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Non-lycra thermals

Post by kyle2brown » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:36 am

I am looking for a thermal top with no underarm seams, but I'm allergic to lycra (elastane). Anyone got any ideas?

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by richp » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:37 pm

try a 'polypro' thermal vest. according to the label in my top its 95% polypropylene and 5% spandex .

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Jim » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:29 pm

Merino?
Can't recall where the seams are on mine but I don't recall any problems with underarm seams, the seams are all very flat anyway. It might be a trekmates one, or not.

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by kyle2brown » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Spandex is lycra too.

I have a merino top that I get pit rub from. Obviously I am just too sensitive

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Jim » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:56 pm

kyle2brown wrote:Spandex is lycra too.

I have a merino top that I get pit rub from. Obviously I am just too sensitive
I think that will depend on individual manufacturers detailing.

Knew a lad once who used silk thermals, I can't imagine anything more comfortable - no idea about cost, not likely to be inexpensive!

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Douglas Wilcox » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:45 pm

I have been using the Kokatat woolcore two piece as a base layer over the last year. It is 50% merino wool and 50% polyester. To me it seems an ideal combination of warmth and stink resistance from merino and wicking, quick drying and robustness in the washing machine from polyester. They have paddle specific cuts for both men and women. Under a drysuit or two piece shell, I found it to be great on its own in UK warmer months. It can then be worn under thicker thermals for winter. I wore them each day on a 7 day camping trip in the early part of the year and I am pleased to say they really did smell fresh at the end. I suffered no underarm rashes or rubbing. They have been hard to find in the UK but I think System X are now distributing them.

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Big Ade » Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:57 pm

Am I the only one who just wears thermals inside out?
Mind you, I don't eat at the same sort of establishments as the good Doctor, so perhaps my dress code 'seams out' of place.

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Adrian Cooper » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:32 pm

I have a base layer by North face or maybe Berghaus which I am sure has a single panel in the underarm. It will be all polyester I think.

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Re: Non-lycra thermals

Post by Kirsten » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:36 pm

I have Icebreakers, which is Merino. Not cheap, but even when soaked still warm and comfortable. And not stinky. And for wool their dry fast.

I wear them when hillwalking and also when kayaking. I have only the Icebreaker 200, I wear them in summer, but also in winter. Usually only them and a jacket (or drysuit/cag) when needed.

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