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I use arm warmers a lot during the winter and transitional months. I’ve been curious to try sun sleeves but have been wary due to the excessive heat of the Atlanta summer. The opportunity to try these ultra light, thin, UV protected arm sleeves from one of my favorite brands, BUFF®, was welcome. Add in some fun colors and I was officially sold.
From the BUFF® website the UV arm sleeves:
- Provides UPF 40+ protection*
- Moisture wicking fabric is breathable and comfortable
- Durable, comfortable four-way stretch for light compression
- Stretch flatlock seam eliminates chafing
- Antimicrobial fabric treatment helps control odors
- Lightweight, compressible and packable
- Slightly smaller elastic upper (compared to angling version) holds sleeve comfortably in place
- Reflective elements for added low-light visibility
By time I received the arm sleeves it was already topping 90s in Atlanta so I was really worried about testing. I was able to test them a few times during evening speedwork. I soaked the sleeves in the park water fountains and they stayed damp and cool for about 30 minutes at a time. A slight breeze added to the AC effect. When they’re damp from sweat they also have a cooling effect.
However, I would say that wearing these in 90 degree temps is not ideal. The white pair may work better for hotter temps but I was all about being flashy. Having worn them during the Maine Coast Half Marathon in 60 degree temps, I’d say the arm sleeves are ideal for the 45-65 degree range. While I’m sure they provide great UV protection during hotter weather, I’m just not a fan of wearing more layers when the heat and humidity creep up.
- Thin and lightweight
- Fun colors but not as many options as other BUFF® products
- Comfortable elastic band holds in place
- Easily roll down and store in a pocket if they get too hot
- Still too warm to wear in summer sun
- Sizing seems to run small even though I measured myself according to size chart (due to the small size around my bicep I think this led to them chafing under my armpit – working on some solutions)
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Do you use arm sleeves in the warmer months? Let me know what you think.