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I have sleeves from both Nike and Pearl Izumi.  They are comfortable and work great.  I have worn them on 90 degree F days and I was still comfortable.  As others have mentioned, with skinny arms like mine, they have a tendency to slip down a bit.  I’m curious about ourstoryi sleeves and whether that stretchy, one-size fits all material would stay in place better.  May have to try them.

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Yes! Keeps arms cooler and provides UV protection. Lots of good options available these days. Most recently have purchased STORYI - good goods. Super comfortable. 

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I asked the MGS forum about long sleeve shirts a few days ago and a number of responses recommended arm/sun sleeves.  There are a bunch of choices out there.

I ordered from two different companies and tried the first pair today — Columbia Freezer Zero.  They stayed up quite well (the top rolled down a little but nowhere near enough to interfere/annoy — never worried about them sliding down.

When waiting on the group ahead I could feel the heat of the day but not more than I would have with bare arms covered in sunscreen.  When walking or when there was a breeze my arms felt significantly cooler.

Three notes about the Columbia: (1) wide seam on inside of arm — did not leave a mark or become irritating but some might not like the look; (2) there is a definite bluish tinge to the white sleeves due to the cooling technology in the fabric; and (3) large Columbia logo on forearm of each sleeve.  None of these would stop me from buying again but I wasn’t fully aware of these until they arrived

I have a second pair on order from another company and intend to explore some other brands.

And, as if this reply isn’t long enough already, be sure you note whether the product is using UPF or SPF as its standard for UV protection.

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I started using the SParms sleeves.  They are 50+ protection, plus when I sweat, they actually keep my arms cooler in this Houston heat and humidity.  Reminds me of farmers and ranchers I saw growing up - they wore long-sleeved shirts in the middle of summer for much the same reason.  

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Agreed.  Good decision to use sun sleeves.  They are cooler.  I am in South Texas and the sun can be brutal.  I just bought the $12 Amazon ones and they are fine, provided you get the correct size.  First ones were too small and I gave them to my teenager.  Next set are great.  I have the Nike warm sleeves for when it is just cool enough on the first few holes and then pull them off as it warms.  Since i just had skin cancer taken off my head, I am much more serious about the protection now.

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These posts have been great, thanks guys! Wouldn’t have known of SParms if not for MGS ... and will likely go with them. Going to try both their arm sleeve and their sleeves that connect across the shoulders. 

Not worried too much about the sleeves slipping down my arm ... but man, when I sweat, I get really sweaty and need them to hold and stay in place. 😂 
 

 

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5 minutes ago, korsmot said:

Agreed.  Good decision to use sun sleeves.  They are cooler.  I am in South Texas and the sun can be brutal.  I just bought the $12 Amazon ones and they are fine, provided you get the correct size.  First ones were too small and I gave them to my teenager.  Next set are great.  I have the Nike warm sleeves for when it is just cool enough on the first few holes and then pull them off as it warms.  Since i just had skin cancer taken off my head, I am much more serious about the protection now.

I turned 40 in March and felt it was appropriate to start seeing a dermatologist on an annual basis.

Saw one then and got a baseline exam ... oddly enough, the two spots/moles I was most worried about we’re a non-issue. Yet this dark black freckle on my stomach was their biggest concern. They measured, took photos and I’m actually doing a 3-month follow-up on Tuesday with them to revisit that freckle. Grew up in Miami and was a sun worshiper, along with lots of youth sports outdoors year-round  

Think the sleeves will keep my wife happy.  

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Irons: :ping-small:  G425 (5-PW) 

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Footjoy ($30) stay up, Nike, UA do not! They slide down the arm. Both Footjoy white and grey are great!

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Wearing UV Sleeves is a great idea bc the elephant in the room is Skin Cancer which is a Major Killer of Men... I've looking at wearing UV Shirts e.g. fishing shirts for protection. Check them out on Hook & Tackle and other fishing outlets... 

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It is an indispensable accessory for me when doing outdoor activities. I use the arm sleeves by B-Driven Sports, which are nice and fit very well, tight to the biceps area, but over all it fits very well; cooling and sun protection. 

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I've been using the Nike arm sleeves for several years and they work great and don't slide down.   After a routine dermatologist appt, he found melanoma on my forearm.  Had a big chunk removed from my arm and luckily it hadn't spread.  That got me wearing the arm sleeves whenever I golf, Dr likes them also.  

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I have used the adidas sleeves to prevent sun exposure. They were too tight for my arms, and I could never get comfortable. I may try Nike or SParms, I don't have huge arms, but it is to the point where I have been looking at long sleeve shirts. 

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Still a fan of these. Wore them in 100* round a couple weeks ago and had no issues. Didn’t worry about them Fallon down, they weren’t soaking wet and still felt cool. They also have multiple Pga players and caddies wearing them 

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I am using B-Driven sports arm sleeve and i am very happy with it. Use it often when having to be outdoors or playing sports. Fits me well and isn't too tight, it keeps me out of direct sunlight so it's a lot cooler. 

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I really like using sleeves, except I don't use them for sun protection. I use sleeves as something I can easily put on or take off for a touch less/more warmth while on the course. 

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I live in AZ so I wear them every time I play.  The best sleeves for me are Foot Joy, they keep their shape and come in black, grey , and white. Nike do not hold up , I will not buy them anymore.  

 

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As stated in earlier post, the FJs are awesome.  Honestly cannot wear anything with sleeves in the summer.  When our heat index get up around 110 my arms need to breathe.  Have been very lucky, maybe it is my DNA.  My dermatologist tells me that at my age (75) I have the softest skins and cleanest she has come across.  I still like the FJ sleeves in the cool mornings so I can peel them off as the day gets warmer.  I tired some SA fishing sleeves but the are really tight.  Seems that FJs are the best fitting and stay in place.  Have seen some some of the cheaper brands my buddies get to say a dollar or two and they sag and fall down.  You want them to fit snug.  

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I have tried several brands this year.  My take:

1.  Columbia OmniFreeze Zero - the most obvious cooling “tech.”  These were my first purchase.  They work well but are loosest fit around bicep so require most frequent adjustment - a minor annoyance but enough so that when playing 18 holes I prefer other brands.  Also a bit short in sleeve length.

2.  Nelson (nwgolf) - the longest in sleeve length, upper arm fit is closest to arm pit.  Also work well, good upper arm grip without squeezing.

3.  SunDay Afternoons - good fit, adequate job.

4.  SParms sleeves - really like the way they work but sleeve length is a touch short; stay up well.

5.  SParms shawl - function great, no worry about slipping due to wrap around shoulders but length is too short for my liking.

6. Solbari - good function and fit but some slippage around bicep.

7.  Tough Outdoors - from Amazon.  Worked okay but had to roll top down a little to prevent bicep from being squeezed to tight (felt like blood flow was being cut off).  The only sleeves to leave deep marks after wearing them for only 9 holes.

All the sleeves I tried are sized- I deliberately avoided one size fits all.  I didn’t find any of them to restrict my swing.  You will know you are wearing them, especially when walking on calm, sunny days but it is not so intrusive for me that I would go back to slathering on sunscreen (just had my annual appointment with my dermatologist after have some cancer removed a while back and he was very pleased).  Riding or on days with some breeze you will feel a noticeable cooling effect.

As with all MSG forum comments, YMMV.

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Hybrids: Ping G410 (22º and 26º; Regular)

Irons: Ping G410 (6-U)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (54º/12º), and Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 (58º/8º)

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On 6/12/2021 at 7:35 AM, mikeanthony said:

Has anyone tried the UV arm sleeves during a round? I've been on the fence on purchasing a pair and was curious if any of you bought a set and regretted it afterwards. 

 

 

Get them. Your dermatologist will love you. I have two different brands. Both are from bicycling brands - Voler and Pearl Izumi. Voler is a Direct to Consumer brand. Pearl can be bought from Performancebike.com. 
You can wet them with water in mid summer to cool yourself. You must put them on before you are outdoors sweating. It will take a few rounds to adapt but you will not need sunscreen ever again. It’s useless after 6 holes anyway. 

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I've used them and found Footjoy the best, as they do not slide down from your shoulder blade. Nike are crap, UA and Sun Mountain almost as bad. The problem is when you swing the sleeves by your shoulder blade begins to slide down your arm. Footjoy doesn't. I have them in grey and white and also use them during the winter months.

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