I'll skip the leg SL, and check out the brand(s) you mentioned . . . more later, I HAVE to go ride now . . . Update: I'll check out Sugio, or white Castelli arm SL. Except I wonder if Castelli is intended to be a light warmer (instead of cooler) SL since it's from Italy? Sugio only available in L, I'm M.☹️

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The leg and arm coolers absolutely work, but some reservations apply. Here in North Texas, even morning rides in summer may be at 90 degrees o higher, and high humidity may decrease their effectiveness for cooling, but there is the UV protection and protection from the other solar radiation. Some makes use a treatment to absorb UV, which will lose effectivity with use. The black ones only use effectiveness through wear ans tear, but they are also much less poorer at cooling in the sun. I have a couple pairs of arm coolers by Pearl Izumi with colorful patterns on them, which are intermediate for cooling. If you are sun sensitive, buy for fit, and use them.

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The leg and arm coolers absolutely work, but some reservations apply. Here in North Texas, even morning rides in summer may be at 90 degrees o higher, and high humidity may decrease their effectiveness for cooling, but there is the UV protection and protection from the other solar radiation. Some makes use a treatment to absorb UV, which will lose effectivity with use. The black ones only use effectiveness through wear ans tear, but they are also much less poorer at cooling in the sun. I have a couple pairs of arm coolers by Pearl Izumi with colorful patterns on them, which are intermediate for cooling. If you are sun sensitive, buy for fit, and use them.
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Absolutely. In Austin area, you want to avoid black anything for summer months (about 9 of those months, you might say!). White are fine and you also see some fluorescent yellow or orange versions. Nice to block the sun, but when it gets really hot, I prefer sunscreen/bare arms.

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The Pearl Izumi cooling sleeves are expensive but good. I got so no named sleeves that are noticeably hotter as it warms up. But, they were relatively cheap.

I've been wearing sleeves in Florida and NC for years. They work.

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I got Castelli white UPF 50+ light arm sleeves, men's size M, until I can find the perfect cooling one for HOT and humid. Other brands suggested weren't in available in my size, or at all, that I could find. I'm in Central TX, so the sun beating down is fierce, I'm a former sun-bather, so I don't need any more UV. I found someone somewhere mentioned Morvélo, but I can't find. The sun already is beating down strong, and it's not even 80˚ yet. update: yay! lots of idea to add to my wish list!
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I have some Boure long-sleeved jerseys I like a lot, up to about 90 degrees.

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Kucharik has a sun blocking long sleeved base layer. They have a sale going on now.
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