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Old 01-21-2010, 04:20 PM
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I am late in life with pulling my head out of my (six point of contact) and am looking for a base layer other than cotton..
IT CANNOT BE FLAMABLE OR MEALTABLE no polies please
Im a union iron worker and work in the extremes and want sugestions..
pro and cons on wool and silk would be great or some other option.

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WOOL...............wont burn, may itch

Merinho wool is the best
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Wool is the way to go... cotton equals death for a base layer. Get wet and then cold with cotton and you are in bad shape! There are many wools that are pretty comfy to wear... Here is a link...

http://www.minus33.com/
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Wool is the way to go... cotton equals death for a base layer. Get wet and then cold with cotton and you are in bad shape! There are many wools that are pretty comfy to wear... Here is a link...

http://www.minus33.com/
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It depends what you want it for...
Silk for hot weather, and keeping cool- but it does keep you warm as well.
Wool is HOT, and can be unhygenic if worn for long periods against the skin, as it does get damp and stay damp.
Silk drys far easier than Wool, wheres wool will keep you warm if it does get wet.

Silk also has a limited 'wicking' effect, which means it gets your sweat off your body more quickly than other fabrics. Wool can make you sweat.

Silk is strong.

Wool wont burn.

For a baselayer, If it were me choosing with your constraints i would choose silk, i can put on other things to keep warmer.
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is under armor not an option? idk how flammable it is...
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is under armor not an option? idk how flammable it is...
I think the issue is that it would melt, not nesisarily that it would burn.
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If you cant do under armor, I would go a silk layer, then marino wool layer over that.
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If your in the air over wool or synthetic you could try OmniWool, it's a wool/synthetic blend that i use and it has the feel of a cotton shirt with the benefits of wool.
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Sharkhunter is right ,silk first ,then wool if polypro is a no go
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I have 4 sets of the minus33 wool baselayers. They're comfortable, fit well and so far very durable. Experimented with them when I got them and wore a set for 2 weeks straight, only washing with my camp suds in the sink every other day then hanging to dry.

Obviously, after a couple of weeks they had some funk and some stretch to them, but they still performed their function. Once washed in a machine, the came back to their original form. One thing I've started doing, though, is putting a poly pro layer as the base layer then wearing the long sleeve shirt as a pull over. The seams have a tendency to rub me under my arms and some redness develops there.

Highly recommended. As others above have said, use silk as a base instead of poly pro.
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Smartwool. It's all I own for Baselayers.
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Wool is the best if your worried about the heat damage, How ever Im firefighter and in the winter I wear Under Armor compression wear. I have been in some hot spots with it on a never had a issue.
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hot does not bother me melting metal running down my shirt and pants leg is the issuebut thanks rescue
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I have ironworker friends who wear wool in the cold. They're happy with it.
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http://www.militarymorons.com/gear/FRclothes.html
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Frugal option...

Thrift store women's section is always overflowing with lightweight silk tops and tights for 99 cents. I've also got several merino wool tops at that price.

Call me crazy, I can't see spending fifty bucks on one set of underwear.

EDIT: Scratch that.... after looking at a few of the links provided I amend the amount to a hundred bucks... unthinkable. The thrift store is your friend.
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