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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby Jugglajon » Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:05 pm

Being fair skinned I have this problem out here in Mexico. I've found several solutions, here they are in order of effectiveness.
1. 100% effective- Foil at night. Obviously this has some disadvantages..
2. 95% effective - Foil only in the UK as for 95% of the summer it rains..
3. Very effective - two buffs, a cap, sunglasses and a long sleeved top and facestick. Downside is waterboarding after a crash especially whilst trying to keep the kite flying in light winds.
4. Fairly effective - Rimmed hat , sunglasses and lots of sun block. Needs topping up regularly as during crashes you are guaranteed to accidentally wipe some off. I tie the facestick to my harness.

In the winter here Im mainly on option 4, in the summer option 3
Best face stick I've found for me is Decathlon aptonia sun stick 50. By far the best for my lips. Zinc is great too but messy and more problematic on my lips.

We also came across an unusual subculture of kiters in Cuyo in the Philippines. They seem to have it dialled.
Jing and the Gang = No suncream required

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby Da Yoda » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:59 am

Da Yoda wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:54 pm
Two face protections that seem to be very well thought out for watersports are Headpeace and Solshaka.
Saw this posted on FB. It shows the Solshaka with a helmet. Looks like a really nice set-up for sun and head protection.

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby downunder » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:02 pm


For 4 years Im using a Naroo X5 mask. Even supplied to riders here.

And no, neoprene is a no go. Simply coz many are sensative to neoprene.

Top quality mask which does work when wet. Everything else is substandard quality.
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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby 1234567Simon » Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:21 pm

Thanks for the info.
Looks fantastic ....

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby bkkite » Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:08 pm

I've used Raw Elements for entire days out on the water, and I have pretty fair skin and burn easily. So far its the brand I trust the most, and its nice that they don't have any other toxic crap in it. They also have a tinted version if you're somewhere where you don't want to have big white zinc streaks. ... f0QAvD_BwE

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby sshantt » Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:48 am

Just ordered this hat. Haven't gotten it yet. Will report back once tried and tested ... re-style-1

The materials seem perfect for water use and the neck strap looks comfy. Also, there's an opening in the back for my hair :D
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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby Mossy 757 » Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:56 pm

Neckbeard + hoo rag + kook goggles + sunscreen.

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby BKkite67 » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:18 am

Hi, I use a Simms fly fishing gaiter. I have had it for 18 months and it still works perfectly. It also has breathing holes laser cut into it to stop the ‘water boarding’ effect.
I use zinc across the nose area to finish the coverage.
In addition, I wear sailing gloves to cover up.
Do I look like a kook, probably, but I have no desire to be having things cut out of me, or worse.

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby watercamper » Thu Jan 28, 2021 1:30 am

1234567Simon wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:21 pm

Thanks for the info.
Looks fantastic ....
Which model have u found works the best for kiting?

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Re: Sun protection for face

Postby Kamikuza » Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:16 am

...sunblock. Put it on in thin layers, starting at least a half-hour before you get out of the car and start sweating. Make sure you get a brand that actually block sun :o I tend to be quite thorough and careful putting it on my face and neck, and slop it everywhere on the limbs.

I wear a floppy hat to protect my thinning pate and sunglasses for my eyes.

That's it. Also fair skinned, and I (used to) kite in New Zealand through the summer months so it's a pretty angry sun down there...!

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