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Old 10-01-19, 07:05 PM
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Base layers from DSG

I was in Dick's Sporting Goods looking for things I can layer now that the temps are starting to drop. I saw these long sleeve compression shirts and they seemed to be what I was looking for. They have a nice brushed, almost fleece-like thin lining that looks very comfortable. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them as a base layer? Regardless, I think I'm going back this weekend and grabbing a couple. $40 is a whole lot less than what bicycle specific sites for for a similar product. The ones without the lining are only $25. Seems like a pretty good deal.

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...r=Pure%20Black
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Old 10-01-19, 07:51 PM
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Thanks for link. I'm going swing by the DSG here and check them out. I've been looking for something like these at a reasonable price. Plus, I can try them on in the store since my luck ordering online is probably less than 50% that whatever I order will fit right.
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Old 10-01-19, 08:16 PM
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Funny, happen to see those today and thought the same thing! Need something soon, yesterdays ride started around 40 degrees!
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Old 10-01-19, 09:39 PM
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I have been using the liner-less compression shirts as a base for years. The ones with liners are too warm for me. I can get by in the winter with the base layer, and a softshell jacket on most days. If it is really cold, below 0F and down to -30, ive layered two of the thin unlined compression base shirts under the same softshell jacket and been plenty warm. I tend to only have to worry about fingers and toes getting cold, my core is usually plenty warm in the winter months.
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I buy mine at Academy Sports. I usually pay $15.00 for their store brand in base layers. Fleece is a tad more but still much better than UA or Nike.
I also always go through the clearance rack where I've gotten T-Shirts for $1.50 before.
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Old 10-02-19, 05:33 AM
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Rapha has great stuff. Love my Rapha wool base layer.
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Old 10-02-19, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Rapha has great stuff. Love my Rapha wool base layer.
My problem is that I have a hard time laying out big bucks for workout clothes.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
My problem is that I have a hard time laying out big bucks for workout clothes.
Try it. It won't kill you. Won't even hurt you.
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Agree with the OP. There are lots of options for less expensive non-sport specific clothing items. I use a compression undershirt from Costco when the need arises.
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Old 10-02-19, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Try it. It won't kill you. Won't even hurt you.
Lol, it's going to take more than just talking nice to me.

I know what you mean, quality equipment/clothes can be superior to house brand door buster deals but... I just can't bring myself to spend that kind of money for this stuff. Actually, my favorite windbreaker is a low end, on sale Columbia jacket that is perfect. It doesn't look too slick, but it's the best thing I have that keeps me warm. I have convinced myself that there is quality stuff out there that I don't have to spend an arm and a leg on.
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Old 10-02-19, 07:54 AM
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used to work near a DSG & often walked at lunchtime & took a tour. that was great cuz I was able to snap things up when they went on sale. btw Walmart has long sleeve synthetic shirts for way less than that. maybe not brushed fleece like inside but ... a buck is a buck?
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Old 10-02-19, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
used to work near a DSG & often walked at lunchtime & took a tour. that was great cuz I was able to snap things up when they went on sale. btw Walmart has long sleeve synthetic shirts for way less than that. maybe not brushed fleece like inside but ... a buck is a buck?
There is a lot to say about being in the right place at the right time. I've used that approach at several places.

Several years ago I was in Sears and in the clearance section was a rack of NordicTrack (house brand) short sleeve compression shirts for $14 each. They are built like a tank and still hold up 7 years later.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
used to work near a DSG & often walked at lunchtime & took a tour. that was great cuz I was able to snap things up when they went on sale. btw Walmart has long sleeve synthetic shirts for way less than that. maybe not brushed fleece like inside but ... a buck is a buck?
Many years ago, I got a number of long sleeved Starter (I think) compression shirts for like $5 or $7 each. Not at all warm, but they've done the job of a lightweight base layer almost as well as more expensive cycling stuff that I rotate them with for a number of years. Plus, I feel like I can be harsher on them (just throw them in with the regular laundry) when it comes to the wash because they were so cheap.
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Old 10-02-19, 11:12 AM
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There's a big difference between a good and bad baselayer. I've had some low end Performance and PI baselayers that didn't even work.
And I've had a low end LG baselayer that worked fantastic. But the Rapha merino wool baselayer is one of my favorites.
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Old 10-02-19, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
There's a big difference between a good & bad base layer
I actually use really good ones I received as gifts (& likely, not inexpensive). I especially like the ones with zip up necks & thumb holes for easy layering
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Old 10-02-19, 05:53 PM
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Some non-cycling specific clothing works fine when cycling but I find that many times the non-cycling specific items work less well when riding in a more extended position, sleeves and torso length are too short. Depending on the specifics of your body and riding style, generic items may work very well and if the regular sizes don't work, look for tall versions for longer length arms and torsos. As for cost, I've come to realize that even on a modest income, sometimes the expensive items can be worth the expense. I don't like paying for brands and I really don't like paying to wear logos, but I don't mind paying the price for high quality materials like merino wool, especially when the product is made somewhere where workers are treated halfway decent.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
My problem is that I have a hard time laying out big bucks for workout clothes.
I spend big bucks for workout ( cycling) clothes, but almost nothing for any other clothes.
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