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PSA: Merino wool long underwear, $23.69 a pair (XL only)

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Old 01-23-12, 02:29 PM
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PSA: Merino wool long underwear, $23.69 a pair (XL only)

I've got a few pairs of merino long johns, and I don't think I've paid less than $40 a pair, so these are a good enough deal that someone should take advantage of them.

Wool is still warm when it's wet, and doesn't get that wet. So it's pretty good for cycling in. So much so that I've got two pairs of rain pants, but when it's pouring and I need to ride the bike, I'll leave the goretex pants behind, and wear merino long underwear under some quick dry hiking pants. Besides the waterproof ones not breathing well enough, leading to getting wet from sweat instead of rain, they're also a lot more cumbersome; a wool base layer makes getting wet tolerable.

The down side is that it's a lot easier to overheat when you have too much insulation on your legs. On a day when rain isn't likely and it's not terribly cold, I leave my wool long johns behind. These particular ones are heavy ( 190 & 240 g/mm^2 ), and would be too warm for me, so caveat emptor. Also, they're 3/4 length, like knickers, which is fine if that's what you're going for.



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^ what now?

Great deal, too bad they don't have them in small. I would have been in for two.
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Wet wool can kill you in extermely cold weather and you have to walk with your bike!

The sword has a doubled edge...
Ummm, what would be better in that situation? Wet polyester? Wet nylon?
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Wet wool can kill you in extermely cold weather and you have to walk with your bike!

The sword has a doubled edge...
There's a thread on Physicsforums.com about this. Apparently wet wool is a pretty good insulator.

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=270141
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
Wet wool can kill you in extermely cold weather and you have to walk with your bike!
This is a thread for sharing useful information with fellow cyclists. Trolling belongs in the 293. Thanks for your cooperation.
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This is a thread for sharing useful information with fellow cyclists. Trolling belongs in the 293. Thanks for your cooperation.
While a bit overdramatic, Slim has a good point, especially for people who have long rides in single digit weather in rural areas. It's a point others have made when offering advice: If you sweat too much, you're doing it wrong.
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You can get wet from rain, too; sweat isn't the only way to get water on you. And commuting takes all types, even people who are "doing it wrong."

No, Slim doesn't have a point about walking your bike after you're dead. That's why he deleted his troll post.
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