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Short "long" underwear?

post #1 of 22
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Does anybody know does anyone make a knee length insulating/wicking base layer? All I can seem to find are full length (aka goin in the boot or bunchin at the knee, no thanks).
I always end up cutting long underwear down into shorts and it seems like a bit of waste of material.
If this isn't made, why? What skier wants extra material going in their boot?
post #2 of 22

maybe bkln should chime in on this one

if it's short can it be long??? :

I actually have the opposite problem. My darned legs and butt are so big (thanks to my bike racing Grampa's genes) the underwear legs always ride up on me. So I'm looking for large tall with extra material, particularly the midseam or crotch area. I've got a weird body type what can I say. I have to try em on, which makes buying over the web a real pain.
post #3 of 22
Spyder makes a base layer that stops above the boot. You can find it in many ski catalogs if you look around a little (IE reliable racing or the like).
post #4 of 22
Hellyhansen.com

They sell VERY good polypro stuff that stops just above the boot.
post #5 of 22
Cloudveil makes some nice Powerstretch knickers for about $80.
post #6 of 22
I've always just neatly pulled them back up toward the knee ... but I'll admit to wanting to make the cut. I just figured if I did cut them they would start to unravel and by the end of the season .. they'd be shorts.
post #7 of 22
We're returning some stuff to LLBean for just this problem. My daughter really needs some "expedition weight" PETITE size long johns.
post #8 of 22
Icebreaker - merino wool stuff that doesn't get stink up. Can be pricey but the 3/4 length bottoms are great for skiing.
post #9 of 22
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Icebreaker - merino wool stuff that doesn't get stink up. Can be pricey but the 3/4 length bottoms are great for skiing.
But it says don't throw them in the dryer. Reality is there will come a morning when it turns out they're still sitting in the washer wet. Need stuff that can be thrown in dryer.
post #10 of 22
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I've always just neatly pulled them back up toward the knee ... but I'll admit to wanting to make the cut. I just figured if I did cut them they would start to unravel and by the end of the season .. they'd be shorts.
Daughter has done this then applied clear nail polish, but that's a pain.
post #11 of 22
I used to cut (I asked politely my Grandma- she was a tailor and used to sew all sort of stuff for us) the ankle portion of every long johns I bought, then fold the leg back, have it tuck in the socks an double over again. I have just bough a just-below-the-knee lenght model from loeffler.
Fine and comfy. And Granny can finally rest.
post #12 of 22
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But it says don't throw them in the dryer. Reality is there will come a morning when it turns out they're still sitting in the washer wet. Need stuff that can be thrown in dryer.
Get a dryer door-mounted stationary wool/sneaker/bike chamois/whatsit drying rack.
post #13 of 22
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But it says don't throw them in the dryer. Reality is there will come a morning when it turns out they're still sitting in the washer wet. Need stuff that can be thrown in dryer.
Only if you are not in a heated area. Take practically no time to dry out. And they can handle extensive backcountry trips without washing and smelling (hard to believe but true).
post #14 of 22
If some clothing's really good, then get two sets. That way, you always have a clean/dry set, they each wear longer, and you don't have to find replacement(s) as often...
post #15 of 22
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If some clothing's really good, then get two sets. That way, you always have a clean/dry set, they each wear longer, and you don't have to find replacement(s) as often...
Nice theory. I end up using everything until there are no more, then throwing LIKE items into the wash. I don't have someone to do my wash for me and most of the time I am either skiing or working. We've been known to buy underwear because there is none clean in this house. :
post #16 of 22
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Nice theory. I end up using everything until there are no more, then throwing LIKE items into the wash. I don't have someone to do my wash for me and most of the time I am either skiing or working. We've been known to buy underwear because there is none clean in this house. :
Yeah, I'm hip; it's tough to stop reading/posting on epic or tgr long enough to wash clothes. Get these and you can toss 'em in the dryer: http://www.cloudveil.com/mens/pants/...cker--CV06616/
post #17 of 22
Arc'teryx makes some great boot cut base layer pants. They're expensive though, I got mine for about $95 from Backcountry.com. Boot cut pants are available from other manufacturers as well and cost less. BTW, Boot cut pants go below the knee about half way down your shin to where the top of the boot would be. In the past I've snipped the elastic on the ankle cuffs on some Duofold base layer pants and pulled them above my boots. They were thin and didn't bunch much. Iv'e also cut off the bottoms of army surplus polypro LJs at the top of the boot which also worked well. They rolled up a bit but not bad.
post #18 of 22
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But it says don't throw them in the dryer. Reality is there will come a morning when it turns out they're still sitting in the washer wet. Need stuff that can be thrown in dryer.
I accidentally threw one of my merino tops in the dryer with the rest of the wash once.

There were no ill effects, so now I dry all my merino stuff on low, with absolutely no problems.
post #19 of 22
CW-X makes a performance underwear that is 3/4 length. Go one size smaller because they wear tight.
post #20 of 22
I too have the need for "short" long underwear. And while cutting off the bottoms may seem like a waste the "boot cut" long underwear seems like a waste to me. I have yet to find any reasonably priced boot cut long underwear but finding light, mid, or expedition weight regular long underwear for cheap is no problem. So until companies stop charging MORE for LESS I will keep cutting away.
post #21 of 22
Check out ARKO, X-Bionic, Halti, Dainese and Craft. They all make 3/4 length base layer pants.
post #22 of 22
I bet your dry cleaner would hem what you have for $15.
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