Summer is the season of outdoor get-togethers… days at the beach, afternoons at the pool, barbecues in the backyard. With preseason in full swing, regular-season football and game-day tailgates are just around the corner.
The dog days have passed, but the sun is still high in the sky. And its rays — seen and unseen — will be beating down on you all day long. Every outdoor tailgater must take precautions, beyond sunblock. (You are wearing sunblock, right?) Here’s some gear to keep you cool and protected at your next tailgate.
Solarrific Beige Solar Cooling Hat ($24.99)
Keep the sun off your head without shielding yourself from the cooling breeze. This breathable cotton hat has a built in fan, powered by the sun. No batteries are required; this hat has a built-in solar panel. The adjustable strap fits most head sizes and the fan works whether it’s facing front or back.
Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat ($28.61)
Shadier and more comfortable than the average baseball hat, the Helios Sun Hat will keep the sun off your head, face and neck while absorbing any sweat. It offers UPF50 UV protection with a TransAction headband for better moisture management. Slide it on and pull up the drawcord… you’re ready to face the sun head on.
Kissmart Bluetooth MP3 Sport Sunglasses ($49.99)
Sunglasses can do more than just keep the sun out of your eyes. This sports model connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth to let you make calls and listen to music. The sunglasses has earbuds built into the frame and automatically switches to the phone when a call comes in. Just charge up the lithium battery (included), pair up the devices and go.
Lightspeed Outdoors Catalina Speed Shelter ($77.68)
One way to keep the sun from baking your head is to duck inside. But isn’t it better to bring the inside outside? This canopy-style tent offer the individual shade you’ll need at your next afternoon tailgate. Two walls are open, and two walls are closed. It sets up quickly and tears down just as fast. But what’s most impressive is just how much room there is inside while still being open for letting the breeze in.
What do you use for protection against the sun? Let us know in the comments below.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.