[quote=SnorterLuster]I wonder where the idea came from that shorts are cooler than pants. I remember reading once that there is a reason that Arabs wear turbins and flowing robes, to hold the moisture close to their body. Heck, look at old pictures of the French Foreign Legion, they wore wool coats in the desert! I remember uncles that were farmers and they always wore coveralls, a long sleeved shirt with the top button buttoned and a broad brimmed hat when they worked in the fields. I once asked Uncle Roy why, and he replied that if he wore a short sleeved shirt, or no shirt, he would be more likely to get heat stroke. The old timers probably knew something that we have ignored in recent years.
There’s another part to this story that I didn’t mention. I have a vast wordrobe of very nice shorts and tops that I’ve never worn. This would be a good way for me to get some use out of them. The summer slacks I have, I wore to work with sweaters to keep warm in the freezing cold air conditioning. I would most likely have a heat stroke wearing the slacks and sweaters.
Also, I’ll be walking in the shade most of the time and don’t want to be sweaty when I get to Mass.