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I have been shopping for some new base layer bottoms. Used to just use the 100% cotton (or close to it) standard thermal underwear which had an advantage- it was cheap and easy to wash. But lately I have been getting good results from the Cold Gear type tops- I've got mainly the Reebok cold play etc. stuff that is pretty much similar to the Under Armor tops but not as expensive at $50 a pop. But they do not make many of 3rd party stuff in bottoms that I have seen. I did find some Columbia thermal pants that were 100% polyester and may be pretty good to the cold. Then there is Duofold and Medalist stuff- a stand by for years as old school goes and the other stuff like Hot Chillys - Really want something mid weight or better for warmth also not a thin weight. I have also heard of using the running tights or non-padded cycling tights too.

So any comments on stuff that works out there and is not $50 to $100 per item?
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www.sierratradingpost.com I have been wearing there "wickers brand" for years, the price has gone up over the decade or more, it's like $10.00 for each piece now. I have enough base layers and socks that I can go 2 weeks with doing laundry.
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Unfortunalty the new bottoms I got are in your “not above” price range, but I’ll mention them anyways... CW-X insulated Pro tights. My girlfriend runs in CW-X tights all the time (5+ marathons a year & 40-60 KM a week in training) and has said she notices a fairly large difference post race when she uses them. The insulator model has a soft, thin fleece backing to the tights and are pretty warm. Certainly as warm as the red wool santa suit that I retired last year. I haven’t skied in them yet, but I notice the extra support around my knees and quads just wearing them for an hour walking around the house and running up stairs.

They also make a 3/4 tight which is better for ski boots but IMHO not as useful for knee support as it cuts off part of the elastic by the looks of it.
You can get them for about $110. Acording to my girlfriend the pro is a large step up in terms of support over the expert or stabilix models.
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post
www.sierratradingpost.com I have been wearing there "wickers brand" for years, the price has gone up over the decade or more, it's like $10.00 for each piece now. I have enough base layers and socks that I can go 2 weeks with doing laundry.
I had visited STP before posting on this thread and noticed some items including the brand your recommended. How do these run size wise? I am tall and thin so if I get the waist size (32 in.) then many times the length is not were it should be (6' tall and inseam of 32 or 33)
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