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Turtlenecks and Long Underwear Thread!!

post #1 of 18
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Arguably the two most important pieces of "equipment" a skier will own.  All I know is when my under britches aren't up to snuff, I am uncomfortable on the hill.  Also, a great stocking stuffer.

 

So where can I find the good stuff to replace the worn out drawers from last year?? 

post #2 of 18

Minus33 makes some awesome base layer. Definitely worth the investment in my book. 

post #3 of 18

Old school turtlenecks are getting much harder to find.  Everyone's selling those nonono2.gifmock t-necks instead.  That extra 2" of fabric they are saving must be making lots of big wigs very happydevil.gif

post #4 of 18

Smart Wool is awesome, the best I have tried.  Comfortable, warm and long lasting and very expensive.

 

GO PACK!

post #5 of 18

For the tops, I go to Sierra Trading Post and get Wickers zip mock turtle.  Won't break the bank.  Can unzip for venting.  I don't want a full turtle, as I have a neck gaiter.

 

For the bottoms, I use CW-X, 3/4 length.  These are pricey, though.  They come in basic and insulated.  I now have one of each.

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Mgrezmer - I said GO PACK to my 15 year old daughter the other day and she said "where are we going?"  If I would have been on my game I would have said "TO THE SUPERBOWL BABY!!"  Instead I laughed and said "really????"

 

I probably need to check out LLBean for the old school T Necks but my guess is for the price I can get something with a fabric that breathes a little better.

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For the bottoms, I use CW-X, 3/4 length.  These are pricey, though.  They come in basic and insulated.  I now have one of each.



I've been a fan of 3/4 length 'long'-johns for years now. They stop right around where my ski socks top out, and don't add any wrinkles to my boot calves. I'll never wear full length ones again. I've been eying the CW-X ones for a few years but they are so pricey. Found a pair on sale last season to try them. They are really nice. Well put together, comfy and warm. I live in CA so I didn't get the extra insulated ones. But they're plenty warm anyway. After my experience, I'll be buying another pair next time I need bottoms.

 

For tops, I'm loving the light weight merino options as a base layer. Backcountry has their Stoic brand that are often available cheap, Patagonia makes a really nice one, there are a bunch of other brands too. I find they don't get funky smelling (great if you're on a two-day trip and only want one baselayer), wick well and aren't itchy. Most of the time in Tahoe, one of those, plus a poly ski shirt and a shell jacket are all I need. In WI, I'm guessing you might want a bit more insulation than that.

post #8 of 18

I have a patagonia base layer turtle neck with a zipper that I've liked using so far.  Although, for a really cold day, nothing beats a wind resistant neck gaiter.

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I have a patagonia base layer turtle neck with a zipper that I've liked using so far.  Although, for a really cold day, nothing beats a wind resistant neck gaiter.



I've used neck gators regularly since the 70s. I still prefer an old school t-neck on days over 20 degrees with no gator and the old school t-neck under a gator on colder days.  I really HATE zippers against my chin.  I'll never buy another zip t-neck.  The mock t-s are OK under a sports jersey for casual dress, but I really prefer a real t-neck for outdoor play.

 

I will probably adjust and get used to the faux/mock option more as needed since folks seem to have quit making the genuine t-necks.  Cheaper to make and people seem to be fine with them so I'll have to get used to it I suppose.... Until Old Navy brings them back in 3 years LOL!

post #10 of 18

+1 for Merino wool.  I have some made by Icebreaker.  They are warm, not at all scratchy and as was noted above, they won't smell, even after a week of wearing them every day.

 

Only drawback is the price, but they seem to be very durable.  (Helps that I only wash them every other week biggrin.gif)

post #11 of 18

Im still using my old school wool top and bottoms, but has anyone tried the extreme cold under armor???

 

It sounds like it could take place of a layer or 2, but is pretty pricey

post #12 of 18

I completely agree on the 3/4 length bottoms, the only way to go.

 

Yah, the Pack is gonna win it's second Superbowl in a row this season, they make each game interesting.

post #13 of 18

Another +1 for merino wool stuff.  Got some Minus33 merino wool tops and bottoms for base layers this year and the quality and feel of it is really nice.  I think the Minus33 brand is a little cheaper than Smartwool or Icebreaker.

post #14 of 18

I don't get why people want long underwear (unless it's REALLY cold, like -10), my legs never get cold and I just wear shorts on normal underwear under my ski pants.

post #15 of 18

I'm old fashioned, any decent quality polyester thermals will do. As for turtle necks I like Brooks Brothers, soft as a baby's arse.

post #16 of 18

I had taken several years off from skiing, find that my old REI MTS base layer top still works nicely, my old Patagonia Capilene bottoms have developed a run, so bought a pair of Gordini poly/wool blend at REI outlet (I think they call it Lavawool).  Very nice.

 

I'm not one to like a lot of bulk at my neck, a good windstopper neck gaiter, face mask or balaclaca  (Seirus makes great ones) will do the trick.

post #17 of 18

I am another CW-X fan for bottoms. I have also had good luck with Helly Hansen. I haven't tried smartwool's base layers but they make the only socks I'll wear.

post #18 of 18

I like CW-X bottoms too - wear them running & x-country skiing in addition to DH - they last a long time - have had a pair for several years and can't really see much wear, although it has a hole from being caught on a branch while running.  I have used the full-length Stabilyx bottoms with thin wool (short) biking socks when DH skiing, which works well. 

 

Craft Pro Warm is an exceptional top, but kind of expensive.  Just tried it this year and it has been the base layer that I grab for DH or ski skating. Wicks well, and seems warm when damp.


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