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Old 11-13-2010, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Base layers: Thermal vs compression (UA Cold Gear Base Layer 2.0 vs Action)

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I bought UA Cold Gear Base Layer 2.0 and UA Cold Gear Action compression. After wearing them both, i cant' tell which one is better to use for snowboarding. The Base Layer 2.0 is thermal so there is less restrictive movements, while the Action is tight yet keeps me very warm. Which one do you guys use and think is better?
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally dont like the feel of compression gear. I personally prefer the 2.0. I think they will perform equally in cold weather. The compression gear is just supposed to give your muscles support while you train.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The compression stuff is that way so that you get a tight fight which helps draw sweat away from your skin (capilliary action). There is nothing wrong with the looser fitting stuff, but I would be surprised if it was equally as good at wicking sweat off your skin.

Personally, I prefer the compression shirts. A tight fit means a little less bulk (even if only slightly less) when I layer up and that no cold air or snow will be able to make its way between my skin and the base layer (no matter how bad I bust).

Unfortunately, the compression stuff isn't flattering unless you're pretty skinny!
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Smartwool baselayer for me. I don't like compression fit gear. Too claustrophobic for me.

Smartwool is awesome in that it fits fairly tight, wicks moisture like no synthetic can, and is really good at regulating temperature. I am never too warm or too cold.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The problem with the UA baselayers and compression gear is that they ride up and get uncomfortable. Icebreaker or Arc Teryx baselayers are the way to go.

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I personally love compression gear. I hated it at first, but once I got used to it, I completely forgot that I'm wearing it.

UA is not shit. It flat out works. Now whether or not they are overpriced is debatable. I get tons of UA gear because I get discounts on them, but some other good brands are Patagonia, SmartWool (yay for merino wool!), and Helly Hansen.

As for compression gear riding up... non-issue for me. I can see it doing that if you get the wrong size though. I find loose fitting clothing rides and bunches up way more. Also, I noticed that compression gear makes me feel better after wearing them. Less soreness. So couple that with good rounds of stretching before and after sessions is awesome. As people have said, the compression absolutely wicks moisture better. That's another huge plus.

For my upcoming tahoe trip, I am going to wear compression cold gear for my first layer and a merino wool mid-layer with my very lightly insulated (60g) jacket. If you wear shells, you could do three layers underneath for colder conditions.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i wear UA compression pants, and then just a loose fitting shirt on top. i like the compression pants because they're not bulky at all under your snow pants. Try the NikePro stuff too. I like it more than UA, and its a bit cheaper too (and goes on sale from time to time, unlike UA)
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I personally love compression gear. I hated it at first, but once I got used to it, I completely forgot that I'm wearing it.

UA is not shit. It flat out works. Now whether or not they are overpriced is debatable. I get tons of UA gear because I get discounts on them, but some other good brands are Patagonia, SmartWool (yay for merino wool!), and Helly Hansen.

As for compression gear riding up... non-issue for me. I can see it doing that if you get the wrong size though. I find loose fitting clothing rides and bunches up way more. Also, I noticed that compression gear makes me feel better after wearing them. Less soreness. So couple that with good rounds of stretching before and after sessions is awesome. As people have said, the compression absolutely wicks moisture better. That's another huge plus.

For my upcoming tahoe trip, I am going to wear compression cold gear for my first layer and a merino wool mid-layer with my very lightly insulated (60g) jacket. If you wear shells, you could do three layers underneath for colder conditions.
I got the correct size, fuck you for even suggesting I didn't. I have a few compression shirts from UA that I wear for running, they ride up while snowboarding. It's because of the lousy slippery material. If you get their winter thermals you won't have this problem but with their general compression shirts you do, guaranteed. Same goes with NikePro as they use the same slippery material.

UA is also not overpriced, in fact it's quite cheap, cheaply made, cheap on the shelf. Also the benefits one would gain from a compression shirt versus a regular base layer is so minute that you are unlikely to see better performance results unless you are a top athlete. People sure do get suckered in "oh it holds my awesome muscles in place so I can preform better and look cool" It makes such a minuscule difference in your bodies performance you can just discount it entirely.

If you've ever spent some time hiking, mountain climbing, or backcountry snowboarding you know it's good to invest in some quality base layers. IMHO Arc Teryx makes the best.

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