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Baselayer Tops w/ thumb loops?

post #1 of 19
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I typically get fairly warm when skiing, so wicking is a must. Last year I had the layering pretty well set up: REI MTS Mid weight top (not a compression fit), Polartec 100 fleece, then a nylon shell w/ pit zips. This combo was a bit much for most days; I used the pit zips constantly.

I bought a new jacket this year, Spider Telluride softshell (I hate the logo, but it was $25). It's a lightweight shell with a fleece lining. I'm thinking just a mid to heavy weight wicking top under this should do the trick. I need it to be a snug fit, as the coat fits tight to my body itself. I'd also like the thumb loops, as I'm fairly sure that the sleeves will ride up when I put my jacket on. Oh yeah, it's nice if I can wear it alone without looking ridiculous.

I just can't seem to find any listed with the loops, so I turn to the masses to find them for me.

EDIT: 6' tall, male.
post #2 of 19
Thumbloops? Get XL women's sizes in many makes/models.
post #3 of 19
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Thumbloops? Get XL women's sizes in many makes/models.
I noticed that. Why would only women need/want thumbloops?
post #4 of 19
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I noticed that. Why would only women need/want thumbloops?
Maybe it's a macho thing; "not that there's anything wrong with thumb loops." Here's a link to a nice, but pricey, Icebreaker piece with thumb loops: http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/pro...pf_id=10023902
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post #6 of 19
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Thanks for the links guys.

At those prices, I guess I can live without the loops.
post #7 of 19
I second the Icebreakers = great stuff. Watch SAC for them - they come up periodically.
post #8 of 19
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I'm sure they're great, but holy crap! I only paid $25 for my softshell!!
post #9 of 19
EMS used to make men's baselayers with thumb loops. I had one a few years ago but got rid of it because it was too loose fitting. Maybe they still make them.
post #10 of 19
cabelas has thumb loops on some polyester baselayer stuff, I forget who it was made by. You can even get "real-tree camo."
post #11 of 19
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EMS used to make men's baselayers with thumb loops. I had one a few years ago but got rid of it because it was too loose fitting. Maybe they still make them.
All of the midweight and heavier EMS thermals that I've purchased over the past few years have had thumb loops. I only use them when pulling over another layer so that they don't ride up on my arms. The website doesn't list this feature on current models but it's worth a call.
post #12 of 19
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All of the midweight and heavier EMS thermals that I've purchased over the past few years have had thumb loops. I only use them when pulling over another layer so that they don't ride up on my arms. The website doesn't list this feature on current models but it's worth a call.
Thanks. This is exactly my intended use of the loops. EMS moved there store, so I haven't been in lately to look at anything.
post #13 of 19
I bought these a few weeks ago. I haven't tried it on the slopes yet, but have tried it on and and it fits nice:

http://www.nike.com/index.jhtml#l=ni...US&co=US&la=EN
post #14 of 19
Many of the Helly Hansen base layers have thumb loops.
post #15 of 19
The only thing I have with thumb loops is my GS suit. When I put another layer on and I don't want my sleeves to disappear, I grab the cuff with my fingers and make a fist. I don't think I've subsequently had a problem after putting clothes on, except for a few garments that just fit poorly/didn't have enough arm mobility.

It is odd that the thumb loops are more common on the ladies stuff.
post #16 of 19
i got some TNF base layers that have thumbloops. I use them to run in but they are pretty toasty so may also add them to my skiing baselayer collection.

Most baselayers look pretty similar, male or female, so if you're not vain and aren't too big of a guy, just get women's. they'll be tighter that way anyway.
post #17 of 19
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It is odd that the thumb loops are more common on the ladies stuff.
They expect men to have larger wrists and bulkier, more tapering forearms. How odd is that?

<off to run through the hallways screaming 'Genderists!!!'>

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Edit: To the OP: any compression top, when sized correctly instead of being worn loose, should stay down on the forearm.
post #18 of 19
Ah, I guess I didn't have any idea that the shape of your forearm made a difference in how this worked. Makes sense though.
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