We all enjoy a nice sunny day fishing,
feeling the warmth of sols rays on our body,
the glittering reflections upon the water and
knowing that rain gear won't be required. It
all makes for a perfect day (just add rising fish).
But how often do we think about the effect
of the suns rays upon our skin? Were you aware
there are more cases of Melanoma in the US each
year then any other type of cancer? We all need
to protect our skin from the sun anytime we go
outside. Yet I know this isn't always the case
with me. It's easy to forget the sunscreen. It
comes in bottles or tubes that don't easily fit
in a vest or chest pack.
I was sent two packets of Smartshield Sunscreen
Towelettes, spf30. The packets are 2"x 3 ½" and
fit easily into a vest pocket. The label states
that it is eco-friendly, oil free and waterproof.
As an added bonus it is also an insect repellent.
I had the opportunity to try the product out on
a float down a local river last July 4th, a very
sunny hot day. The packet was easy to open, and
held a folded "towel" about one foot square. It
had a light pleasant odor that quickly went away.
There were three of us in the boat and we all used
it that morning. The directions state to "reapply
often" but the fishing started heating up and we
all forgot. At the end of the day I'm pleased to
say none of us were sun burned, although we did
see a few streaks where we could have applied the
product a bit better.
A few weeks later after an evening float down
the river, we were standing around talking about
the fishing. The mosquitoes started eating my
legs like crazy! I remembered the packet of
SmartShield I had opened and used before was
still in my vest. I unfolded the packet and
wiped the towel on my exposed legs and instantly
the bugs stopped biting me. That was impressive,
a package that had been used, just been folded shut,
almost forgotten about, still worked!
All in all, I liked this product. It's very
convenient to have in your vest, is easy to
apply with no fuss or mess and it works!
Next time you go fishing on a sunny day,
wear a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves,
sunglasses and don't forget the sun screen,
or do like I do, keep a packet of SmartShield
in your vest.
Smart Shield products are available through
Academy stores in Texas, Sun and Sea Sports
nationally, and many sport and fly shops. If
you can't find it in your region, you can order
www.smartshield.com ~ Steve Zweber
P.O. Box 191091
Dallas, Texas 75219