Have you noticed more and more of your barn friends schooling and working in lovely, bright and lightweight cool tech shirts? These shirts are earning some well-deserved praise! Many of our customers own at least 1 (and some have many more), and here’s why:
For starters, they are super cute! Cool shirts come in EVERY color under the sun, every color to coordinate with your horse’s outfit or any color to suit your mood. Generally the fit is quite flattering, long and tapered at the waist.
Secondly, they are designed with unique fabric that wicks away and dries moisture and cools the skin. So when you’re working hard in the saddle and sweating like a pig, you’ll feel like a princess: cool and dry. They also have mesh panels on the inner sleeve to contribute to that cool, breezy feel. If you do drench your shirts in the heat of the day, cool shirts are made of odor reducing Antibacterial/Antimicrobial fabric.
Thirdly, and certainly most important, the fabric also has a decent amount of UPF (similar to SPF) woven into the shirts. The Kastel Denmark shirts have 30 UPF and the EIS shirts have 50 UPF. No matter how much we dislike slathering sunscreen on our skin, it is very necessary to reduce the amount of sun your skin absorbs, and any shirt with SPF/UPF will definitely help protect your skin (and DNA) from harmful UV rays. Equestrians spend a good time more than the average Jane or Joe in the sun, except perhaps for beach bunnies! Think about your skin, it will thank you later with graceful aging.
Our favorite brands for these shirts are definitely Kastel and EIS, but there are many other brands that make Sun or Cool Shirts such as Ariat, Tailored Sportsman, and more. Every brand will be a little different in their design, but they pretty much all have the same features. The care of these shirts is super easy, just wash in a front loading washing machine in cold water and lay flat to dry (they dry really quick)!
You can get these great shirts right here at your favorite tack store, Mary’s Tack and Feed! Find them online at http://www.marystack.com or call Toll Free 1-800-551-6279.