Long sleeved sun shirts during summer

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Anyone here play with long-sleeved sun shirts during summer? I would typically wear them during Fall and Spring, but lately the sun has been absolutely brutal. Unfortunately they're all pretty pricey otherwise I would just buy one to give it a try. I'm not sure if it would actually be cooler to wear one of those or if it just offers SPF protection while potentially making me sweat more.
 

cha cha

Professional
These are full polyester shirts as far as I am concerned. Available at any advertising clothes shop for 5 Dollars where I live. Minus the Under Armour logo.
Wearing that in the summer is pure madness fof me, though.
 

Addxyz

Professional
I try to wear a long sleeved Nike shirt, but it is brutal when it's 85+. I'd be soaked through in less than 30 minutes.
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
I've tried fishing and tennis shirts with long sleeves on the court. I was disappointed. I just got some SPF 100 and said the heck with long sleeves.
 

socallefty

Hall of Fame
What’s wrong with wearing sunscreen instead? I would hate to wear long sleeves in the summer especially if it is humid.
 

Addxyz

Professional
What’s wrong with wearing sunscreen instead? I would hate to wear long sleeves in the summer especially if it is humid.
I actually still wear suncreen underneath the long sleeves. The shirt is fairly light and not going to block all the sun. Nothing wrong with using either / or / both sunscreen or shirts. I'd just prefer not to get skin cancer at a young age.
 
Professional tennis players are out under the sun for hours, and hours'
most every day. If most normal people just did what they do (whatever that is), they should be OK.

Some people, however, have less pigment and are more sensitive to skin cancers.
If you fall into that category- long shirts, big floppy hats, sun screen, zinc ointment-
the whole works.
 

Humbi_HTX

Rookie
I prefer 3/4 sleeve shirts (like for baseball) and is usually what I start the 1st set with to then change to regular sleeve tshirt or even sleeveless for the 3d set.

Full long sleves are usually too tight on the wrist and feel warmer, I have cut the sleeves right after the cuff and it also works. Cotton ones are more comfortable at very high temperatures and sunshine.

I know I will sweat, but as long as I stay hydrated I can stay on the court longer than if my arms would have been exposed to the sun and feel less fatigue. Wearing a cap also helps keep the sun away from the face and sweatbands on both arms.
 

ngoster

Rookie
I wear a compression long sleeve shirt underneath a climalite/cool short sleeve shirt. When it's hot, I'll sweat regardless but it's not too uncomfortable.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
Anyone here play with long-sleeved sun shirts during summer? I would typically wear them during Fall and Spring, but lately the sun has been absolutely brutal. Unfortunately they're all pretty pricey otherwise I would just buy one to give it a try. I'm not sure if it would actually be cooler to wear one of those or if it just offers SPF protection while potentially making me sweat more.
I do and its been a huge success. Keeps me cool in 95+ degrees with very strong sun. You want to go with a full shirt, not sleeves and white is the color of choice.

Do a search for athlio mens cool dry fit. Not expensive and really great for me.

I should add that I am currently playing in lower humidity. Although I will try this in high humidity as well next time I am in it.
 

ngoster

Rookie
I do and its been a huge success. Keeps me cool in 95+ degrees with very strong sun. You want to go with a full shirt, not sleeves and white is the color of choice.

Do a search for athlio mens cool dry fit. Not expensive and really great for me.

I should add that I am currently playing in lower humidity. Although I will try this in high humidity as well next time I am in it.
I usually wear darker colors (gray or black) as they are supposed to provide better UV protection.

Being kind of dork, I ordered a bunch of super hero ones (i.e. Flash, Thor, Spiderman, etc.) from AliExpress but you can probably find the same ones on Amazon.

Even though they're compression shirts, they don't feel tight or constricting. I like the sleeves the best because I can pull them above (uncovering) my watch/fitness tracker so it doesn't touch the screen causing annoying alerts because it thinks I want to change the screen picture/theme. It's as annoying/distracting as receiving a bunch of text/call alerts while playing.
 

FlamingCheeto

Professional
Great for sun protection but horrible for match play as it'll become a true wet suit in the desert heat. Much better to wear a very short sleeve light colored wicking shirt and change it after each set.
 

Power Player

Talk Tennis Guru
I usually wear darker colors (gray or black) as they are supposed to provide better UV protection.

Being kind of dork, I ordered a bunch of super hero ones (i.e. Flash, Thor, Spiderman, etc.) from AliExpress but you can probably find the same ones on Amazon.

Even though they're compression shirts, they don't feel tight or constricting. I like the sleeves the best because I can pull them above (uncovering) my watch/fitness tracker so it doesn't touch the screen causing annoying alerts because it thinks I want to change the screen picture/theme. It's as annoying/distracting as receiving a bunch of text/call alerts while playing.
I haven't gotten any sun so far with the whites. But I used to wear a lot of those light fishing shirts when I was in FL so I am real used to having a base layer. These shirts I mentioned are tighter and thinner. I wear them over my apple watch or let the screen show. Haven't had any issue so far there either way.

I sweated an absolute ton in humidity without a base layer and suspect that having the sleeves may have helped me a little there. Or not, maybe there is nothing that can be done. Where I am now, the base layer is simply awesome. I don't even need a wristband half the time. Crazy how humidity can make such a gigantic difference.
 

SlvrDragon50

Semi-Pro
Cool, sounds like I'll give it a try. I'm not really concerned about UV exposure as I wear sunscreen, but I was just surprised at how much cooler I was by covering up my skin compared to letting the sun beat on it.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Anyone here play with long-sleeved sun shirts during summer? I would typically wear them during Fall and Spring, but lately the sun has been absolutely brutal. Unfortunately they're all pretty pricey otherwise I would just buy one to give it a try. I'm not sure if it would actually be cooler to wear one of those or if it just offers SPF protection while potentially making me sweat more.
i've always wondered how these work. clothes are UV rated for protection are only so because they have a higher quality, dense weave, right? but if it's dense, then doesn't that also kill breathability and make you hot?
 
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