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TECHNICAL FORUMS => Equipment => Topic started by: Minion on March 26, 2019, 12:29:29 pm

Title: Baselayers
Post by: Minion on March 26, 2019, 12:29:29 pm
What baselayers do people wear?

I've got an AV under suit, but find I still get cold
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: langcliffe on March 26, 2019, 01:11:04 pm
A Rab long-sleeved vest (https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/p/rab-mens-interval-ls-crew-A2120089.html?colour=123). It does the job. I only use it for caving.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Canary on March 26, 2019, 01:30:47 pm
I use cycling baselayers like below as they are cut lower at the back, this means when in a crouched prussicking position they don't ride up.

They  are also wicking and synthetic so they don't absorb water as much.

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/rc-100-long-sleeve-cycling-base-layer-blue-id_8402035.html
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Ed on March 26, 2019, 03:30:08 pm
Smelly Helly lifa

30 years old and still going
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: langcliffe on March 26, 2019, 04:08:36 pm
Smelly Helly lifa

30 years old and still going

You're going to have a problem, soon. My Helly fell apart last year after about 30 years - hence my posh new one.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Alex on March 26, 2019, 05:04:45 pm
I still have my beast undershirt thing from when I started caving 10 years ago and the zip still works, unlike my under-suit who's zip broke within 3 months after buying the bloody thing. I really wish they were still in business they made quality stuff.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: braveduck on March 26, 2019, 07:36:59 pm
I find(found) Smartwool the best even when wet . Others may disagree but worked for me .
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: andrewmc on March 26, 2019, 09:00:01 pm
I have Decathlon synthetic boxers (generally in luminous yellow) :P

(but seriously, cotton is the enemy even in pant/boxer form)

I usually wear a AV Powerstretch undersuit (Powerstretch is the world's greatest fabric), and then a Powerstretch sexy black dress (https://starlessriver.com/shop/buffs_hats_and_warm_extras/meander_powerstretch_singlet1) and that normally does it for me...
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Keris82 on March 27, 2019, 11:01:13 am
I bought a fleece onesie from Lomo. it is meant for waring under a diving dry suit and it is very warm. it has stirrups on the feet and also doesn't seem to retain too much water when it gets wet. Highly recommend!
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Ian Ball on March 27, 2019, 12:38:31 pm
I bought a fleece onesie from Lomo. it is meant for waring under a diving dry suit and it is very warm. it has stirrups on the feet and also doesn't seem to retain too much water when it gets wet. Highly recommend!

wow, that's cheap!  good spot.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Madness on March 27, 2019, 01:01:12 pm
I also bought a fleece undersuit from Lomo. Definately cheap. I've not used it as it seems a bit on the thick side (too warm) and it appears to be tailored for a 5'8" Walrus rather than a 5'8" Racing Snake.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Keris82 on March 27, 2019, 02:49:56 pm

wow, that's cheap!  good spot.

I know! Why pay £160 for warmbac when you can buy equally as good quality for £30 inc PP!  ;D
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: StarburstCLA on March 28, 2019, 02:09:44 pm
To trump everyone else on cheapness I use British army issue thermals long sleeve t shirts.
or to give it it's proper title "Vest. Thermal. Light. Underwear. Olive." Make sure you get current issue as there actually quite technical.

Fluffy on the inside, reasonably wicking and only costs a £5 in most army surpluses. I wear two if its a bit nippy.

https://www.militarykit.com/products/british-army-thermal-long-sleeve-vest-olive-green
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: 2xw on March 28, 2019, 03:12:42 pm
I wear a furry from Amazon it was £12.

For t-shirts, I wear the aldi workwear thermals because it's £1.99 for a t-shirt.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Pitlamp on March 29, 2019, 08:32:57 am
Does no-one use Damart any more?
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: langcliffe on March 29, 2019, 08:48:23 am
Does no-one use Damart any more?

They used to be more-or-less the only option for decent thermals, but I abandoned them when they fell way behind their competitors in the 1980s. I don't know what they are like now.
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: paul on March 29, 2019, 09:05:07 am
Does no-one use Damart any more?

Some people still use it apparently, but not for caving :) :

From:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damart)

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Many of Coronation Street's stars wear items from Damart's range when filming in order to keep out the cold conditions presented by the streets of Weatherfield.[4] Damart has also provided items for the wardrobe of some of the soap's characters over the years including Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt) and Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow).
Title: Re: Baselayers
Post by: Pitlamp on March 30, 2019, 07:43:52 am
I still have some Damart - and still use it for soaking up water inside a certain leaky drysuit I occasionally use!