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post #1 of 9 Old 10-19-2008, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Base Layering

For many of us not fortune enough to have great riding weather year round. Proper layering can lengthen our season.

I have and use the "Under Armor - Cold Gear". Good stuff. Adds a bit of compression, warmth, and makes a great base layer. But, it can be a bit costly ... over $100 for the top and bottoms. The sizing can be a bit tough. The XXL tops can be a bit snug.

Here's a nice alternative I found at Costco. The brand is Paradox. Each piece is only $19.99. It is not quite as thick as Under Armor, but very comfortable. I actually prefer the sizing and weight. The leggings have a nice botton cuff and doesn't make you feel like you are trying to emphasize your man meat. The top has a 1/4" zipper and fits snug, but not overly compressive.

For sizing. If you take a XXL top in Under Armor, get the XL in Paradox. If you take a L bottom in UA, get the M in Paradox.

Obviously, great for running, skiing, snow skiing to you warm climate folks, hunting, etc.

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Thanks for the tip. I've wanted to try the Under Armor Cold Gear but couldn't get over the price. Just exorbitant.

Another brand I stumbled across on TV watching "How its made" (love that show) is Wickers. They have all kinds of under garment gear at very reasonable prices. Have never tried it though. Anyone have any experience with it?

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I've never tried the under armor, but my base layer of choice is Capilene by Patagonia. It sounds to be a bit cheaper than the UA , little or no compression, and is available in 4 different weights from silkweight through expedition weight.

It's become part of my standard "must have" winter gear for most all winter activities on or off the bike(pedal and throttle).

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Hmmm. I wonder if Patagonia gets their stuff from Wickers. In the men's gear they list silkweight and expedition weight.

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Another brand I stumbled across on TV watching "How its made" (love that show) is Wickers. They have all kinds of under garment gear at very reasonable prices. Have never tried it though. Anyone have any experience with it?
That's good stuff too. Keep your eyes out at the local TJ Max/Marshalls and you can often find it this time of year for like $7.99 for top or bottom.

Honestly, just about any poly pro base layer is going to help regardless of manufacturer. I was surprised a few years back when I had to purchase a thermal top due to a cold snap in a camping trip and I bought a Columbia GRT top for $19.99. Not having the greatest luck in the durability dept with Columbia in the past I bought it since it was the cheapest and did not figure it would last too long. That was 3 years ago; its been through adventure races, hiking in Glacier, trail running and its still going strong.

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There are a bunch of decent brands and fabrics. I'm normally hot as it is, therefore, stick with lighter layers. I was hooked on the "silks" for years.

Good advice on the TJ Maxx and Marshall's. If hit just right, you can get some good deals.

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I too have seen the Paradox stuff at Costco. I never tried Under Armor so I am not sure of the fit. Should it fit snug and compress on the skin, or loose like a T shirt?

Maybe I will buy two sizes and return the one that "doesn't" fit?

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I too have seen the Paradox stuff at Costco. I never tried Under Armor so I am not sure of the fit. Should it fit snug and compress on the skin, or loose like a T shirt?

Maybe I will buy two sizes and return the one that "doesn't" fit?
I personally like it to fit snug, but not uncomfortably or restrictive. The "Under Armor - Cold Gear" is just a tad snug or tight for me. The Paradox seems true to size. If you're an XL the XL will fit.

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Well now I just feel stupid. Here's the review anyway.

Scorpion exo Hybrid

Hybrid what, I'm not exactly sure. The tag says 97% polyester 3% spandex 100% nylon stitching. It's a jacket only piece with minimal padding in the shoulders and the elbows. Fitted wrists and waist, zips up the collar. 4 pockets. The two internals are small buckets that will cause you to hunch to reach the bottom of. The exterior pockets are standard size and position, zippered, down to open. There are no vents. The rep happened to be there when I was, so I hammered him. It's a "euro" style look/ fit designed to be worn on the bike by itself, (though I wouldn't, not nearly enough protection) or just as a stylish all rounder. Note: 1st day useage was in 40 degree with 31 wind chill. It did What I was hoping it would. Be a one piece layer that could handle blocking the cold. Hey ! No more cold quarter pressed against the trachea! The cold quarter against the chin still needs to be solved a by a greek head garment that pronouncing too often leads to having your tongue surgically removed from a nostril. At a brisk walk, I'd probably sweat in it but it breathes nicely in the armpits. All black with reflective "fangs" on the front and "stinger" on the back with "scorpion" across the lumbar. I'm six one, 230lbs, with a mild beer paunch and wanted a tad more room than the 1X offered though it fit well. I went 2X. Here's where I feel stupid. I paid $121.00 on a sticker of $134.49 Made in indonesia machine wash cold hang to dry. For what it is, it feels well built and I'll probably get my moneys worth. But if you guys are getting light and thermal with pants for around 40 bucks ? Do that instead.

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