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No garment can be loose when you are wearing a backpack with waist and chest straps. Use an unbuttoned shirt. Advantages: protects from sunburn and sun heat directly on the skin if cycling, and especially if using panniers instead of backpack, is cooler than naked because it whirls the wind around your body! if walking, being able to unbutton or button it ...


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I think a lot of it is about protection from the sun’s UV radiation since people don’t/didn’t have sunscreen and spent considerable time outside. As a former runner, hard training in full summer noon heat in central Europe works quite well when you wear as little clothing as possible. Movement (or wind) helps the sweat evaporate on the skin. Clothing only ...


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Anecdotal, from living in the Dallas Texas area for 20 years... In Dallas, the high temperature hits about 95 F (35 C) about May 15th and stays above that until the end of September, often getting a little above 100 F (38-39 C). It very rarely gets above 104 (40 C). The hottest it ever gets is about 110-112 (43-44 C). The weather forecast for this ...


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We need to also factor in the effects of humidity. In desert climates, sweat evaporates immediately, and dehydration is a huge killer; a layer of loose clothing (of whatever colour) will prevent too-rapid loss of moisture. In humid climates the balance swings to maximizing fresh airflow over the skin.


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British people (perhaps among others) are known for removing as many clothes as practical or possible when it is hot. But in many hot countries, they don't do that: they wear more clothes, perhaps several layers. The problem is when you get sunlight directly on the skin. As we know, most things in direct sunlight get hot, sometimes very hot, and skin can ...


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I would assume any time strong direct sunlight is involved. Doubt there would be much thermal advantage to wearing long clothing during an ultra-hot night or in a jungle for example. It's not just white/light colored clothing however. Google bedouin traditional desert clothing and you will see a fair bit of darker-colored clothes. I suspect part of it is ...


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