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Old 08-08-08, 06:27 AM   #1
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Clammy sweat on chilly mornings, help!

I sweat severely when biking and I am normally covered from head to toe in perspiration while commuting. Fortunately I have a shower at work. Currently I am wearing Moisture Wick Microfiber polyester T-shirts from Alert Shirt and these are great in warmer weather.

Now that the mornings are cooler, I need to avoid exposure to chilly airflow during my pre-dawn commute.

I have 4 vests and all of them hold sweat, even though my underarms are well vented.

I need suggestions on clothing that provides some protection from the wind while allowing sweat to evaporate.

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Old 08-08-08, 06:43 AM   #2
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A light cycling jacket over a wicking t-shirt should do the trick.
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Try Ibexwear.com. I find their stuff much better at wicking than microfiber and it keeps the chill off. They have jerseys and a lot nice of non-cycling clothes. Expensive though.
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What about Merino wool garments? Any recommendations?
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Ibex is merino. There were some good deals to be found on nau.com but the company has been sold and is holding off and any more sales until they can introduce their fall line. I've got a few items from http://www.joneswares.com/ that are pretty nice. Although from my experience the "hand" on Ibex clothing is a little nicer but that might greatly depend on the individual item. Rivendell sells some wool clothing as well although I haven't tried any of it out. Swobo makes some merino clothing as well, I recently bought a pair of tights on sale but haven't used them yet (buying fall/winter clothes in the off-season and what not) but the quality seems good.
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A light jacket. My Army PT's have a light wicking, vented EDIT Gortex EDIT jacket that we wore over the wicking tshirts in the AM. They have no patent on the material obviously, so any search for 'wicking jacket' or something would probably do. With the vents under the arms and in the back it was pretty comfy. Now if I could just fit into them again.....

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I sweat severely when biking and I am normally covered from head to toe in perspiration while commuting. Fortunately I have a shower at work. Currently I am wearing Moisture Wick Microfiber polyester T-shirts from Alert Shirt and these are great in warmer weather.

Now that the mornings are cooler, I need to avoid exposure to chilly airflow during my pre-dawn commute.

I have 4 vests and all of them hold sweat, even though my underarms are well vented.

I need suggestions on clothing that provides some protection from the wind while allowing sweat to evaporate.

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For cooler mornings probably your best bet is a Goretex or one of the works like Goretex materials wind shell. This should be light enough that it can live in a backpack or pannier unless needed, can also be handy if your caught in rain. A light weight mid layer of polyester fleece or light weight wool that can also be folded into a pack or pannier is a good idea. What most people forget, is that tights should be worn when the temp is less then 15℃ (59℉), this is to keep from chilling the knee joint.

Jackets can be opened or closed to regulate temperature. as you ride more and more in cooler weather, you learn what works for you. I rarely wear a heavy coat, preferring instead to use a wind shell, and very the mid layer(s) as it gets colder.

Remember though, if you want to save money, a light weight layer and a medium weight layer worn together can equal a heavy weight layer,.....
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You need to reach out to Lou at www.foxwear.net.

I had problems with the shell I was using last Winter. I'd arrive at work and the inside would be completely wet. I'd be so wet and clamy from the sweat... not nice. I bought the EVap coat from Lou and LOVE it. The coat is made of a fleece material that is very wind resistant yet lets moisture pass through it. The sides are made of a lighter even more breathable material. I NEVER get clammy in this coat. The material can shed moisture like you would not believe. The material is not 100% water proof, but it work sine in a light rain, and kept me comfy during an ice storm. The sleet was so severee that I have covered in 1/4" layer of ice when I got home, yet I stayed comfortable and warm. That coat keeps me comfy from around 15F to 50F without the need for a shell. I did have to put on the Shell once the temps got much lower than 15F. Once you get much about 50F the coat is just too warm.

You can look at either getting a Vest, the EVap Lite or the regular EVap. The temps here tend to swing quickly from warm to cold in the Fall, and in Spring the reverse happens. Therefore I just got a light vest and the EVap coat. This Fall I am definitely getting the Rain Pants as reviewed by the ICE bike site.

Lou was very friendly and helpful when I called him. He discussed with me the temperatures I'd be riding in, the available fabric that he had in stock and what would work well for me. He also asked what size I normally wear and how it fit. The coat arrived in a week. Where else can you get custom made clothing for such a reasonable price. Sure the is no fancy lable on the coat, but this is 100% hand made made in the USA by someone who realy cares about his customers.

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Thanks for the tips on Foxwear & Joneswares.

Any other suggestions?

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Well, it's not very high tech, and I wouldn't use it when it's raining, but I like to just put on a heavy sweatshirt over my t shirt on chilly morinings. It keeps enough of the wind off me to keep me warm, and lets the sweat evaporate. It also don't cost much. Nothing actualy, since I own three or four of them.
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I really like icebreaker brand merino - I wear for riding when cooler, XC skiing, camping....
I got mine at a ski race, so can't recommend any dealers, bu there's their url

www.icebreaker.com/
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I've never had much luck with the regular wicking tee-shirts from the sporting goods store for some reason - just putting one on makes we sweat like crazy. However, regular cycling jerseys keep me calm, cool, and collected.

When I was on the Fire Department we had some tee-shirts, though, that really worked great! Imagine a 95-degree day, you have to put on all of your bunker gear, carry heavy tools up stairs or ladders, drag hose, etc. - when you can finally peel out of it you're going to be soaked in sweat! But these tee-shirts would be bone dry in just a couple of minutes.

Wish I knew where to buy some.
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I've never had much luck with the regular wicking tee-shirts from the sporting goods store for some reason - just putting one on makes we sweat like crazy. However, regular cycling jerseys keep me calm, cool, and collected.

When I was on the Fire Department we had some tee-shirts, though, that really worked great! Imagine a 95-degree day, you have to put on all of your bunker gear, carry heavy tools up stairs or ladders, drag hose, etc. - when you can finally peel out of it you're going to be soaked in sweat! But these tee-shirts would be bone dry in just a couple of minutes.

Wish I knew where to buy some.
Do you still have friends in the FD, find out who the manufacturer is, and contact them..... I find the running shirts work fine for me, they are the same material as the cycling ones, but sometimes a little thinner. The issue though is you want a name brand shirt, although if you want jerseys this is a good time of year to buy, as many shops have summer stuff on sale.....Some also have spring/fall stuff on sale too......

One of the best stores here in Canada for this stuff is Mountain Equipment Co-op, problem is I think they get one of each size in each colour, when they have a sale on as they seem to sell out in 1 second flat.
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Try Ibexwear.com. I find their stuff much better at wicking than microfiber and it keeps the chill off. They have jerseys and a lot nice of non-cycling clothes. Expensive though.
I ordered a pullover crew neck w/ a zipper under the chip for $45, ita was on sale.

Thanks for the tip.

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