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    05-13-2012, 08:45 PM
Green Broke
I like really thin, long sleeved "Under Armor" type shirts. They wick moisture in the summer and are great as a base layer in the winter.

Pshhh, don't talk about humidity until you live in AL! The heat doesn't bother me at all, but the humidity sucks big time. Most of the summer days it just feels like a giant sauna outside, no exaggeration.

I was driving home from the barn the other day around 5 PM and it was so humid that I had to have my wipers on medium low just to see. 0.o

To the point of my complaining, moisture wicking fabrics are a life saver. Otherwise the sweat never evaporates because of the already-wet air.

I also drink a lot of Gatorade. Too much water makes me sick.

Other than that, I just suck it up. I work outside on my feet so riding is like a break to me. At least I get to sit down!
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    05-13-2012, 09:06 PM
I have never tried Under Armor.

I don't have a whole lot of experience with heat but cold, yes. Under Armor is great if your constantly moving, if you stop you get cold. (from what I hear) I know plenty of hunters that tried Under Armor then went back to plain 'ol wool for that reason, especially at 8000 ft in November hunting Elk. I love wool for cold weather, even if it gets wet, it is still warm. But if cotton gets wet, it gets cold, hence why I wear thin cotton in the summer. Made sense to
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    05-13-2012, 10:23 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
Modern athletic clothing isn't designed for long hours outdoors.
Really? Ever heard of backpackers?

They spend their entire day, day after day, outdoors with no shelter but a tent at night.

Nobody who is a serious backpacker wears anything cotton.

Look, you can wear whatever suits you. But know that when you make absolute statements like the one above that are flat out not in the realm of reality, someone's going to pipe up.
    05-13-2012, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I love wool for cold weather, even if it gets wet, it is still warm.
So does polypropylene fleece and it weighs fractions of what wool does and dries much faster.
    05-14-2012, 12:13 AM
I've seen modern stuff to keep one WARM that is very good. I haven't seen anything for HOT weather that matches a loose fitting cotton shirt - and hot weather is the subject of this thread. I don't know about pants - I'll stick to my $15 Wrangler jeans. I've worn them in 120 deg heat, and they are good enough for that.

And cotton socks in hot weather feel better on my feet than any modern fabric substitute I've tried. And yes, I've worn them all day long in the desert, and for running, and inside my cowboy boots.

I've tried Under Armor hot weather gear, and it feels awful.
    05-14-2012, 01:08 AM
Green Broke
I can't personally vouch for the actual name brand Under Armor because it's way too pricey! But I've used the Walmart off brand and I love it for the heat.
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    05-14-2012, 01:14 AM
It may be the stuff works better in a humid climate than in deserts. It feels clingy and slimy to me, but cotton might not work as well in places where the humidity is over 10%...

I used their stuff jogging over the winter in Korea, and it worked great as a bottom layer. I had a cotton sweatshirt, wool sweater and a leather jacket over the top, so I ended up looking like the Staypuft Marshmallow Man trying to lose weight.

    05-14-2012, 01:18 AM
Green Broke
I can only dream of 10% humidity. Heck, I dream of 80% humidity.

Just checked the weather and currently, at 11:19 PM, the humidity is 94%. Blah.

ETA: I'm going to have nightmares about the marshmallow man!!
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    05-14-2012, 01:27 AM
Give me cotton anyday for the heat. I will not wear anything else and it works fine. Has for centuries. The Negev desert in Israel is extremely hot. The locals wear cotton. Shalom
    05-14-2012, 05:13 AM
Well, I worry less about me than I do the horse. However, for those who want to discuss the merrits of what gives the coolest results for riders.
Silk. Shirts and pants. Pulls the water to it immediately and dries almost as quick, cooling the wearer in the process.
Keeping me cooler is easy though (even in SC) compared to the horses.

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