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Thursday I settled some unfinished business with Pikes Peak and hiked up and down the Barr Trail.  My legs felt great all the way.  

That night when I changed clothes I noted red areas over an inch high just above my sock line on both feet.  (My sock line was above my boot line).  Today it started peeling, so I'm guessing it may have been sunburn instead of some other issue.  The confusing thing is I was wearing Kuhl long legged hiking pants.  

Have any of you experienced that?  Thanks.
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Although I have not experienced it with pants, I have with a shirt. They do now carry SPF ratings.

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I've noticed a lot of the SPF rated clothing doesn't have a tight weave. I hold it up to the light to check. I don't see the point in buying that. Show me a hat or T-shirt with an SPF rating and a tight weave and I may be interested.
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Did you recently get into some giant hogweed or similar plant that causes sensitivity to sunlight?

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Given it was just down around the ankles, I can't see blaming the pants--the tops of the legs would have much more exposure.  I'd say either contact dermatitis or the pants are short enough that climbing steps exposed a bit of leg.

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Would tend to agree with Rebecca's input.   Could also be due to reflected sunlight up off the ground especially if that area has bright rock like granite.  Mountaineers negotiating  in summer snow fields sometimes get sunburn in places like their neck and chins or if wearing shorts on shins and calves if they don't bother to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas.   Since your lower legs are closest to the ground, more intense ultraviolet light is going to be down there as it is a distance squared factor from whatever source.

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My first guess was Dave's idea of reflected sunlight, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy.  I love the pants and wear them all the time and have never noticed any contact issues before.  This was the longest hike I've done with them.  Next time I will try some sunscreen on my legs as well.  Thanks for all your input!
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