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Jako999

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Base layer thermals help please
« on: 21:38:50, 02/01/21 »
Hi all and Happy New Year all.
I want a pair of base layer/thermal leggings but I want them for dual usage. I want to be able to use them on my motorbike the problem there is that I wear high boots and if you have too many seams the boots make them dig in to your legs, I suppose I could buy a new pair for the bike and a second pair for walking but can anyone recommend a good pair that may cover both uses?
A fly would also be very handy.
Thanks
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windyrigg

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #1 on: 09:49:40, 03/01/21 »
Ex-Army from a surplus shop. The British Army do 'modern' synthetic stuff which is fine; I also use mine on the motorbike as well as pushbike and walking. They only come in Khaki (no trapdoor in the a**e  O0 ).

jimbob

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #2 on: 09:56:17, 03/01/21 »
Helly Hansen from Screwfix,
 As good as you can get fir the budget price.
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WhitstableDave

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #3 on: 10:21:49, 03/01/21 »
I have two pairs of leggings and I would recommend both.

I bought Icebreaker 175 Everyday Thermal Leggings to wear under thin walking trousers on very cold days. They are extremely comfortable and I also wear them for running on cold days (with shorts of course!).

I've also got a pair of Salomon running tights, which I think are the Agile model. These aren't quite as warm, but dry very quickly and have extras such as ankle zips and a small zipped pocket.

gunwharfman

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #4 on: 14:46:18, 03/01/21 »
Look up Odlo, they do some very good one but pricy, Brynge is another make.

WILDWALKINGUK

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #5 on: 12:24:22, 04/01/21 »
I always wear merino wool base layers because they keep me warm when wet. I'm very impressed with the value of EDZ Layering products. Very high merino wool content. I've reviewed their merino leggings and top here;  https://wildwalkinguk.com/2020/03/08/edz-merino-wool-base-layers/

gunwharfman

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #6 on: 12:50:59, 04/01/21 »
Because of the way that I camp I utilise my base layers, leggings, etc as night attire. My clean clothes change over point is when I erect my tent for the evening. I change to clean clothes, wear them overnight and continue to wear them the following day. I wash what I've worn and they then dry on the back of my rucksack. Usually works well as a routine, only rain can disrupt my daily pattern.

Merino wool is difficult for me, it makes me itch, but I have discovered that if I wear my Bryynge 'string vest' next to my skin I can then wear the merino items that I have. I hate owning stuff that I can't use.

Nowadays I wear a pair of elasticated synthetic leggings at night, bought on the internet for a fiver. They are just thin material elasticated tubes, the top clings to the top of my upper thighs (like old fashioned ladies stocking used to) and the bottom just secures around my ankles. I tend to prefer to have uncovered feet because they are always warm in the foot box of my sleeping quilt. I also wear the tubes in the summer because once on, (I sleep on my side) if it's hot and sticky it makes my legs feel more comfortable, sometimes skin to skin can feel clammy.

WILDWALKINGUK

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #7 on: 13:04:58, 04/01/21 »
I've use a number of Icebreaker, Inov-8, and EDZ merino wool base layers. I've found them all a bit itchy on first wearing but once they've been washed a couple of times, I've not had any more issues.

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #8 on: 13:59:51, 04/01/21 »
My base layer is merino which i purchased from IsoBaa. It's not the cheapest to be honest but it is very good gear.
Never made me itch yet and i wear them most evenings and weekends

https://www.isobaa.com/




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Jac

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #9 on: 14:23:28, 04/01/21 »
GoOutdoors merino base layers are well priced. I've got three which I wear most of the time (not just when walking) and have lasted better than Icebreaker ones.
So many paths yet to walk, so little time left

gunwharfman

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #10 on: 17:23:40, 04/01/21 »
Merino wool always itches on me, and any deodorant with aluminium in it, it can drive me to distraction and one small puff on my skin can cause me to itch for up to two weeks later.

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #11 on: 22:10:37, 04/01/21 »
Aldi Merino wool base layers are very good. I wear them all the time in winter.
These boots are made for walking.... so long as the rest of my body agrees

jimbob

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #12 on: 22:42:57, 04/01/21 »
Aldi Merino wool base layers are very good. I wear them all the time in winter.
Great stuff, it isn't 100%wool but it is so strong and niff free. It has no shoulder scruffs and unlike my more expensive icebreaker the moths haven't had a field day. (Actually I suspect the backpack and straps, little bits of nylon thread ends  might be the cause.)

Edited to add. Just looked on the Aldi website and they claim it as 100% merino. So they must have changed the mix since I bought mine 4 years ago.
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Islandplodder

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #13 on: 07:41:38, 05/01/21 »
I found the Aldi ones a bit itchy and tend to stick with icebreaker, but only buy in the sales. Not merino, but I am becoming a fan of marks and Spencer thermal undies - er, I mean base layers, not sure if you are meant to admit that on this kind of forum

lostme1

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Re: Base layer thermals help please
« Reply #14 on: 08:19:00, 05/01/21 »
Great stuff, it isn't 100%wool but it is so strong and niff free. It has no shoulder scruffs and unlike my more expensive icebreaker the moths haven't had a field day. (Actually I suspect the backpack and straps, little bits of nylon thread ends  might be the cause.)

Edited to add. Just looked on the Aldi website and they claim it as 100% merino. So they must have changed the mix since I bought mine 4 years ago.

Mine are 100% merino but since I purchased mine I did see some that were not 100% merino. Looks like the spec changes from time to time.
These boots are made for walking.... so long as the rest of my body agrees