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If you hike with trekking poles, thin hiking gloves can prevent your hands from becoming burned and leathery. Aim for total coverage.
Everyone has an opinion. Here is a good thread at Backpacking Light on sun shirts many say just get a long sleeved cotton or cotton/polyester shirt from the thrift store. I am a fan of Rail Riders shirts with vents and long sleeve with flip up collars, currently I use a Bone Flats shirt.I like convertible pants because I like shorts when it's hot, again many will disagree with that. I have a newish pair of REI Sahara's that are much slimmer fitting than the old style.I use a wide brimmed hat from Alf but have been seriously looking at a Tilley Airflow mesh hat. If I was really going to be crazy and walk super hot desert I would use an umbrella like the Chrome Dome.This a a good thread on MAXIMIZING COOL CLOTHING STRATEGY FOR HOT, DRY, SUNNY DESERT from Backpacking Light.
If I'm on a trail, I like to wear longsleeve under armor heat gear. Somewhat close fitting - you want the fabric in contact with your skin as the sweat evaporates for maximum cooling. These shirts tear easily though, so if I'm hiking in areas where I expect brush or thorns, I like to bring two cotton shirts (I bought two used dress shirts from goodwill and cut the collar off). Cotton typically isn't good for desert heat, but I bring two - when one gets soaked with sweat, I take it off and clip it to my pack and put on the other one. When that one gets soaked, I switch them again. The shirt on my pack is usually damp and borderline cold from all the evaporative cooling it's been getting. These shirts look like they'll last forever, and together, cost less than a tenth of what a good desert hiking shirt will.Also, the color of the clothes can make a huge difference! A white, heavy fabric shirt can feel cooler than a black, thin sweatwicking one.For pants, I have two pairs where I cut strips out of the inseam and sewed mesh in there. Testing them before and after, it felt like I extended their comfort level by 10+ degrees. Both these pants are rapidly approaching their usable life. I may pay someone to sew the mesh in my next pair...that was a lot of work.I usually hike with a bandana and a light, floppy wide brim hat. For very exposed, summer desert hikes, I like to wear a burnouse (like these http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/burnouse.html). Lots of protection, vent well, and you can pull the fabric over your face to fully protect yourself from sun or dust. There's a reason they wear these in the deserts of the middle east. I first saw someone wearing one at the bottom of the grand canyon in 100F weather. He dunked it in a stream and put it back on for a great cool-down - I was sold.Also, I may have sensitive eyes, but if I'm going to be hiking a lot in exposed areas, especially with light colored rocks/sand, I wear eyeblack under my eyes. Even with glasses, my eyes can get sore from the light reflecting off the ground. Eyeblack goes a long way to eliminating that (it even has a noticeable effect without glasses). Plus if you smear it on, you can look pretty hardcore!
Aside: you can really tell the veterans from the rookies in regard to clothing. The veterans are covered head to toe; the rookies are hardly covered.
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