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Old 03-22-2013, 07:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by xero16 View Post
I sweat whenever I wear tight top layers, whether it's boarding or not. The key for me at least is to not wear such a tight shirt! My base layers fit just a hair tighter than a normal T shirt and I couldn't be happier with how they work. Buy the next size up and maybe that will work for you. What sort of temps are you dealing with?
Problem temps are just above 30 and anything below. Never really gets below 20*
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm all about the Cocona fabric now, most breathable stuff I've ever owned. Not sure if other companies are using it (cocona) but Homeschool Airbreather II is what I use for a base layer now and I swear by it. Warm but keeps me totally dry, super odor resistant too. It's not a true compression fit like UA, more like a snug long sleeve shirt. WhiskeyMilitia has it from time to time, but is almost always on Dogfunk, BC, etc.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Which material did you get? How. Tight is the suit?
I just have the standard non merino one. It's about as tight as a comfortable pair of long john's. Not to tight at all.

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Old 03-23-2013, 01:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't think a different base layer will magically solve your problem. The moisture has to go somewhere.

If you sweat a lot, a hard shell wont breathe enough. You hopefully have some venting/pit zips - use them. Open them when you start to sweat, close them when you get cold. I get very hot, when I'm active and very cold quickly, when I'm standing/sitting around. So I constantly adjust the venting.

Bringing a change of clothes would also help. I.e. in spring time, I change socks mid-day.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:30 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Here is what I'm thinking. Ever wash a nice fleece , pull it out of the washer, and notice how dry it is? Yet everything else is wet and ready for dryer?

I don't know. That's the point , dial it in. Pit zips haven't worked, either with or without pant vents open. Eventually I sweat and have to close the vents. Wear less to not sweat and I'm cold from the weather.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:39 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I feel for you. The only thing I can think of is that your shell isn't breathing well enough. I bought a 300 dollar North Face Cryptic jacket with their special material and was wet all the time and cold. I ditched it after half a season.

I now wear a merino wool ninja suit, a burton lumberjack dryride type shirt, a down sweater by Eddie Bauer and then an Burton GORE TEX AK jacket. I am always popcorn dry and warm. I think some people can get away without goretex and some of us cannot.

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Old 03-23-2013, 05:18 AM   #17 (permalink)
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In my opinion nothing beats Icebreaker Merino base layers. Never gets wet, keeps you super warm despite being pretty thin. They're kind of pricy though.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:05 AM   #18 (permalink)
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From what you say you're wearing and you ride at Hood right (I see your posts on the Billy Goat thread) you may be overdressed which warms you up too much. I concur with the other folks that hyped up Patagonia Capaline: It is by far the best wicking baselayer I've found. Polypro stuff like REI MTS or underarmor is not even in the same league. It seems like if you're layered right you shouldn't have to wear a fleece jacket (Contrary to popular belief regular 200 whgt fleece doesnt breathe as good people think). Another item to look into is a Marmot Windshirt (super thin, breathable, and a great collar). Real silk base layers are rad as well.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #19 (permalink)
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yeah for 30 deg you have way to much on all I wear is a silk level one and a normal t shirt. If I am really cold I will have a long sleeve tee also but when it hit 20 I still don’t have more then that on. At the most I have a level 1 shirt long sleeve shirt and a short sleeve shirt. I hate the under armor heat gear shirts that fleece that keeps you warm does not wick to the outside of the shirt. This is what you need for a base layer on warm days it will wick and keep you warm. Also what do you wear on you neck and head, I have a silk neck gator and helmet so I can pull it up when I ride the lift of get cold on a run. I really don’t break out the fleece or insulation unless it is almost 10 deg.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pdxrealtor View Post
Damn those are spendy. I think I'm going to go down to rei where I'm at and try a more wool based type shirt. Something that even if dipped in the sink would dry out quickly, like the polartec fleeces I have. I pull out those fleeces from the washer and they're almost dry before hitting the dryer.
Tech fibres are great for mid layers but I find merino is the best for base layer, engineering still can't beat Mother Nature.
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