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Silk or wool - which is the best natural fibre underlayer?(9 posts)

Silk or wool - which is the best natural fibre underlayer?BowWow
Dec 9, 2003 11:17 AM
Land's End has nice silk long underwear in long sleeved turtlenecks - is it as good as wool (smell resistant/insulation value)?
Silk does not breathe at all IMHO. Merino wool can be verySpunout
Dec 9, 2003 11:28 AM
warm and comfortable, and wicks away wetness.
Thanks, Spun! - At least YOUR answer was helpful! LOL!! nmBowWow
Dec 9, 2003 1:49 PM
Polyproplene - A great fiber made by man from natural materialsbimini
Dec 9, 2003 11:43 AM
Crude oil don't come from the moon.
Cellulose fiber the wave of the future...rwbadley
Dec 9, 2003 12:39 PM
Take a roll of toilet tissue or paper towel (I like to use Bounty) and wrap yourself up as a base layer. Then jersey and tights over it. You may look a little lumpy, but talk about wicking...wow. Once wet it kinda loses it's appeal, but hey, you're not going to sweat 3/4 gallon on a short ride anyway ;-) When you're finished, dry the stuff out, then use it for it's original intended purpose.
I hear Trek wasBowWow
Dec 9, 2003 1:51 PM
experimenting with a new ultra-light frame made from cellulose fibre, but it kept catching on fire! LOL!
Silk works for meKerry Irons
Dec 9, 2003 5:19 PM
I use thin silk underwear for warmer weather XC and downhill skiing and have had no problems with moisture. If someone has problems, then I suppose it depends on the brand you're using.
re: Silk or wool - which is the best natural fibre underlayer?MShaw
Dec 9, 2003 5:51 PM
Nice thing about wool is that insulates even when wet. I have an Army issue wool shirt that I use when I know its going to be rainy.

To add my $.02. Craft. The Pro weight base layers are some of the best stuff I've ever worn. Warm when you need it, cool when you need that too.

Mike
Campmor.comLone Gunman
Dec 9, 2003 7:10 PM
Has silk underwear, bought a few of the pants last year, they also have the Tnecks in silk. I recently bought a Woolistic LS jersey and it's warmth properties are fairly impressive so far in the 40 degree range for riding, 20's for roller riding.