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It's turning out to be a blistering hot summer, and we're not even to the hottest month, which has gotten me thinking of ways to beat the heat.

Is it better to wear long pants to block the sun, or shorts to allow more air flow?

I've always worn shorts, but I'm rethinking my options.

Also, any recommendation of long golf pants? 

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Never trust a man who wears a speedo and stays up until midnight posting on a golf forum.😁

I wear nothing but a speedo and high top golf shoes. And I feel marvelous.

Kilt FTW 

I try to wear long pants whenever possible, but I feel more comfortable in shorts in the very hot weather.  I would love more suggestions for long pants that are as comfortable as shorts.  Someone told me a while back to go to REI and get moisture-wicking hiking pants.

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Shorts will always be the cooler option.  A tremendous amount of body heat is trapped inside pant legs no matter how light or "breathable" they are.  Unfortunately, I have some regrettable tattoos on my legs and need to wear pants when golfing with clients or prospects.

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I prefer to wear shorts, but I will wear long trousers on a wild course with lots of sticker bushes. 

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I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but for me pants are cooler than shorts.  The reason is very simple, I don't have direct sunlight on my skin, which keeps me cooler.

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1 hour ago, geo63 said:

I wear Van Heusen Classic Fit. Never a problem for me. Wear them year round. 

Given where you live, this is huge information.  Anything special about them in particular?  

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2 hours ago, pganapathy said:

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but for me pants are cooler than shorts.  The reason is very simple, I don't have direct sunlight on my skin, which keeps me cooler.

Ditto for me.

I used to wear shorts all the time until about 10-15 years ago.  Now I wear long pants only.  Keeps the sun off so it is cooler and I don't have to put on any sun screen.

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4 hours ago, Beastie said:

Kilt FTW 

Commando of course. 

Shorts for me. I need to store up as much Vitamin D as I can for the long winter. 

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2 hours ago, Yukari said:

Ditto for me.

I used to wear shorts all the time until about 10-15 years ago.  Now I wear long pants only.  Keeps the sun off so it is cooler and I don't have to put on any sun screen.

Same question as for the others who said similar:  what kind of pants do you wear?

Not trying to be difficult, I am making a shopping list.

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