Well it is summer time in Texas. My wife and I went to our ranch in east texas where it was a solid 102 degrees. I had picked up a new "wicking" shirt made by Field and Stream from Dicks sporting goods off of their clearance rack for around 5 dollars.
The above link is as close to the model I could find. So I wore this shirt with my built in underwear boat shorts from Academy. see below for the link:
I am a very routine person and changing materials on a diabetic is hard enough so I had my doubts about this shirt that weighs about half an ounce and feels like I am walking around topless. Usually I wear golf type polos that have a mix of polly and cotton that have weight and feel of cotton with a small amount of wicking. Also switching to a full button up shirt from a polo, and losing all the weight of a typical shirt took me a few hours to get used to.
Pros for the Wicking half ounce shirt are: they are high in spf rating, lots of pockets and storage, and good ventalation. The bad: awkward fit, non-natural feel to them, and hang on you real heavy when they turn to a ball of sweat, and last they look really dorky and goofy with their pastel and dirt colors. So on a diabetes scale of syringes I would give the pure wicking shirts a 3 out of 5 syringes. I did run into a guy who referred to this type of material as: "chick-wick." Kind of made me chuckle.
Wow, am I a dork. As my wife would say but continuing with what to wear in the great outdoors in 100 degree heat. I always keep a bandana around but last year I wore one on my head when I forgot my sunscreen on an orienteering competition. Come to find out, it was real comfy and made my ability to get through the bush real easy and in the open I was protected from the sun. I know this is the worst look on earth but, I am using half the sunscreen with no crispy ears and I feel in general 5 degrees cooler than wearing a gilligan style hat. That in the background is what we refer to as "The Crack Shack" for its quality 1 bedroom cabin built to no standards. If that aint country.
The red hat, yellow bandana, and my polly-cotton rangers polo is a new must for me when working the ranch. Ugly but I can work all day and into the late hours with a pair of lopers, chainsaw, and axe. I can even run barb wire in half the time because I can move easily in the brush.
I have officially switched from winter omnipodding to my old school Animas IR1200. My educator said since it is about 2 years out of waranty I need to upgrade but the security and familiarity works great combined with medtronics 23inch Quick-set. I can sweat barrels with no worry of infection or site-sweat-off. Do you like my nice Gerber suspension (I will blog about knives later) and my sweet Slippery Falls scout ranch belt I bought when I was 17. Makes me feel young still able to fit into it.