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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 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.

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.