Hippies, nature girls and sun worshippers all know better than to expose unprotected skin to the sun's rays. Still, the idea of donning protective sleeves on a warm day seems contrary to the goal of keeping cool.
Several companies are making cooling sleeves, however -- including Iconic, Nike and some newbies. And several LPGA pros are wearing them.
I tried Coolibar's polo with matching sun sleeves for 18 holes, and after some initial awkwardness and adjustment to find the right spot for the top of the sleeve, I completely forgot that the sleeves were there.
Except for one strange thing: The part of my arms covered by the sleeves felt COOLER than the rest of me. You'd think that close-fitting fabric would heat the body, but today's technical fabrics work wonders.
I would definitely wear these again -- and if I lived in a place where the summers are hot, I'd make them a fun new staple of my wardrobe.
This is 50-plus SFP, plus air conditioning!
Sleeves retail for around $20; the coordinated Coolibar set can be found for as low as $40, in several colors, and sizes up to XXX-Large.