Originally Posted by Hezz
Actually wool does not exactly wick. It absorbs moisture very well but because of the skin or shell on the fiber it feels less wet on the skin than cotton does. It is better than cotton but still not recommended for high perspiration activities in cold weather when you have better options. Wool does not stretch well so it will bind the knee much more than cycling specific tights.
my experience is wool can be snug when you put it on and loosens up and settles in the first 2 miles.
no binding. it stretches fine. depends on who makes your gear. ibex and ortovox is good stuff.
only wool or silk is appropriate if you want 3 crucial things
1) to sweat into a cold day and not freeze up later on when your energy drops
2) to not feel clammy, ever
3) to not stink like a dead racoon whether you wash it or not.
yes washing is always recommended
but on multi-day activiteis, or mild cold rinse....day after day after day wool is fine. synthetics...all
synthetics...would reek after just one sweaty use.
Last edited by 127.0.0.1; 10-17-08 at 06:56 AM.