I moved to Florida and practically live in White T-shirts and
shorts ; 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
person ... would buy them up like crazy. I sure would. Have you run
across any such thing ? Thanks.
Any runner's or biking store will have an assortment of reflective
clothing, but I don't understand where you're coming from. Why would
a roofer need reflective clothing? He's not going to get hit by a
plane, right? Ditto with the AC repairman.
Instead of wearing reflective clothing all of the time (some people
don't want to light up like a Christmas tree), get one of the
reflective runner's sashes. Takes up no space, doesn't have to be
washed every day and they're cheap.
He was talking reflective like a white roof versus a dark roof, to stay
cooler in bright sun. My black Tees stay in the drawer all summer-
noticably hotter to wear than light tan or light gray. I haven't got the
guts to go out in public in a white Tee, and it wouldn't be white after
the first day anyway.
The most reflective metallic and metallic-colored objects absorb more
light than the whitest white ones. Metallic objects have another
disadvantage - they tend to be poor radiators of thermal infrared.
I would go with white as the best choice for thermal considerations.
However, I have found that when I wear white trousers, my bike chain likes
to jam or come off when I am in a hurry and somewhere I can't wash my
hands of the grease. If that does not happen, something else messy often
- Don Klipstein ( email@example.com)
I wasn't sure. There've been a few roofers over the years that I
wouldn't mind shooting!
As far as the shirts, the stuff about runner's and bikers still
applies. Coolmax fabric does a great job of wicking away sweat so you
feel drier than in a cotton shirt.
they're also ridiculously expensive, unless you catch a sale. T-
shirts, well, I'm still appalled at the prices, but a good cotton T-
shirt still sells for about $5 or so as opposed to 5-10x that.
Coolmax does cost more but shouldn't. It's just polyester, probably with
a special finish. I suspect the garment makers rather than the fiber
maker is cashing in. When they first started marketing it, I could buy
Coolmax socks at Kmart for the same price as cotton socks. They were
great for wicking moisture and not bunching up and feeling clammy like
You won't find much that will reflect as well and still pass air, as
white cotton. That has been traditional boating wear in sunny warm areas
for centuries. Anything silvery would get very hot, and anything applied
to the fabric would make it become like a sauna. A Cuban or Mexican
style white open-neck cut fabric shirt is actually cooler than a white
T, because it lets more air through, and doesn't hold sweat against the
skin. Too bad white is impossible to keep clean. I go with light tan
myself, so as to be able to go out in public at all. Coffee-stain tan
also hides lawnmower dust and dried-in sweat stains pretty well. :^/
then again, here's a new product which may be on topic
no connection to the makers. there's other similar products which do the
same thing. living in phoenix we need all the help we can get to avoid skin
cancer. it doesn't help with the heat, but it's 115F today and nothing does.
Upon reflection that's absolutely brilliant suggestion!
And really throws some light upon the idea of increased safety while
However there are civilian style reflective jackets/halters etc.
sometimes worn by joggers and pedestrian crossing guards and of course
the more official ones worn by police and rescue workers.
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