Stay-Cool Items for Summertime Comfort - Horse&Rider

Stay-Cool Items for Summertime Comfort

Ride comfortably this summer with gear designed to keep you cool and dry, from your head to your toes.
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COOL-HEADED
Model: Helmet sweat absorber.
Maker: NoSweatCo.
Why buy: These easy-to-use hat liners keep the sweat off your face. Peel off the paper liner and wear inside your favorite cowboy hat, helmet, or ball cap.
Cool features: Reduces scent and odor, locks in sweat, and breathes to keep your brim and face dry and cool.
More info: (615) 697-9328; nosweatco.com.
Price: $3.99 for a three-pack.

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FULLY PROTECTED
Model: Sun Shield shirt.
Maker: SmartPak.
Why buy: Figure-flattering and stylish, this shirt is perfect to ride in and then head out afterward to run errands or meet friends for lunch.
Cool feature: Breathable Australian Veratex blocks up to 98 percent of UV rays and will help keep you cool while you ride in the heat of summer.
More info: (800) 752-5171; smartpakequine.com.
Price: $59.95

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BET YOUR BRITCHES
Model: Ice Fil tech tights.
Maker: Kerrits.
Why buy: These riding pants, an alternative to denim, offer breathability and UPF protection for a day of riding out in the hot sun.
Cool features: Ice Fil fabric with Kerrit anti-slip technology keeps you cool, yet secure in the saddle. UPF 50+ sun protection and pockets make them a practical alternative to regular denim jeans.
More info: (509) 493-3959; kerrits.com.
Price: $73.95

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HAPPY FEET
Model: Tall boot socks.
Maker: Ariat.
Why buy: Quick-drying and comfortable, these socks are designed to be worn under riding boots.
Cool features: Nylon and Coolmax blend keeps your feet dry; reinforced toe and heel and welt stitching keeps socks in place.
More info: (877) 702-7428; ariat.com.
Price: $10.95

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BUYER SAVVY
When you select gear for summer riding, choose light colors and breathable fabrics to ensure that you can stay cool all day. Here are other features to look for.

Moisture-wicking. Choose clothing that’s specifically designed to pull moisture from the skin to the exterior of the fabric. Moisture-wicking shirts, pants, sports bras, and even socks will reduce the sticky, wet feeling, and also decrease the likelihood of blisters.

Sun protection. Look for items that advertise high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) ratings. Fabrics such as polyester and nylon also are effective to protect against damaging UV rays.

Ventilation. Built-in ventilation such as mesh or crochet/knit patterns, or cut-outs in a helmet, shirt, hat, gloves, or riding pants will enhance airflow to dry sweat and maintain a lower body temperature.

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