Vintage Clothing For Southern Latitudes

Clothes that have been designed for warm weather to be able to perform multiple tasks. For many people, a quick-drying fabric is important: a garment can be washed, dried overnight and used again the next day is perfect. The fabric must also allow air to circulate freely over the skin, which helps to keep you cool. It must also withstand the sun’s rays in order to prevent sunburn.

In recent years they have started UV classify some clothing, like sun protection factor (SPF) in sunscreens. Australia was the first country which introduced a standard for the specification and testing of apparel UV protection. The standard came in 1996 and contained concept Ultraviolet Protection Factor, UPF, as a measure of protection factors for clothing. The clothes were divided into different categories of protection: “Excellent” (UPF 40-50+), “Very Good” (25-39), and “Good” (15-24). For example,wearing a garment with a UPF of 20, allowing only one twentieth of the UV rays to pass through the retro sportswear.

It is worth remembering that not all manufacturers UV categorizes its fabrics with UPF, so just because a garment is sold without a UV-classification does not mean that it does not provide any protection. However, because of the large differences in terms of materials, it is impossible to assess how well a fabric resists sun just by looking at it.

Factors affecting textiles protective effects

1) Density
The denser textiles are, the less UV light passes through.

2) Thickness
The more textile material contains, the more UV radiation they absorb.

Density and thickness are the factors that are most critical to the degree of UV protection. Depending on these same materials can vary from being let through 10% of the UV radiation (cotton T-shirt) to be virtually impenetrable (denim). Keeping up the fabric up to the light and see how much visible light transmitted gives an estimate of the fabric UV protection.

3) Materials
Some materials absorb more UV radiation than others. Nylon-elastanblandningar gives most sunscreens while polyester-cotton blends have the lowest rates.

4) Color
Since many dyes absorb UV radiation, affects the pigment sun visor. Heavily colored fabric protects better than the colorless or pale colored. Dyeing can help protect up to five times or even more depending on the pigment used.

5) Moisture content
UV protection changed in many materials when they become wet. In cotton, which are among the materials that are most affected, the protection can reduce by half, while materials like polyester provides enhanced protection when it gets wet.

6) Design and fit
Loose clothing protects better than tight.

Tips on good clothes

Shirts
In extremely hot and dry conditions, many adventurers prefer the comfort of a cotton shirt. In hot and humid weather can be a bit more complicated. Cotton shirts are namely a tendency to rot and rub in humid conditions, while a tight shirt in 100% synthetic, which quickly transports sweat away from the skin can make the wearer feel very uneasy. In tropical environments, I prefer mostly shirts with mixture of cotton and polyester, it is in my opinion the best compromise between comfort and durability.

Trousers
The same guidelines for material in shirts also applies to pants, however, it is worth remembering that the pants are often exposed to more wear and tear than a shirt. If you wander in trackless terrain, such a dense jungle, it may be worth keeping an eye out for pants with ripstop fabric, which makes the durability is high even though the material is relatively easy. Please note that these materials are not mosquito proof. It is also good if the pants are reinforced in exposed parts such as knees, ankles and back.

Make sure the pants are long enough to be secured over your boots in order to prevent insects. Pants with zip-off function is convenient when you can easily convert them into a pair of shorts. Worth thinking about, is that in some countries it may be offensive to expose too much skin.

Headgear
A key garments for every sunny destination is a wide brimmed hat. Broad-brimmed headgear shade the face and neck, while a hat with a small screen generally only protect the crown. A so-called Legionnaire’s cap with removable neck protection can also be a good choice.

The hat should also have ventilation holes, so that air can circulate freely around the head. Some hats can be rolled up for better packability. This is a much appreciated feature when you eg wandering in varying environments and want the hat easily accessible in your pocket. A hat can also protect the face from the biting insects such as mosquitoes and gnats. If you need to use a mosquito net over the head, is a wide-brimmed hat optimal, because it can keep up the mosquito net thoroughly with a good distance from your face.

Another popular item of clothing, especially in desert areas, is a shemagh (Palestinian scarf). It can be used to protect the neck, or wrapped around the face during a sand storm. In hot and humid climate, is a thinner scarf sometimes preferable to wipe the sweat from his forehead. The rest of the time it can be worn around the neck to prevent the insects crawl into the shirt.

Shelters
Another useful piece of equipment in the tropics is a poncho. This waterproof cape is often more useful than a rain jacket and rain pants, because it allows air to circulate freely around the body. However, it is worth remembering that in very humid environments, even the best and most technical membranes garments be unable to vent enough. Although it may feel as if the garments delicious, it is probably the perspiration that has condensed on the inside of the garment.

Extra clothes
Finally, experienced jungle explorers always ensure that they have a dry set of clothes to rest and relax at the end of the day, even if it means you have to jump in your wet clothes again the following morning. Spare clothes can be kept dry by packing them in a waterproof stuff sack or bag. Small, waterproof, cases can also be used to hold maps, electronic equipment and other supplies dry in bad weather or when, for example, crossing a river.

Footwear
terrain, climate and backpack’s weight are factors that influence the footwear is appropriate. Is it about hiking in the desert climate is a durable tygkänga or shoe breathability preferable. It should have sewn tongue and cushioned sole. In this way it can handle both classic sandy deserts and gravel deserts.

If you are heading into a humid jungle, you must accept that you will get wet feet. With this in mind, it is often better to choose shoes or boots that can release water that enters. However, ensure that the valves are not too large so that the insects can enter.Footwear with Gore-Tex membrane is often a poor choice when they prevent water entering from flowing out.

Online are endless opinions on what to wear on your feet for different types of hiking.Some prefer to walk in light shoes and combine them with leggings (gaiters) for extra protection, others think that the boots are most comfortable and gives the best protection. Personally, I prefer boots in front of the shoes when I walk with full packing, they should give good support, but do not be too heavy.

Socks in wool or synthetics are preferred over cotton socks, since cotton binds moisture and gives abrasions.

There you have some tips on clothing for hot adventure.

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