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kango



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:14 pm    Post subject: Base layer need? Reply with quote

I've just bought the Endura Windchill jacket. It feels great without a base layer although I've not biked with it yet. My question is can I get away with wearing it alone or are these style of jackets designed for a base layer? I'm looking for a solution until temperatures get up to around 12 degrees.
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Gunner



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

have a look on the Decathlon website, they had some fantastic base layers at crackingly cheap prices not so long ago, I bought a shed load and they are brilliant. Wink

Here's a link:

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-755615-cycling-base-layers

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Magnus



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Base layers are not essential if you are comfy but they do help to wick sweat away from your body and help you regulate your temperature; they don't just keep you warm. they help keep you comfy.

they help stop your really nice very expensive outer garment from getting all sweaty and who wants to put on a smelly outer garment after only one ride?

they are no good if they are baggy either; if they are baggy condensation will form at the baggy bits you will get wet and feel cold in that area and that area will spread. this is true of a lot of activity based clothing.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only reason I can see for a base layer (when MTB riding) is to move the sweat away from your body to another (more) outer layer where it evaporates thereby keeping you warm.

So if you are like me and sweat like a b@st@rd even standing still you need a good base layer and I personally use Helly Hanson and I have two different weights that I use depending on the temp and how the ride is likely to go. One of them is very thin/lightweight.

Bear in mind though you need to have top/outer layers that work with the base layer so if they are not breathable enough you just get wet and stay wet. Gortex for me is the killer as I produce more sweat than even Gortex Pro can shift!

So if you aren't cold when wearing the windstopper jacket you won't need a base layer.
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Magnus



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

giantAstax wrote:
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So if you are like me and sweat like a b@st@rd even standing still

Bear in mind though you need to have top/outer layers that work with the base layer base layer.


forgot that bit about base layers working with outer layer perfectly true.

cyclists don't sweat; the employ a very advanced automatic cooling system and this fluid is merely a product of that system Laughing Laughing Laughing hi wicking base layers are cooling system management Laughing Laughing Laughing

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