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Arm and Leg Sleeves

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How we choose: The best arm and leg sleeves highlighted here were selected based on 14 reviews of 4 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)

OR ActiveIce Sun Sleeves work well protecting the wearer from harmful UV rays, while keeping cool with ActiveIce technology. This product works well for everyday use, as well as any outdoor activity from a leisurely hike to mountaineering! No more sticky arms from sunscreen when tromping through the wilderness!

Reasons to Buy

  • Blocks UV as designed
  • Comfortable/slight compression
  • Good option for layering
  • Cooling effect works well

Reasons to Avoid

  • Stitching not the highest quality
  • Stains don't all wash out
  • High price point

This product is a great alternative for people who don’t like to wear sunscreen every day, but still need protection from the suns destructive rays. I have found them comfortable and reliable, and now rarely need to use sunscreen on my arms.  “Built from an innovative fabric that actually cools you as it wicks away perspiration, and providing UPF 50+ protection from the sun's harsh rays, the ActiveIce Sun Sleeves are a must-have for paddlers, trail runners, hot-weather backpackers and anyone else who spends serious time in warm, dry, sun-baked environments.” Specs/Features Fabric: ActiveIce, 91% polyester, 9% spandex, stretch knit Avg.

Read more: Outdoor Research ActiveIce Sun Sleeves reviews (2)

The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves provide inexpensive, lightweight protection from sun and bugs, while keeping the wearer cool and comfortable. Worn on a 7-day hike with temperatures reaching the upper-80s, this reviewer was extremely satisfied with the sleeves' performance.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sun protection
  • Protection from insects
  • Cooler than bare skin
  • Compression
  • Sleeves stay in place
  • Complete coverage of longer arms
  • Price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Durability

The UV Arm Sleeves was an impulse buy, as I used an online gift card given to me at Christmas. Costing $13.99 for a four-pack, I thought of numerous activities this fair-skinned Scot-Irishman might use them for. I started off very skeptical of the claims that these sleeves would be cooler than bare skin, and I became a true believer. The sleeves were worn on a seven-day backpacking trip through Shawnee National Forest during the last week of May. Daytime highs ranged from 78°F-88°F. Rainy conditions kept mosquito conditions low, but other biting insects were present throughout the week.  Fit & Comfort: The sleeves were not overly tight, adding just the right amount of compression to the arms.

Read more: The Elixir UV Arm Sleeves reviews (2)

Mountain Hardwear WayCool Arms

user rating: 4 of 5 (2 reviews)
$30 MSRP

The Way2Cool sleeves are a rather unique product designed to help keep you cool. They are made with a fabric that Mountain Hardwear calls Cool Q ZERO using an applied “cooling agent” that really does cool you off when you sweat. Weighing in at only 32 g. for the pair I found these very packable sleeves offered comfort, unrestricted range of motion, and did help me stay cooled off. I would recommend these sleeves to runners, bikers, hikers, paddlers, or fly fishermen.

Reasons to Buy

  • Actually cooler than bare arms.
  • Protection from the sun - UPF 25
  • Very light and packable
  • No restriction in range of motion
  • Excellent wicking

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only color available is white

Living in the Southeast US I have always been one of those people who looked forward to cold weather, and dreaded hot weather. During summer I’m always looking for a shady spot, or a place to go for a quick swim, or complaining about all the direct sunlight beaming down on my head — and don’t get me started about the humidity either! So I was quite intrigued when I was given the opportunity to review three different pieces of clothing by Mountain Hardwear made with a new fabric technology they call Cool Q Zero which they claim helps to keep you cooler.

Read more: Mountain Hardwear WayCool Arms reviews (2)

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