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woodburner



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Icebreaker offerings are all very well, but what is the real difference between the 200 and 260 range, and what does the uninformative small, large and X-large sizes relate to? The various sites selling the stuff use the same wording lauding the benefits of each, but not giving useful information.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
The various sites selling the stuff use the same wording lauding the benefits of each, but not giving useful information.


This is a problem I find with certain websites - no really accurate directions to sizing. This puts me off buying clothes on-line: neither I nor TOH are 'average' in size or proportion.

In fairness, some are brilliant!

Hey lads, thanks for all the gen so far. Keep it coming, especially if you have any skin problems with any gear.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

re wrote:
I think some bamboo stuff is pretty good as well.


On sale here as an example. Anyone got any experience of these garments?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:

On sale here as an example. Anyone got any experience of these garments?

My girlfriend has bamboo socks and they seem as good and as quick drying as my coolmax ones. The only downside is getting chased by pandas.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some bamboo socks, picked them up cheap at a conference a few months ago. I'd say they are better than cotton but not revolutionary.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a set of silk undergarments,second to none IMHO.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnB wrote:
Whoever made that needs anatomy lessons. People with sticky out bits on the chest don't have sticky out bits lower down Laughing.

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You need to spend more time on the internet, John old son.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ride long distances on motorcycles through weather at both extremes, for my last trip I used http://www.forcefieldperformance.com/climate/

Very effective indeed.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The small Renewables used to suffer from eczema. We changed from washing-powder (for the clothes, that is) to liquid. No more eczema.

Meanwhile if anyone sees any reasonably-priced woollen leggings in a ladies size 12, could you grab them and pm me I will buy them!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received my luxury priced Icebreaker 200 thermal leggings today, and some hiker socks. "Great" I thought, "just in time for the next cold blast". The socks are brilliant. The leggings are a disappointment. I have some thermals which are something like Damart I think. Possibly Marks and Sparks, They are generally warm but I thought Icebreaker would be an improvement if the price was an indicator. I wear them under polyester work trousers.

The Damart type don't keep me warm when its really blowing, But even in a gentle breeze Icebreaker are nowhere near as good. I can feel the cold air through them. About the same as tights I imagine. They may well work with another Icebreaker layer on top, but then I'm not worth paying that much for.

The Icebreaker parts are going back, and I'll feel a bit warmer than I would with Icebreaker. It might be better if the trousers weren't open at the bottom, but then that's how trousers are.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've ordered some bamboo leggings, a pair each for the OH and I. I'll let you know if they're worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did you find which size to order?
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woodburner wrote:
How did you find which size to order?


Basically took a chance - I'm usually adult 'm', she's adult 's'. Not a lot of choice really, apart from 'l', 'xl' and 'xxl'. If hers are too small, then she'll have to have mine and hers go back to swap for a 'l'.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As disscussed above many people find long underwear of poly or other fake materials to be itchy, sweaty, or otherwise uncomfortable.

I favour 100% cotton and in a previous post I pointed out that these are not much sold in the UK and that I purchased from the USA



Remember that cotton loses virtually all its insulation value if wet.
Cotton is therefore most unsuitable for emergencies or outdoor activities in which one may get wet.
However for everyday winter indoor wear in unheated buildings etc I would recommend cotton over wool or synthetics.
Part of this post has been deleted. It was a recommendation for an ebay supplier of cotton long underwear, no longer available.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

re wrote:
emordnilap wrote:

On sale here as an example. Anyone got any experience of these garments?

My girlfriend has bamboo socks and they seem as good and as quick drying as my coolmax ones. The only downside is getting chased by pandas.


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