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08-23-2004, 09:43 PM
Man, I just wanted to buy some longjohns.
There are so many products out there, and some of the prices seem way out of hand...polypropelene, silk, wool, blends, all these proprietary fabrics, even ran across a fishnet idea (Wiggys).
Living here in So Cal the blood has gotten real thin and for the first time in a long time I'll be in the mountains for a few days late in the season.
So what's the wonder fabric of choice, I need it packable, and something that will shed sweat as I climb to the top of the ridge early in the morning then sit in a stiff breeze for a few hours.
Any suggestions?? http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/stimpy--sm-ani.gif
08-24-2004, 03:16 AM
I perfer Fleece..........
08-28-2004, 06:59 PM
I use a set of UnderArmor pants & top that an athletic gear rep slid me. They hug the body like a second skin and send the moisture outward. I don't even notice I've got them on. I was put off by the price in stores, but having tried them I can say these things are great. They come closest to perfection in fit, heat retention and dispersal. Don't be put off by the athletic cut. They stretch just fine over my well-earned beer gut. My advice: Check out the specs on UnderArmor and look for a knockoff or sale (not now; it's Football season).
09-04-2004, 10:26 AM
I've worn polypropelene (sp?) for a long time now. Never liked cotton; don't wear cotton. A couple years ago I broke down and got a pair of 100% silk and fell in love all over again. Great weight for typical southern Arkansas weather and whe nit gets real cold I just put the polypro over it.
09-04-2004, 10:19 PM
For the conditions you're describing you'll need two garments. The first garment is a no- cotton base layer for the hike in. I've got a Patagonia lightweight zip turtleneck that have lasted for over ten years. Get something with a zip-turtleneck. That will help you regulate temp better.
The second garment should be something heavier weight and windo=proof to block the wind. If you don't want to spend the $$ for windproof fllece . you can use a windproof/rainproof outershell.
www.sierratradingpost.com for some great deals on technical clothing.
09-16-2004, 11:17 AM
Make sure the layer next to your skin (briefs or long johns) is either poly pro or Thermax or Thermastat. The last two are supposed to be even better than polypro for wicking away that persperation.
And like "Karstic" mentioned you also should have an outer layer that is windproof. Pants with Gore-Tex, Dry Plus, or other membrane are not only windproof, but waterproof and breathable.
One year I made the mistake of wearing an old pair of soft fleece with a very loose weave with my Patagonia long johns and the wind went right through. Never made that mistake again.
09-16-2004, 09:04 PM
Don't get too caught up in the choices, bottom line with the synthetics is they are all polyestor in some form or another. I probably have about every different type of polyester they put out and I haven't noticed that big of a difference between any of them. Well, as far as warmth goes anyways. I do prefer Thermax as a base layer though, it is soft and doesn't bunch up. I use polypropelene, but it tends to bunch up some, but not as bad if it is over the thermax. Also don't get caught up in expensive name brands, you can get alot of great long johns at Walmart, Kmart, etc. if you just keep an eye on there selection and what materials they are made of. If it says polyestor, or some other crazy name on there, just go by the feel. Is it soft? Does it have loft to it? If so and its cheap then buy it. As far as the fish net, it makes sense but I think the model they used turned me off from examing it more..lol But Wiggy's make outstanding sleeping bags. And also, you can lose all the heat retention if you wear cotton t-shirts or underwear underneath that so make sure you have them in the same materials too.
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