Re: Base layers
Posted by Stuart on November 20, 2021, 9:43 am, in reply to "Base layers"
Hi Andy, |
I went into 'em within a couple of years of taking up skiing, prior to that I'd worn my usual cotton T-shirts.
The primary difference between skiing (or SteveB's working) and motorcycling is the first two make your body sweat, the third doesn't (unless you're pushing ...); energetic, a good actual "base layer" should wick any sweat away from your body and through a "mid layer" and water/windproof "outer layer"; not sweating, Expat Stu's suggestion might be better?
Depends what you're doing at each end of the ride? Years ago, when I used to commute by bike in all weathers, particularly my legs and feet used to get cold and chill the rest of me. I tried Damart long-johns - kept my legs and feet, and thus the rest of me, toasty-warm. Trouble was, couple of hours after arriving at a centrally-heated office, I'd have to repair to the gents, take off all my bottom-half clothing to get at the long-johns, repeat at the end of the day before setting off home. When leg-warmers were fashionable for women, I nicked a pair of the girlfiend's, worked as well as the long-johns but I could just take my boots off to get at 'em.
So I'd say base layer'll work for you if you want to wear it most or all of the day, irrespective of whether you're riding or not; otoh, if you only want extra for the ride, another outer layer.
>Dont really want to be forking out on another jacket / trousers just so that I can go out for the odd ride during the cold,
Actually, not such a dumb idea, depending ... I've worn a cheap but warm anorak for years as a top layer, the aforementioned girlfiend used to wear a cheap ski-suit in the winter. Neither of us expect/ed either to survive a get-off, they are/were worn over leathers, keep the road crap off the leathers, can be donned/removed easily before/after a ride, can be just chucked in the washing-machine when dirty.
As well as Decathlon, check out Tacky Max (TKMaxx ). You might've missed the boat this year, I remember ski gear appearing about October in my local ones down south, but you might be lucky, particularly in the "When It's Gone, It's Gone" displays and you just want to try something cheap whatever.