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Old 07-25-06, 01:36 PM   #1
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Wicking, my ass, or, "waiting for my shorts to dry".

("Waiting for My Shorts to Dry", is a book of poetry for kids, but this thread isn't about that.)

So I decided to save time by hopping in the shower at work in my cycling underwear, washing it out, and hanging it to dry, and later wearing it home. I figure those synthetic fabrics dry easily, and if it was still damp at the end of the day, I could use the hand-dryer to finish it off. I did that once when my shirt got soaked in the rain and it worked well.

So 6 pm comes and the shorts seem to be about as wet as they were in the morning. Ten minutes of blow drying has zero effect. So I bike home in regular underwear. Next evening at the office, the shorts are still damp!

Isn't this fabric supposed to wick moisture away from you and let it evaporate? What happened?
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Sounds strange. I have several items of clothing with wicking fabric, and even straight out of the washing machine, they're almost dry to the touch. I once put a pair of thermal underpants on while they were still damp, and even though it was cold, they dried completely within half an hour.
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There is not enough information to tell. Are you trying to dry them in air conditioning? Did you wring out the excess water? Plus you did not mention what type of shorts they are.
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I don't have them here to check the brand name. They're cycling underwear purchased from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Lycra and pad similar to the ones shown. I washed them and wrung them out by hand and let them hang all day. They were still very wet at the end of the day so I tried to dry them in the bathroom using the hot air hand dryer.
So what I don't get is if they don't dry out hanging in air for 36 hours, how do they draw moisture away from you when they're under shorts?


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Next time, try rolling them up in a towel and gently wringing it (the rolled towel with the shorts in it) out. The shorts will dry in no time. Of course, the towel will be soaking wet. You may be surprised how wet the towel gets and how dry the shorts feel.

I have no idea how the fabric wicks, but I know the towel trick works.
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Nice tip. I think the wick dry trick is in the yarn having a size and weave that promotes capillary action. Just guessing.
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Next time, try rolling them up in a towel and gently wringing it (the rolled towel with the shorts in it) out. The shorts will dry in no time. Of course, the towel will be soaking wet. You may be surprised how wet the towel gets and how dry the shorts feel.

I have no idea how the fabric wicks, but I know the towel trick works.
thanks...will try.
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If you hang them upright, the water works it's way down to the bottom where there is a nice absorbent pad waiting. Try hanging them upside down.

Otherwise, check the chamois (pad). Cheap ones are made of foam and that doesn't dry quickly.

As for absorbency, ease of going in is not equal to easy of going out. Think of a tampon. It sucks up liquid but doesn't dry worth a damn.
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Not all moisture wicking material dry at the same rate. Why yours did not dry in 36 hours is not known. If the towel dried before the bike shorts then you have a problem in the material of your shorts.

Hang drying does not work well in an air conditioned building. The exact reason why it doesn't I am not sure, but evaporation works with heat (radiation) and wind.
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