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Old 09-02-08, 11:24 AM   #1
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Under Armor 'heat" wear does it work???

Im wondering if the under armour heat T shirts actually keep you dry and cool when riding??? Ive bought so many wonder fabrics over the years only to find out their not much better then a fruit of the loom T shirt,,,what works better the loose fit style or the contoured tight fitter
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Old 09-02-08, 12:10 PM   #2
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Good question; I ride using an undershirt that should keep your body dry. I don't experience what I expected it to do. The shirt should pass on the sweat towards the shirt I am wearing over it. After a ride both shirts are wet. Probably because the under shirt is made of a sort of nylon it does not really store the sweat, however the effect I notice is almost nil. Wet all over...
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Old 09-02-08, 12:24 PM   #3
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I am definitely a fan of under armour stuff. I have been playing lacrosse throughout highschool and college, and i usually wear under armour under my pads.

granted i havent actually used them for cycling, but i figure soemthing that i going to wick sweat away will do it regardless of the sport that is making you sweat.

One qualm i have is that sometimes the neck is a bit tight on me, but that is mostly because i have a rather thick neck.

I would recomend getting their fitted ones and wearing them uder something else rather than just going with the loose ones. this is becuase, the more contact the shirt has with your body, the better it can do it's job.
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I've one of each of just about every wicking type shirt out there. The only difference I've noticed in poly shirts is the thinner ones dry quicker,cause they're thinner. When choosing a poly shirt,pick what you think looks good and that you're willing to pay for.
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The form-fitting UA stuff is great, but DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENERS! Those devil chemicals will damage the fabric.
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Old 09-02-08, 02:36 PM   #6
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Smartwool works better than Under Armor, and both work better than Silkweight Patagonia Capilene.
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I use UA for hockey. I"m actually cooler using it than without. Plus, I don't have my elbow and shoulder pads right on my skin wearing the UA and that has been nice. The UA performs better than most of the quick dry/wicking stuff I"ve tried for hockey.

But for biking, I just go with the cheapo Walmart quick dry stuff. $8.88. Very light. Very quick drying. Supports the economies of Mexico and Venezuela instead of China. *rolls eyes*

I would like to get into some long sleeve stuff now that it's cooler in the morning. But I think I'll just go with my Nike hockey quick dry loose fit undershirt. It's a got a vented panel at the neck and grip elbows for holding elbow pads in place. That way I can smash cager windows with my elbow pads. It's also powder blue in the traditional hockey underwear style so it's pretty bling.
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Smartwool works better than Under Armor, and both work better than Silkweight Patagonia Capilene.
i don't know what kind of conditions/ smartwool fabric you are talking about, but when it comes to type of sweat producing conditions i practice/play lacrosse in, i would have to disagree. maybe if you have air flowing past you at 15+ mph for long streches, but smart wool is WAY to warm for me.

if you are looking for a loose shirt, UA is probably not the best. if you are looking for something that works really well to keep you cool and dry, get the skin tight under armor heat gear and wear something over it.

+1 to keeps me cooler than when i am shirtless.
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I live in humid south Floirda and I wear one on every ride. make sure to get the form fitting stuff.

used it in football, Military, and now on the bike. its great, I wear that, my bibs, and a jersey.

if it gets to hot I'll unzip my jersey, and squirt some water on the chest...and its like A/C.

thing is great.

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i don't wear jerseys, i wear underarmor.

i find the sleeveless tops to be fantastic. really cool. they don't restrict movement. they are cheap.

depends on how much air is blowing over them and how much you sweat, but they'll keep you relatively dry; far dryer than an ordinary T-shirt. they keep you cool too!

skin tight fit, too, so nothing slapping in the breeze!
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I wear Jerseys to ride, but on tour I carry underarmor heat gear shirts for off bike wear. They are light, pack small, are comfy, and are presentable even in a moderately nice restaurant. I love them for off bike on tour and also use them for running wear. I would think they would work well for hot weather riding if you don't want to wear a jersey.

I never had great luck with smartwool. It is supposed to stink less than synthetics, but my experience is the opposite. Maybe my body chemistry is different, but any wool that I have tried for long tours winds up stinking worse than synthetics after a few days.
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Old 09-04-08, 09:54 AM   #12
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I like the Under Armour stuff. I have 3. One is very thick long sleeves and I wear that in the winter. I have a sleeveless and its very thin and is tight fitting and works well when the temps are high. I have another long sleeve and relatively thin. Its also tight fitting and works well in cooler mornings.

I also use several types of rash guards. These I borrowed from the surfers. Since I live in Huntington Beach, there's a lot of surfing wear retailers out here. I have experimented with several brands, long sleeve and short, thick and thin, tight and loose.

The other type is from TYR which is located in Huntington Beach near Marina High School. You might have noticed TYR brand of swim wear at the Beijing Olympics. TYR makes triathlon clothing and they have a bi annual tent sale with their over stocked items. Their jerseys will work. Their pants are only good for short rides and actually good for swimming because there's not enough padding.

I use a combination of Under Armour and rash guards, and tri wear. I don't use any bike jerseys. No CSC, no kit at all.

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