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Old 12-06-2010, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone I'm looking towards buying some baselayers from Under Armour or SmartWool and was wondering if anyone who has used both could give me some insight into preferences. I've been reading that the SmartWool is great (wicking moisture, regulates temperature, etc) but I'm wondering if it's as comfortable as the UA to wear. Again, if anyone's used both and has a preference, any advice would be great! Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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smartwool is the shit. worth every penny. i use smartwool longjohns and longsleeved tees and socks..... great thing about merino wool is that you can wear it a bunch without it starting to stink real bad... not so with polypro

i just don't like wearing merino wool t shirt when i ride - definitely itchier there... so i use a UA or more often a Nike drifit or Patagonia capalene t shirt with smartwool as the main insulating layer. if its super cold i'll throw on a R1 fleece.

the smartwool can go a week easy without washing (the socks maybe 3 days riding) and the polypro tees i switch out every day.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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SmartWool is a SmartInvestment... sorry for the corniness there, but I mean it. I love my Smartwool midweight quarter zip.

I also use UA gear because I love their compression line. Sometimes I'll wear the UA compression as a base and throw a SmartWool midweight as a mid layer. Smartwool works really well as a base layer too though. They just don't offer a compression fit (I don't think it's possible to make a compression fit with wool) like UA does so that is why I mix them at times.

Just got their socks this year. Chose the PHD. I hear awesome reviews about their socks. I'll soon find out for myself

By the way, in all reality... Merino Wool > Synthetics. I love UA, but wool wins this match.
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That Capilene 3 looks enticing.. Since you said you got the t-shirt, I'm guessing it's a lighter/thinner material? I figure if I get Cap3 as a baselayer and put on a midlayer as needed, I should be straight right?
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if you like compression fit and wool then look to the arc'teryx Rho ltw stuff. even more costly than smartwool, maybe not quite as tight as UA ( i dunno i don't have ant of their compression stuff) but its tight.
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capalene is awesome stuff. gets stinky tho.

it will keep you warm tho.... don't ever put it in a drier
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Just got their socks this year. Chose the PHD. I hear awesome reviews about their socks. I'll soon find out for myself
Yea, I was thinking about getting their socks too. Did you get the light or medium cushioning? I'm asking cause I naturally tend to have cold extremities.
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Yea, I was thinking about getting their socks too. Did you get the light or medium cushioning? I'm asking cause I naturally tend to have cold extremities.
I got medium cushioning. I didn't do it for warmth though. I did it for the extra shock absorption. They have extra cushioning in the heel and toe area so should be warmer than your average sock.
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I have more than 10 smartwool shirts and socks. I also have UA compression shirt. I think there is a durability problem with smartwool. I am getting holes on my smartwool shirts in the elbow area.
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Best base-layers imho in order.

1: Smartwool
2: Arc'Teryx
3: Icebreaker
4: UnderArmour
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