King of the Hipsters
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Bend, Oregon
Bikes: Realm Cycles Custom
Yes, I've heard that about cotton, and yet, my experiments show this works for me.
I grossly overheat, except for my hands, feet and head.
For some reason, the cotton layer seems to broaden my comfortable temperature range.
The main thrust of my post, though, had to do with minimizing the layers around the shoulders and armpits.
A high tech long sleeve base layer, and then a vest and arm warmers, seems to keep me warm without overheating.
For another layer between the long sleeve base and the vest, I think it important to wear short sleeves, whether wool, cotton or synthetic, in order to allow the body to dump excess core heat.
For those with a cold core and warm hands, feet and head, my method won't work.
I also keep a log of temperature, wind and weather, so I can remember what works and what doesn't work in different conditions, for me.