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What does everyone wear as far as UV blocking pants? I'm looking for recommendations. I wore short sleeves and shorts this weekend and now my legs, arms, hands, face, and neck are a nice shade of scarlet. I just don't want to play games with the sun any more. I've had two family members with skin cancers cut off in the last couple years.

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I've got a few pair of Columbia pants and a few pair of North Face pants.  I like the North Face pants more but they also cost about twice as much.  The Columbia pants work fine and are affordable.  I don't know the model names off the top of my head.

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Not to sound like a smartass. Not my intention, but if you like wearing shorts why not just use sunscreen?

I personally hate to wear pants while fishing when it gets warm, let alone hot.

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 I bought a Sims Sun Gator over the winter to help protect my face (also where a wide brim hat) and so far I really like it.  I also bought two Hanes Cool DRI sun block long sleeve shirts for $7.00 each over the winter and I've been wearing them while out on my kayak and I like them so far.  I just bought a pair of Gander Mountain hiking pants to use too.  They are supposed to be SPF rated and are thin.  I got all these cloths for when I go kayak fishing.  

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The Columbia PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) Shirts & Pants are decent as is their Blood & Guts Line of gear.

 

A-Jay

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Shorts.....Kids SPF 50 in the spray can.  Or I wear pants.  As for the rest, have 3 buffs, 2 sets of arm sleeves (1 from Simms and 1 from Columbia) to use if I wear a t-shirt.  Also have 3 different long sleeve Sungear long sleeve shirts, and the wide brim hat as well as a pair of sungloves.  Yes I may stand out fishing all covered up, but that 5 min to put it all on and take it off sure is A LOT better then the 2 days of sunburn and the week of peeling.  And of course the protection from possibly getting sun cancer.

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Not to sound like a smartass. Not my intention, but if you like wearing shorts why not just use sunscreen?

I personally hate to wear pants while fishing when it gets warm, let alone hot.

That's a legit question, of course. No offense taken. Honestly, I don't like messing with it. I think it stinks, is greasy, a hassle to reapply, and it gets on my clothes.

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That's a legit question, of course. No offense taken. Honestly, I don't like messing with it. I think it stinks, is greasy, a hassle to reapply, and it gets on my clothes.

This is my 3rd or 4th summer sunscreen free and I can't see going back.  To me, it's much cooler being covered up where the sun can't beat down on your skin.  I think you're on the right track.

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I use spray on Bull Frog with 50spf when the bugs are out or Banana Boat Water Sport formula , no scent, no grease.  

 

As far as pants go I like the Bishop Pants from North Face (discontinued) and 5.11 Tactical Pants (great pocket set up).  I also like Kuhl's Liberator pant.  These are not for the faint of heart.  They cost $95 (got mine for less than half that, long story) but they are the best outdoor gear pants I have ever used.  They are warm when I get cold and breath when I am hot.  They are also great in rain.  They dry out quick.  I forgot they are convertible pants as well.   If you want to check them out.....http://www.kuhl.com/kuhl/mens/pants/liberator-convertible/

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Just as an update, I picked up some Columbia Backcast britches and they are amazing light and comfortable. I like the mesh liner for obvious reasons. I'm 6'2" 270lbs and carry a little more junk in the trunk than average. They fit loose and without binding on my oversized rear and thighs and don't pinch up in my crotch.

I also picked up a Buff and some sun gloves. I already had some UV shirts from a few years ago I bought after I was charred on a trip to PCB, FL. With a decent hat, I should be ok.

Thanks for all the help and advise. I may update after fishing the get-up this weekend.

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I use spray on Bull Frog with 50spf when the bugs are out or Banana Boat Water Sport formula , no scent, no grease.  

 

As far as pants go I like the Bishop Pants from North Face (discontinued) and 5.11 Tactical Pants (great pocket set up).  I also like Kuhl's Liberator pant.  These are not for the faint of heart.  They cost $95 (got mine for less than half that, long story) but they are the best outdoor gear pants I have ever used.  They are warm when I get cold and breath when I am hot.  They are also great in rain.  They dry out quick.  I forgot they are convertible pants as well.   If you want to check them out.....http://www.kuhl.com/kuhl/mens/pants/liberator-convertible/

 

Which 5.11?  I have their sling pack and really like the quality.  I'm sure their clothing is top notch as well.

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Which 5.11?  I have their sling pack and really like the quality.  I'm sure their clothing is top notch as well.

 

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Columbia, Under Armour, or Magellan

Know to many people with melanoma who depended on sun screen!

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The Columbia PFG (Performance Fishing Gear) Shirts & Pants are decent as is their Blood & Guts Line of gear.

 

A-Jay

x 2.  I wear their pants and long sleeve shirts.  The pant legs do have a zipper if it gets too hot (which hasn't been an issue yet) and the sleeves rollup and have a button and strap to make them short sleeves.  I always carry sunscreen with me in case I use either option. 

 

I also wear a Buff gaiter on my neck and a wide brimmed hat for sun cover from above.  Hands, face, neck and feet all still get sunscreen. 

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Britches? Lol.

The SPF rated pants from various companies are cooler than direct sun, though I'm probably 50/50 with wearing shorts. I use Blue Lizard sun block.

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Heat & humidity is why I night fish ;)

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Sounds like you got the right gear now OP. I'm totally covered head to toe every time I go out. Its over all cooler that way, and sunburns suck.

On the sunscreen note, I still carry sunscreen and put it on my face and neck ( even though I wear a buff and a wide hat) . My favorite is nutregena. Its expensive, but it goes on nice and dry and you don't feel it at all. Because I'm only using it generally on my face- the one can will last all summer.

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I'm 23... With that said, I enjoy being out in the sun with no shirt and shorts.

 

With that also said, I always wear spf 50 sunblock. The threat of skin cancer is no joke, and while I'm sure it is not as good as being all covered up, I feel perfectly cool when I have the sunscreen applied.

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