I can't tell which out of the available options of sun protection shirts are best for extreme heat. I need one for a woman, one for a girl, and one for a man. Long sleeve and white are a given, but I don't want to assume that Savannah is less well suited for intense deserts than Sahara just because of the name : ) Any other tips of taking a child through the Namibian desert during the hot season are also welcome.
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Some of the things to consider when selecting clothing for warm temperatures, like the summers in Kalahari, are fabrics, ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating, and fit. Most of our sun protective clothing will be made from polyester/nylon fabrics to wick moisture and because they provide better sun protection than natural fibers. We advise finding clothing that fits loosely to allow proper ventilation, but also because a garment that’s stretched can become significantly less effective at blocking UV light.
The major differences between the Savannah long-sleeve shirt and Sahara long-sleeve shirt are the durable water repellent (DWR) finish, found only in the Savannah shirt, to shed light rain and a higher UPF rating. It doesn’t sound like rain will be an issue for you, so the Sahara sounds like a better fit for your needs!