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    please, SOMEONE explain how an SPF factor is useful in clothing!!!!!!???

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    ignore me, I found out now

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    "choose light colours which absorb heat less " i thought it didn't matter about the colour for how hot you may get.

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    Depends how loose the clothing is perhaps?

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    that's what i would have thought

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    make sure you keep a top on in the high alltitude's, I made the mistake of washing my clothes on a sunny afternoon after an acclimatisation walk, only one hour caused me hell on my back, never felt it happening due to cool winds, dohh, I recommend the craghoppers anti mozzy shirt with double fold collar and a couple of buffs to keep year head and neck free of sun but cool, drink plenty pee slowly..

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    Living and working in Menorca, I know a bit about this subject. I'm out all day, virtually every day, May to the end of October and wear Craghoppers shirts, both long and short sleeve, with Columbia or Regatta high-SPF lightweight shorts and Karrimor shoes plus my Tilley hat. Light colours are definitely better in hot sunny weather. Hope this helps.

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    It's not so much "absorb heat", more about sunshine. Black will get you hotter if you're in the sun. Which is why weather stations are white.

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    And why bedouins wear black...

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    They don't have an overriding priority to regularise the effect of sunlight though, which weather stations do so you can find air temperature irrespective of sun and compare between stations.

    Visible|Sun light is more readily absorbed by dark materials, which is converted to heat, so stuff inside tends to get hotter. Whatever your cultural taste in clothes doesn't affect that particular nugget of physics.

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    Bedouins stay cool because of their loose fitting, multi-layer, clothing. The trapped air in the layers of cloth insulate against the sun in the day and the cold sky at night. Colour of the cloth is secondary. Although if the black was a perfect black body then it would emit heat as effectively as it absorbed it...

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