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What do you wear Under there? (Even baser than the base layer)

post #1 of 93
Thread Starter 
This may sound like a dumb question, but bear with me....

I want to know what people wear UNDER the base layer ie) cotton panties/shorts/briefs, "wicking" sports briefs, nothing?

The reason I'm asking is that I realized --what is the advantage to having a wicking baselayer if you are still sitting in sweaty cotton underneath it?

My only comparison is cycling, in which it is pretty much mandatory to "go commando" under the cycling shorts in order to avoid the sweaty/chafing/saddle sores issue. That's what the chamois is for - padding and wicking.

In skiing there isn't much of a chafing or saddle sore thing, but there IS that "cotton kills" adage..... who wants to literally freeze your A$$ off?

Any comments?
post #2 of 93
Commando.
post #3 of 93
I wear synthetic boxer briefs.

What's the point of a nice polyester base layer if you have cotton underwear underneath? What a way to keep your butt wet
post #4 of 93
I go silk. I bought some $6 all-silk boxers from evil Walmart and they kept me all dry and comfy on a warm day, and I normally sweat like a hog in boiling tar, even on cold days.
post #5 of 93
I've got lots of lard in the rear to keep me warm, so I just wear cotton panties under fleece pants with nice loose knuckledragger pants over that. Although, once lard freezes, it takes a while to Thaw.

I like to wear a nice thick knit camisole with built in bra. Again, I have that extra layer of fat everywhere so I don't get cold. I don't sweat unless it's hot (like today, it was a tropical 29 degrees.) I just take the liner out of my coat or drop a layer.

I don't really have problems staying dry or warm. I just remember the days when I skied in the rain and the ONLY thing dry was my feet in my boots!:
post #6 of 93
My rule of winter dressing is 0% cotton, nothing, zippo, commando all the way. On a cold weather day I will wear some polly long johns fleece pants and then gortex bibs. On a warmer day I will just use the fleece and gortex, same goes for upper body layers and socks. If you wear cotton socks and sweat a little your going to get cold feet. If you got on cotton underpants, sit on a snowy chair, the snow will melt with your body heat soak into the cotton and you freeze your buns off.

If you chafe due to sweat running down to your privates (which sometimes happens to me). A little smear of Vaseline down there does wonders!
post #7 of 93
Bodyglide is a good alternative to vaseline. Little less messy and sticks around longer.
post #8 of 93
Friends don't let friends wear cotton next to their skin while skiing.

I wear synthetic tighty whities (or is it whiteys?) which are either white or gray or black (hey, no one has consulted me on colors). Fibers don't absorb moisture, sanitary, it got what I want.
post #9 of 93
Vaseline? BODYGLIDE?! ooooh, kinky! In biking, the reason for this has been made, uh, plain to me. In skiing, I don't know . . .
post #10 of 93
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wbroun
I normally sweat like a hog in boiling tar, even on cold days
Me too - and it's Sooooo attractive
Today was up into the 40's, so no wonder I was sweating underneath ---- but out west the other week, the temps were in the MINUSES Farenheit ----still sweating up my base layer like crazy.

Thus the reason for my question.

I am reminded of the old adage, "Horses SWEAT, Men PERSPIRE, and Ladies merely GLOW." ...... of course I've never claimed to be a "Lady":
post #11 of 93
I highly recommend that all y'all chafers out there don't ski in thongs!
post #12 of 93
Sometimes I'll wear wicking briefs if they're at the top of the pile. Usually commando though.

-T
post #13 of 93
they make wicking BRIEFS to wear under your underwear? are they called underunderwear or something?
post #14 of 93
poly blend boxer-briefs usually, if im lazy though and its not freezing a pair of cotton boxers doesnt hurt under waterproof pants.
post #15 of 93
Marmot Driclime boxers, silkweight.
post #16 of 93
Boxers by Devold (kinda sponsor )
post #17 of 93
I wear cycling lycra compression shorts under my Spyder ski pants (insulated)to keep the blood in my legs and my leg's 'tight'

just make sure to oversize them just a bit (by one size)

legs always feel good
post #18 of 93
Hmm.... This thread is so interesting! The sports bras already have the wicking tech built in.
post #19 of 93
Man, you guys are putting WAAAAY too much thought into this.......
post #20 of 93
Cotton boxers with some Gold bond underneath keeps me dry from sweat most the time.
post #21 of 93
Normal cotton boxers, and I'm just fine!
post #22 of 93
K.k.
post #23 of 93
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bklyntrayc
Hmm.... This thread is so interesting! The sports bras already have the wicking tech built in.
Well -- SOME of 'em do. Some of them having a wicking "layer" , but then a cotton cover:. And some of the cheapies like I have are ALL cotton. Then there is the panties issue - women have had the "it MUST be cotton -- or else bad things happen" drilled into us for so long, that it's hard to shake.

I'm pretty new to this, so it took me several ski days before I had the lightbulb moment (d'oh moment?) that I was all soggy underneath, and perhaps the cotton bikinis and bra was not such a good idea. I'm used to dressing for cycling, but that is for heat exchange/cooling - not for keeping warm - so I wasn't quite sure what to do.

A close friend who wears tighty whiteys laughed at me for posting this -so now I feel vindicated - thanks for all the great input! Sounds like there are a variety of solutions to this.
post #24 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by SquawMan
I wear cycling lycra compression shorts under my Spyder ski pants (insulated)to keep the blood in my legs and my leg's 'tight'

just make sure to oversize them just a bit (by one size)

legs always feel good
You wear shorts with a chamois?
post #25 of 93
Quote:
Originally Posted by SquawMan
I wear cycling lycra compression shorts under my Spyder ski pants (insulated)to keep the blood in my legs and my leg's 'tight'

just make sure to oversize them just a bit (by one size)

legs always feel good
Me as well. I wear cycling shorts underneath my gortex ski pants. The chamois padding insulates my butt from the chairlift seats. That's usually all I need down to 15 F or so. Below that I also put on polypro leggings, the same ones I would wear when cycling in the Fal and Spring.

On sub-zero days, I have fleece pants, but I mostly choose to sit inside and drink coffee and eat popcorn. For some reason, my thumbs aren't fairing as well as I get older. I can't keep them warm no matter what I do when temp drops below zero.
post #26 of 93
Tight cotton - nothing else
Quote:
If you wear cotton socks and sweat a little your going to get cold feet.
I disagree with this - if your feet sweat, the moisture has nowhere to go with ski boots on regardless of the sock material.
post #27 of 93
Silk longies. It's like skiing in the nude. (that's a scary sight for some)
post #28 of 93
Commando. Never a problem.
post #29 of 93
I wear an athletic supporter. My undercarriage was starting to hurt from following my sweetie off of 20' cliffs and down moguls.
post #30 of 93

Under-underware

Whatever will keep the boys happy!
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