Hiking Sun Protection

Hikers should protect themselves from the sun in all climates, not just the desert
Hikers should protect themselves from the sun in all climates, not just the desert

How do you protect yourself from the sun when you hike?

  • Describe your complete sun protection system including clothing and creams.
  • Where do you use this system when you hike?

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  1. The sun is an issue, especially when hiking in the alpine (most local hikes have alpine as the high point). Although I think I look dorky wearing any kind of hat, my bald pate means that I wear a hat when I hike. A ball-cap style with a bill is essential for shielding my eyes. I like the one with a neoprene bill that acts as a sweat band. I wear long underwear for my arms and legs even in the summer, and even under short pants. The underwear limits the amount of skin that is exposed to the sun, and it keeps my muscles warm. It also protects against minor scratches. Any skin that is exposed must be coated with sun screen. I don’t care about the brand as long as it is #30 block. Since I am often on snow and glaciers, I make sure that the underside of my nose and chin is coated with screen. Since I wear glasses, anything like that will block UV. I do occasionally wear sunglasses that fit over my regular glasses, and blocks everything, including light from the side. I use them, not for UV protection, but for the polaroid lens and general darkening. They also act as goggles when skiing.

  2. Sunscreen and polarized sunglasses. PNW and I don’t burn.

  3. I usually don’t and pay for it dearly. But when I do I use sun cream and that’s it… I consider UVP rated fabrics a gimmick. Any clothes will do.
    The best protection IMO is to be out so often that you don’t have to wear any protection at all:)

  4. I wear a large felt hat, long sleeve nylon white shirt, long pants and sunscreen on exposed areas. I also use prescription sunglasses for glare. This works for me in the Sierras and California coast.

  5. I always wear a long sleeve collared hiking shirt with a synthetic or lite wool shirt underneath and pants with an OR Sun runner hat. I also wear a pair of Julbo sunglasses. I have a beard and I only put sunscreen on the exposed parts of my face. I use Badger sunscreen. I wear this regardless of where I am hiking. I will wear thinner pants or a thinner shirt if hiking in warmer weather but its always pants, and a long sleeve shirt.

  6. I have a Tilley hat, and often wear a handkerchief around my neck. UV T-shirt and/or a UV collared or windshirt. I just got some railrider eco mesh pants that repel sun and bugs. Most importantly is a good 50+ sunscreen.

    It’s almost the same for any hike, but altitude or desert require extra diligence. Water is also hugely important to protect your entire body from the sun. Carry more than you need and drink whenever possible.

  7. Wide brimmed hat and sunglasses as well as SPF30 sunblock on all exposed parts of my body (neck, arms, legs). I value staying cool versus protecting my skin with clothing since I don’t have too many issues with burning. This works for me when hiking in Southern CA.

  8. I wear a cap (Arcteryx quanta) and sunglasses. If it’s really sunny I use whaterver sunblock lotion I might have. When I’m kayaking i usually wear a long sleeve shirt because the water keeps me so cool I might not realize how much the sun is burning. In winter I use Piz Buin Mountain suncream. It’s kinda expensive, but I only need it for my face so it’s not a big deal.

  9. I use long sleeved shirt and pants, duckbill hat and ISDN 100fp sunscreen. Sometimes I cover my neck with a bandanaPrescription sunglasses are a must.
    I hike in the Pirineos and Sierra de la Demanda, but I avoid la Demanda in summer, too hot and too many ticks. I work in a wineyard, and even though I never get sunburns, I use a generous amount of sun protection, skin cancer rates in my profession are scaringly high

  10. Steve McAllister

    Wide brim hat, light ventilated long sleeve RailRider shirt and long pants.
    20% Zinc Oxide ointment on days when I’m not in the green tunnel.

    I hike hike in the NE US half year, SW US the other half

  11. Sunglasses, Buff with a peak, that can be pulled down over my ears and neck, SPF 50 cream in stick form to be dabbed on my nose – the rest of my face is usually brown and doesn’t suffer too much – same as my arms… As I hike mainly in Snowdonia UK sunburn isn’t the major issue….

  12. I use a hat with a brim that goes all around, not just a ball cap. I have a bunch of long sleeve dry release tee shirts that I can pull the sleeves up when it is really hot and down for warmth or sun protection. Last year I got a sample of Badger sun screen and it was thick and really seemed to have worked well. I coat with that.

  13. A Boonie, long sleeved shirt and trousers. As I am in Australia 300 k south of the tropics sun protection is vital.

  14. Well, I wear a good brimmed hat, long sleeve shirts and long nylon pants. I do not use creams and salves. Mostly, I hike in the AtDK’s, NY where heavy forest is the rule.

  15. Long pants (RailRiders Bone Flats) and long sleeved shirt (RailRiders Eco-Mesh / Rab MeCo 120 LS / Nike Dri-Fit LS), I don’t sweat as much that would annoy me even when it’s hot. When the sun really-really shines and I get out of forest shade for a longer time, I put on my Inov-8 Race Peak 30 cap with a neck protector and my polarized sunglasses.

    I didn’t take any headwear or sunglasses on the AT but the long pants – long sleeves was my setup on the entire trail (I was out there mid Aug – end Nov). Otherwise I hike in the mostly forested mountains of Central Europe.

  16. I tend to shy away from sunscreens, so in exposed sunny locations I cover up with long sleeves and a wide brim hat. I don’t worry too much about legs, as I’m in shorts most of the time and they tend to be used to the sun. As someone who shaves their head, the hat is the most important! ;) I hike mainly in the Whites.

  17. I never use sunscreen, I use a Stetson hat, and long sleeves and pants. And of course sometimes nothing at all, just for a limited time when going for a swim. I hike in Scandinavia.

  18. I wear nothing more than a baseball cap and occasionally sun/glacier glasses when snow glare is an issue. I have had a few minor sunburns in winter but never had a problem otherwise. I hike mainly in New England.

  19. I hike primarily in Maine and New Hampshire, year round, with occasional trips elsewhere. In the winter I wear Julbo glasses (non-polarized), and plain old sunscreen. The rest of the year I generally always wear long sleeves, and long pants (sometimes convertible ones) out of some type of quick dry material. I prefer a billed hat, sunglasses (polarized) and regular sunscreen. If I will be in the sun all day I will wear my OR sun runner hat. Great summer hat, and great winter hat for an occasional Mt. Whitney attempt.

  20. I wear a billed hat and use sunscreen — usually a sticky “face stick” that really stays put and zinc oxide based lotion if I can find it.

  21. First, Tilly hat with wide brim, wind shirt with long sleeves, sunscreen on face and hands, sunglasses with mirrored lens, and umbrella for direct sun hiking. I haven’t invested in a Go lite mylar umbrella, but may for future hikes. I hike in Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, but out west, the umbrellas would be more effective since humidity is a factor.

  22. Most of my hiking is in the “green tunnel,” so there is some natural protection from the most severe of the sun’s rays. I usually wear a Tilley hat and also carry an umbrella that is mostly for rain protection, but I have used for sun protection. I do not routinely carry sunscreen when hiking, but have on a few trips.

  23. The only sun protection I use is a hat. I hate to sunburn the top of my head. I have been doing most of my hiking this year on the AT in Mass.

  24. I much prefer to use clothing as opposed to sunscreen, since my sunscreen is zinc oxide (multiuse and very effective as a physical blocker of the sun’s rays) it is pretty greasy and makes a mess when it gets on clothing. I use a wide brimmed boonie style nylon hat or a cap with a bandanna to cover the neck, and long sleeve shirt and pants. I mostly hike in the green tunnel of the whites but do need to cover-up on exposed ridgelines. If out in the snow or in an exposed area for an extended time I will use a bit of the zinc oxide in addition to clothing on exposed skin.

  25. For head wear I used to go with a wide bring hat, but lately I am experimenting with a cape hat, and so far I am happy with the extended neck protection. Rest of my body, I will go with either sunblock or fabric depending on circumstances (temperature, bugs, length of exposure, etc). I primarily hike in New England, with some trips to other parts of the country and Spain.

  26. I’ve recently moved to the Middle East and as a result started taking sun protection much more seriously. I wear polarized high-tint glasses outside (Maui Jim makes awesome, super light and very durable glasses) which have helped reduce eye strain and block the harsh glare.

    I’ve also taken to wearing the Patagonia Tropic II Hoody; it’s loose and lets any breeze right through, but blocks the sun and has a baggy, light hood that does even better than a floppy hat at protecting the shoulders and back of the neck. It also dries ridiculously quickly; so fast that I’ve taken to wearing it to the beach and right into the water to keep from worrying about sunscreen washing off or putting it on wet when I get out.

  27. I throw a small tube of SPF-50 in my pack. I’ll put it on in the morning and lunch, but never in the afternoon (for bears). I’ll wear a hat, short sleeves, jacket if necessary, and removable leg shorts. I’ve hiked in New Mexico and AT on the East Coast. Works for me!

  28. Whenever I hike, I always wear long sleeves and pants. I quite like the Columbia Silver Ridge pants and long sleeve shirt, both with SPF 50 (I think) – I am not sure that this SPF rating for most clothes is actually important, as long as they are not see-through, I would guess they all work. But I like the way it keeps dry even in hot conditions, and keeps me a bit cooler.
    I also used a buff for most of my PCT hike, putting my hat over it, so it covers the back of my neck, during hot and exposed sections. And of course – the hat itself. I think it’s the Columbia Bora Bora, or some other similar model by them. It’s also nice and airy, while offering shade on my face.
    I also wear a pair of summer gloves. Currently I own a pair of Sea To Summit cycling gloves that work for that purpose.

    After I lost my buff, I used to just apply sunscreen on my neck and face, several times a day. I didn’t feel like I needed to apply it anywhere else.

  29. I hike mostly on the Appalachian trail in the northeast. The only time I feel I need some protection from the sun is early spring when the canopy of the forest has not come into bloom.
    My protection during this time will consist of a wide brimed hat and some sun block.
    Otherwise during the rest of the year I don’t use anything except a billed hat.
    Thanks and happy trails!

  30. I always use a SPF 30 or 50 on ears and face and neck. Also on arms if a short sleeve is worn in summer. Almost always wear long pants and always a cap. Most of my hiking is on the Lonestar Hiking Trail in Texas which offers pretty good shade for most parts of the trail but still important to protect yourself. Had my first skin biopsies this year after a youth spent not knowing the dangers and long term results of over exposure.

  31. Brooks HVAC hat, polarized sunglasses, pants, long sleeve shirt, SPF 50 for exposed skin. I hike mostly in Idaho, Colorado, and Utah.

  32. I wear a wide brimmed hat because I am totally bald. Other than that, I usually don’t use any sunblock. I am out often enough that I tan instead of burn and when hiking I am more often than not under a tree canopy.

  33. I just use sunscreen, the Neutrogena kind, and I really only use in open spaces like the above the treeline. If I’m hiking under tree cover I’m generally fine.

  34. i hike in virginia and i work outside a lot. i always wear a ballcap. I tan easily and early, so I don’t feel the need for sunscreen.

  35. I always wear a floppy wide brimmed hat when I hike, sunglasses for my eyes. I hike in Georgia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

  36. I always wear a long pants and a long sleeve shirt with a high collar to protect my neck. I also drape a bandana over my head and neck and hold it in place with my visor when I am in areas out from under a forested canopy. If my entire trip will be at elevation and above tree line (10,000″+) I will bring sunblock for my face and hands and Lip Balm.

  37. I typically hike in wooded areas of the NE so many days I don’t actually need sun protection if there is enough cover from trees/leaves. I am pretty sensitive to the sun however, and even if I have a bit of a base tan I still bring sunscreen just in case I find myself in lots of open areas. I prefer sunscreens that have been tested and rated as relatively non-toxic by EWG (environmental working group). This year I’m using an Alba Botanicals sunscreen. If I’ll be out in the sun more than usual I bring a brimmed hat and a long sleeve shirt for extra sun protection. My lower legs almost never burn so shorts are fine for any hike I’ve been on thus far.

  38. Long sleeves, long pants, wide brim hat, Julbo glacier glasses. SPF 50 sunblock on my face and hands. Pretty much everywhere–Colorado, New Hampshire, Camino de Santiago in Spain, and soon Via di Francesco in Italy.

  39. I hike in the White Mountains mostly. I use spf 50 on my neck, ears, back of hands and forearms. At rest breaks above tree line, if the weather permits it, I will take my shirt off with just some lotion on my shoulders and upper arms

  40. I hike mostly in the Catskills and in the Mohonk Preserve. I don’t use any sunscreen. I don’t burn much. I will wear sunglasses if there are no trees, or in the winter on sunny days.

  41. I wear a wide brim hat (not just a ballcap) and try to wear long sleeves when I can. I don’t worry too much about my legs as I wear shorts whenever I can as well. I don’t wear sandals when I hike, so my feet are also covered up. Occasionally I wear sunscreen, but I don’t like the hassle and the greasiness, although my future-self is probably cringing at that statement.

  42. I always bring sun screen hat to cover my face and neck from direct sunlight. Also I bring sun screen cream (UPF +70). I sometimes don’t used them at all if trail is in shade of the tree. I use them if hiking trail has no shade or exposed area like mountain ridge trail on bold mtn.

  43. I usually wear a ball cap but am going to switch to a lightweight floppy hat to protect my ears. Sometimes will put on sunscreen (spf 30), when I think of it. I do most of my hiking in the White Mtns, above treeline so I realize I need to do a better job of protecting myself, especially the arms.

  44. This depends on previous exposure to sun during the course of the summer. Initially, I monitor my arms, neck, and face for redness. I don’t go shirtless and very rarely wear shorts. After I tan I don’t have problems. I typically wear either a full brim straw hat or base ball style welder’s cap and sun glasses. The only time I have used sun screen is when I burned my legs while on a lengthy bike tour wearing shorts. Otherwise I always wear long pants and don’t carry sun screen.

  45. Long sleeves and long pants, I’m allergic to the sun but usually by the end of summer I have a base tan that is good enough to fend off any good burns. I usually wear a wide brimmed hat too but have switched to a ball cap lately.

  46. I wear a baseball-type hat although if the sun is especially intense, I will wear a wide-brim hat. i always wear sunglasses and a long-sleeve shirt. I also slather on the sun screen, especially on my face, neck and nose, even if I am wearing a hat.

  47. I use SPF30 on all exposed skin, and Chapstick-like tubes of higher SPF protection to run on ears and nose. I wear a Headsweats Ccolmax cap or a Tilley wide-brim rain hat on my head, Colmbia Silver abridge convertible pants, and an Ex Officious AirLite longsleeve shirt. I also wear Native Linville sunglasses. This is my outfit for nearly all hiking, spring through early fall. When I need additional layers, I worry less about the sun as it grows weaker in my region then.

  48. I just came home from the AT and to protect myself from the sun I used SPF 100 spray on A hat a neck buff to help cover my ears

  49. Sunglasses on eyes and hat on head for the simple ability to see. That’s it. No creams. No lotions. they are filled with known carcinogens.

  50. Large brimmed hat is essential for me. Sunday Afternoons Adventure hat has stood the test of time and has neck protection. Rail Riders vented pants and shirt. I try to avoid sunscreen and bug repellent to the extent I can.

  51. I select sun-protective clothing (long-sleeved sun shirt, wide-brimmed sun hat) to reduce the need for sun screen. I use a mineral sunscreen, preferably containing zinc oxide on my face, backs of hands and lower legs if wearing shorts. Most of my hiking these days is in the Mid-Atlantic, including Shenandoah National Park.

  52. I wear a long sleeve shirt, ball cap, bandanna over the neck if necessary, and dark lenses in my sun glasses. I hate sunscreen. Most of my trips are in the Rockies.

  53. Pants and a long sleeve shirt are key. I also use plenty of sun screen on my neck and face and back of hands. I’m pretty pale so I do this whenever I hike except when it is raining.

  54. I carry a small 15 ml bottle of Coppertone Sport SPF 30 and use that when I need sunscreen on the trail. I have a Patagonia long sleeved shirt with a hood that’s intended for sun protection and I sometimes carry that as a mid layer. I do most of my hiking and backpacking on the East coast and the sun isn’t generally much of an issue in the “Green Tunnel”. In this region I’m generally more concerned about Tick protection when selecting clothing.

  55. Badger sunscreen ..polarized sunglasses and wide brim hat! I hike mostly in the white mountains in NH

  56. I mostly wear a baseball cap (Headsweats) sometimes complemented with a bandana or buff, long or convertible pants, and long/short sleeve shirt (thin merino or Capilene 1). I try use less sunscreen, usually factor 20-30 put on ears and neck. I wear this outfit in european mountains (for instance, Alps, Tatras), sub 2500m.

  57. I mainly hike in the mid-Atlantic, in the Appalachians, SNP/MNF/GWNF. Mostly just a visor plus long sleeved shirt, although I wear shorts and apply 50SPF stick to nose/cheek/ears/neck. Cheap polarized sunglasses, and I haven’t seen anyone mention lip balm with SPF, which I use. If I’m going to be more exposed I have a wide brimmed hat and will add sunscreening backs of knees and hands, and bring cream instead of the stick.

  58. Long sleeve lightweight shirt, baseball cap, and sunscreen if needed on my legs and neck

  59. Hiking and backpacking in the midwest US, so a healthy glop of SPF 30 or SPF 50 on my face and neck, along with an OR cadet hat for my shiny dome and I’m all set. My arms and legs don’t burn under all the canopy here.

  60. For hikes in midwest in mostly tree lined trails, my Headsweats visor, sunglass, and Sawyer Stay-put sunscreen do fine. If hiking in complete sun and high heat, I add Columbia’s CoolHead Fingerless Gloves and Freeze Zero neck gaiter, and a long sleeve shirt.

  61. Stephanie Manosh

    I mostly hike on the Long Trail, and I find that a great deal of it is shaded — but for parts that aren’t — a light weight hat with a brim, sunglasses, spray on “sport” sunscreen (at least 50 SPF) for my arms and legs, and something covering my shoulders (sometimes a windbreaker or long sleeve shirt from the night before)!

  62. My initial reaction is that hiking in Wales requires rain rather than sun protection. However, when the sun is out I wear long sleeved and long trousered clothing, a wide brim hat and sunglasses. And I slap the factor 30 on anything exposed

  63. I hike mainly the green tunnel of the AT and other areas in the south below tree line so sun isn’t as big of an issue as it is in other areas. But I’m 30 and have already had some basal cell removed from my nose so I still bring sunscreen and I always wear an Auburn cap (cotton, gasp). I’ve found that the stick of Burt’s Bees sunscreen is a good combination of protection, ease of use (roll it on – not goopy or greasy), and weight. It’s not ideal for use on large areas like arms and legs, but works great for face and neck. I’ve also got a Buff, but I rarely unsnap it from my pack and I’m about to stop bringing it. I’m in the market for a new cap with a removable neck flap. Anyone use one they like and would recommend?

  64. I have two main shade sources when I hike. I carry a Helion Ultralight wide brim hat. It is water resistant and very light and small. The other thing I carry is a reflective Euroshrim Swing Liteflex umbrella. I generally use the hat for most of my sun protection, but if I am hiking in the open I will deploy the umbrella as well. I prefer these two items because they are light and don’t restrict air flow so I can stay cool. My wife likes to carry sun screen as well, so if the umbrella and hat aren’t cutting it (high winds), I always have the option of stealing some of her sunscreen.

  65. I am light-skinned and have seen a lot of sun over my 50+ years. Having had a pre-cancer blemish removed from my nose, I try to never be outside without sunscreen on my nose and a brimmed hat on.

    The backs of my hands readly break out in an itchy rash when they see much bright sun, so they always get sunscreen on sunny days.

    I hike in shorts and short sleaves most of the summer. When hiking in open terrain, on sunny days, I add sunscreen to the rest of my face, my arms, the back of my neck, and the tops of my knees and calves.

    In all-day desert conditions or boating, I frequently use long sleaves to protect my arms more, and should probably consider getting some sun gloves.

    I have experimented with a reflective umbrella instead of a hat on the hottest not-to-windy days with good success. I do not like hats with neck drapes as they are much hotter than my brimmed Tilly hat and also billed hats with drapes don’t protect my temple/cheek bone area very well.

    For winter snow and sun, I generally prefer a short billed hat with sunscreen on any exposed skin.

    Most of my sun exposure has been in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska.

  66. I have hiked everywhere from Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain National Park and in the Mojave Desert with the same system. Shorts or long pants, short sleeve shirt, Columbia bush hat, sunscreen on arms, legs, face, neck, ears. I also use sunglasses much of the time.

  67. I always wear a wide brim sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen as needed. I primarily hike in New Hampshire and Vermont.

  68. I can be out in the sun all day without sun protection and won’t get a sunburn, so I usually just wear sunglasses when I’m above treeline and don’t bother with sunscreen. Below treeline, I don’t wear sunglasses either. Most of my hiking is in NH.

  69. Wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, shorts and a shirt. Short sleeve if I am mostly hiking in woodsy terrain or long sleeve if I will be out in the open. Sawyer SPF 30 sunscreen on any exposed skin. Typically hike in the south east. I have also started getting an annual checkup at the dermatologist.

  70. Generally, I just apply 30+ SPF sunscreen before heading out and reapply to exposed skin throughout the day, and I hike mostly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  71. I typically wear a cap and I don’t use any sunscreen or sunglasses. Luckily I tan easily and don’t worry about sun burn. I hike in the Northeast.

  72. I hate using sunscreen if I can help it. Long pants and shirt sleeves for me. Wide brimmed hat and a UV buff on my head. Sometimes I put some sunscreen on my face and hands. Sunglasses are a must and they also keep sticks out of my eyes.

  73. This past year I had to approach sun protection like never before. I spent 6 weeks in the Brazilian Amazon, a place where the heat, humidity, and sun combination is relentless. To protect myself I had to wear lightweight, breathable, hot weather long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as a hat and 100 spf waterproof sunscreen. Among other things, I brought REI safari pants, Patagonia guide water II pants, ex-officio bugs away shirt, and craghoppers nosilife shirt. For a hat, I used a patagonia duckbill hat.

  74. I really don’t like sunscreen expect on my face. I wear long sleeves and long pants. I also don’t like hats (to hot) so I make sure to buy shirts that have a hood. I am thinking of purchasing a shemagh for sun protection and because they have other uses.

  75. Most of my hiking doesn’t consist of a lot of direct sun here in the woods of the upper midwest. When hiking in the sun, will wear sunglasses, a wide brim hat, short sleeve shirt and long pants. Usually don’t have to worry about my arms as I usually have a good base tan and don’t burn easily there.

  76. Bandana. I prefer a hat that would shade my ears but my Tilley is terribly hot and the bandana is so lightweight and multi-purpose…it usually wins. Honestly, except for the occasional bald or rock outcropping most of my hiking here in the Southeast is shaded by the forest canopy, rhodo tunnel etc. Rarely is sun exposure a problem.

  77. Sunscreen. That is it.

  78. If at all bearable, long sleeves and long pants. Nothing works as well. If it’s to hot, 50 spf sunscreen.

    On my head/neck I would rather use sunscreen than a hat. Luckily or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) there isn’t to much sun in the PNW for a good part of the year.

  79. I am not a wide brim hat type of person — never liked how they fit nor looked on me. This year i started using a sun runner cap by outdoor research. its very light, versatile and keeps the bugs from flying into my ears.

    It gets hot and humid here so the hat and plenty of sunscreen.

  80. Trucker style baseball hat. Bandana is the sun or bugs get too intolerable. Light-colored long sleeve fly-fishing shirt (or comparable hiking shirt) that usually has extra fabric on the collar of shirt to fold up for protection. I almost always hike in shorts and mid-length calf socks.

    I usually hike/backpack in the Upstate New York region or neighboring states. Unless I’m going somewhere where I know there won’t be a substantial amount of tree cover, I don’t bring sun-screen.


  81. I wear sun protection like a suit of armor against the sun. Sunday Afternoon 4″ brim hat, fingerless sungloves, longsleeve button up shirt, spf50 Prana pants, sunglasses, sunblock on my face. Melanoma is not your friend ?

  82. I just do a hat and bandana. I’m usually back below treeline before the sun gets really bad anyway. So far this has worked well for me here in the White Mountains of NH.

  83. I usually just wear a baseball cap along with sawyer sunscreen on the back of my next and forearms. Most of the time I’m hiking in parts of the midwest that are pretty forested so the sun hasn’t become a huge issue.

  84. I always carry my own shade in the form of a Euroschirm Swing Lite trekking umbrella. I’m in AZ section-hiking the AZT, so I typically need and prefer lots of coverage. Even with the sun umbrella I wear long sleeves. And if conditions are not good for the umbrella (i.e., high winds, dense thorny scrub), I employ a light sun hoody paired with a visor. And always sunglasses.

  85. I hike in the Pacific NW so I tend to spend a lot of time under trees. For the times I do pop out of tree cover for any significant period of time, I wear long pants, a long-sleeved wicking shirt and a brimmed hat. SPF 50 sunscreen for the hands and face that may be exposed.

  86. I hate sunscreen!

    I hike primarily in the desert southwest and high alpine conditions with lots of sun. Because I absolutely hate sunscreen, my strategy is to cover up with light long sleeve shirt, baseball cap, and bandana for my neck and ears. I also carry a small amount of zinc oxide paste for my nose, cheekbones, and lips. It lasts all day, so I don’t have to remember to reapply it. Most importantly, a decent pair of polarized sunglasses keeps my from squinting all day. Otherwise, I just rely on a good base tan for my legs and hands.

  87. Too often, I fail to think about it. I often hike under the tree canopy in PA/NJ, and the direct sun isn’t really an issue for me.

    When I’m out in the open or above treeline, I like to use long layers and a brimmed hat rather than sunscreen (I hate the feel of it on me).

  88. Tilley LTM6, size 7 3/4. That is the widest brim they make. It can flap around in the breeze a bit, not as good as the Akubra that I lost, but the odd Tilley straps keep it on my head.

    Long sleeve nylon button up shirt, zipoff pants. SPF 30 on exposed parts, SPF 45 in the mountains.

    Prescription sunglasses with Ray-Ban Daddy-O frames. Those wrap around enough to block some wind, either in the mountains on in my Miata.

    Hiking in the coastal ranges near the SF Bay, there are often enough trees or fog that I don’t bother with sunglasses or, sometimes, sunscreen. From the next range inland (Henry Coe, Sunol, Diablo) to the Sierras, it is full protection.

  89. Long sleeve shirt, pants, hat, and of course sunscreen. I am mainly hiking around New Hampshire.

  90. Northern Rockies are my stomping grounds so when it does warm up enough and the sun dares to shine I tend to actually want a little nature delivered vitamin D… but not too much. I’m a ball cap wearer who always has a bandana to wear (usually damp) under my cap to cover my neck. Long sleeve poly collared hiking shirt is a mainstay wardrobe item for arms and neck as well. I hike in shorts and calf high socks and frankly rarely have anything along except polypro long johns to cover my legs. Hiking in Grizzly country I’m no fan of anything scented… especially rubbed all over my body, so sunscreen is a non starter for me. I do carry a zinc oxide stick in my 1st aid bag and can use it for face protection above treelike in high reflective situations.

  91. I wear a hat, long sleeved shirt, pants, sunscreen and sometimes a facemask. Such is life when you’re a redhead who loves the outdoors.

  92. I normally rely on a simple, shorts, shirt, sunscreen, and hat combo. I favour light coloured clothing to keep cool and depending on the conditions I might wear convertible pants and keep a long sleeve shirt in my pack. If its too hot and still want to get out, I’ll pick a shaded trail instead of an exposed peak and on hot days I’ll hike early in the day to avoid the afternoon sun.

  93. I probably don’t protect my skin as much as I should, but I do protect my eyes with sunglasses and a baseball-style cap. I do use sunscreen on my face on particularly sunny days, usually zinc oxide-based formulas. The Elemental Herbs Sunstick is easy to use and convenient, though it does take a bit of rubbing in. I hike in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, mostly.

  94. I cover up with a combo sun/insect protection because I’m also a mosquito magnet. A lightweight cotton gauze shirt and my latest favorite pants – REI Tech Training Pant with great zip pockets, both sprayed with Permethrin. A cap with neck skirt or a giant Sunday Afternoons sun hat. And sunscreen on my hands and face because we hike the sunny Idaho mountains and desert.

  95. I use a full sun hat when I hike. I also use sunscreen on any exposed skin. I usually wear the convertible pants and unzip them a little too allow a nice breeze. Thanks!

  96. I generally hike in long, lightweight pants to keep my legs safe from both sun and brush here in the Pacific Northwest.

    For my upper body I like the OR Echo zip long sleeve tee. Its VERY lightweight, wicks really well, has a UPF 15 protection rating and most importantly has a massive 13 inch zipper to open it up when you need to cool down.

    For my head I wear a traditional trucker hat and will occasionally tuck a bandana into the back to protect my neck from the sun.

    For sun screen I use badger’s zinc oxide sunscreen stick. Generally I toss some on my face, neck, ears and hands – pretty much everything else I cover up.

  97. Brimmed hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen almost always.
    Optional long sleeve shirt and buff or banana.
    This is mainly for Southern California.

  98. Long sleeved button up shirt with hood (no longer made, unfortunately) + running hat + sunglasses + dab of sunscreen on bridge of my nose and cheekbones. Hiking in cascades/olympics.

  99. I live in MDI and do a lot of day hikes in Acadia. I like hiking the summits and ridges. Being bald I am especially concerned about covering my head with sun block, a wide brimmed hat or even a white T shift wrapped over my head, ears and neck. Backpacking the AT in Maine I am mostly in the forest so I dont think about it too much. Unless I am clmbing Mt. Katahdin which has lots of exposure. I also like to protect my food from the sun and stash my pack in the shade during rest stops as I am always carrying cheese and chocolate!

  100. I hike in the mountains of NC and VA, since I’m usually under the cover of the trees I do not worry much about sun protection other than a hat and sunglasses.

  101. JuAt a variety of hats and long sleeve shirts and pants. I also have a chrome dome umbrella.

  102. Icebreaker Aero zip T (light weight, long sleeve w/ collar), long shorts (knee length), baseball style cap, buff(very important!), oakley glasses, sunscreen and lip balm (50 rating). Re-apply sunscreen at least around lunchtime. Re-apply lip balm often. High Sierra (10K+).

  103. I wear a cotton bandana that I can wet or a light sports hat made of nylon or polyester.

  104. I always hike in long pants and a long synthetic shirt – one of the dri-fit shirts from Nike. Very breathable so it’s not too much warmer than just wearing a t-shirt but does a great job at keeping the sun off.

    I also picked up an inexpensive wide brimmed hat that I always wear on the trail – very similar to the one I see you wearing in many of your pictures.

    This works wonders for all but the most brutal of sun days. If I’ll be hiking without forest cover, or hiking on some of the hotter days of summer, I pack a small bit of NO-AD SPF 85 sun block.

    This has proven to be a very effective system up here in Maine.

  105. I do MUCH of my hiking in the blazing Nevada/ SoCal sun, and for my bad skin as close to total cover is the order of the day.

    A super silly, extra large, wide brimmed poly fishing hat is always on my head, and a thin scarf/buff on my neck.

    A long sleeve white Colombia hiking shirt (forgot type) with sunscreen on my hands.

    Long baggy hiking pants if i can take it- otherwise shorts with sunscreen on my legs.

    …Lately, as I care less and less how silly i look, a long white skirt/robe like garment tied around my waist that can shade my legs to my ankles- lots of airflow to the junk while not having to hike in my underwear :)

  106. I typically hike in mountains of western North Carolina, typically wooded areas where I will not be in direct sunlight for long periods of time.

    To manage the sun that I am exposed to, I wear long pants to keep my legs covered. Sometimes I will wear a wide brimmed hat if I know I will be exposing my face and neck to the sun. I don’t usually worry about my arms, I have a farmer’s tan there and never seem to have any problems with them.

    For hiking I may use sunscreen but don’t carry it when backpacking.

  107. I live in The Netherlands. Sun protection? I wish…

  108. Sunscreen and a baseball cap, that’s about it.

  109. Long sleeve shirts and long pants for me (double as protection against ticks and mosquitos). If it is really hot I switch to short pants (double as swimming pants). However, as most of my hiking is with my kids in East German forest nowadays bug protection is more important. Sunscreen is also with me all the time in summer (important for the kids) as is a baseball cap.

  110. If i m out west I wear a full-brimmed hat and long sleeve shirt and pants. Maybe some sunscreen for my nose but not usually.

    When i hiked the AT last year I thought i would need the same. Nope. I put my sunscreen in a hiker box and sent my hat home. Just never saw the sun much under all those leaves! And at above treeline sections like TN and NH, I jut risked a burn.

  111. I generally hike in the north woods of Minnesota.

    The Superior Hiking Trail is a great trail, but mostly tree covered. I wear a t-shirt and zip off pants (sometimes I convert them into shorts). I apply some SPF 30 sun screen in the mornings to my arms and neck. I also wear a hat.

    When paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area I’ll put sun screen on twice a day and will apply sun screen to my legs when I convert my pants to shorts.

  112. It gets pretty hot and humid here in the South so I have a hard time wearing long sleeves in the summer. I usually just do a thick coating of sunscreen (SPF 50) on my arms, neck, and the tops of my ears.

  113. Joshua Rousselow

    My sun system is very important since I live in the Big Bend Country of West Texas. I am a huge fan of Rail Riders clothing. I recently switched from the EcoMech pants and shirt with InsectShield to the new Bone Flats pants and shirt (more ventilation and lighter weight) and then sent those into InsectShield for treatment. They work incredibly well for sun protection and to keep bugs away. As for my hat I wear an African Elephant Grass hat currently, it has a 7′ brim, very breathable and lasts years. I have considered switching to a synthetic Rail Riders sun hat, but that is still up in the air. Thank you for this opportunity Philip!

  114. My sun protection tactics vary.

    Most of my hiking is in MN. I generally use a wide brim hat. In hot weather I’ll use a short sleeve shirt and shorts and use SPF 30 or more on arms, legs and neck.

    That said I’m heading west to the Sierra Nevada and will bring an even wider brim hat, long sleeve shirt and am dithering about shorts. WIll also pack plenty sunscreen.

  115. Usually I do nothing. If it’s really sunny I’ll put on some SPF 30 and very rarely a baseball hat.

  116. Keffiyeh evaporative cooling microclimate system™ for head and neck. Always long sleeve shirt and convertible pants ( slightly zipped at the knees ).

    No lotion needed. Keeps sun out and skin cool in hot arrid Southern California.

  117. I wear sunscreen but even with sunscreen after a few days your neck and ears can get fried. I wear a baseball style cap and protect my neck and ears with a bandanna sticking out the back of my cap for a sunshade. That way I only look silly when I have the bandanna sticking out of my cap, not all the time with the caps with the built in sunshade. My cap also gives me extra protection with the bill sticking out of my rain hood.

  118. Long pants, Columbia PFG shirt, polarized sun glasses, and wide brimmed hat. Plus sun screen on my face.

    This works whether I am hiking or fishing in Texas.

  119. Always wear sunscreen on any exposed areas and sunglasses for my eyes. I’ll wear long pants and jacket if it’s not too hot. Don’t usually wear a hat when hiking as I just get too hot (I get uncomfortably warm very easily). I hike all throughout the Canadian Rockies.

  120. I tramp in New Zealand, SPF30+, a wide brimmed hat and a polycotton collared business shirt are my best defences against the summer sun.

  121. Long pants, long sleeve shirt, hat, and then sunblock of course. I am a White Mountains and general New England hiking enthusiast!

  122. I don’t wear much sun-protective clothing in particular (shorts, T-shirt), but I do occasionally wear a billed cap if the sun is very intense. I use sunscreen sparingly, mostly on my face. I get away with this approach because I do not seem to burn quickly, and I hike in west Quebec and upper New York state where there is often good tree cover.

  123. I always wear a pair of sunglasses, a baseball cap, and use La Roche Posay Anthelios spf60 sport sunscreen. I mainly hike in Southern California so sun protection is definitely needed!

  124. Hike with sunscreen and a wide brimmed sunhat. Occassionally will wear sunglasses. Hiking mostly in California.

  125. I always hike with sun protection. Sunscreen, long sleeve shirt, sunglasses, hat, etc. I hike in the PNW.

  126. In Arizona I wear running shorts and cover them with sunblock. Then i wear my OR sun runner white cap without the shroud, and my shirt is the ExOfficio Sol Cool Hoody. It covers everything and has a very effective hood that, when zipped, covers the face except for the eyes.

  127. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and I usually hike in the Mt. Hood National Forest, so it’s not always sunny enough to need sun gear. When it is, though, I bring a reflective umbrella, long sleeves and pants if I can stand them, and 50+ spf sunblock. I have very fair skin, and will burn through anything short of a physical barrier. I use a buff to protect my neck, along with a brimmed hat (with a security cord) if it’s too windy for the umbrella.

  128. When hiking in direct sunlight (ridges or out west) I wear long sleeves fly fishing shirt with arcteryx rampart pants. A running hat and bandana around neck with spf 35 on all exposed skin. When there is tree cover I lose the pants and wear running shorts

  129. If I’m hiking through the summer heat, I’m probably in a good mood.

    Sunscreen in the morning or before entering the sun is important. Cool clothing (synthetic shirt/pants), a cap, and sunglasses, are best for walking the trails at my local park in Texas. A good “mindset” and some water is really all that is needed to enjoy oneself.

  130. Exofficio long shirt with UV protection and RailRider mesh pants. For hat, I just wear a regular baseball cap and stuff a bandana to shield sun from my neck. Apply spf30 sunscreen from CVS on my nose only.

    I hike mostly around Mount Shasta, CA.

  131. I wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. I also stay out of the sun in the middle of the day because at this elevation I burn fast! Long sleeves and pants are a must!

  132. I usually only wear a normal ball cap and sunglasses when I hike in Michigan. I have never really gotten too sun burnt from not wearing any sun tan lotion.

  133. Long pants for sure: sun protection as well as an insect barrier. Then depending on the location(mostly southeast) a t-shirt, ball cap, and occasionally sunscreen.

  134. White short brim boonie hat, white long sleeve shirt with high stiff collar, white light long summer pants, sunglasses, 50 spf sunscreen for exposed shin (hands, nose).
    I use this system to the max when hiking in sunny weather in areas without shadows to hide like fields, mountains above treeline, deserty places, on ships/boats.

  135. Sunscreen and a ball cap when hiking with intermittent full sun exposure. Wide brimmed hat for canoeing and other full sun activities. I should probably explore long sleeve options but I run so warm.

  136. I almost always wear long sleeves (usually Columbia Silver Ridge or Icebreaker lightweight zip-neck) and long pants (Prana Stretch Zion). I’ve never been happy with wide-brimmed hats (too heavy and not breathable) or sun hats with a neck flap (uncomfortable and not breathable), so I just wear a very light weight ball cap (Columbia Coolhead). I use any old cheap 30 SPF sunblock for face/neck/hands and apply at least twice throughout the day if I’m getting a lot of exposure. If it gets really hot (like upper 80s Fahrenheit) I’ll switch to an extremely lightweight synthetic t-shirt. I also wear my prescription Aviator sunglasses, but I’ve been meaning to get a lighter and more comfortable pair of sport sunglasses for hiking.

    I hike mostly in northern California, around the Bay Area and the Sierras.

  137. I usually wear a short sleeve shirt and pair of shorts. Regular baseball cap which in end up taking off and throwing in pack. Normally I get burnt and put on suntan lotion when it’s too late. Majority of my backpacking is in the NY tri-state area

  138. Greetings all,

    I mostly backpack in Oregon with my family, but also make it to Colorado with our scout troop and Arkansas (with a new hiking buddy) because it is so close.

    I always wear an OR wide-brimmed hat (sprayed with permethrin to keep the bugs away) to cover my ears and back of neck. I don’t own sunglasses, so never wear them (not sure why since I live in Texas).

    I carry a small bottle of high SPF sunscreen for arms, face, and neck since I wear a synthetic, moisture-wicking short-sleeve shirt. Based on recent tic information, I may be moving to a long-sleeve shirt.

    Finally, I always wear light-weight hiking pants. I don’t like exposed legs as I go through the bush. Due to a recent “very close” encounter with a 4 ft rattle snake (Arkansas), I am probably adding snake gators to my attire.

  139. I usually wear synthetic long sleeves and pants + wide brimmed Tilley. Can’t forget the SPF lip balm, I hate having burnt lips! I hike throughout California, summers mostly in Yosemite.

  140. Normally a ball cap, short sleeves, and shorts, with SPF30 applied 2-3x over the day depending on how much of the hike is exposed sun vs woods. I’ve been looking at wide brim hats, but haven’t found one I like. Most of my hiking is in NH or northern New England.

  141. Bandanna, High SPF sunscreen, Arm Sleeves, and Long Socks. I also carry a collapsible umbrella.

    Tropical Trails of the philippines

  142. I’m glad that I’m not that sensible when it comes to high sun exposure. That way I can usually get away with a pair of running shorts and a short sleeved shirt. I do need a pair of shades. I tried all kind of brands for sunglasses. E.g. oakley, ray ban, Julbo, etc. I’m now quite happy with a cheap pair of shades I got at a discount store for 5€. No need to worry about breaking or scratching an expensive pair of shades when out in the backcountry.
    In extreme hot climates I sometimes add a visor. Good sunprotection and ventilation. And it helps keeping the sweat out of my eyes. I usually bring a umbrella with me. I prefer models with a reflective coating on top. My favourite is the Swing Lightflex from Euroschirm. It’s the same as the popular but now gone GoLite Chrome as Euroschirm used to make the umbrellas for GoLite.
    As my skin usually takes one or two days till it got used to high sun intensity I bring a very small bottle of sunlotion for these very first days. I use it to give the vulnerable areas (ears, nose, etc.) a bit of extra protection.

    This setup worked astonishing well for me in areas like the Zuni Reservation in NewMexico, the Grand Canyon, or in Europes warmer countries (Spain, Italy, etc.). Even on mountain trails like the famous GR20 on the island of Corse it worked perfectly although I held an umbrella in my hands.

  143. I hike mainly in Michigan and areas with similar climate, so I choose my clothing for the temperature more than I for the sun. Sunscreen and sunglasses are all I usually need to protect my exposed areas in both the summer and the winter. I don’t have a brand preference, especially since I lose my glasses so often, and SPF-30 tends to be sufficient. If I need to cover my head on a particularly exposed route, I generally use a UV Buff and leave it draped loose to cover the back of my neck.

  144. We use a combination of sun-safeguarding things, and look like astronauts when we trudge through the sandy coves hugging many Catalan/Mediterranean coastal trails we hike. I have a lightweight, sun-faded running cap I use everywhere in the world for everything from short runs to urban strolls to long treks. I usually wrap a bandana around my neck, which I use to wet my head with when needed. Sunglasses, sometimes depending where we are, and always long sleeve shirts and lightweight hiking pants. My partner uses a bandana or sun hat with a neck-covering flap, sunglasses and, again always long pants and long sleeves. And, for both, 30+ UV waterproof sun cream for our ears, nose/face and the backs of our hands and necks, plus now-and-again lip balm. We’re re-testing all our sun-protection options this summer as we prep for a multi-year walk from Bangkok to Barcelona, where we anticipate having long stretches of high heat and humidity and miles of unshaded roads.

  145. I use light weight breathable, long sleeve and pants with a brimmed hat. I do not use chemical creams of any kind. Some times I wear short sleeves and pants with a hat to get a healthy dose of vitamin D.

  146. A white synthetic t-shirt, a visor cap, and SmartShield spf 30 gel sunscreen. This sunscreen protects well and is the least greasy feeling of any I have found.

  147. I have a full brimmed ‘boonie’ style hat that I use along with a neck scarf that I attach. I find that there is nothing that works as well as having full protection of my face an neck – as sunscreens will wash off and your level of protection can sometimes be in question. I also have sunscreen, sunglasses, long sleeves and pants when appropriate, but proper head gear is a must!

  148. I wear a bandana, typically rolled like a band, but on sunny days I may unfold it and wear it over my head for sun protection. When above treeline, I like a long sleeve shirt. I also use sunscreen for my face, neck and shoulders. I really should invest in a more eco-friendly, non-invasive brand, as I use standard store bought stuff. I have sunglasses that I’ll wear above treeline, but don’t prefer them as I love to see the full range of colors on the trail.

    I do my hiking in the Whites, and trails around Massachusetts.

  149. I wear a baseball type cap and sunglasses. If I know I’m going to be out in a lot of direct sunlight I wear a very light UA long sleeve shirt and Marmot light long pants possibly with a bandana around my neck if need be. Otherwise short sleeves and shorts, with lots of eucalyptus/lemon insect repellant on exposed skin. The ticks seem to be abundant this year, so I may resist the urge to put on the short clothes. Our terrain is predominantly well covered by tree leaves and I’m loathe to spread yet more chemicals all over my body in the form of sunscreen, so I skip it. However, I am tempted to pick up some ti oxide for ear tips and nose. To help prevent neck burn I’m considering one of those wide brimmed hiking hats that the sides fold up. Figure it may also be useful when it’s raining.

    Mostly day hikes around the Delaware Water Gap and Allamuchy NJ area. Currently “in training” for some AT section hikes next year.

  150. A billed hat and Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch sunscreen on my arms, neck and face

  151. When hiking half dome last year.. I wore my REI paddler’s hat, wore sunglasses and had a cooling towel around my neck. For as long as possible, I tried to have my pant and shirt sleeves down.. when it got too hot out.. I pulled my sleeves up and zipped my pant legs off.

    I really hate putting on sunblock because of the greasiness feeling, but have recently found that Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunblock works great without the nastiness.

    Next time around, I’ll probably ditch the cooling towel for a bandana to save on weight.

    • On my last two recent hikes in the sun. Moonlit Canyon in Death Valley and Coyote Gulch in The Grand Staircase Escalante. I’ve used Solar Sense clear zinc on my face and hands. Columbia long sleeve performance fishing gear shirt and Marmot convertible pants. All topped off with a Kuhl billed hat. All light comfortable and protective.

  152. Lots of sunblock, sunglasses and a Sunday Afternoon or Headsweats ProTech hat.

  153. Usually a wide brimmed OR hat. SPF 30 on my neck and other exposed areas. No particular brand.

  154. I use sunblock and a cape hat. Most of my hiking is in the cooler months so a long sleeve shirt protects my arms. A few years ago, as I did some summer hiking in the Texas desert with short sleeves, I realized why I always saw desert nomads covered head to foot. I didn’t get burned because of all the sunblock but I’d have been much more comfortable with loose long sleeves–I’d have felt warmer for sure, but the sun wouldn’t have been so brutal.

  155. G-Lomis quick dry hat, light weight hiking pants T-shirt and spf 50 sunscreen and bug repellent for hiking in the east coast of Canada.

  156. Sunscreen, visor (a full hat makes my head overheat), bandanna for the back of my neck and sunglasses. I hike year round in Arizona, so most of my exposed parts are pretty tan by this time in the year.

  157. Nylon sombrero to protect my face and neck, nylon long-sleeved high-SPF “fishing shirts” and full-length pants; roll-on sunblock and sunglasses in easy-access pocket – I am hiking in the Ozarks, so in the summer I stick to trails that are heavily forested, and only hike trails with long open segments in the early morning or late afternoon. Everything gets permethrin treated to ward off the chiggers and ticks.

  158. For sun, brush and tick protection, I wear long pants and a light weight long sleeve shirt along with a comfortable brimmed hat. If the sun is really strong, I’ll drape my bandana from under my hat to cover my neck. Sunscreen on my face, neck and ears and some good sunglasses. It’s tempting to take sun protection lightly but exposure adds up over the years. It’s best to take precautions by wearing comfortable, light clothes, stay in the shade when you can and wear sunscreen when necessary.

  159. I hike mainly in the Sierras where it is clear and warm/hot so I am usually in a T-shirt and shorts. I use a vented baseball cap and 30 to 50 spf sunblock. I apply sunblock about 4 times a day. My wife has had some pre-cancerous cells removed so we are pretty diligent about lathering up.

  160. Long pants, long-sleeve shirt, broad-brimmed hat. Don’t always use sunscreen but I probably should. Mostly areas 200 miles from Chicago or less.

  161. I hike in Arizona. I wear a ball cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen on any exposed skin. I usually wear a short-sleeve shirt and shorts, so I don’t cover much with clothing.

  162. Light-colored cotton (yes cotton!) long-sleeved button up, collared shirts and a ball cap with a bandana tucked up underneath to cover my neck, if I don’t have a wide brimmed hat; putzin’ around down south!

  163. Most of my hikes are under forest cover but I always take a light ball cap, sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses. Even in the snow I’ll wear a visored hat, sunglasses, balm, and at least carry a small sunscreen to use if needed on my face. I use this system in Northwest and Central Oregon.

  164. I use a 50 SPF sunscreen, long sleeves and a wide brim hat. Seems to do the trick in KY and OH.

  165. Lotion- whatever we have typically SPF 15 or 30. Baseball hat to shade eyes. In New England. Shorts and shirtsleeves if temps allow.

  166. I use sunscreen on my neck and face all summer. Recently I purchased a Kaslking cap with flaps on the side and back that has a UPF 50+ rating for under $10. Besides great sun protection, I’m finding the cap is great for fly protection. I sewed the back flaps together so the flies and suns rays couldn’t get in.
    I am going to buy a UV umbrella this summer, that I am planning on using on the PCT.

  167. Normally just sunscreen for me. I always have sunglasses and lightweight baseball style hat, but I find I don’t use them that much. Always shorts and short sleeve temperature permitting, but Phil has got me thinking more about long pants (for tick protection, though.)

  168. Pretty much the same as any other exposed outdoor activity. Sunscreen, ball cap/visor, sunglasses. I’m usually not hiking extended distances in the heat of the summer so using long sleeves and pants is standard.

  169. Here in New England I’m usually running a fairly decent farmers tan, so I don’t usually worry to0 much about actual sunscreen unless I’m out on a lake in a canoe.

  170. I am hyper vigilant about bugs and ticks, so I am pretty much always in long sleeves and pants. The only sun specific thing I do is to wear a wide brimmed hat along with sunglasses. Sometimes, I will also pun sunscreen on my nose and ears as well (belt and suspenders).

  171. John. aka "grunt"

    Never had the need on the AT guess I would just put on my baseball hat

  172. I am getting old and wrinkled. Therefor I cover as much skin as possible with light nylon clothing and wear a wide brim hat. I hike, bike, kayak and ski in the PNW. I also spend a month each year in Canyonlands.

  173. I wear a wide brimmed sun hat (Sunday Mornings-brand) that has a long tail at the neck. It probably looks kind of dorky–we call it a stormtrooper hat, but it is comfortable. I wear a longsleeved sunshirt, and a bit of sunscreen on my face and hands. I usually hike in Northern Caalifornia.

  174. I wear sunscreen and a wide brimmed or hat.i hike in the whites

  175. Headed to Philmont Scout camp in July for a 12 day trek. I’m taking wide brim hat, long sleeve shrts, zip off pants, buff, and 30 sunscreen

  176. Hat, long sleeves, and just a little sun-screen.

  177. I always wear sun protection because I am very sensitive to sun. I wear a hat, polarized sunglasses, and spf 15 on my face daily. When I’m out hiking in the Northeast (white mountains, Catskills, Vermont, Adirondaks) I wear the same but with higher SPF.

  178. I wear SPF 30 sunscreen, the sports type that won’t wash away when I sweat. I sweat a ton when I hike but rarely need to use sunscreen. I hike in Maine and New Hampshire, so desert sun isn’t an issue. Does the tree canopy count as sun protection??? I usually have a bandanna, so in a pinch I could wrap my face… just thought of that…

  179. I always were long sleeved shirts while backpacking along with a broad brimmed Tilly hat and always use a strong water resistant sun screen on my face and all exposed skin. Better safe than sorry.

  180. I wear a Zpacks coolie hat, long sleeved tshirt and long trousers. I apply SPF30 Blockhead sunblock mainly on hands and wrists.
    I hike in Wales, Scotland, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Eastern Alps (Austria).

  181. I use a Tilly hat and Solumbra ultra athlete shirt with sun protective gloves. No creams. The system is used when I hike. If my hike is in the desert or mostly above timberline I may use a Golite Umbrella.

  182. I wear Railriders Versatac long pants, an Underarmour quick drying t-shirt, UVB sunglasses, and a New Mexico billed cap.
    If the sun is especially intense, I use 50+ SPF LaRoche-Posay sunscreen on my face, arms, and neck.

    I day and section hike the AT (lately in VA, WV, and MD) and trails in LA.

  183. David R. Always use Columbia PFG long sleeves and zip off pants, or Exofficio long sleeves and zip off pants. Both systems are at least UPF 30 rated! For a hat I use a long billed fishing cap with drape (UPF 50) by Dr. Shade, or a wide brimmed Ultimate Hat (UPF 50). For extreme heat my Swing LiteFlex trekking umbrella is my top choice. All of these items are treated with Permethrin insect repellent. For sunscreen 30 to 50 SPF rated.


  184. I’ve used a brimmed baseball cap with bandanna to shield my head and neck, long sleeved Underarmor shirt, and light pair of Performance Fishing Gear pants. And of course, sunglasses (my eyes would melt in a week without them). I tend not to use sunscreen.
    section hiked in Wind River Mtn Range, WY

  185. I use high SPF sunscreen. I wear a wide-brimmed Tilley hat, nylon long sleeved shirt, nylon convertible pants and clip-on shades.

  186. Hi. I wear the Outdoor Research Sun Hat or a The North Face running cap to protect me from the sun. I also wear some the warby parker prescription sunglasses and always use aveeno sunscreen on the exposed areas of my face and neck. I just purchased an OR echo buff so I will be testing that out for added sun and wind protection. Thanks.

  187. Typically I go with my blue OR sun hat (with no regard for how goofy I may look while wearing it) along with ample amounts of SPF 30, even while hiking the mostly shaded trails of the Northeast.

  188. Clothing and sunscreen seem to work. Helps with bugs too.

    The details, for those so inclined:

    Long sleeve synthetic pants and shirts.

    Four inch brim hat.

    Lightweight neck gaiter,

    Lightweight deerskin gloves.

    Glacier glasses with full wrap protection.

    30+ sunscreen on any exposed facial skin.

    Remember to be naked 20 minutes of every day in the wilderness.

    I still want the extra vitamin D and when you are washing the sweat out of all of the above there isn’t much else to wear.

    Yes, my trail name is MR. Clean!

    Not Extra Crispy.

  189. i typically hike in a long sleeve rail riders shirt with the bug protection in it. alot of the times i make due with running shorts but then once i stop for the day i will through on thin long pants to keep the bugs off, i never seem to have any trouble with the sun burning my legs while hiking. i always wear a regular baseball style cap and leave the sun glasses at home while im hiking.
    i mostly hike in the catskills, but when vacation time comes its to NH i go. wild river wilderness, count down 2 weeks.

  190. I usually hike in the southern Appalachians, where the canopy is so thick that I often don’t wear sunblock because I don’t like the greasiness. Here in the summer it is so hot that long pants or sleeves are not really an option, so I suck it up and put on the sunblock when I do need it.

  191. I wear long sleeve shirt and baseball cap. I add sun screen during the worst part of day. Most of the hiking I do is in New York’s Hudson valley area and northern New Jersey

  192. I always wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt with pop-able collar to protect my skin. On southern sections of the PCT and in the middle east I also wear sun blocking gloves, since I used to get burned on the top of my hands very often. I also keep a light buff around my wrist that I can use to protect my forehead, ears, and dome for time when I recently shaved my head. Taken together, I have very little skin showing to the sun. I round out my protection with polarized Native brand sunglasses :) Most of my hiking recently has been in the NH White Mountains and Adirondacks, with 1-2 trips per year in Israel.

  193. I wear sunblock on my face and exposed parts – I like just the CVS store brand. I almost always wear shorts except in the cold of winter, so usually end up with sunscreen on my legs. I have a sun blocking shirt with good spf of 50. For the head, I’ve got a sweet fishing hat with a back flap to protect my neck.

  194. I always wear a short sleeved shirt to protect my shoulders, 9-10″ inseam shorts to protect my thighs, and wear a ball cap to protect my nose and cheek bones.

    If it’s extremely sunny and I start to redden, I put some sunscreen on my forearms and the sides of my cheekbones. Nothing else ever reddens :)

    This doesn’t sound like much – but I live in the very humid mid Atlantic region, where most people are in tank tops and shorter running shorts to stay cool.

  195. Nice way to raise traffic! Great brand to highlight too – can’t say enough good stuff about my HMG tarp and ice pack. I have a few key items to help with sun (and I’m as white as they come): Neutrogena high SPF non greasy sun block (or zinc on a glacier); a Tilly Hat (aero mostly); 2 patagonia spf block long-sleves (one a hoodie, great for skiing or glaciers, one a rash guard mostly for the water); a soft-billed Prana hat for under a climbing helmet; a (lost) Julbo glacier glasses nose guard (gotta get a new one…); Long Pata pants when needed, or some really ugly useful Prana clam diggers for most days on the cliff. That and sometimes I use some Kiehl’s ski-specific sun stuff which seems to work very well in the winter.

  196. As I hike the Appalachian Trail and its largely a green tunnel, my sun system is largely based on long light nylon fishing pants (SPF 45) from Academy and either a long sleeve, light fishing shirt (SPF 25) from Academy or a long sleeved undershirt. I also wear a wide brimmed nylon fishing hat that has an optional sun drape in the back. I usually keep the sun drape rolled up. I carry a small plastic vial of sunscreen just in case and seldom apply it. That’s it. No sunglasses as I wear prescription glasses. Being ex-military, I favor a hat instead of sun glasses.

  197. Always wear a wide brimmed hat with sunglasses. I use my UV breathable long sleeved shirts my daughter got me at a product marketing convention. Sunblock is used sparingly; just don’t like the feel. I just like being outdoors in the sun.

  198. I need very little protection from the sun – truthfully, the sun needs protection from me and my fish belly white skin, which, owing to the reflected glare created has caused
    temporary snow blindness and perhaps even insanity. I hike primarily in the very early or late hours of the day and then allow it to settle around me as I would a blanket or a fog, the soft twang of banjo played slowly against the grain. Other than a hat and sunglasses I need very little other than normal clothing.

  199. We all love to hike and it should be a pleasure and delight to do so in the wilds in good weather. However, I have very fair skin and simply cannot tan deep enough for natural protection to build up. I have therefore developed a strategy whereby I can enjoy hiking in hot weather without risk of sunburn. This may mean carrying extra kit or kit which is slightly heavier but it means I now relish being out in hot weather.
    I try to avoid suncreams as, over the course of a few days, me and my gear inevitably end up getting grubby when the lotion rubs off/gathers muck & dust..
    So, my technique is for my gear to provide all the sun protection I need.
    In extreme heat I will use a brolly for shade – a Euroschirm Swing Liteflex trekking umbrella (very compact, easily fits inside a pack when travelling) & the Swing Hands Free trekking umbrella (can be rigged to pack for hands free use, hence the name…!). Crucially both are in the chrome colour which provides significant sun protection. Not bad in the rain too!
    Sun hat is usually the Tilley T5 (if need be, soaked in water to provide a cooling evaporative effect).
    Buff (choose a model with high UV protection).
    Light coloured long sleeved trekking shirt (sleeves that can be buttoned up) and convertible pants (I only use in shorts mode when the sun is not strong). Both must be at least 40+UPF with insect guard treatment.
    However, in the last year I have discovered a range of gear which utilises Schoellers Coldblack® technology – this is amazingly effective and very highly recommended. Basically the UV elements which actually produce the sensation of heat are reflected away by the material. I have only found 2 manufacturers who are incorporating this in to their lineups – TAD Gear and Under Armour. UA have clearly aimed for the golfing market as most of their Coldblack® products are nice polo shirts! However there is the SS15 long sleeved running shirt – I have this in white and reckon that I feel at least 10°C cooler when wearing this in hot sun. All their products are at least 30+UPF. UA do Coldblack® baseball caps too.
    I live in the UK where you may not expect hot sun to be a problem. However, as I write London is expected to reach 33°C today with the possibility of 35/36°C tomorrow! During such weather I will either hike coastal routes or mountain routes where water supply is not a problem. Staying hydrated is a vital part of enjoying the sun. Aim for at least ½ a litre per hour, so it’s best not to have to carry a full days supply…..! And this weekend I will be implementing all these strategies on the South Downs Way…?

  200. Most of my hikes involve two youngsters and two dogs in valley forge national historical park on the horseshoe trail so the sun block is usually spf 50 or higher, clothing includes long sleeves and hats, shorts and bug spray

  201. Always wear a bill hat and apply sunscreen. If it’s bright and not too humid I’ll add a long sleeve wicking shirt. Option 2: there are plenty of places to explore where there is shade.

  202. My approach depends on where I’m hiking and the weather.
    -Above treeline in Northeast: Sunglasses and sunblock on all exposed skin
    -Below treeline in Northeast (Sunny or winter): Sunglasses, sunblock on all exposed skim except possibly legs
    -Below treeline in Northeast (Cloudy, not winter): Probably nothing, except maybe sunglasses; if it’s a particularly open forest (like the Blue Hills), then I’m more likely to wear sunglasses and sunblock on face/ears/neck.
    -Cascades (or Sierra Nevada, Rockies): Sunhat that covers neck and ears, sunglasses, sunblock on all exposed skin

    If it’s above 55 or 60, I’m wearing shorts and a T-shirt; I never wear long sleeves just for sun/bug protection.

  203. I dress ALWAYS like I am Muslim – cover up with fabric! Hat for face. I still get a small amount of sun, but never burn even at high altitudes!

  204. I usually opt for long sleeves and a hat over sunscreens, especially on long trips. I have occasionally busted out the trekking umbrella. Most of my hiking is in Maine.

    – Logan

  205. I wear a cap and use banana boat spf 50 sports sunscreen. I wear Cabela’s camo light long sleeved shirt and 5 pocket hiking shorts. I hike in the Guadalupe National mountains when it isn’t too hot.

  206. Sunscreen and baseball cap usually. Loose fitting clothing (like a windshirt) when appropriate/cool enough. I use this everywhere I hike.

  207. I tend to carry or wear sunscreen only if I plan to be above tree-line or otherwise exposed. I mostly hike in New England and a short sleeve shirt and a baseball cap and/or a bandana along with sunscreen when needed works for me. Sunglasses are always nice too.

  208. Low elevation: long hiking pants, UPF shirt, wide-brimmed boonie hat, SPF 30 sunblock

    High elevation: UV Buff for head, SPF50 sunblock, SPF50 sunblock chapstick (essential for snow!), glacier glasses

  209. I wear a long-sleeve shirt – either a light base layer top (Patagonia Capilene 1 crew being my favorite) or a Columbia sun shirt. Generally long pants (Patagonia Rock Guides or Railriders Adventure Khakis, in khaki of course). If it’s too warm, then Rock Guide shorts. I’ve tried a light Buff for neck protection, or a bandana knotted around my neck. Ball cap generally, either a Patagonia Bone Flats hat or some nondescript Outdoor Research model. For sunscreen I’ve been using some Mary Kay stuff my wife started getting some years ago. Not too greasy, and works surprisingly well. Oh, and Julbo sunglasses.

  210. easy, I only hike at night…

  211. I use an SPF 45 sun scrren (‘No-Ad’ available in FL) and a ball cap or, if the sun is REALLY strong, a large sun hat (Outdoor Research).

    • I’m 67 and wishing I had paid attention to this when younger. I hate sun cream and only use it on face and back of hands. My go to has been long pants, long sleeved sun shirt with the collar turned up, and a wide brim hat. This year I’m experimenting with (and liking) a ball cap with either a light Patagonia Caprilene Hoodie pulled over it, or a large white cotton kerchief worn under it to protect my neck, ears and face. I’ve just ordered a Huk fishing mask and fingerless sun gloves and will see if they are worth while. I’m finding that the ball cap is far more versatile that a wide brimmed hat. It works under all of my hoods, fits in my pack easier without crushing, and doesn’t catch so much wind. My girlfriend has shown me the advantages of spf chapstick (less chap and more kisses!)

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