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Old 01-13-2010, 04:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For boarding I've pretty much worn a a thsirt sweater, sweats etc. is base layer necccesary??
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on how cold it is where you're riding.... Nobody can make that decision but you.

I know here in the Rockies when it's gonna be below the 40's, my ass has some sort of base layer on. I just have multiple layers and add some when it's gonna be cold out. It's easier to take some stuff off then it is to not bring enough with you and freeze your ass off.
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I don't ever wear base layer bottoms when riding, even at -20 and below.

For tops I wear a base layer T or long T and a synthetic fleece. Works way better and way lighter than a t shirt and sweatshirt.
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Milo pretty much nailed it. Assuming you're cold, the base layer is very important. It needs to be either poly or wool...no cotton. They are breathable and wick moisture away from your skin. I like Patagonia's wool and capilene bases and I move to more wool every year. The bottom layer should be very thin. If it's cold, then add a thicker next layer and so on. Then you can strip off layers as the temperature rises.
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I don't ever wear base layer bottoms when riding, even at -20 and below.
Godam... My legs stay warmer then my upper body usually, but wow.
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Godam... My legs stay warmer then my upper body usually, but wow.
Lol, yeah, I don't know how or why, but no complaints from me. They just don't get cold.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i use usually wear a t-shirt long sleeve then another t-shirt then jacket...legs a warm pair of pj bottoms with jeans then snow pants

this year mayb a lil diff... new jacket and mayb new pants on the way lol
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I get chilly easily (I wear a fleece year round in the office at work), but moderate heat and humidity don't make me uncomfortable.

No matter what the temp on the mountain is, I always rock the 3 layer system. UA coldgear base, fleece mid, 15k or 20k shell. There are some days that my wrist gaiters are more wet from sweat than snow.

I'd rather be warm and moist than cold and clammy, that's for sure!
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I'd rather be dry than wet or clammy. Wool does that well and it kills odors too.
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yep this is all a matter of preference thing.. see how tarzan above is bundled like the damn michelin man but im the opposite .. im extremely warm natured .. my kit has nothing over 10k in it and normally I rock a 5k jacket and 5 or 8k pants .. the 10ks only come out in the most severe cold...

as someone posted earlier if you are cold then yes upgrade to a good moisture wicking base layer . if you are warm now then roll with it
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