Thursday, March 22, 2007

What's in a name?

Tubular "masks" are standard gear now for the sun. These fabric tubes are really the evolution of the bandanna. There are several manufacturers that currently market styles made of material with some level of rated sun protection. I've got one product in development and I'm looking for a name. The fabric pictured offers 15 UPF protection. Do you have a product name suggestion?

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Face Underwear?

Only 'cause that's what I thought it was at first. Sorry. ;)

El Pescador said...

No need to apologize. I like hearing first reactions. I thought of a few funny options from your comment. Keep thinking.

IT_Guy said...

My first reaction:

Silkweight Stick'emup

Moldychum said...

The Fishheadahadeen

Brian said...

Slim Shady

El Pescador said...

Try looking in the opposite direction.

Salty said...

I live in Florida and I wouldn't wear one, nor do I know anyone who does. I can see the point of using the face drawers if you're visiting from up north, have a very pale complexion, and don't get much sun normally. Otherwise, I just don't see the need (yes Mom, I know about skin cancer).
From a functionality standpoint, it would seem to trap heat radiating from your head, which is great in the winter, but a very bad idea in August in the tropics.

El Pescador said...

Steve Huff, Steve Bailey, Marshall Cutchin and Tim Borski are all testing this for me in Florida and have given positive feedback. Two out of the four mentioned have already been affected by skin cancer and wear some type of "face drawers" regularly. Sun protection products are on the rise and this particular style is gaining ground along with UPF shirts, pants and accessories. Comments appreciated Salty. I know this type of headwear won't be everyone's cup of tea.

Brambor said...

I don't know about that. Maybe if it was really breezy out there then I could see about wearing that thing. Otherwise I would opt for a wide brimmed straw hat instead.

Salty said...

El Pescador

Thanks for the info. What's been their reaction towards the heat? It's a serious question because being out on the water can be brutal down here with the sun radiating from on top and off the water. I wade fish, so the one thing I'm limited in carrying is large amounts of water. I usually "power hydrate" the night before, eat that morning to get the electrolytes up, and consume about a gallon of water that day between the drive out and the two nalgenes I carry. Even still at the end of a day, basically hiking flats,I am wiped. In a previous career I suffered heat exhaustion once, so I am more susceptable to heat injuries than those who haven't had one. I'd be concerned with trapping body heat radiating from head, even with a moisture wicking fabric.

What's the feedback on hot weather comfort and overall heat retention?

Ryan

P.S- I learned I need to have a cup of coffee before posting.

Also, thanks for the crab pattern receipe. That fly rocks

Anonymous said...

How about calling them simply a "Bonnie and Clyde"

jared said...

Well if it's a take-off/evolution
of a Bandanna...why not call it a Sun-ban-a?

-J

chip said...

as for the heat, I live in Savannah, GA and it gets WAY hotter here than it does in the keys in August, and i don't get on my skiff without one. Ever since I started wearing one I have never had heat issues as it is a wicking material. It absorbs perspiration and moves it to the outside where it then starts to evaporate creating a bit of a cooling effect. It also absorbs glare, saves you from windburn on blustery days and keeps the sand gnats out in spring and fall.

I would say call it the Huff (after Steve) but that is too close to buff. What about the solar panel?

Michael said...

Call the FPF's. Face Protection Factors, or Face Protection Funnels.

Salty said...

Thanks Chip, that's the info I was looking for

Slamdance said...

How about:

Face Foreskin

SlimShady

MugMask

Cranium Cloak

Sol Stopper

El Pescador said...

Nice flurry of monikers. I like Sol Stopper. Any more ideas? Keep going. Thanks Slamdance.

slamdance said...

How about

Block Sock

Kind of a double entendré, with "Block" also being a word for head and the fact that it "Blocks" sun rays.

El Pescador said...

You are a wordsmith. Keep the names coming. I like the "Sol" angle but some of your other names are good too. Keep going while you are in the groove.

Salty Dawg said...

How about Solar eclipse face Mask
made-in-the-shade, Sol-ution Face Mask

Salty Dawg said...

i did leave out the cap 1 Facemask.

I also saw the message about being too hot to wear in FL. Some of those guides who live in FL and are concerned with the UV and skin cancer need these. But the comments I had heard about this new face mask is cooler as it moves wweat off your face and you do not feel the sun and glare off the water. I guess anything you wear against your skin will seem to feel hot in those wicked sun and humid Keys conditions. I know they sell a boat load of them all over FL.

Anonymous said...

Here's another: SolBan-Danna, or Skok-Choke. He'll love it!

topher browne said...

The "Bandito" Face Mask.

El Pescador said...

Here's the list so far:

Face Underwear
Silkweight Stick'emup
The Fishheadahadeen
Slim Shady
Bonnie and Clyde
Sun-ban-a
The Huff
The Solar Panel
Face Protection Factors
Face Protection Funnels
Face Foreskin
MugMask
Cranium Cloak
Sol Stopper
Block Sock
Solar eclipse face Mask
Made-in-the-shade
Sol-ution Face Mask
Cap 1 Facemask
SolBan-Danna
Skok-Choke
The "Bandito" Face Mask

Keep going. Thank you.

IT_Guy said...

sol patrol
sol patroler

Marie Thornton said...

Some more ideas:
head cloak
skull armor
face buffer
head defense
head screen
head shield
concealer

Marie

El Pescador said...

All right. Thanks marie. Good list. Don't stop there.

The Col. said...

Face rag

thane said...

Tipping a hat to the balaclava, why not Sol-Clava?

El Pescador said...
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El Pescador said...

There are so many good names. Here's a boldly simple option that I like - Cap 1 Sun Mask. It says what it is. Comments?

El Pescador said...

Well I've arrived at a name choice. When I asked the group I got widely differing opinions so I used "bold simplicity" as the guiding light. This product will be called the Sun Mask. The official name will actually include some fabric nomenclature but that's it. It was time to call a spade a spade. Thank you all for the feedback and interest. Stay tuned for more!

marie said...

I like it. Good choice.
Marie

El Pescador said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence Marie. Stay tuned. This product will be in stores Jan.'08.